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Call for Artists: Bethesda Row Arts Festival

October 16 & 17

Bethesda, Maryland

Bethesda Row: Woodmont Ave., Bethesda Ave.

& Elm Streets

180 Artists

Deadline: May 29

Where is Bethesda, MD?

This preeminent urban festival attracts art lovers from the metropolitan Washington, DC, region, displaying the works of a select group of highly creative and talented artists in the heart of Bethesda's Arts & Entertainment District.

Bethesda Row is a popular dining and gathering place, covering four city blocks and features more than 50 fine shops and restaurants, and a movie theater. Low-rise, retail and office buildings create a very pleasing, human-scale, town-center feel.

What makes the event unique is its continuing tradition of free attendance while financially helping kids through NIH Children's Charities in partnership with the Bethesda Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce.

A bit about the patrons:
• This year's show is expected to attract more than 45,000 visitors

• They come from one of the nation's most affluent regions, with 40% of households earning $100,000 and over
• The area is ranked 6th in the nation for the number of households attending arts/cultural events with 38% of households attending arts events and purchasing fine arts

There are two ways to apply to the Bethesda Row Arts Festival:,

e-mail, or call 301.637.5715

Have you attended any art fairs in the East? If not, this is a very hospitable event where you can find an audience if you have distinctive and sophisticated art. The date should be attractive to artists from the Midwest whose art fair season has ended.

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Comment by Connie Mettler on May 18, 2010 at 4:46pm
But, Amy, this was part of the "dues paying" we've been talking about ;) Surely only one set up like this, and a weekend like this, aren't going to keep you off the streets in October...

But you are right. The photo was from 2008. I did the show once, a while back, actually it was 2001, not long after the 9/11 attacks and there were concrete barriers everywhere and the city was battened down. Scary. But you're right, an excellent neighborhood for an event.
Comment by Elaine Rader on November 3, 2010 at 3:41pm
Does anyone know about a Bethesda Row show in May?? Another artist said they received an app for one in May, but I can't find it listed on google or on Zapp.
Comment by Elaine Rader on November 3, 2010 at 5:10pm
Ahhh....Thanks Phil! Do you know if it's worth doing?? I know that's a subjective question, but do you know if attracts a high end customer?
Comment by Alison Thomas on November 3, 2010 at 6:09pm
This is a very well off area. The show is probably worth doing.
Comment by Elaine Rader on November 3, 2010 at 6:24pm
Thanks Alison


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