Free to appreciate art

June 03, 2004|by KATE COLEMAN

Berkeley Springs, W.Va., printmaker Jan Heath and her husband, painter Jonathan Heath, are among the more than 125 artists and craftspeople who have been selected to display their work at the 11th annual Frederick Festival of the Arts this weekend along Carroll Creek Park in Frederick, Md.

The Heaths each do about six festivals a year, Jan Heath said. The Frederick Festival of the Arts is one they both have done for at least five years.

"It's a really nice atmosphere," Jan Heath said. "The setting is beautiful."

With 20,000 visitors expected, the Heaths can expect good sales of their work to continue. As always, they will have new work, including some monoprints with pastels, Jan Heath said.


The Heaths' creations will be part of a many-genred celebration of the arts. There will be works in clay, glass, wood, leather and metal. Photographs, drawings, paintings, prints, wearable fiber and jewelry also have been chosen by festival jurors.

The theme of the Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6, festival is "celebrate the spirit of imagination."

That spirit will be in evidence in three stages of continuous performances. The Family Stage will include music for children, performances of Shakespeare's works, martial arts demonstrations and something billed as "How to Cowboy." Musical offerings will range from klezmer to Celtic, blues and jazz to rock and pop, flamenco to folk and the a cappella ensemble The Chromatics - a group of engineers, scientists, computer geeks and NASA employees that performs pop and rock covers as well as original songs inspired by the modern world.

A festival is not complete without food, and there will be a wide variety available - crab cakes to funnel cakes, ice cream to strawberry shortcake.

A beer and wine garden will offer locally brewed beverages.

Just next door at the C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., the Frederick Storytelling Festival will feature professional storytellers from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 5, and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 6. Storytelling is free.

And so is the arts festival - free - for the first time. The mission of the nonprofit community-supported Frederick Festival of the Arts Inc. is to promote access to all forms of art.

"There's nothing more accessible than free," said Jasmine Sneed, executive director of the organization.

This weekend will be the final Frederick Festival of the Arts along the linear Carroll Creek Park, which is slated for development.

Festival organizers are working on securing another location, and staying in downtown Frederick is their primary goal, Sneed said.

If you go...

Frederick Festival of the Arts

Carroll Creek Park, South Market Street, Frederick, Md.

-- Saturday, June 5, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

-- Sunday, June 6, noon to 5 p.m.


Downtown Frederick has three parking decks and on-the-street parking spaces.

Free parking and shuttle service is available from Harry Grove Stadium.

For information, visit on the Web.

Directions from Hagerstown: Take Interstate 70 east to exit 54, Market Street. Turn left at light, go through through three lights and turn right at fourth light, South Street. Turn left at next light, Carroll Street. Turn left again onto gravel a road before a bridge.

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