Mystic Outdoor Art Festival
The 56th Annual Mystic Outdoor Arts Festival will take place on Saturday, August 10th, 10 am to 6 pm &
Saturday, August 10th
10 am to 6 pm
Sunday, August 11th
10 am to 5 pm
The annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival will be celebrating its 56th year, Saturday, August 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. along the streets of historic downtown Mystic, CT. The art festival has evolved in many ways from its humble beginnings 56 years ago. In 1957, Milton Baline and several other local business owners and art lovers proposed that Mystic pattern a festival after the famous Washington Square Festival in New York. That first show featured 105 artists and 500 paintings. Between 4,000 and 6,000 visitors came to admire and purchase art. Today the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival stretches over two miles and is the oldest of its kind in the Northeast. In fifty-five years, the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival has grown to over 250 artists who come from all corners of the United States and bring more than 100,000 works of art.
As the years go on, the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival is keeping its feet firmly planted in the area. Community pride is seen in the donations of time from over 100 volunteers and the donations of money and services from the local businesses. Local non-profit organizations, such as the Mystic Rotary Club, Coastal Masonic Lodge #57 and Boy Scout Troop #76 offer food and drink for sale to raise money for their organizations.
The Children’s Art Park is a great way for you and your children to make some art of your own during the event! Make sure to visit the Mystic River Park on the Stonington side of the river for a variety of activities including face painting, fish prints, bubbles, hula hoops, bean bag toss, funny photo boards and nautical knot tying as well as activities led by area museums and cultural centers. On Saturday, enjoy activities from MAC, Little Learners, Riverfront Children's Center, Noank Baptist Church and Alliance For Living. And on Sunday, join the Lyman Allyn and Mystic Aquarium.
While you’re visiting the festivities, cool off in Mystic Art Center’s galleries while enjoying the centennial year exhibition, Mystic As Muse. Saturday, 10am – 3pm, Mystic Arts Center hosts participatory children’s chalk art, available to all and free of charge.
New this year, Michaels Arts and Crafts is hitting the road! At this year’s Art Festival, children and adults alike can hop aboard a mobile crafting center, housed inside an 18-wheeler, and let their creativity flow! The Michaels mobile craft space will be located in the Chelsea Groton Bank parking lot, and will provide endless crafting opportunities throughout the weekend.
This year’s t-shirt design is an intricate, orange octopus tail that was created by Teri Brunski. Teri has been involved in graphic design and marketing for over 30 years, with experience in all forms of media, including print, web, television, and various forms of multimedia. Teri is presently employed in the Marketing department at Chelsea Groton Bank.
The show would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. The major sponsors for this year’s event are: Chelsea Groton Bank, Hall Communications Stations Classic 98.7, Roxy 100.9, 97.7 WCTY, and WICH 1310, Michael’s Arts and Crafts and The Day. Other sponsors of the festival include: Mystic River Press, Washington Trust Company, Katherine Forest Foundation, Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut and M.J. Sauchuk, INC.
The Mystic Chamber still needs volunteers to fill the many position required to make the show a success. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Cherie’lin Toporowski at the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, 2 Roosevelt Avenue, P.O. Box 143, Mystic, CT 06355, or call (860) 572-9578. firstname.lastname@example.org
During the Art Festival, stop by and see the Young Artist Exhibition with over 100 pieces of sea life artwork by local students. These pieces will be displayed along West Main Street on both Saturday and Sunday. Come support these talented young artists!
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Brought to you by the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce
Also sponsored by
MJ Sauchuck Inc.
Captain Daniel Packer Inn
Mercer & Bertsche Architecture & Engineering
Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa
People's United Bank
Washington Trust Company
Aquarion Water Company of CT
Bank of America
Block, Janney & Pascal LLC
Abbott's Lobster in the Rough
Costello's Clam Shack
Katherine Forest Foundation
Foxwoods Resort Casino
Wide World of Bagels
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