The Gloucester Arts Festival, supported by the Cook Foundation, announces an exciting slate of events in its inaugural celebration, May 23-27, 2017.

This year we have chosen to showcase some of the finest painters from the Mid-Atlantic region through Plein Air events in our beautiful coastal surroundings. We welcome you to participate in the Festival through workshops, chats with artists, painting competitions for community artists, art sales, gallery receptions, and more. There is even a children’s event scheduled to ignite that spark of creativity in our future artists.

We are pleased to have our Festival coinciding with another Gloucester tradition: Symphony under the Stars featuring The Virginia Symphony in a free outdoor concert. These are extraordinary opportunities for art lovers throughout the region to pursue, collect, and enjoy artistic expressions that reflect the heart of the river. We invite you to join us!

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2017 Schedule of Events:

Quick Fun Color Workshop with Hai-Ou Hou
Saturday, May 20th and Sunday, May 21st @ Gloucester Arts on Main
10:00 am – 4:00 pm each day

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Nocturne Paint Out
Monday, May 22nd 3:30 – 7:30 pm @ Little England Plantation, 8066 Little England Road, Hayes, Virginia 23072.

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Meet the Artists Dinner
Wednesday, May 24th 4 pm @ Beecreek at Sassafras (hosted by the Stewart Gallery)

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“Plein Air is the New Golf” book talk and signing by Gary Pendleton, author of 100 Plein Air Artists of the Mid- Atlantic, and a slide show and talk by artist, Dorothy Fagan.
Thursday, May 25th 7pm @ The Stewart Gallery

Collectors’ Gala
Friday, May 26th 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm @ Gloucester Arts on Main

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Paint Main 2.5
Saturday, May 27th 8:00 am – 4:00 pm @ Gloucester Main Street

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Kids Paint .5
Saturday, May 27th 9 am – 11:30 am
@ Tabb House lawn – Main Street – 6596 Main Street, Gloucester, VA 23061

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Symphony under the Stars
Saturday, May 27th 8:00 pm- 10:00 pm
@ Corner of Main Street and Walter Reed Way

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