On the first Saturday of every October, 50,000 people stroll down Mt. Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, VA during the annual Art on the Avenue festival. This is a multi-cultural arts festival where visitors are greeted by over 300 artists (jewelers – silversmith & beaders, woodworkers, pottery makers, soap crafters, glass makers, unique painters, sculptures, fabric artists), musicians (Irish, folk, rock n’ roll, country and more), and food vendors (hot dogs, BBQ, Indian, crab cakes, chocolate bananas dipped on a stick, home made cider donuts). In addition, kids activities abound — stuff a scarecrow and paint a pumpkin to bring home with you.
We are thrilled that renowned folk artist Pat Palermino will have a booth this year for the festival. Visitors to the festival will have the opportunity to meet Pat and purchase some of her prints, note cards, and other original folk art items. Pat’s art work has been showcased in numerous galleries and historic landmarks such as the White House, Winterthur Museum, and the National Archives.
Art on the Avenue is a wonderful family event and a great opportunity to meet one of America’s great folk artists. Here are just a few of Pat Palermino’s wonderfully whimsical folk art prints that you will see on October 6 in her booth at the festival: