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Artists Visit McLean Central Park

MPAartfest 2012 hosts orientation for artists.

Amy Swaak, MPAartfest Coordinator, leads MPAartfest artists through McLean Central Park.

Amy Swaak, MPAartfest Coordinator, leads MPAartfest artists through McLean Central Park. Photo contributed

MPAartfest Coordinator Amy Swaak and MPAartfest Artist Liaison chair, Molly Kelly Ryan, took some of the artists participating in this year's MPAartfest on a tour of McLean Central Park on Thursday, July 26. The orientation gave artists a chance to walk the park where MPAartfest is held, learn about the event set-up and break-down, and ask any questions they may have.

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Artist Jill Banks asks a question while others take notes. From left: Eileen Olson, Karen Ching, Christiane Lavin, Jill Banks, and Carol Huddleston

MPAartfest will be held on Sunday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In its sixth year, MPAartfest will be the largest ever in terms of number of artists. Swaak said, "Because of MPA’s 50th anniversary we hoped to have 50 artists, but we had to make sure that we maintained quality, not just quantity. The great news is, we had so many quality artists apply to this year’s MPAartfest that we were able to accomplish our goal and jury in 52 artists."

MPAartfest transforms McLean Central Park into a lively landscape of mini art galleries showcasing and offering for sale the work of a diverse group of more than 50 juried artists and includes activities to captivate art-lovers of all ages. Stroll through the Children's ArtWalk, sponsored by McLean Community Foundation and coordinated by the New Dominion Women's Club, to experience the work of young artists from McLean area schools. Budding artists may create their own works of art at Innovation Station, the children's art tent, sponsored by TTR Sotheby's. The Gazebo Stage will feature a variety of live performances throughout the day and food vendors will offer a wonderful selection of food and beverages.

McLean Project for the Arts is located at 1234 Ingleside Avenue.

For more information visit www.mpaart.org or call 703-790-1953.