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MPAartfest Artists Meet in McLean Central Park

A group of MPAartfest artists stroll through McLean Central Park as part of their MPAartfest artist orientation.

A group of MPAartfest artists stroll through McLean Central Park as part of their MPAartfest artist orientation. Photos contributed

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MPAartfest Director Amy Swaak explains the layout of MPAartfest to be held on Oct. 6 in McLean Central Park.

MPAartfest Director Amy Swaak conducted a walkthrough of McLean Central Park Wednesday, July 31 for artists selected to be in MPAartfest. The walkthrough gives the artists an overview of the procedures and park layout and gives veteran MPAartfest artists a chance to share some of their tips on exhibiting at MPAartfest.

The sixth annual MPAartfest arrives on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in McLean Central Park (at the intersection of Dolley Madison Boulevard (Rt 123) and Old Dominion Drive). Forty-nine juried artists will exhibit and sell their art, transforming the park into a landscape of mini-galleries. Created for the community by McLean Project for the Arts, MPAartfest draws thousands of art-lovers of all ages to enjoy (and purchase) original art, listen to live music, create their own masterpiece at MPA’s Innovation Station and picnic on delicious selections from local restaurants. Parking is free and easy with shuttle buses running all day.

This fun, free art festival accepts donations to help support McLean Project for the Arts' exhibitions and art education programs all year long.

Event partner sponsors are the McLean Community Center and the Fairfax County Park Authority. The Innovation Station art tent is sponsored by TTR Sotheby's International Realty.

Since 1962, McLean Project for the Arts has been promoting the work of emerging and established regional artists. A non-profit visual arts center, MPA presents high quality, professionally curated art exhibitions and art classes for children and adults taught by professional art instructors. Additionally, MPA educates thousands of area students with its acclaimed ArtReach program, and offers gallery talks and day trips to regional museums and galleries. MPA is a partner with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Fairfax County Public Schools.

Visit McLean Project for the Arts in residence at the McLean Community Center at 1234 Ingleside Ave. in McLean. For more information about MPA and MPAartfest, visit www.mpaart.org or call 703-790-1953.