McLean Project for the Arts will host the 17th annual MPAartfest at McLean Central  Park this Sunday. This outdoor festival is a day full of music, food, and art. The 35  featured artists for this year include painters, ceramicists, textile artists, and jewelry creators.  

“Artwork sold at MPAartfest is juried each year by MPA’s artistic director & curator,  which provides a higher level of quality, diversity, and creativity of art on display,  exemplifying the gifted artists from throughout our Mid-Atlantic region,” said Deb  Bissen, the director of communication and public affairs at McLean Project for the Arts.  “Our show has been rated as one of the top 100 art shows in Sunshine Artist  Magazine.” 

In addition to the art for purchase, there will be the annual Children’s Art Walk.  

“Each year, the New Dominion Women’s Club partners with MPA and art teachers from  McLean area public and private preschool and elementary schools to showcase artwork created by area students,” said Bissen.  

The Children’s Art Walk will usher visitors into the park when they enter from the parking lot next to the Dolley Madison Library. The art walk is the first stop for these young creatives’ projects. This year, the MPA has continued its partnership with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. The children whose art is featured at MPAartfest will be displayed in the departures area at Dulles Airport. Art from last year’s art walk is currently on display across from the West Side TSA Precheck Security Checkpoint.  

Ken Avis is the music curator for MPAartfest. He has put together a fun musical line-up for the festival. Music lovers can relax and enjoy an eclectic mix of musical genres. The festivities kick off at 10 a.m. with the Blues Alley Youth Jazz Orchestra. Musical acts that will follow are nu jazz/progressive soul singer Alison Crockett, Crooked Sparrow,  an Americana band who mix the genres of Texas, Latin American, and folk music, Little  Red and the Renegades, whose music is a combination of blues, zydeco, funk, and gospel, and blues greats the Honey Larks. Celtic artists Sean Heely and Abbie Palmer will close the festival; Agi Kovacs, a former dancer with the Hungarian National Ballet, will accompany them. New artists take the stage at the top of each hour.  

Those who work up an appetite can choose from the culinary delights of various food trucks. A local winery will also have wines available for sale. 

“We are thrilled to be back in McLean Central Park after the hurricane canceled last year’s MPAartfest, and hope you’ll join us for this beloved community celebration of the arts,” said Bissen. “To learn more about MPA, visit us in our galleries at the McLean  Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, VA.” 

McLean Central Park is located at 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd in McLean. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The best area to park is at the McLean Community Center.  Other parking, within walking distance, can be found at Capital One Bank at 6890 Elm  St. and Fitzgerald Properties at 1446 Dolley Madison Bvd. For those taking Metro, the closest metro station is the Silver Line stop at McLean Station. It is about two miles from the park.


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