The Wickford Art Association is pleased to announce this year’s artist line up on it’s new virtual artist directory for the much anticipated return of the annual Wickford Art Festival which is set to take place Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11. After being cancelled for the first time in 57 years due to COVID-19, the festival is back this summer but in a new location at Wilson Park within Wickford Village and will host over 170 fine artists. The event is free and open to the public from 10am-5pm both days. Parking will be available at Wilson Park, Wickford Middle School (suggested $10 donation), public parking in the lots on Brown Street and Gardner’s Wharf, plus permitted street parking within the village.
Artists slated to exhibit at this year’s festival will showcase fine art in a variety of mediums including: ceramics, wood, wearable and decorative fiber, furniture, fine jewelry, drawing, etching, glass, mixed media, painting (watercolors, oil, gouache, acrylic), photography, printmaking, pyrography, and sculptures. The festival is also pleased to host three Wickford Art Association Scholarship recipients – Page Sullivan of Portsmouth High School, Ella Rose and Elizabeth Cowart of Cranston West High School.
The Wickford Art Festival is proud to partner with many local community organizations and businesses that will host activities and showcase their missions at the event. The North Kingstown Educational Foundation will have a craft station to create a piece of art that will be a part of their “Catch the Creative Wave” photomosaic project. Make sure to get a picture with the new “Plummy” mascot by the Friends of the Plum Beach Lighthouse Association booth! Other local organizations and businesses that will be represented at the festival include the Wickford Village Merchants Association, HistWick, Land Conservancy of North Kingstown, URI, Narrow River Preservation Society, The Alzheimer’s Association RI Chapter, North Kingstown Public Library, NK-Exeter Animal Protection League, the Providence Veterans Center and festival sponsor Centerville Bank. This year’s food and beverage vendors within Wilson Park will be Gansett Poke, Kettle Corn Express, Del’s Lemonade and Newport Creamery’s Awful Awful truck.
To help plan your visit and learn more about all the happenings in Wickford Village, visit the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce’s website or visit the Wickford Village Merchants Association site to learn all about where to shop, eat, and play by the bay! The First Baptist Church on Main Street will be hosting kids activities, live music and will be offering everyone’s favorite Strawberry Shortcakes. Less than a quarter mile walk from Wilson Park, Wickford Village has a variety of take out and dine in eateries, dozens of quality shops, incredible views of Wickford Harbor and streets lined with colorful historic homes.
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