Fort Worth, Texas—The call for artists has been issued for the 25th annual MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival (MAIN ST.), the best of its class.
The application process opened July 15 for artists hoping to exhibit at the 25thannual show, scheduled April 8-11, 2010. Applications will be accepted through October 23, and artists can apply at www.zapplication.com.
Exhibitors at MAIN ST. are selected in a juried process so competitive that less than one in seven who applies receives an invitation. Those who do profit from a resilient regional market for fine art, one that has propelled MAIN ST. to a ranking among Art Fair Sourcebook’s top three fine arts shows based on artists’ sales.
Artists sell an estimated $4 million in art annually at the show, which pumps approximately $10 million into the local economy each year. At the same time, MAIN ST. shines a spotlight on Fort Worth’s cultural community, which extends from the downtown entertainment district and its galleries and performance halls to the city’s verdant museum district, which boasts the Kimbell Art Museum and the Amon Carter Museum.
Since its debut in 1986, MAIN ST. has grown in stature to rank among the top U.S. fine art fairs and is among the most honored shows in its class. The 2009 show swept this year’s Texas Festivals and Events Association Zenith Awards for distinction in festival and event marketing, receiving the Zenith—or best event honors—in its category and 14 golds, along with a collection of silver and bronze awards.
MAIN ST. packs downtown Fort Worth each spring with a celebration of fine arts and crafts, music, film and food stretching from the Tarrant County Courthouse to the Fort Worth Convention Center. More than 200 juried artists line brick-paved Main Street, joined by musicians and dancers on three stages. Performance artists and food and drink vendors complete the scene.
MAIN ST. is presented by Coors Light and produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. Jay Downie, CFEE, is festival director. Festival hours will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, April 8; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 9-10; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 11, 2010. Admission is free to the public. For more information, visit www.mainstreetartsfest.org
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