What is it?
Welcome to the Overlea ArtsFest! The Overlea ArtsFest is a family-friendly annual arts festival and juried art show organized by the Overlea Community Association to celebrate the visual & performing arts, and to promote local artists and their work.
Artists of all genres and all levels of experience are welcome to submit their work to compete for prizes in up to nine different juried categories. Professional local singers, bands and dance groups from all over the greater Baltimore area entertain the festival attendees throughout the day. Community organizations such as Holt Park & Center for the Arts and the Rosedale Public Library provide a variety of “make-and-take” art activities for attendees of all ages. Food vendors are available with a great selection of foods, desserts and drinks. ArtsFest is made possible by a sponsorship from Rosedale Federal Savings & Loan Association, as well as generous donations from many dedicated art-loving residents of Overlea and beyond.
When is it?
The Overlea ArtsFest is (normally) held on the first Saturday of June each year, from 10 AM til 6 PM.
Because of Covid-19, the event was postponed until August 15, 2020. A weekend festival turned into a week-long virtual event celebrating our artists, performers and community.
It is FREE to attend the festival, partake in the activities and enjoy the performances. Artists are not charged a fee to submit their work for the juried show, nor are they charged a commission on any work sold during the show, which makes ArtsFest a very “pro-artist” event. The goal of the ArtsFest Board is to provide a respectful and joyful experience for both the artists and the performers, as well as the attendees of the event.
Where is it?
The first Overlea ArtsFest launched in 2016 as the dream of a handful of dedicated volunteers, but since then Overlea ArtsFest has gained much attention. The Overlea ArtsFest has been hosted at the Natural History Society of Maryland, St. Michael-St. Clement School, and Fullerton Recreation Center. Each year, attendance and submissions have increased, new artist juried categories have been included, and a broader range of performers, kid friendly activities and vendors have made the Overlea ArtsFest a vibrant and fun event.
The ArtsFest committee was formed under the supervision of the Overlea Community Association but now operates as a stand-alone registered non-profit organization. Learn more about the board here. Artists who live and work in Maryland are encouraged to submit examples of their work for consideration by the jury. There is no fee to apply, and category winners receive a cash award. Local performers and vendors are encouraged to participate as well. Overlea ArtsFest favors local, handmade original creations for inclusion in its limited vendor space.
The Overlea ArtsFest is only so-called because that’s where it was born, but our mission is to act as a conduit for the creative work and appreciation of all the neighborhoods of Northeast Baltimore, no matter which side of the City/County line you straddle. We have already seen success as the ArtsFest board has grown to reach active, creative community members who share the mission and goal of the ArtsFest to bring artists together with their neighbors. The more artists learn about and participate in ArtsFest, the wider the positive impact of their creations on the surrounding communities and beyond.
Our vision for Overlea ArtsFest is to expand it to a weekend event starting on Friday evening and ending on Sunday. The community will be involved from the opening “kick-off” reception and preview on Friday evening, meet the artists and have the chance to purchase some of the artwork. The main event would happen on Saturday, and then Sunday would be a “studio tour” day, where attendees could travel to the homes and studios of a dozen or more local artists to see them at work and learn more about their process.
Covid-19 has forced us to accelerate some of our plans to incorporate more digital media into the presentation of our event, but has also given us the opportunity to expand the Fest into a weeklong experience.
We could not put on an event like Overlea ArtsFest without the support of the community and our ArtsFest Angels, the sponsors that make it all possible.
You, too, can support our efforts by making a donation to Overlea ArtsFest here.
The Overlea Community is proud of its arts festival.
We welcome artists and art lovers alike to join us in
making Overlea a supportive place for the entire arts community.
See you at the ArtsFest!