The weekend of May 18th The M Group attended the 27th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival at Reston Town Center. The experience is the Greater Reston Art Center’s (GRACE’s) largest fundraiser. For several years The M Group has served as a proud sponsor for the nonprofit organization’s weekend celebration.
The highly anticipated cultural event typically attracts nearly 30,000 visitors and was held from Friday through Sunday. Over 200 artists from 37 states showcased their best original contemporary fine art and crafts along the 11-block area. The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival has a long-standing reputation for presenting high-quality work. Despite the rain, art aficionados, local residents, families, corporate executives, and design professionals were all in attendance along with other local community members.
This year Festival Friday expanded the weekend’s experience with a focus on the Reston workforce, and offered unique deals for local merchants. The popular Family Art Park, which offers free art-making activities for groups of all ages in the Town Center Pavilion, was a highlight for attendees with children.
On Saturday evening, The M Group hosted the Festival party along with the Counter Custom Burgers. That night, a unique and exciting participatory performance was presented by Baltimore-based artist Laure Drogoul. Her work, The Illuminated Fountain of Extinction, is a living tableau of natural and post-natural creatures inspired by illuminated manuscripts. Also, Festival artists were celebrated with the announcement of the 2018 Awards of Excellence. The party served as a way for supporters to engage with the artists as well.
We look forward to attending again next year and hope to see you there!