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East Lancaster Avenue busy over Memorial Day weekend with second annual Downingtown Fine Arts Festival

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STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN 
bbingaman@21st-centurymedia.com
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East Lancaster Avenue in Downingtown Borough will be active over Memorial Day weekend with the second annual Downingtown Fine Arts Festival.
When is it held?
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 28 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 29.
What types of art will I see?
Painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, mixed media and jewelry. The artists were juried by a panel of professional artists, based on professionalism, presentation, standards of excellence and exploration. Get more information about the 35 local, regional and national artists at http://downingtownfinearts.com/2016artists.html.
What’s important to know about the festival?
It’s free, and there’s free parking within walking distance of the event.
There will be a food truck to grab some grub from. Note that the Victory Brewing Co. is nearby at 420 Acorn Lane.
“The Downingtown Main Street Association will be present at the event to invite the show patrons to learn about the many programs underway to build and improve upon the Downingtown experience,” said festival producer and artist David Oleski in an email.
Volunteers are welcome. “The Downingtown Main Street Association will welcome anyone that wants to volunteer to help at this event, as well as the many other events that the DMSA runs throughout the spring, summer and fall, including the Summer Jam series, the Victory Fall Fest and the Halloween Dash of the Dead fundraising event,” Oleski said. If you can help out, contact Steven Plaugher at (610) 269-1523 or go to www.downingtownmainstreet.com/contact-us.
What’s the easiest way to get there?
www.downingtownfinearts.com will tell you which way is best for you.
Will there be crafters too?
“While we will have jewelry, we decided to specifically promote an event showcasing non-functional fine art,” Oleski said. “We are doing our part to continue to build Chester County’s continued legacy of fine arts, in a climate that includes the influence of the prestigious Wyeth family, and the exciting new artists like Jeff Schaller and Robert Jackson, that have brought so much more to today’s view of fine arts in Chester County.”

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