Check Out the 22nd Annual ARToberFEST

A woman tourist at a souvenir fair choosing handmade decorative woodcarving gifts at an outdoor art festival

It happens just once a year. Get ready, because the 22nd annual ARToberFEST is almost here! This is Galveston’s premier festival for fine art exhibits and it takes place on October 19th-20th. The event is held in the center of Galveston’s Downtown Cultural Arts District, transforming the historic Postoffice Street area into a bustling open-air art gallery for two glorious days.

At the festival, you will see 14 different artistic displays including sculpture, painting, mixed media, photography, wood and leather art, ceramic, textile, jewelry, and much more. Browse through the directory of participating artists at this year’s event to get an idea of what to expect.  Tickets are only $5 for adults.

ARToberFEST Presents More than Artwork

Each year, art, food, and fun bring invigorating life to the beautiful Postoffice Street art district. Besides fine art and artisan crafts, this year you can expect the Galveston’s Farmers Market, a wine bar, food trucks, and interactive art activities for children.

Live Musical Performances

Live music will be on hand as well. Listen to Wayne D. Holt and the sounds of his wonderful classical guitar. He plays hits from the Beatles to swing and everything in between.

From Clear Lake, Texas, comes Andrew Baker and his hand-pan. He has performed with his hand-pan, an instrument similar to the steel drum, in Galveston, Austin, and Boulder.

Meet the Artists

The 2019 Artist Spotlight celebrant is Jeff Hamachek who was a long-time contributor of ARToberFEST and was also a professionally trained modern impressionist artist. Much of his work paid homage to Galveston Island, the beach, its history, and the people of the surrounding area. Sadly, he passed away. His wife Jerri will be presenting his work.

The 2019 Blue Ribbon Artists

Three Blue Ribbon artists were chosen by jury. Sponsored by The Grand 1894 Opera House, these three artists needed to earn perfect scores from the jury panel to win the Blue Ribbon Artist title. This year’s winners are:

  • Brandon Girtman
  • Jay Long
  • Emily McCauley

Check out their artwork at the festival or click on their links to get a sneak peek.

Feel free to contact us here at the Club of the Isle for more details about our beautiful apartments or to schedule a tour. We are conveniently located near festivals, restaurants, and so much more.

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