Dale Chihuly at 1968 Bellevue Arts and Crafts FairSummer is almost here and that means BAM ARTSfair is back. Held July 25, 26, & 27 at Bellevue Arts Museum and Bellevue Square, BAM ARTSfair features thousands of original artworks, an exciting mix of community programs, free admission to BAM, live music, and more. Whether you are a seasoned art aficionado searching for the next piece to add to your collection or are just looking to have some fun, BAM ARTSfair is a destination for everyone who loves art. Plus, it’s free.

BAM ARTSfair brings some of the nation’s most talented artists to the Pacific Northwest. This year’s line-up includes over three hundred artists, selected from a pool of close to one thousand applicants by a jury of museum and art professionals. It is a competitive process designed to ensure diversity and superior quality. Did you know that world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly had one of his first shows at BAM ARTSfair? So did painter and photographer Chuck Close and Northwest sculptor Patti Warashina. Today’s emerging artists may be tomorrow’s masters. You never know; it’s all part of the thrill.

No Fair is the same and this year’s free programs include community art-making, glassblowing demos, live performance art, and the ever-so-messy KIDSfair. The Sound & Movement Stage features local musicians and artists from 4Culture’s Touring Arts Roster. Admission to BAM is complimentary throughout the entire festival. Among the exhibitions on view is Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami, a not-to-miss showcase of origami art from around the world.

For more than 60 years, BAM ARTSfair has been celebrating the connection between the Museum’s community and the world of art, craft, and design. As a matter of fact, the roots of the Museum itself go back to the first Fair, held in 1947, and the impetus of a group of extraordinary volunteers to establish a vibrant cultural center on the Eastside. Today, BAM continues to honor and expand that vision through engaging exhibitions and programs that inspire and surprise.

QUICK FACTS

What: Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair
When: Friday ‐ Sunday, July 25, 26, & 27, 2014
Friday & Saturday: 9:30am ‐ 9:30pm
Sunday: 9:30am ‐ 6pm
Where: Bellevue Arts Museum & Bellevue Square
Tickets: Free (including free admission to BAM)
Details: http://www.bellevuearts.org/fair

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