The Art Festival on Walnut Street
As the Summer of 2013 begins to slowly fade away, Shadyside is hosting the 16th Annual Art Festival on Walnut Street this weekend. If you missed the big Three Rivers Arts Festival back in June, or if you’re already craving some new pieces for your collection, you must stop by as Walnut Street is transformed into an open-air gallery featuring 150 artists from around the country. The festival takes place Saturday, August 24th from 10AM to 7PM and Sunday the 25th from 10AM to 5PM on Walnut Street between Negley and Aiken.
The festival promises to feature pieces for every budget in a variety of mediums. Explore a sea of artist booths selling paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, glass, woodworking, jewelry, and fiber arts.
Attendees can also enter a raffle to win original artwork by participating artist Julie Keaton-Reed. “Green Floral” is a framed 18” x 22” sumi ink on watercolor paper valued at $395. You can stop by Julie’s booth to check out the prize and register throughout the weekend. A winner will be chosen on Sunday at 4PM. Julia hails from Florida and has participated in the festival for several years. She explained to the Post-Gazette that her newest work was inspired Japanese culture.
While you’re in Shadyside, you can grab a cocktail at one of the many local establishments after your day of art shopping. We recommended the margaritas at The Steel Cactus, the White Russians at Le Mardi Gras (only if you’re trying to get schwasted), or the Champagne Mojito at Walnut Grill to commemorate summer’s end. A word to the wise, give yourself time to find parking, as Walnut Street will be closed. You may have a little hike to get to the action, but it will be well worth it!