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Portsmouth Art Show Expects Big Crowd

Portsmouth, VA — If you want to find that one-of-a-kind gift for someone special, then the Portsmouth, VA's historic Olde Towne is the place to be August 27th and 28th. High Street will be hosting the 47th Annual Seawall Art Show, with some 75+ juried artists. As in previous years, expect to find a little of everything, from wood carving to oil paintings, handwoven clothing to art glass, fine jewelry to pottery, and more.

Admission to the show is free, as is the street parking on the weekend.

Aside from works for sale by nearly 75 artists, the show also features a student art show, entertainment, and food. Artists vie for thousands of dollars in awards gathered from exhibitor fees. The show is run by volunteers, and is supported by the Portsmouth Museum and Fine Arts Commission. 2015 reviews:

"The staff and volunteers were outstanding! They were very helpful, friendly, and just doing everything they could to make the show a good one. The location is nice with the waterfront right there, good traffic control, and good parking."

"Any problems are dealt with swiftly. "Booth sitters" are available for restroom breaks. Setup was well organized, even for a newbie who didn't know the ropes."

Art Fair 2015 reviews:

"Many of the artists have done this show for years, and the incredible dedication of the volunteers is a big reason why.  This show truly gives you a first-class artist experience: They'll remember your name when you check in on Friday night for setup; you'll get a barbeque awards dinner on Saturday night, a coffee cart with juice and pastries makes the rounds each morning, and volunteers bring chilled water throughout the day.  Plus, the prize money ranges from $500 to $2000 (I think)--not bad for a show this size.

There's a nice student art program here, an easy-to-find Show Headquarters booth, and, at the end of the harbor, live music.  Although the bandstand is about 100 yards or so from the closest booth, the sound easily carries across water.  And yet, on only one occasion was the band too loud.  I walked over to show HQ, let them know, and the director was on her walkie-talkie to request a volume adjustment before I'd even finished talking."