Traffic alert (and shopping opportunity): Saturday event in downtown Leesburg

Loudoun Sampler Guild members planning to attend the Saturday, September 14 meeting in Leesburg should be aware of a special event happening in downtown Leesburg. 

For the second year running, downtown Leesburg will be transformed into an open-air museum of sorts, as more than one hundred master artisans display their work during the Second Annual Leesburg Fine Art Festival.

Members of the Friends of Public Arts have been hard at work since the 2012 event, processing visitor feedback and solidifying a roster of top-notch talent for the 2013 show. Many notable artists will return this year, including painters Jennifer Ardolino, Bryan Yung and Rick Grossman, jeweler Alexis Barbeau, ceramic artist Andrew Wender and gyotaku artist James Roberts. They’re joined by a handful of newcomers, including nationally acclaimed sculptor Frederick Prescott, photographer Jean-Claude Louis and fiber artist Mimi Hay.

Throughout the weekend, guests will have ample opportunity to browse among the display booths and, in most cases, meet participating artists. A wide variety of media will be available, creating what organizers hope will be one of the most impressive fine art shows of the Mid-Atlantic this year.

The 2013 Fine Art Festival is set for 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 14 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 15 at the intersection of King and Market Streets in downtown Leesburg. Admission is free to all. For a full list of participating artists, information about area accommodations and other details, go to http://paragonartevents.com/lee.

Due to street closures, members should approach the church from the Route 7/15 bypass via West Market Street. 

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