Can you imagine a more beautiful backdrop for an arts festival than Bethany Beach? Every Saturday after Labor Day, Bethany Beach hosts the Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival. Artists fill the (almost) half-mile long and 12-foot-wide boardwalk with their pottery, watercolor and oil paintings, basketry, jewelry, glass, and photography. Art fairs are unique because of their ability to bring customers face-to-face with the artist. The Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival is also proud to aid the local economy.
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Art festivals have been around since the 1970s, but art festivals have become increasingly popular in recent years. This can be attributed to people becoming increasingly appreciative of art. Previously, we had more time to visit art galleries and travel to the cities home to the best art. With the birth of the Internet, people no longer need to visit an art gallery in person and can conveniently browse art online. Today, the art festival serves as an opportunity to see various mediums of work in one central place.
People are seeing the importance of art these days, and want to bring it home to enjoy. Art has been proven to make us feel good; it has a calming effect and is even used in therapy for its positive mental power. In addition, mandatory art in schools teaches the younger generation to be more creative in their everyday lives.
The arts festival by the sea comes at the perfect time, as Bethany Beach has other celebrations and events to send summer off with a bang. Earlier that week, Bethany Beach hosts a Jazz Funeral at the beach bandstand. Shops and restaurants are still open, making Bethany Beach the perfect Labor Day Weekend trip.
Before or after the Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival, visitors can stop by Bethany Beach’s art galleries, including Blue Room Gallery, Gallery One and Bethany Fine Arts Gallery. Gallery One is a fine art gallery that was established in 2005. It is owned and operated by a group of local artists, looking to create a space filled with original work and fine art reproductions. Open year-round, Gallery One has exciting exhibitions and challenges artists every month to explore a theme and create art based upon that theme.
Blue Room Gallery was established in 1994 and continues to be one of the most popular galleries and gift shops on the East Coast. Whether you’re interested in shopping for Bethany Beach-themed items, jewelry, or rugs, Blue Room Gallery has something for everyone’s unique taste in art.
Bethany Fine Arts Gallery is a gallery in Bethany Beach created by Michael Orhelein, who is an award-winning professional photographer. Michael is a five-time recipient of the Kodak Gallery Award and the Fuji Masterpiece Award.
What’s a trip to Bethany Beach without a seafood dinner? Visit The Blue Crab, considered Bethany Beach’s best seafood restaurant. Opened in 2004, The Blue Crab uses fresh lump crabmeat from real blue crabs, fresh chicken, and vegetables from local farms. Be sure to try their freshly made potato chips with horseradish dip and crab cakes.
If you’re looking for authentic Italian food, visit DiFiebo’s Restaurant, which is family-owned. DiFiebo’s serves up your favorite grandmother’s recipes, including Cavatelli Bolognese, homemade Abruzzi Ravioli and Cheese Lasagna.
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