Frederick Arts Council Announces Cancellation of 2020 Frederick Festival of the Arts

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The Frederick Festival of the Arts is canceled for 2020, with much appreciation extended to all artists, sponsors, committee members, and volunteers who were involved

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The Frederick Arts Council board of directors voted to cancel the 2020 Frederick Festival of the Arts which had been scheduled to take place June 5-7, out of an interest for public health and safety in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision is in keeping with Governor Larry Hogan’s most recent recommendations announced today regarding large convenings, which have an uncertain reopen date within Phase III of the Maryland Strong Roadmap to Recovery.

Artists and vendors who were selected to participate in the 2020 festival will have their booth fees refunded.

“Unfortunately, it seemed the obvious conclusion was to cancel this year’s scheduled Festival after closely following the trajectory of this pandemic,” said John Bekier, President of the Frederick Arts Council.

Because the festival depends on hundreds working together on dates set a year in advance, it is not possible to reschedule for this year. Next year’s Festival of the Arts is scheduled for Jun 4-6, 2021.

“We feel it was essential that we do our part to help curb the coronavirus’ spread,” said Louise Kennelly, Executive Director of the Arts Council. We greatly appreciate our festival sponsors, including the following who are keeping their support with the Frederick Arts Council: Hood College; Kaiser Permanente; Frederick County Bank; Restoration Family Chiropractic; Marketing and Research Resources (M&RR); Research for Good; Rakuten Insight; Daynata; and Prodege MR, and Luxury Bath.

“Our Festival committee has been hard at work since October and fortunately, much of that good planning can be used in the future,” said Festival director, Jasmine Sneed.

More than 100 artists were juried into this year’s festival. Selected artists for this year’s festival included the following:
Bill Colby, New Smyrna Beach FL - Clay
Sarah Houde, Hollywood     MD - Clay
Ben May, Finksburg MD - Clay
Kathy Swan, Ellicott City     MD - Clay
Julia Sclar, Frederick MD-    Clay
Anthony Huonder, Minneapolis MN - Clay
Samuel Hitchman, Cincinnati OH -Clay
Selinda    Kennedy - Muncy PA - Clay
Victor and Megan Huston-Field, Bedford PA - Clay
Misha Sanborn, Fredericksburg – VA Clay
Kevin Rodrigue, Spotsylvania , VA -Clay
Susan Williams, Fleetwood PA - Digital (any manipulation, i.e. photography,collage etc.)
Glen Klein, Danville PA - Digital (any manipulation, i.e. photography,collage etc.)
Ikumi Kayama, Riverdale    MD - Drawing / Graphics / Printmaking
Charlie Barton, Baltimore MD - Drawing / Graphics / Printmaking
William Lewis, Gettysburg PA - Drawing / Graphics / Printmaking
Bob Friedenberg, Round Hill VA - Drawing / Graphics / Printmaking
Brittani Locke, Boonsboro MD - Fiber (wearable & non-wear, baskets, rugs, handmade paper & collage)
Erin Draper, Baltimore MD - Fiber (wearable & non-wear, baskets, rugs, handmade paper & collage)
Somnath Sengupta, Ellicott City MD - Fiber (wearable & non-wear, baskets, rugs, handmade paper & collage)
Samuel Yao, Ann Arbor MI - Fiber (wearable & non-wear, baskets, rugs, handmade paper & collage)
Terry Lo, Manalapan NJ - Fiber (wearable & non-wear, baskets, rugs, handmade paper & collage)
Nanako Miller, New York NY -Fiber (wearable & non-wear, baskets, rugs, handmade paper & collage)
Jeanne Scannell, Newburg PA - Fiber (wearable & non-wear, baskets, rugs, handmade paper & collage)
Deborah O'Keeffe, Staunton VA - Fiber (wearable & non-wear, baskets, rugs, handmade paper & collage)
Kali Basi,Yelm WA Fiber (wearable & non-wear, baskets, rugs, handmade paper & collage)
David Leidy, Sorrento FL - Glass
David Sandidge, Clermont FL - Glass
John DiCarlo, Fort Myers FL - Glass
Sebastian Coleman, Mt. Vernon, OH - Glass
Richard Bond, Ottawa Ontario - Glass
Leah Staley, Scotts Valley CA - Jewelry (Metal)
Merrilee Harrigan, Washington DC - Jewelry (Metal)
Christie May, Palm Beach FL - Jewelry (Metal)
Candace Stribling, Frederick MD - Jewelry (Metal)
Stacey Krantz, Braddock Heights MD - Jewelry (Metal)
John and Debbie Sosnowsky, Union Bridge MD - Jewelry (Metal)
Scott Wolf, Rockville MD - Jewelry (Metal)
Alison Jefferies, Catonsville MD Jewelry (Metal)
Lauren Nogrady, Middletown MD - Jewelry (Metal)
Wendy Waugaman, Port Clyde ME - Jewelry (Metal)
Ilene Kay, Clyde,NC - Jewelry (Metal)
Marie-Pierre Pulcini, Jefferson NY - Jewelry (Metal)
Julie Leininger, Gansevoort NY - Jewelry (Metal)
Larry Tallent, Norman OK    Jewelry (Metal)
Rona Fisher, Philadelphia     PA Jewelry (Metal)
Kara Raymond, Doylestown PA Jewelry (Metal)
Zbigniew Chojnacki, Philadelphia        PA Jewelry (Metal)
Kelly Civitarese, Philadelphia, PA        Jewelry (Metal)
Lisa Markowitz, Reston        VA Jewelry (Metal)
Ninika Gordon, Madison     VA Jewelry (Metal)
Jon Black, Winooski VT Jewelry (Metal)
Jessica Bryson, Points WV Jewelry (Metal)
Lisa Davin, Delray Beach     FL Jewelry (Other)
Megan Horan, Raleigh NC Jewelry (Other)
Lou Frederick, New York     NY Jewelry (Other)
Merrianne Nichols, Dover DE             Leather
John Davis, Hyattsville MD Leather
Lisa Strauss, Hackettstown NJ Leather
Judith Smith, Springfield OR Leather
Bud Scheffel, Kingston NY Metal
Robert Yates, McDonough NY Metal
Douglas Hain, Myerstown PA Metal
Kim Klabe, Rehobeth Beach DE Mixed Media (includes Sculpture)
Vered Yanay, Rockville MD, Mixed Media (includes Sculpture)
Cari Corene, Boonsboro MD Mixed Media (includes Sculpture)
Richard    Trincere, Jackson heights     NY Mixed Media (includes Sculpture)
Jeffrey Wateska, Pittsburgh PA Mixed Media (includes Sculpture)
Ginger Reuling, Berryville     VA Mixed Media (includes Sculpture)
Janet Spahr, Carlisle PA Musical Instruments
Justin Alsedek, Ocala FL     Painting
Rachel Ratcliff, Clearwater FL Painting
Geraldine Butler     , Columbia MD Painting
Goodloe Byron,     Frederick MD Painting
Vincent Hughes, Silver Spring MD Painting
Rachel Stevenson, Hagerstown MD Painting
Gerald Troutman, Sykesville MD Painting
Steve Rowlands, Bel Air MD Painting
Michael Adams, Frederick MD Painting
Daniel Kessler, Gaithersburg MD        Painting
Stefanie Waller, Frederick MD Painting
Cynthia Scott, Frederick     MD Painting
Guanwen Wu, Brooklyn Painting
Jane Wise, Denver PA Painting
Anne Lee, Pittsburgh PA     Painting
Joe Jacobs, Dallastown PA Painting
Phill Singer, New Britain        PA Painting
Paul Gallo, Middletown PA Painting
Brian Eppley, Mechanicsburg PA        Painting
Jerry Brem, Beaufort SC        Painting
Wynn Booty, Midlothian     VA Painting
Karri Mohr, Midlothian VA Painting
Rebecca Jones, Shepherdstown         WV Painting
Timothy Hall, Tampa FL Photography
Steven Shrader, Townsend GA Photography
James Corbett, Rockville     MD Photography
Albert Schafer, Baltimore     MD Photography
Eric Stavale, Frederick MD Photography
Brandon Hirt, Ebensburg     PA Photography
Larry Downey, Waterford PA Photography
Art Heim, State College        PA Photography
Paul Grecian, Millville PA     Photography
Ryan Feipel, Leesburg VA    Photography
Chris Fedderson, Alexandria VA Photography
Ursula Perry, Shokan NY     Sculpture
Jaron Reeser, Pickerington OH Sculpture
Zbigniew Chojnacki, Philadelphia PA Sculpture
Robert Wertz, Mechanicsburg PA     Sculpture
Roland Paronish, Carrolltown PA     Sculpture
Lorann Jacobs, Dallastown PA Sculpture
Kevin Finney, Stevensville MD Wood
Kanda Harp, Sparrows Point MD Wood
Michael Cruz, Keedysville MD Wood
Gary Carver, Ijamsville MD Wood
David Souza, Gilbertsville PA Wood
William Thompson, Arlington VA     Wood
Maryland Writers Association; Ijamsville, MD - Author

Artists were selected from a pool of applicants through a blind jury process. To apply, artists submitted digital images of their artwork and booth set-up through ZAPPlication™. A jury of art experts reviewed the entries, identified only by number, and selected the work based on merit and quality, as well as booth presentation.

The following performing artists were scheduled to perform on the Festival’s main stage:
Friday evening, June 5th: Bad Influence; Saturday June 6th: Andrew Kasab, Dong Xi Music, Conor and the Wild Hunt and ilyAIMY; Sunday, June 7th: Kipyn Marti and Emma G and her Band of Misfits.

In addition to the main stage, the FAME (Frederick Acoustic Music Enterprise) had programmed two full days of acoustic musicians and the Community Stage was slated to feature a variety of community group performances.

The Frederick Festival of the Arts is a program of the Frederick Arts Council.

About the Frederick Arts Council
The Frederick Arts Council advances and invests in a vibrant and cohesive arts community for the people of Frederick County and its visitors. The organization fosters an environment where the arts flourish in the community through grants and scholarships, arts advocacy, and links to essential resources. FAC is responsible for large-scale programming such as the Frederick Festival of the Arts, Public Art Initiative, Sky Stage, Art in the Park, and Frederick County’s Arts in Education grants. For more information about the Frederick Arts Council, visit    

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