Artomatic is the Washington, DC area's one-of-a-kind art extravaganza, involving hundreds of regional artists, performers and volunteers. The free art festival features a wide variety of paintings, sculpture, photography, music, theater, poetry, dance and workshops. The event is held every 12 to 18 months in a commercial site that is slated for demolition or is newly constructed and not yet occupied. Artomatic transforms available space into a playground for artistic expression. Participation is completely open-entry; there are no juries or curators.
It is a fun event and is great way to support the local artistic community.
Dates: March 24-May 6, 2017
Hours: Thursday noon-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday Noon - midnight, Sunday noon-6 p.m. Closed Monday through Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day.
Location: 800 S. Bell Street in Crystal City, VA. Closest Metro Station is Crystal City.
This year’s 100,000 square foot space is provided by Vornado/Charles E. Smith and is located along Crystal City’s Art Underground. Launched in 2013 to transform Crystal City’s interior concourse into a vibrant arts and cultural destination, the Art Underground includes Synetic Theater, the 1200-foot long FotoWalk Underground, ArtJamz Underground, the Gallery Underground, TechShop, and Studios Underground which provides work space for two dozen artists.
Artomatic is completely run by volunteers and features the works of hundreds of local artists in a multi-week multimedia event. Artists pay a nominal fee to participate and volunteer their time. The Washington, DC art show brings artists and visitors together of different races, cultural backgrounds, ages and experience levels. The event also includes educational arts workshops for adults, such as sessions on collecting art, grant writing and drawing.
For details about events, see www.artomatic.org