Crowds Flock to 20th Bethesda Row Arts Festival

Artists come from across the country


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Nice weather helped draw crowds to the 20th annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival.

PHOTOS BY ANDREW SCHOTZ

The 20th annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival drew about 45,000 people on Saturday and Sunday, Festival Director Robin Markowitz said Monday.

Warm weather and clear skies meant favorable conditions for the event.

Markowitz said 190 artists had booths. Food vendors and other organizations also were there.

“It was a wholly successful show for the artists there,” many of whom were pleased because they sold some of their artwork, she said.

During its 20 years, the footprint of the festival largely has stayed the same, but the quality of the art and artists has continually improved, putting the show among the top 30 in the country, Markowitz said.

This year, artists traveled across the country to participate, coming from places such as California, Oregon, Colorado and Wisconsin.

This year’s Best in Show award went to Robert Coby of Cleveland, Ohio, who works with layered blown glass.