(Aug. 20, 2021) ArtX, Ocean City’s festival focusing on artistic expression, brings additional opportunities for creative experiences to the beach this weekend at Northside Park.
Surrounding the scenic lagoon on 125th Street, the fourth annual ArtX offers an endless list of opportunities to create, purchase and enjoy different genres of art, from simple and fun to professional and inspiring.
“The Town of Ocean City Special Events Department, in partnership with the Art League of Ocean City, produce ArtX as a primarily free event to inspire creativity, nurture artistic drive and promote art and culture in a variety of mediums,” said Special Events Director Frank Miller. “Visitors can enjoy free live music all day and the OC Film Festival will feature local producer films on an outdoor LED screen both days of the event. In addition, ArtX will include artisan work for sale covering classic and unique categories such as photography, sculpting, painting, ceramics, drawing, glass, and much more.”
On Saturday evening, ArtX hosts a night of music with a free concert by The Dave Matthews Tribute Band. Since 2004, The DMTB is the only nationally touring tribute to the Dave Matthews Band.
This five-piece ensemble strives to pay homage to their famous counterparts by matching the excitement, energy, intensity and intimacy of a DMB live show. The free outdoor concert begins at 8 p.m.
“Northside Park presents the perfect bayside environment for this progressive art and music festival,” said Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan. “Visitors can stroll throughout the park, shop, take in sculpture installations, enjoy food, beverages and live performances. It’s a fun event for family members of all ages and interests.”
Watch artists paint against the clock around Northside Park on Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by judging and off-the-easel sale 1-3 p.m. Prizes sponsored by the Town of Ocean City.
ArtX hours are Saturday, Aug. 21, 12-8 p.m. with a concert at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event offers food and beverage selections including beer and wine.
ArtX is a pet-friendly event. It will be followed by Sundaes in the Park starting at 7 p.m. with live music by Front Page News and ending with a drone show at 9 p.m. For more information, visit https://artleagueofoceancity.org/event/artx-2021/ or call 800-626-2326.
Seashell Mosaic, Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m. $20
Paint a Mermaid, Saturday, 4-6 p.m. $20
Wine Glass Painting, Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30-3 p.m. $20
Puddle Pour Paint, Sunday, 12-1:30 p.m. $20
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Ocean City Film Festival screenings:
1 p.m. - The 2019 Ocean City Film Challenge - 45 minutes
“Kaw-Liga” by Trevor Taylor; “OC Inlet: The True Story” by Brett Hammond; “B.L.’s Barhop: the Harbor Inn” by B.L. Strang-Moya; “A Day and the Life of an Ocean City Tourist” by Tom Taylor; “Time Flies” by Campos Media.
3 p.m. - The 2020 Ocean City Film Challenge - 45 minutes
“Escape 2020” by Derek Silver; “I Surf the Body Electric,” by Gregg Rosner; “Regeneration” by Chelsea Thaler; “The Misadventures of Local Man” by DAM Productions; “Sea Sick” by Brandon Danganan; “Melvin’s Curse” by Davis Mears; “They Breed Us to Feed” by B.L. Strang-Moya.
5 p.m. - The 2021 Ocean City Film Challenge - 45 minutes
“Oh Sin City” by Shannon Wilson; “Besties” by Joe Weiner; “Prizehunter” by Davis Mears; “Apothecaries of Time” by B.L. Strang-Moya.
Following this screening, a Q&A session will be conducted with filmmakers and the 2021 Film Challenge winners will be announced.
7 p.m. - “Terra,” a film by Saltare in Elementis Dance Collective. https://www.facebook.com/events/1587770184763516
10 a.m. - The 2020 Ocean City Film Challenge encore screening
12 p.m. - 2021 Ocean City Film Challenge encore screening
2 p.m. - “Terra” encore screening
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