(Aug. 23, 2019) Artists, music lovers and film enthusiasts are encouraged to stop by Northside Park on 125th Street in Ocean City for the second annual ArtX event this weekend.
ArtX, which features music, films, food and art, replaced the former Arts Alive event, which was held for 17 years. The event focuses on artistic expression and creativity, hence the name: ArtX.
The ArtX festival was designed in part by the Ocean City Special Events Department and Rina Thaler, executive director of the Art League of Ocean City on 94th Street. ArtX highlights painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, mixed media and fine wood.
“We knew coming from last year that the activities were key,” said Frank Miller, Ocean City Special Events superintendent. “The patrons really enjoyed the interactive experiences that they were able to take part of at ArtX. We added additional activities this year on top of the traditional elements, the artists and vendors we have at ArtX, the live music component that we have at ArtX, the cinema element and the workshops offered through the Art League of Ocean City.”
Participants can register for workshops at the park or in advance at artleagueofoceancity.com.
“This year will be bigger and better,” Thaler said. “We’ve added a lot of different things, like we’ve gotten Salisbury University involved and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and a sculpture walk that the Salisbury students are doing … a professor from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is bringing a selfie photo booth that they bring out to events and we’re adding a youth plein air and have these kits that the children can pick up and go around the park and sit down and paint and draw.”
ArtX will include music on the outdoor stage from as Melissa Alesi, Tyler Greene, Catch the Drift Duo, Rivers and Rhodes, Taylor Knox and BeatLegacy.
A film festival will take place inside the east gym of Northside Park. Short films and documentaries are scheduled both days with opportunities to interact with the producers. Most of these films were available during the Ocean City Film Festival earlier this year.
Pay-for-play options will be available at the otherwise free event, such as workshops from the Art League of Ocean City, sand art, caricatures and T-shirt tie dying.
“We’ve thrown in some nontraditional free activities for people to take part in and the Art League has also added some additional pay-to-play activities,” Miller said.
This year, there will also be a kite display courtesy of the Kite Loft on Sixth Street as well as larger-than-life family activities, such as oversized Jenga and chess as well as several cornhole locations and Instagram hotspots set up throughout the 58-acre park.
Last year, around 3,000 to 5,000 people came out to the inaugural event. Miller hopes this year will be bigger and better.
“We know we’re still growing the event and trying to build the event into something that guests would want to be a part of and they want to return to every year,” Miller said. “We have plans for next year already but we’re still gauging what’s popular and unpopular to try and continue to hone the event into what it should be.”
Food and nonalcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. A selection of beer, wine and craft brews provided by Shore Craft Beer will be for sale as well. Proceeds will benefit the Art League of Ocean City. The event is also pet friendly.
At the end of the first day, guests can stay for a special concert by Ripe – a nationally recognized funky jazz band from Boston, with an opening performance by the Swell Fellas. This free concert will take place at 8 p.m. on the West Lagoon Field of Northside Park. Spectators are advised to bring chairs or blankets.
“There’s horns and brass involved. It’s going to been a great sound to have at Northside Park,” Miller said. “There’s a lot of things to do … you just have to find them.”
Event hours are Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be followed by Sundaes in the Park on Sunday, which will include live music by Jaded Love (an American rock tribute band) and fireworks.
For more information about the event, visit oceancitymd.gov/oc/departments/special-events/artx/ or ococean.com or call 410-250-0125.
LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCES:
12-3 p.m. – AMP Studio
3:30-4:30 p.m. – Taylor Knox
5:15-6 p.m. – Rivers and Rhodes
6:15-6:30 p.m. – BeatLegacy
8 p.m. – RIPE with opening act by Swell Fellas
9-9:45 a.m. – DJ Kutt
10-10:45 a.m. – Tyler Greene
11-11:45 a.m. – Meredith
12-12:45 p.m. – Melissa Alesi
1-1:45 p.m. – Catch the Drift Duo
2-2:45 p.m. – Short Cut Sunny
1-3 p.m. Seashell Mosaic
4-6 p.m. – Paint Pouring
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Paint