The rain held off on the weekend of Sept. 23 as the SWArtsFest drew residents and visitors alike to its many events. The (e)merge art fair anchored the events to the east with a diverse display of structural and sculptural art. Various religious institutions in the neighborhood, including St. Augustine’s and Westminster Presbyterian, sold crafts and food, set up activities for children and provided music. The weekend was praised by many attendees who hoped for many
ArtsFests in future years.

Steven Jones with his ‘Dinner Bell: Whole Chicken’ at the (e)merge art fair. He invites visitors to get on it and ride. Photo by Perry Klein.
D.C. artist Patrick McDonough stands with his ‘Doghouse’ at the (e) merge art fair at the Capitol Skyline Hotel. Photo by Perry Klein.
Sam Shea, a member of the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Copycat Theater, poses inside ‘The Queen’s Game” by the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Copycat Theater. Here is, one of five members of their Performance Troupe posing inside. Photo by Perry Klein.
Dancers demonstrate hand dancing at Arena Stage. Classes were also offered. Photo by Perry Klein.
St. Augustine’s provided a table for face painting at their End-of-Summer Fair, part of SWArtsFest. Photo by Fred McBride.

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