ROCKVILLE — On Saturday and Sunday, hundreds of local art enthusiasts descended on Rockville Town Square to meet and view the work of over 150 artists working in a variety of media. The third A-RTS Rockville Arts Festival in Rockville Town Square hosted artists from 20 states displaying paintings, metalworks, glassworks, sculpture, and jewelry.
One popular exhibitor was metalwork artist Kevin Duval, a resident of Wilmington, North Carolina, who has family in Montgomery County. Duval created several metal windmills of various sizes.
“My sculptures are a whimsical reminder of the breezes that blow past us every day,” Duval said. Duval enjoys the opportunity to visit his family and meet fellow artists while exhibiting at the festival.
Another North Carolina-based artist, Gina Boyle, hosted an exhibit of mixed-media mosaics, portraits that colorfully illustrate a quotation or idea written in the piece.
“They’re mostly inspirational,” Boyle said. “They’re really popular with folks who are in some level of recovery. A lot of doctors and therapists have my work in their offices.”
Gene Gregorio, a Maryland-based painter, hosted a booth at the festival. Gregorio, a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, worked as a cabinet painter in the city for many years.
“I lost everything in the crash eight years ago, and I started painting full time,” Gregorio said. “Now I show my work at festivals across the country.” Gregorio’s vivid oil-on-canvas compositions typically show landscape settings, such as a farmhouse at dusk or a koi pond, and emphasize light. Gregorio still lives in Baltimore and said that in the future, he may create art inspired by the riots in the city.
“Every year we’re building on our audience,” said Robin Markowitz, director of the festival. “We’ve had a great result today. We’ve had wonderful attendance, and everyone seems very happy to be here and to be outside appreciating the work. We’re looking to make this a yearly event which people anticipate, like the Bethesda Row Arts Festival, which we also run.”