As thoughts of most turn toward Labor Day weekend, the thoughts of art lovers turn to the following week. That’s when the 53rd annual Brandywine Festival of the Arts Sept. 7-8 brings national artists to Delaware. “This is a Wilmington tradition that draws artists and crafts people from over 15 states and Canada,” says BFA executive producer Barry Schlecker. The invited artists specialize in works of painting, sculpture, glass, wood, photography—you name it. “Among the 250 exhibitors, there’s something for everyone,” Schlecker says. In addition to art, the BFA brings together some of Wilmington’s most popular restaurants, which offer specialty dishes and beverages ranging from gourmet dinners, sandwiches, wine and cupcakes to traditional fair food, while musicians from the region perform on a stage adjacent to the festival. “The Brandywine Festival of the Arts is one of the largest outdoor art shows on the East Coast,” Schlecker says. The festival takes place at 1001 N. Park Drive, Wilmington. Check it out at brandywinearts.com, or call 690-5555
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