Artomatic is the arts festival which, each year, moves into a vacant commercial building and invites the public in, without charge, to meet and celebrate the work of local artists.
This year’s festival is the biggest ever, with 1300 artists – performers, musicians, filmmakers, fashions designers and creatives of all types – occupying the 380,000 square foot building at Vornado/Charles E. Smith at 1851 South Bell Street in Crystal City, Va., just one block from the Crystal City Metro Station.
“We are so excited to kick off this year’s festival. Artomatic 2012 will feature an amazing line-up of artists, performers and work by the area’s most eclectic creatives,” said Barry Schmetter, Artomatic’s Event Director. “Every day will feature something new, exciting and different. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy and truly celebrate the dynamic arts community we live in.”
The festival features a café, food and drink stations, and an artist marketplace where select works by artists participating in the event are available for sale. During the day, adults and children alike can participate in dozens of workshops and events. And at night, thousands of people descend on Artomatic to discover art, listen to music, and meet new people.
Doors open to the public on Friday, May 18 at 6 p.m.
Hours are extremely generous:
Wednesdays and Thursdays: noon – 10 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays: noon – 1 am
Sundays: noon – 5 p.m.
Artomatic is closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Closing night for the festival is Saturday, June 23.
Vornado/Charles E. Smith
1851 South Bell Street
Crystal City, Va.
For more information visit Artomatic.org