Freeman Stage to host 8th Annual Arts & Jazz Festival

September 19th event to present both performing and visual artists

Studio session with Catherine (Cat) Russell on 7/5/2013

Selbyville, DE – The Freeman Stage at Bayside is gearing up to host its 8th annual Arts and Jazz Festival beginning Saturday, September 19th at 10 a.m. The festival, which showcases live jazz performances and the work of local artists, is a favorite of area residents.  “This event is a wonderful celebration of art and artistic expression,” says Patti Grimes, Executive Director of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation.  “We will have an array of art vendors including painters, photographers, jewelry makers and potters displaying their creative work,” Grimes says, “with jazz artists performing throughout the day and evening.”


This year’s festival will feature three jazz performers on-stage: The Joe Baione Sextet at 12 p.m., Catherine Russell at 2 p.m., and the Cyrus Chestnut Trio at 4 p.m. As well, there will be over 20 visual artists on the green who will be displaying and selling their works. Some of these artists include glass artist Stacey Naughton, photographer Pam Aquilani, visionary folk artist Nina Spencer, painter Amanda Sokolski, and jeweler Shelby Foxwell. This event is free for all, but patrons are asked to please bring their own chairs. Food and beverages, including beer and wine, will be available for sale at The Stage Café.

The Freeman Stage, located in the Bayside community at the intersection of Routes 54 & 20 in Selbyville, is a program of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, who partners to present memorable performances & provide inspired arts education for all. This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Grant support is also provided by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the Carl M. Freeman Foundation, the Sussex County Council, and the State of Delaware.

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Pictures: Catherine Russell and Cyrus Chestnut .