The third annual Williamsburg Spring Arts commences today, kicking off a season of diverse artistic expression throughout the Historic Triangle.
“This is our attempt to showcase for the community,” Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance president Karen Riordan said. “There is a lot to do here.”
The event started in 2015 as a way to show off Williamsburg as more than a summertime tourist destination, when Busch Gardens and lengthy summer vacations draw crowds.
Williamsburg Falls Arts already existed, so a springtime counterpart was a natural extension.
“The quality of the talent they’re bringing in is phenomenal,” alliance senior vice president of tourism Bob Harris said.
Riordan said the event helps area businesses and non-profits promote their products and ideas. It also includes activities in neighboring localities such as James City and York counties.
The largest attraction under the event’s umbrella is the Muscarelle Museum’s ongoing Boticelli exhibit that runs through April 5.
“It’s so unique,” Riordan said. “This is really the only place in this part of the country where you can see it.”
Riordan said the spring arts audience tends to comprise more adults, including couples and seniors, than the particularly kid-friendly summer season.
But with over 50 events planned and more being added regularly, Williamsburg Spring Arts aims to offer experiences for every palate.
The organizers are striving to be LGBTQ-friendly, as well.
“We want all people to know that they’re welcome to all of our events,” alliance senior vice president of tourism Bob Harris said. “Williamsburg is a very diverse and thriving community.”
This diversity of ideas can manifest in the art on display.
“I think the events are getting a little more sophistication,” he said. “It’s a big asset for us here in Williamsburg.”
This year’s Williamsburg Spring Arts event launches March 17 and is scheduled to run through Memorial Day. Harris encouraged those interested in attending to check their website for updated info throughout the spring.
•Boticelli and the Search for the Divines: One of only two places in the world to see this exhibit featuring paintings by the Italian Renaissance artist. Now through April 5 at the Muscarelle Museum of Art.
•The Annual New Town Chalk Art Festival: Professional chalk artist Holland Winslow will lead this event for all ages and skill levels, featuring cash prizes. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 22, at New Town Williamsburg.
•Historic Garden Week in Virginia’s 85th Annual Homes and Gardens Tour of Williamsburg: Visitors can see nine private homes and their gardens on display. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 25, at Colonial Williamsburg and College Terrace.
•4th Annual Blues, Brews & BBQ: Micro brews, BBQ and top blues bands mix. 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., May 6, at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown.
•Art at the River: Over 100 juried artists, live music and food vendors will be featured. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 7, at Riverwalk Landing.
•Fireworks Finale: Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra presents music by Falla, Korngold and Tchaikovsky.8 p.m., May 20, at William & Mary’s Phi Beta Kappa Hall.