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Catonsville Arts Fest draws thousands to Frederick Road

By Julie Baughman, jbaughman@tribune.com

September 11, 2013

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Thousands of people poured into Frederick Road on Sunday, Sept. 8, for the Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce's 40th annual Arts and Crafts Festival.

"I think it was a beautiful weather day," Teal Cary, the chamber's executive director, said the day after the festival. "It was a huge crowd.

"It was great that we didn't have to compete with the Ravens. That's always a good thing," she said.

Though there is no quantifiable way to tell exactly how many people attended the event, Cary said Baltimore County Police estimated crowds of anywhere between 20,000 and 25,000 people in previous years.

She said the chamber received positive feedback from the crafters, civic groups and businesses that filled the 250 booths along Frederick Road between Bloomsbury and Melvin Avenue.

Jeff Salava, owner of Hot Boltz, a company that prints fine art and photographs on fabric for upholstery, couldn't say enough good things about his first year manning a booth at the festival.

"We didn't have a huge amount of sales, but the actual response from everybody was just crazy. It was really good," Salava said Monday, Sept. 9. "It was really encouraging that everybody liked the concept."

Salava manages Hot Boltz out of the same office as his Arbutus-based fine art reproduction company, Archival Arts, and even though it was his first year at the festival, he said the company garnered a lot of attention Sunday.

"The actual booth itself went really well," he said. "We got a pretty big response just from everybody coming by to take a look at what we were doing.

"We were just trying to get it out there and see what people thought, and everybody loved it. I think what we got most out of the show was we got a lot of people who are going to be e-mailing us images to make stuff this weekend," he said. "Overall it was a really, really good response."

Out of 58 crafters who submitted an item to be judged at the festival, Salava's 23-inch-by-72-inch fabric print of a photograph of the Hanover Street Bridge in Baltimore placed third in the Decorative Arts category.

"It was kind of a good conversation piece," he said. "That was kind of cool."

In addition to the craft booths and the art judging competition, the event also featured live music from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County pep band on the main stage and music from local musicians outside Bill's Music.