M&T Bank Clothesline Festival returns this weekend

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The M&T Bank Clothesline Festival returns in-person Saturday on the grounds of the Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) this year.

The festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 11, and Sunday, Sept.12 beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Artist’s booths, food vendors, performers, and community nonprofit organizations will be in their regular locations and it will look very similar to last year.

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, MAG has made a couple of changes to ensure safety and compliance with COVID guidelines.

Unvaccinated guests and artists will be required to mask indoors as well as outdoors throughout the weekend. Additionally, MAG will be controlling capacity through timed tickets.

Tickets will not be available for on-site purchase. All attendees will have to purchase their tickets online.

For more information on the festival, click here.

The festival selected Merit Award winners from among 300 artists and makers from across the United States, recognizing craftsmanship, quality, creativity, and/or presentation.

2021 Merit Awards winners are:

  • Kim Nelson of Rochester (Fiber/Wearables)
  • Sharon London & Carl Mateo of Hudson Valley (Fiber/Wearables)
  • Kelsey VanDemark of Bisbee, Arizona (Mixed Media)

The First -Time Exhibitor Award for 2021 was presented to Hatice Erbas Sorkunlu of Buffalo (Painting)