Clothesline Festival kicks off event-filled September

05:00 AM, Sep 01, 2013


More than 430 top-flight artists will descend on the grounds of the Memorial Art Gallery next weekend for one of Rochester’s favorite festivals. This is the 57th year for the M&T Bank Clothesline Festival, the area’s longest-running arts fest.

Clothesline used to signify the end of the summer festival season, as September and school began. However, now it has become part of the bridge to fall, followed in subsequent weeks by Greentopia and the Rochester Fringe Festival.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Sunday, patrons will be able to enjoy entertainment, food and art activities, plus admission to the museum, during Clothesline. Tickets are $5 (free for those 10 and younger) for the MAG’s largest fundraiser.

Meet 3 of the festival’s artists

Bix DeBaise, a physics teacher, depicts local landmarks in pastels.

Chi Soo designs and handcrafts custom leather handbags and accessories.

Steven Lee-Davis, a wood engraver, makes prints on letterpress.