ArtsFest founder steps down; ArtsFest ends after 18 years

ArtsFest founder steps down; ArtsFest ends after 18 yearsPictured, is Dave Webster.

Following the 18th annual Athens ArtsFest and the recent news of founder David Webster stepping down, the ArtsFest committee announced that ArtsFest as a whole has come to an end.

At this week’s Athens Area School District board meeting, Dave Webster announced his and the team’s retirement from ArtsFest. ArtsFest 2017 marked the conclusion of 18 years of the annual festival in Athens, Pa.  

For Webster and Team ArtsFest, the festival has been a labor of love, each event taking a full eight months to plan. The team has worked closely with the artisans throughout the years, and lifelong friendships have been made.

Webster notes, “On behalf of Team ArtsFest, I want to thank all of those community members who attended and supported ArtsFest. We are also aware that ArtsFest would not have been successful without the support of the Athens Area School District.”  

Webster also remarked at how much he has enjoyed working with the students over the years and watching them learn to work with the community in marketing both the event and their artwork.

The team thanks the school district and the Harlan Rowe Middle School staff, the Athens High School art and pottery teachers, students and staff, their financial and in-kind sponsors, and all others who have supported the festival in many ways since 1999.

Please continue visit their Facebook page (Athens ArtsFest) and their website,, as they share more ArtsFest 2017 photos, recognize Athens Area High School students artists and potters, and announce arts and crafts festivals throughout the region for the spring and summer season.

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