43rd Annual Rockport Art Festival

  • If you go

  • When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

    Where: Outside the Rockport Art Center, 902 Navigation Circle, Rockport

    How much: $7 adults, Saturday; $6 adults, Sunday; 2-Day VIP pass $10; $1, for children younger than 12

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  • If you go

    When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

    Where: Outside the Rockport Art Center, 902 Navigation Circle, Rockport

    How much: $7 adults, Saturday; $6 adults, Sunday; 2-Day VIP pass $10; $1, for children younger than 12

    For more info: Visit the Rock Port Center website.

ROCKPORT - The Rockport Art Festival is a 43-year-tradition filled with everything from the high-end art showcase to the setting of beautiful bay backdrop.

Residents have become accustomed to the town doubling in size with 10,000 attendees during the Fourth of July weekend.

Artists have grown to love it too.

"It's one of my main art shows," said Bruce Bitter. "It's a great festival."

The 60-year-old Austin resident will be featured as the 2012 Poster Artist.

He's participated in the festival for 11 years.

"I look forward to it every year," he said.

His solo exhibit will be featured in the art center gallery until Aug. 4.

Bitter was inspired by bay scenery. Event organizers described his work as expressive and joyful.

Bitter donated his portrait "Bay Sunrise" for the festival, which will serve as the official image.

The pastel on paper selection will be sold during the live auction. Proceeds will benefit the local art center.

There will be 120 fine artists including Bitter displaying work with different mediums.

Robin Renee Hix will exhibit oil paintings, black and whites and hand-painted frames.

The 55-year-old Wimberley -resident has developed relationships with customers around the state. She credits Rockport as being one of the best small art towns in the United States.

"It's a come-casual , good art festival," she said.

Art enthusiasts and their families can enjoy the live music, kids activities and beer booths.

Some of the featured artists include Edna De La Garza and George Poe.

"It's a crazy, busy time," said John Aasp, the center's visual art director.

Festival goers have the options to purchase one-day or two-day VIP passes. Those who purchase the premium package will save money and time by not having to wait in the general admission line.

Aasp said anyone who goes to the festival will have great time.

"There's not a better setting to enjoy art than Rockport," he said.