Labor Day weekend may traditionally signal the winding down of another summer season, but for the last five years, it has also seen a strong turnout at the Kypreos household in Bethany Beach. And, this weekend, for the fifth straight year, the Kypreoses’ Labor Day yART Sale (“art in the yard”) will offer a post-summer tradition, as visitors and locals alike come together for one of the most creative and social events of the season.
On Saturday, Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 4, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., 22 local artists and crafters will feature their work at Julie Kypreos’ Bethany Beach home in an event that is free and open to the public.
“In the first year,” said Kypreos, “we had 15 artists involved. Since then, we’ve filled the stage, but we cap it around 22 artists. It’s a way for us to support some of the local artists who don’t have an outlet for their art without paying for entry into shows or taking a price cut on their commission.”
The growing participation in recent years has expanded the event from a one-day annual yard art sale to two.
Many local favorites who have participated in the yART show will be returning this year, while some fresh faces, such as metalworker Grant Massey and painter Joe Mason, will make their yART Sale debut. Massey, a Frankford-based craftsman, has designed countless metal pieces, including his popular yard lights, featured in front of homes and businesses throughout the area. Mason’s art has been recognized through the region, as well, most specifically in Pasty’s restaurant in Bethany Beach.
In addition, returning crafters will be unveiling their latest works, in a variety of media, such as paintings, pottery, glass, furniture, jewelry and apparel.
“We host a wide range of artists every year,” said Kypreos, “and each year, we try to help out a local charity or organization with our ‘Chinese’ auction.”
Auction items, featuring art up for bid, have helped the South Coastal Library, the Kauffman Foundation and the Village Players. This year, the “Chinese” auction will benefit Delaware Hospice’s Camp New Hope.
The event is free to the public, and a kids’ activity tent, complete with face painting and free art demonstrations, will be available for the little ones, as well. This year, for the first time, the Bethany Beach and Ocean View Cub Scout Pack 280 will be providing popcorn at the yART Sale, as well.
The yART Sale syncs up with the Labor Day weekend each year, and Julie Kypreos hopes to continue the tradition, which seems to draw a larger crowd each year as the summer draws to an end.
“Everyone has a great time,” said Kypreos. “The artists really enjoy it, and the people who show up keep coming back.”
The yART Sale will take place on Saturday, Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 4, at 33258 Kent Avenue in Bethany Beach, just north of the Sea Colony tennis facility, and will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on both days.