The Bellevue Festival of the Arts is a juried arts and crafts fair produced and sponsored by the Craft Cooperative of the Northwest. Our mission is to provide an equitable and supportive venue for artists and to donate all proceeds to local as well as global charities. Formerly called the “Rest of the Best Fest”, we were founded in 1984 by Steve King and other craftspeople as an alternative to the Pacific Northwest Arts and Crafts fair. Landlords and merchants collaborated with the artists and craftspeople and they were able to donate proceeds to local charities. A non-profit cooperative was formed (CCNW) and has continued for 26 years with support from artists, local businesses, the Bellevue Christian School and the community at large.

CCNW welcomes your suggestions and ideas. As a grass roots effort we produce a crafts fair that makes a contribution to the community, both locally and globally. We create an environment of support and respect for artists. No commission is taken and artists who have never participated in an art fair are encouraged to apply.

We donate to local shelters and food banks, health clinics and the Lifelong AIDS Alliance, youth programs, Craft Emergency Relief Fund, Solar Cookers International, Potters for Peace and a rural teaching program in India. See the newsletter for more information.