At Artfest In The Pines lastweekendannounced, Nancy received 1st Place In Photography. There were four other photographers. As you may recall, last year she was the third best photographer of threeblog. Needless to say, we were thrilled to receive this award.
I don’t know if this award was because of or in spite of her comments to some of the judges about judging biases at art festivals (which she expanded on in her acceptance speech at the award dinner). I had already started an article based on comments we received about photographers’ use of canvas from the judges of a large art festival last fall (tentatively titled “Tell It To The Judge”), but because of our current schedule, I have no idea when that article will be ready. Stay tuned.
This will be their fiftieth annual festival, and our second appearance (our first was in 2015announced). It will be along historic Northeast 1st Street, between 2nd and 8th Avenues.
The college expects around 100,000 visitors to 190 artists. There will also be live music and dance performances. It is open from 9 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday and noon to 5 on Sunday. You can go to their website, www.sfcollege.edu/spring-arts/index for more information whe it becomes available.
Although we’ve had our booth on Francis Field beforeprior, this is our first time at the Lions Seafood Festival. The Lions Club is expecting 22 thousand visitors to one hundred artists. The hours for the art festival are 3 pm to 7:30 on Friday, March 22, 10 am to 7:30 on Saturday, and as shown below on Sunday. There is an entrance fee. For more information, go to lionsfestival.com.
The Florida Wildlife Federation (F.W.F.)about just announced the ten winners of its annual photography contestlink. Nancy had entered seven images covering seven of the eight categories for which her images were eligible and wound up winning the Flowers category with her image “Ghost Orchid”.
We were hoping Nancy’s favorite image, “Osprey Family”, would win an award but the judges obviously preferred the yawning grebe. Oh, well. We are still thrilled with our results.
Thanks to snow somewhere up north, we made it off the waiting list at the last minute so our string of consecutive appearances at this festival remains unbroken and increases to sixprevious. There will be more than 300 artists expecting around 85 thousand visitors over the three-day weekend. On Saturday, February 16th, and Sunday, it will be open from 10 am to 6 pm. The hours for Presidents’ Day (Monday) are from 10 to 5. The festival will be along Central and University Boulevards in the downtown Abacoa area in Jupiter.
For more information, including a more detailed festival map (where you can notice the positions of the three entrances in relation to the centralized information booth shown above), see their website (www.artigras.org).
There will also be live entertainment, artist demonstrations, children’s interactive art activities, and a Youth Art Competition Gallery. There is an entrance fee. For tickets (which are less expensive if purchased in advance), click here.
We will be in Booth 416, close to the north entrance. Come by and say “Hello”.
This will be our sixth time at the Central Park Art Festival in seven yearsprevious (we were in Antarctica in 2016 instead), sponsored by the Victor Smith Law Group and put on by the Ridge Art Association. On Saturday, March 16th, the hours are from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday’s hours will be from 10 am to 4 pm. Central Park takes up three blocks between West 4th and 5th Streets and between North Avenue B and South Avenue A. Apparently, the city’s park renovations are now complete.
They are expecting up to 25,000 guests this year to more than 90 artists. There will also be a children’s hands-on tent, student art exhibit, live entertainment, and international food court. It doesn’t look like they’ve gotten the festival visitor website up and going, but it should soon be reachable from the Ridge Art Association website menu. Stay tuned.
For our third consecutive yearprevious, we will be in historic downtown Bartow for the Bloomin’ Arts Festival with about a hundred other artists expecting up to 30 thousand visitors. It will be open on Saturday, March 2nd, from 10 am to 5 pm and from 10 to 4 on Sunday. It is put on by the Bartow Art Guild, which is also hosting a Saturday car show and Sunday RV show, a quilt show, a flower show, a bicycle race, a “huge kids activities tent”, entertainment (which includes a concert on Sunday afternoon), food trucks, and more. You can find more information at www.bartowartguild.com. We hope to see you there.