Winter Haven’s New Virtual Art Festival

Since being forced to cancel their 42nd annual art festival,announced the Ridge Art Association has decided to have a virtual Central Park Art Festival this (same) weekend. You can check it out at their virtual art festival site.  Anyone who would like to order something while visiting this virtual art festival will save 10% if they use the coupon code they find on that site.  More information on that and other possible discounts can be found on our festival page.

More Cancellations Due To The Coronavirus

Our next two festivals, the Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival in Gainesville,Announced scheduled for the last weekend in March and the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Keyannounced the first weekend in April have both been canceled. We will be back in Cedar Key next year, specifically April 17 & 18, 2021 (if the one that was canceled was supposed to be the 56th Annual …, what will next year’s festival be called?).  We are still negotiating our future appearance at the other three festivals canceled so far (Pembroke Pines, Winter Haven, and Gainesville).

Although I hadn’t announced it yet, we were also scheduled to travel to India after the end of the Florida art festival season this May with Natural Habitat Adventures (our second-favorite tour company) to photograph tigersdetails. We have also pushed that trip back one year. There may still be room available on that trip; contact us (or Natural Habitat Adventures (tell them we sent you)) if you are interested.

Our last two festivals this season (Melbourne and Fernandina Beach) are still on, starting the last weekend in April. While that might change, I don’t expect to hear from them for another couple of weeks. Stay tuned.

Red-bellied Woodpecker – Our Newest Image

Nancy just took this photograph last month. We’ve had these woodpeckers in our yard before, but never did one just hang out in the Jatropha tree (where our bird feeders and other birds are) just outside the kitchen window before. There were no screens in those windows at the time, so Nancy carefully rolled up the awning windows and took a few shots while standing in the kitchen. We almost never see the red belly, so this shot was even more special.

male red-bellied woodpecker

At our next festival in Bradentonannounced, we should have a matted print of this picture available. For more information about this image, see our webpage Red-bellied Woodpecker.

Art Festival In Winter Haven Starts March 21st

The 42nd Annual Victor Smith Law Group Central Park Art Festival will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, March 21st, and on Sunday from 10 to 4. This will be our seventh appearance since 2013previous. Central Park takes up three blocks between West 4th and 5th Streets and between North Avenue B and South Avenue A.


They are expecting up to 25,000 guests this year to more than 90 artists. You can check out their website (ridgeart.org/content.aspx?page_id=4002&item_id=1079472) as more information becomes avialable.

Our Sixth Year At Melbourne Art Festival

The 36th Annual Melbourne Art Festival will be open from 9 am to 5 pm both Saturday, April 25, and Sunday around the north lake at Wickham Park in Melbourne. This will be their fourth year at this location2019.


This festival is free to the public. Besides the 250 artists, there will be continuous live entertainment, a 5k run, KidsWorld, a student art competition and student workshops. Saturday evening, there will be a free concert with local and regional acts. You can go to their website (www.melbournearts.org) for more information. Maybe we’ll see you there.