This will be our third time in this art festivalprevious sponsored by Citizens Bank & Trust and run by the Lake Wales Arts Council (LWAC). It is open from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, February 22nd, and from 10 to 4 on Sunday. They are expecting 4,500 visitors to one hundred artists. The festival will be on the west shore of Lake Wailes. Admission is free. The LWAC does have a websitelink, but so far all information on the festival is targeting the artists. That should change as the event approaches. I did notice that they have a Florida Nature Exhibitlink running at the time of the festival.
At last weekend’s art festivaldetails, the Lake Wales Arts Council selected this painting of a hummingbird at a purple flower by Beatrice Athanas as the Helen Aufford Memorial Award winner. The painting itself is about 11″ by 14″ with a thick gold frame (not completely shown). It will be displayed at the Lake Wales Arts Center as soon as they can get it hung. The theme this year was ‘Birds of Lake Wales’.
They said Nancy’s Osprey Family was an awesome picture that came in second (a position that is not formally recognized). When we went to see the winning picture, I began to wonder if our own decisions may have cost us the prize. Following the same principle expressed by countless judges in our local Kendall Camera Club‘s monthly competitions that bigger pictures have more impact, we entered our 37″ by 68″ version. Looking around the Arts Center, I see they have a number of previous winners, all of which are the same size as Ms. Athanas’ painting. Hmm!
You shouldn’t let anything I’ve said here detract from your appreciation of Ms. Athanas’ work, which you can see for yourself. at the same time, it would behoove one to do research into the needs and requirements of the sponsors before entering any competition.
The Lake Wales Arts Council has invited us into their 45th Annual Arts Festival, lately sponsored by Citizens Bank & Trust. We were last there in March, 2013. The festival will be on the west shore of Lake Wailes (yes, it is spelled different from the town), along Lakeshore Blvd. The show will be open from 10 am to 5 pm both days. Besides around one hundred artists, there are food trucks, live entertainment, and a student art show. They are hoping for more than ten thousand guests this year. For more information, you can check out their website at LakeWalesArtsCouncil.org.