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Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nations oldest, largest and most prestigious juried outdoor art festivals, consistently rated among the top shows by

Sunshine Artist and American Style magazines. Each year more than 350,000 visitors enjoy the show. This year about 1,200 artists from around the world applied for entry and an independent panel of judges selected 225 national and international artists to attend the show. The National Endowment for the Arts, The White House, Congress and many others have lauded the Festival for promoting art and art education in Central Florida. An all volunteer board of directors runs the annual Festival, now celebrating its 51st year.

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival was started by a handful of enthusiasts as a community project to benefit local artists and art lovers. The first festival was held on Park Avenue in March 1960. The festival featured original works of art and, after being advertised for just three weeks before the opening, drew 90 exhibiting artists. Over the next decade, the festival grew to over 600 artists and was spread out over Park Avenue from Fairbanks Avenue to Canton Avenue and on all cross streets. For the past 30 years or so, the festival has been contained solely in the park area and currently features 225 artists and 3 emerging artists. A loving art community has created and nurtured a successful festival that looks forward to another 50 years in Central Park.
ART CATEGORIES

There is a wide variety of outstanding artwork. Categories include: Clay, Digital Art, Drawing and Graphics, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Watercolor and Wood.

AWARDS

The artists compete for 62 awards totaling $67,500. Best of Show is $10,000. The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Committee purchases the Best of Show art and donates it to the City of Winter Park. (All previous Best of Show winners are on permanent display at the Winter Park Public Library.) There are also 10 Awards of Excellence; each is $2,000. There are 20 Awards of Distinction; each is $1,000 and there are 30 Awards of Merit; each is $500. In addition, a $2,500 Award for a Distinguished Work of Art is presented through the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

The 51st Annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival will feature entertainment on the Florida Family Insurance Stage and will include performances by jazz artist/original songwriter Peter White (Friday), soul-jazz flutist Althea Rene (Saturday), and smooth jazz guitarist Tim Bowman (Sunday). Entertainment presented by Florida Family Insurance, WFTV Channel 9, Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine, and Smooth 103.1 WLOQ. All performances are on the Florida Family Insurance Stage, located in north Central Park.

WHERE

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival takes place in Central Park, along Park Avenue, in Winter Park, Florida.


Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Official Site

Content provided by: Florida Community Blog

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