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Written by Nathan Wertheimer
Come on down to this year’s Winter Springs ARToberFEST, presented by Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), will be held on October 21-22, 2017, at the Winter Springs Town Center from 10am – 5pm. The ARToberFEST is produced by the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce and the City of Winter Springs. Admission to the festival was free for all ages. This is a family-friendly event; with a children’s area that will include face painting and other arts and crafts provided by festival sponsors.
This festival is only a short drive from Downtown Orlando to Winter Springs Town Center. Check your GPS for the best route to this venue. There is limited free parking at the Winter Springs Town Center near the Publix. Additional parking is at Winter Springs High School and Central Winds Park. Some private properties may charge a fee for parking. Get there early for the best parking spaces available.
There will be over 100 professional artists who have created award-winning pieces at this show. Some of the many mediums include painting, etching, clay, wood, mixed media, watercolor, jewelry and more. While walking around, one can get up close and personal with the artists at their booth. Many of the artists did not mind a person asking questions and or making comments about their artwork.
This year there were two judges chosen Artoberfest. These judges are Courtney Canova from Oviedo and Bill Darrah from Bradenton, Florida .To review Canova work go to www.thecanovasphotography.com and to view Darrah work visit www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/212175-bill-darrah?tab=PROFILE . On Saturday morning, to judges start jurying this art show. The judges evaluate all artists booths filled works of art. Sometime the judges chat with the artists too. At the end of the day, they will make a decision on all award winners. These awards will be presented on Saturday night private dinner for all of the artists.
The top awards will given out to these artists for Best of Show 2-D, Best of Show 3-D, and Award of Excellence to round out the top award winners. Plus, there were other awards will be given out to for Award of Distinction, Award of Merit, and the Poster Award to be used for next year’s festival marketing campaign.
While the professional artists are in the spot light, the Artoberfest did not leave the Senior Citizens out with their great artwork as well. Many of these Seniors created landscapes, portraits; animals which are on display for sell under one tent. These Senior Citizens take pride in their new hobby. Many of them are on hand to answer questions about their life and artwork.
Besides artwork, there was also great live entertainment from the Orlando-native band Europa, featuring German music that will make you want to dance the day a away. Many people who get up a dance to the German music in front of the stage. Expect to chant at the end of one song when one of the singer called out by saying “ticky tacky” and the audience replied back and held to glass cup with German beer up. Plus, there is a variety of other live entertainment on the main stage too. Check the festival program from day and show times.
For some people they skipped the artwork for the German Food. At food court area, check out the delicious brats served up by the Winter Springs Rotary Club paired with bold German beer from local Red Cypress Brewery was available for purchase, along with a variety of unique wines too. Attendees have a chance to try the German beer made from grapefruit juice. It was called “Schofferhofer Grapefruit beer.” The taste was not strong like a typical beer, but a very smooth beer taste. Most adults would love the taste of this beer.
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