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Information compiled and written by Nathan Wertheimer
The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the premier art shows in our country. See some of the top artists and craftsmen showcase their work in the heart of Winter Park on Park Avenue. This art show is being held from March 15-17, 2019. This event is free and open to the general public. It is worth a visit to see this high end art show. Rain or shine this event goes on.
There is some interesting history behind the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious outdoor art festivals. The Festival debuted in March 1960 as a community project to bring local artists and art lovers together. It is produced by an all-volunteer board and draws more than 350,000 visitors each year. Over 1,100 artists from around the world applied for this year’s Festival. An independent panel of three judges selected the 225 artists exhibiting their works. The Festival consistently ranks as one of the top juried fine-art festivals in the country. Recent accolades include the #4 ranking in Art Fair Calendar’s “2016 Best Art Fairs” and Art Fair Source Book’s listing in their “Top 10 Fine Art Shows, 2016”. The Festival is also listed in Sunshine Artist Magazine’s “Top 100”. Information found on the festival website.
This year’s featured Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival poster artist is Elizabeth St. Hilaire. The posted depicts a colorful peacock. The poster is notable for a unique process incorporating torn bits of colorful painted paper. Learn more about this extraordinarily talented artist below.
Born and raised in New England, Elizabeth has lived in Central Florida for the past 20+ years. She holds a B.F.A. in Advertising Design from Syracuse University, which prepared her for a dual identity as both communication designer and a painter–these days she’s a full-time fine artist who’s only graphic design client is herself. St. Hilaire has earned Signature Member status with the National Collage Society and crisscrosses the country several times a year to take her painted paper tidbits on the road. Teaching and sharing her collage technique through an intense three day Paper Paintings workshop has become a passion. This poster will be for sale at the WPSAF tents throughout the festival. Information came from WPSAF.
It is a quick drive from Downtown Orlando to Park Avenue in Winter Park. Check your GPS for the best route to this event. During high peak times traffic may be busy around this venue. Some private parking lots are charging for parking. There is plenty of free parking in the residential area. It is advised to arrive early for the best parking spaces available. For more information about parking please visit www.wpsaf.org/about/parking.html
When arriving for this venue it is recommended to pick up an event brochure to plan out your day. There is much to see and do at this festival. Expect to spend 2-3 hours browsing the artwork and watching some great entertainment. Stay a few hours or the entire day.
There will be over 225 professional artists exhibiting their work of art. These artists went through a hard selective process to be chosen to exhibit their artwork at this art show. Only the finest artists will be exhibiting. The judges will be making their rounds during the day on Saturday. Awards will be given to the artists on Saturday night. See the award ribbons displayed by artwork on Sunday. For a listing of artists please visit www.wpsaf.org/gallery/participatingartists.html .
Don’t forget to check out the aspiring youth artwork area. The children artwork is divided by grade school such as elementary, middle school, and high school. Only high school artwork is judged. There are various categories such as Best of Show, 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, and Honorable Mention. Ribbons will be awarded late on Saturday. See the award ribbon winners that are posted next to each category class winner.
While walking around this art festival there is a food court with various types of food to suit your hunger. The festival does not hire individual food vendors, the festival contracts with a concessions company that oversees all food vendors. This year the concessions company is San Francisco Puffs and Stuff, Inc. Please contact them instead of the festival if you are interested in participating. The food court is located near the center of the art festival near the train station. Choose from salads, sandwiches, seafood, and much more. Price of food and drinks will vary.
If you’re looking to relax, remember to bring a blanket and or chair and listen to some great music live on the main stage on the park lawn. Thefestival entertainment has not been posted on event website yet. For a list of musical acts please visit www.wpsaf.org/about/entertainment.html .
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Source of information: First hand experience and from WPSAF