Article graphics courtesy by Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce
Information compiled and written by Nathan Wertheimer
Come on down to this year’s Winter Springs ARToberFEST, presented by AdventHealth, will be held on October 19-20, 2019, 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 arts and crafts and a community kid’s stage with local Seminole County school performances provided by The Music Box. Rain or shine this event goes on.
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 for Artoberfest. These judges are TBD (will update on wsfota.org when determined). To review 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 spotlight, 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 German entertainment from professional accordionist Jimmy Bubaloni as well as fellow accordionist Dan Griffin. Plus, there is a variety of other live entertainment on the mains stage too. Check the festival program for 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 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. A new addition will be mimosas served at the drink tents. The delicious fresh squeezed orange juice is provided by Cavallari Gourmet with the help of their NEW juicer. Whole oranges are loaded into the top of the machine and out comes the freshest orange juice you can get!
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