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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 May 14-16, 2021. 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 Victor Bokas. The posted depicts three colorful birds. He describes the poster as [Springtime 2020” is a mix-media collage. I wanted to incorporate many elements that are featured at the art festival. The iconic Peacock is surrounded by paint brushes, artist palette, film strip, sculptures, roses from the garden, stain glass, fabrics and many other elements. The “Winter Park type treatment” also features some historical landmarks including the Langford hotel, Colony Sign, Rollins College and the Scenic Boat Tour. I hope the viewer spends time looking and finding different elements throughout the poster.]Learn more about this extraordinarily talented artist below. Information from WPSAF.
Bokas resides in Central Florida. Victor’s work is featured in several galleries and permanent collections in Central Florida landmarks, including Orlando City Hall, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando International Airport and the Mennello Museum of American Art.
In many of his pieces, he pays homage to his Greek heritage by incorporating statues, columns and vases. He also playfully mixes in 3-D elements. Grids, squares and other graphic design elements rove in naturally to lend structure and direction. No doubt, his long career as a graphic designer ingrained a sense of order to his hyper imaginative settings. Victor’s career path includes 9 years Senior Art Director for Sea World and 20 years Senior Art Director Tupperware.
A self-described “collector of kitsch,” his studio is filled with vintage flea market finds. His collection is a source of inspiration and items from it are often incorporated. Victor obtained his degree in Graphic Design from the University of Florida. Victor can often be found working well into the night, preparing for his next exhibit. For more information on this artist please visit http://www.vicotrbokas.com . Information came from victorbokas.com.
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.
This year there will be less than 225 professional artists exhibiting their work of art due the pandemic. 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 .
Sorry, this year will not have a tent setup for children artwork. They plan to bring it back next year. The children artwork is divided by grade school such as elementary, middle school, and high school.
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. The festival entertainment has not been posted on event website yet. For a list of musical acts please visit www.wpsaf.org/about/entertainment.html .
This event would not be possible without these fine sponsors. They are WFTV Channel 9, Fannie Hillman + Associates, ORIS, Zephyhills, Winter Park Magazine, and much more. If you would like to be a sponsor next year please contact promoter.
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Source of information: First hand experience and from WPSAF