Art Festival Marks the Fall Season
With the return of the 41st Annual Winter Park Autumn Art Festival this weekend, it is officially Fall on Park Avenue. The festival is hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce each year in its permanent home in Central Park, along beautiful Park Avenue. The festival takes great pride to be the only juried fine art festival to showcase Florida artists exclusively. If you are a fan of the shop local movement or just love a good beach scene, this is the show for you!
From over 400 applications, 156 of Florida’s outstanding artists were selected to display their works in eight different categories, including ceramics, drawings and graphics, fiber, fine crafts, jewelry, painting, photography and sculpture. The artists are competing for $16,000 in prize money, as well as support from the Patron Circle and event attendees.
Local artist Sally Evans created the festival poster for 2014 featuring a vibrant painting of lily pads. Posters can be purchased in advance at the Winter Park Welcome Center, located at 151 W. Lyman Avenue. In addition, the scene will be featured on postcards, t-shirts and tote bags with all merchandise available at the festival.
New this year, patrons can enjoy seasonal craft beers in the Florida Distributing Company beer garden, located near the Central Park stage. Patrons can enjoy Miller Lite as well as selections from New Belgium Brewing: Fat Tire, Tour De Fall and Snapshot.
Throughout the festival, attendees will continue to enjoy live musical entertainment on the Central Park Stage, children’s activities led by instructors from The Crealdé School of Art, food vendors and a sidewalk sale at local merchants. The event is free and open to the public both days from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Make note that Park Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic during the festival from New England Avenue to Canton Avenue. Ample parking can be found on area side streets and parking garages. A bicycle valet will also be organized by the Winter Park Pedestrian Bicycle Board in the median along Morse Boulevard between New York Avenue and the railroad tracks.