BEST OF SHOW
with Amy Gerdhardt, President of Cedar Key Arts Center and Bev Ringenberg, Art Fest Coordinator.
Award of Excellence
Award of Distinction
Parking Restrictions and Street Closures:
City Park Venue
12:00 noon, Friday - Cars should be removed from parking areas adjacent to the park on 2nd & A
3:00 pm Friday - 2nd St from A to Depot will allow access for Park Vendor Set-up ONLY.
Second Street Venue
6:30 pm Friday - Cars should be removed from 2nd Street (Hwy 24 to A) by 6:30 pm. No parking on the section of B Street adjacent to the Island Hotel (Access for Island Hotel Guests Only)
7:00 pm Friday - 2nd St from Hwy 24 to A will be closed for Artist Set-up (access to the Jiffy and Post office will remain open via the one-lane drive across from the Police Department throughout the weekend, however parking in this area is for employees of the Jiffy and Post Office ONLY).
2nd Street between Hwy 24 and Depot Street will remain closed to traffic until 5 pm Sunday
Midnight Friday night - barricades will be placed on B and C streets and remain in place until 5 pm Sunday. Hwy 24, A St, 1st and 3rd Streets will remain open to traffic throughout the weekend.
The Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Committee and City of Cedar Key appreciate your understanding and cooperation during out 50th Annual Festival. Security and safety are our primary concerns.
Art – Nature – History:
The Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Key, April 12 & 13, 2014
Enjoy the artwork of 120 selected fine artists and craftsmen, while experiencing the quiet beauty of Cedar Key located on Florida’s Nature Coast at the 50th Annual Spring Arts Festival in historic Cedar Key. This small island community, 60 miles SW of Gainesville at the end of State Road 24, has long been a haven for artists and nature lovers. The Sidewalk Art Show, which was started in 1964, is now known as the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts and attracts top artists and over 20,000 visitors each year.
The iconic and often photographed Honeymoon Cottage, located just off the shoreline near downtown Cedar Key, was selected as the inspiration of the 2014 Festival Design Contest. The remnants of what was originally the Thomas Guest House, still stand despite years of abuse from Mother Nature and make a fitting focus for a celebration of 50 years of art in Cedar Key. Tony Krysinsky’s engraved wood painting, entitled “Honeymoon Cottage 1959,”was selected as the Design Contest Winner.
In addition to being surrounded by nature you can enjoy fresh seafood, homemade goodies, music, children’s activities and more in Cedar Key’s City Park which is located right on the Gulf adjacent to the event. 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. Free.
WATCH ART DEMONSTRATIONS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY - CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE PRINTABLE LIST AND BOOTH NUMBERS
||Valerie Thomas & Dana Shirley, Husband and wife team. Husband demonstrates the ancient art of reposese and chasing inspired by the sea.
||Henry Neubig. Mud-Paintings using soil, water and egg yolk. Brushwork on watercolor paper.
||Jeff Haynes. Wood Cut Prints
||Cynthia Pagel. Hand-colored linocuts inspired by Florida's never ending beauty, history, sky and water.
||Randy Deering. Tropical and nautical themes and scenes using acrylic paint and palate knife on canvas.
||Chris Flanagan. Colored pencil drawings of wildlife and Old Florida architecture.
||Debbie Lowe. Demonstration of how to incorporate found sea glass & driftwood into jewelry.
||Ted Elder. Large stainless steel and copper sculptures hand-cut from original drawings. Color added by torch only. My goal is to make "swim off the wall" sculptures.
||Carole Meier. Stoneware clay sculptured to depict modern themes using studio developed glazes and designs.
||Kate Carney. Painterly - Passionate - Impressionist Oils
||Leland Williams. Miniature oil pastels on sandpaper using self-taught technique and personal vision.
||Witha Lacuestra. Vivid transparent watercolors on paper rendering realistic subjects and abstract interpretations.
||Debra Mixon-Holliday. Original hand-pulled prints from copper etching plates.
||Xiao-Xia Zhang-Minich. Hand stitched embroidery using colored thread and needle techniques.
2014 Judge - Alex Nyerges, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
We are honored to have Alex Nyerges, Director and CEO of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, as our judge for the 50th Annual Spring Arts Festival. In addition to his duties at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts the past 8 years, Mr. Nyerges is currently serving as Chair of the Program Committee of the Association of Art Museum Directors.
After growing up in Rochester, NY, Mr. Nyerges received his undergraduate degree with a double major in anthropology and archeology, and subsequently a Masters Degree in Museum Studies at George Washington University in Washington, DC. He came to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts from the Dayton Art Institute, where he was director and CEO. His prior museum directorships also include the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson. He has juried and curated numerous Art Shows and we are privileged to have him as our judge for the 2014 show.
Judging will occur on Saturday and prizes in the following categories will be awarded at the Artists' Reception and Awards Ceremony Saturday evening in the Cedar Key Arts Center Sculpture Garden: Best of Show, Best 2D, Best 3D, 4 Sponsored Awards of Excellence (including the Cedar Key Arts Center Award for Creativity), and 12 Awards of Distinction.
INFORMATION FOR EXHIBITORS HERE