What Floats Your Boat?
Design Contest WINNERS

With over 40 pieces of artwork from 28 different artists this year, the Design Contest panel had a difficult time selecting a winner. In fact, after several rounds of voting, the competition ended in a tie and it has been decided to feature both artists & their artwork in promotions this year.  Thanks to all of the artists who participated
and congratulations to Clint Eagar & Miriam Novack.

Float My Boat by Miriam Novack

Floating by Clint Eagar

Winning artwork will be featured on t-shirts, posters, postcards and other promotional materials. In addition to waived application and booth fees, the winning artists is featured in news releases, on social media and on our website.

2018 Old Florida Celebration of the Arts
Design Contest Winners Selected

The Old Florida Celebration of the Arts (OFCA) is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Festival Design Contest based on the theme “What Float’s Your Boat?” The Design Contest panel had over 40 pieces of artwork from 28 different artists to choose from and the selection of a winner was difficult.  In fact, after several rounds of voting, the competition ended in a tie. Congratulations to winners Clint Eagar for his entry “Floating” and Miriam Novack for her entry “Float My Boat.”

The Cedar Key Arts Center is honored to have these talented life-long artists representing the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts. While Gainesville resident, Miriam Novak, may be familiar to some since she has been participating in Cedar Key’s Spring Arts Festivals for over 15 years, Clint Eagar, a relative newcomer to Santa Rosa Beach, FL only discovered the OFCA last year when the fair was recognized as one of the Top 10 Art Fairs in America. 

Both Miriam and Clint were aware of their passion for art early, and, had the opportunity to begin their formal education in the arts at a younger age than most artists.  Both artists were inspired and encouraged by family members to pursue art. Clint applied and was accepted to the Johannesburg School of Art in 8th grade and Miriam attended Erasmus High School in New York which allowed her to graduate with a Major in Fine Arts beginning in middle school.  Clint completed his Fine Arts Education at the Fashion and Arts Institute in Dallas, Tx after immigrating to the States in 1981.  Miriam graduated with Honors in Art from Brooklyn College of the City of New York in the early 70’s.

After teaching art to middle schoolers out of college, Miriam moved with her husband to Florida in the 1974.  Her focus at that time was wood sculpture, but she also enjoyed and won awards for her photography, and fell in love with outdoor art festivals as a way to share her art and interact with and be inspired by visitors to her booth.  After having her home destroyed in Hurricane Andrew and there was nowhere to do her sculpture, she discovered a renewed love for painting returning to the circular themes that had enchanted her since childhood.  In 1992, she won Best of Show at the South Miami Art Festival, in 2007 she had a one-women show entitled “Evolution” at the Thomas Center Main Gallery and she has been the design contest winner for the Downtown Gainesville Art Show (2006) and Winter Fine Arts Festival in Tioga (2014). More of her work can be seen on her website at www.mnovack.com.

Clint’s career took off soon after graduation, when his talents were recognized by production art company based out of Miami with retail galleries in Florida and Texas and he was given the opportunity to open his own Design Studio in Dallas, which was followed by work with Frontline Graphics and Figi Graphics in California. As a graphic design artist his work became popular around the world and at the age of 23 he established his own Design Consulting Firm in Taiwan designing, manufacturing and distributing gifts. After returning to the US in the mid-90’s his work expanded to Industrial Design Products where he designed and distributed for familiar names such as Disney, Kirkland, JC Penny, and Pier I and most recently worked with Golf and Fitness designing training aids for large sporting retail stores like Sports Authority and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Several years ago, Clint decided it was time to step away from Production Art and “return to his roots.”  He has opened a studio in Santa Rosa Beach (www.ClintEagarDesign.com). His work has been recently featured in Home Accents Today (2017) and, if you are a NetFlix fan, you may have seen several of his pieces featured on Grace and Frankie, Season 4.

Both artists were inspired by the theme, “What Floats Your Boat?” Miriam’s love of Cedar Key had inspired a series of paintings a couple of years ago, but she said when she heard this year’s theme she knew it was right up her alley and created Floating My Boat especially for the competition.  Clint has fallen in love with his new coastal home and had been recently working on boats.  In his artwork entitled Floating he worked in layers to create the appearance of old wood, painted over and over, peacefully resting on calm waters.

Plan to see additional pieces of artwork from these and over 100 other invited artists at the 2018 Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Key, March 24 & 25. For more information check out our website at www.CedarKeyArtsFestival.com or contact us at CedarKeyArtsFestival@gmail.com



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