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2018 OFFICIAL PROGRAM The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
40 Gallery of Exhibiting Artists 40 Clay 41 Digital Art 42 Drawing and Pastels 43 Emerging Artists 43 Fiber 44 Glass 45 Jewelry 46 Leather 47 Metal 47 Mixed Media/2D 49 Mixed Media/3D 50 Painting 53 Photography 55 Printmaking 56 Sculpture 57 Watercolor 57 Wood
4 Board Members 5 Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation 6 President’s Welcome 10 Festival at a Glance 12 Map 16 2019 Exhibitors 18 Judges 20 Poster Artist 22 Leon Theodore Schools Exhibit 23 Best of Show Collection 24 Mayor’s Letter 25 Local Color 27 Entertainment 31 The Foundation 32 Children’s Workshop
59 WPSAF History
34 Morse Museum
38 Emerging Artists
71 Thank You
39 2018 Winners
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2019 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Board
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President, 2019 Barbara Gugel Co-President Elect, 2020 Wayne Osley
Co-President Elect, 2020 Greg Witherspoon Treasurer Julie Behr Zimmerman
Recording Secretary Alice Moulton Corresponding Secretary Nancy J. Calhoun
Past Co-President, 2018 Monte Livermore, Jr. Past Co-President, 2018 Amy Thrasher
BOARD MEMBERS Corey Alexander Richard Awsumb Ralph Barbato Carolyn Bird Drew Brooks Pat Bruno Tom Bruno Melanie Carrigan Barbara Chandler Janice Elsheimer
Liz Eunice Laura Fogleman Terry Forrester Rachel Frisby Debbie Greear Holly Henson Michael Hlavek Sally Leslie Ruben Madrid
Camille Marchese Carole Moreland Sandra Sandberg Vic Smirnow Jean Sprimont Pam Stewart Amelia Storer Rebecca Swanson Savannah Taylor Carol Wisler
PROVISIONAL MEMBERS Susan Bunting Jennifer Clark
Barbara Langley Jamie Jamieson Howard Ker
Winston Taitt Jessie Tran
SUSTAINING MEMBERS Dale Amlund Sarah E. Arnold Sabrina Balthazor Keith Barden Betty Bay Karen Branen Daphne Cukier Joann Darnell Bonnie Davis Nancy Deutsch Louise DeVeer 4 60TH WINTER PARK SIDEWALK ART FESTIVAL
Duncan DeWahl Hal Downing Joyce Evans Jan Farnsworth Margaret Fountain Conny Glicken Linda Gill Guthrie Debbie Hauert Mercer Herman Shari Hodgson Doug Kerr
John King Linda King Bob Klettner Sandy Lenzen Brian Millard Talley Mendinhall Jeanne Odom Lois Payne Beth Raffo Morna Robbins Tom Sacha
Steve Schoene Nancy Stephenson Cynthia Sucher Churchill Thompson Danny Thompson Katie Gill Warner Marta Westall Chip Weston Suzanne Woodward Doni Young Sally Zarnowiec
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elcome to the 60th annual kids an opportunity to create crafts. Winter Park Sidewalk Art FestiThe Leon Theodore Schools Exhibit disval, which has been bringing artplays the art of Orange County public and ists and the art they create to the private school students, while the Emergcommunity for six decades. ing Artists program gives three artists a The festival board is made up of talentchance to exhibit their work in an outdoor ed, remarkable and dedicated volunteers art show for the first time. These three prowho devote countless hours all year to grams are made possible by a grant from organizing and improving this extraordithe Joe and Sarah Galloway Foundation. nary event, which kicks off each year on During festival weekend, community volthe third Friday in March. Perhaps you’ve unteers — now numbering around 400 — attended for years, or perhaps this is your serve on our Artist Care Team, work in our first visit. Either way, thank you for your merchandise tents and assist by doing whatsupport and for being an art enthusiast. President Barbara Gugel ever is necessary to make certain everything One reason our festival is ranked among goes smoothly. We’re genuinely thankful for the best in the nation is because our focus is on the artour community volunteers and sponsors, whose support is ists and on creating an environment for them to enjoy needed to produce many facets of the event. great sales. We’re so fortunate to have the festival located in CenThis year, more than 1,200 artists applied to particitral Park, with its canopy of trees, and along Park Avpate. In October, our panel of three highly experienced enue, with its shops and restaurants. The atmosphere is art judges came from out of state to select the 225 artinviting and comfortable. ists whose work is on display. Those same judges return And it wouldn’t be possible without the City of Winter in March to select artwork for awards. Park’s Police Department, Fire-Rescue Department and We’re very grateful to the Edyth Bush Charitable FounParks & Recreation Department. City personnel have dation for its Art of Philanthropy purchase award of $5,000 worked alongside our board members for many years and to the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American to create an enjoyable and memorable experience for Art for its Distinguished Work of Art Award of $2,500. artists and attendees alike. The festival gives a Best of Show purchase award of We hope you enjoy the music over the weekend. Our $12,000, plus 10 Awards of Excellence ($2,000 each), Friday night jazz concert is a highly anticipated Winter 20 Awards of Distinction ($1,000 each) and 30 Awards of Park tradition. This year for the grand finale on Sunday Merit ($500 each) for a total of $74,500 in awards. afternoon is a very special Pops Concert performance Additionally, our Patrons Program has grown signifiby the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. cantly. Last year, patron funds dedicated to purchasing I encourage you to take time to meet the artists, hear art exceeded $80,000. The combination of festival awards their stories, listen to how they create their artwork and and patrons’ art purchases totaled more than $154,000. possibly buy a piece of their art. We hope to see you Certainly, that’s a big factor in attracting the best artists. again next year and each year after that! The festival encourages and contributes to the development of new artists by donating art scholarships Barbara Gugel to UCF and Rollins College. Our Children’s Workshop, President taught by representatives from local museums, offers 2019 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival 6 60TH WINTER PARK SIDEWALK ART FESTIVAL
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FESTIVAL AT A GLANCE WHERE: Central Park and along Park Avenue in Winter Park WHEN: March 15, 16 and 17, 2019 HOURS: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday
ABOUT THE 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’s produced by an all-volunteer board and draws more than 350,000 visitors each year. More than 1,200 artists from around the world applied for this year’s event, and an independent panel of three judges selected 225 to exhibit their work. The festival consistently ranks as one of the top juried fine-art festivals in the country. Recent accolades include the No. 2 national ranking in Art Fair Calendar’s “2018 Best Art Fairs.” The festival was also highly rated in Art Fair Source Book’s “Top Fine Art Shows” and Sunshine Artist Magazine’s “Top 100” in 2018.
The festival features a wide variety of fine arts and crafts in the following categories: clay, digital art, drawings & pastels, fiber, glass, graphics & printmaking, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media/2D, mixed media/3D, painting, photography, sculpture, watercolor and wood as well as an Emerging Artists category.
Artists complete for 63 awards totaling $74,500. This year, the Best of Show purchase award has been raised to $12,000 to celebrate the festival’s 60th year. The festival donates pieces that win Best of Show to the City of Winter Park, which maintains them on permanent display at the Winter Park Public Library. A $5,000 Art of Philanthropy Purchase Award is sponsored by the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation. A $2,500 Distinguished Work of Art Award is presented through the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. There are 10 Awards of Excellence of $2,000 each, 20 Awards of Distinction of $1,000 each and 30 Awards of Merit of $500 each.
MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
Throughout the festival’s three-day run, you’ll find free entertainment presented on the Centennial Stage located in north Central Park. The music begins with a highprofile concert on Friday night and continues throughout the weekend with a variety of outstanding local talent to complement the festival experience. This year’s Friday night headliner is the highly acclaimed blues saxophonist and vocalist Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers. And in
celebration of the festival’s 60th year, there’ll be a special 3 p.m. Sunday performance by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival T-shirts and other memorabilia are available at three merchandise sales tents. The tents are located at the south entrance (Park and New England avenues); at the center intersection (Morse Boulevard and Park Avenue); and at the north entrance (Park and Garfield avenues). Posters are sold at the three large merchandise tents. A vintage merchandise tent is located next to the festival headquarters at Park Avenue and Morse Boulevard. This year’s poster features a vibrant image of a peacock by Elizabeth St. Hilaire, known for her unique collage and paper painting technique. After the festival, you can still purchase this year’s and past posters by visiting wpsaf.org.
Youngsters can create their own artwork at the Children’s Workshop Village. Easel painting is very popular, and local art centers and museums feature a variety of fun, hands-on art activities for children. Admission is free, and participants may take home their artistic creations. Children’s Workshop Village hours are 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Easel painting is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
LEON THEODORE SCHOOLS EXHIBIT
Discover the talented artists of tomorrow at the Leon Theodore Schools Exhibit, where artwork by thousands of Orange County students is on display. The creativity and level of expertise displayed by these young artists will delight and amaze you. Be sure to check out this wonderful exhibit.
COMPLIMENTARY BIKE CORRAL
Ride your bike and enjoy the festival. The Winter Park Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Board provides a free bike corral during the festival. It’s located on Morse Boulevard across the street from the Amtrak Station parking lot.
For more information, call 407-644-7207 or visit wpsaf.org.
No Animals are allowed (except certified service animals) in Central Park during festival hours, per a City of Winter Park Ordinance. 10 60TH WINTER PARK SIDEWALK ART FESTIVAL
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2019 EXHIBITORS 166 Brianna Martray 131 Mike Nemnich 213 Lawrence Packard 183 Luis Perez 120 AB Word, Barrie Lynn Bryant
185 Scott Aranha 186 Angela Krauss-Coryell 187 Natalie Schorr
164 Brian Beam 110 Marvin Blackmore 223 Elizabeth Borowsky 31 Kristin Busch 114 Brendan Fuller 153 Carly Gibran 18 John Herbon 54 Robert Hessler 143 Mina Heuslein 168 Gabriel Isaac 180 Gregory Johnson, Donna Gilbert 78 William Kidd 130 Gail Markiewicz 4 Katherine Mathisen 47 Kyle Osvog 201 Andrew Otis 1 Jim Parmentier, Shirl Parmentier 216 Derek Rosenberry 231 Michael Schwegmann 40 Cheryl Mackey Smith 225 Nick Toebaas
202 Lea Alboher 39 Jason Brueck 226 R. C. Fulwiler 65 Ynon Mabat 158 Andrew Mosedale 76 Garry Seidel 162 Marjolyn Van der Hart
DRAWING AND PASTELS
238 Roxane Chardon 58 Susan Currier 237 Robin Frisella 111 Bobby Goldsmith 34 Robin Lauersdorf 56 Clare Malloy 16 60TH WINTER PARK SIDEWALK ART FESTIVAL
118 Galina Kostanda-Lambert 247 Heather Laurie 135 Dahlia Popovits, 75 Bounkhong Signavong 233 Elizabeth Tullberg 104 Elaine Unzicker
140 William Doak 125 Gabriela Horvat 8 Brenna Klassen-Glanzer 251 Birgit Kupke-Peyla 227 Iris Ledesma 224 Claudia Melchiorre 212 Danielle Merzatta, Chris Merzatta 190 Olga Mihaylova 184a Patrice Mineo 144 J Nielsen 122 Jim Norton 48 Emilie Pritchard 179 Meghan Riley 117 Melissa Schmidt 62 Beth Solomon 218 Susan Wachler 182 Jessica Weiss 207 Agnieszka Winograd
44 Steve Edgar 139 Randall Herold 199 Mychal Mitchell 170 Horace Thomas, Shawn Thomas
191 Lisa Aronzon 45 Michael Hayes 73 Scott Hronich-Pernicka 156 Christopher Jeffries 51 Robin Kittleson 222 Mark Lewanski 235 Eric Mort 112 Michael OToole 106 David Russell 64 Richard Ryan 30 Robinson Scott 53 Andrew Shea 38 Douglas Sigwarth, RenĂŠe Sigwarth 141 Thomas Spake 129 Mark Sudduth
16 Alexis Barbeau 161 Nichole Collins
2 Robert Farrell 149 Cherie Haney 21 Kue King 157 Ricky Lowe 29 Luke Proctor 119 Eric Sauvageau, Jose Vizcarra 244 Robin Washburn
77 Stephen Baldauf 194 Chris Bruno 127 Gaston Carrio 13 Sarah Collier 69 Ummarid Eitharong 49 Leslie Emery 160 Aaron Hequembourg 108 Stacia Hollmann 205 Eva Letts, Douglas Chalk 71 Rick Loudermilk 165 Ed Myers 138 Lisa Norris 198 Tiffany Ownbey 208 Woody Patterson 253 Corey Pemberton 154 Ronnie Phillips
2019 EXHIBITORS 249 Cameron Ritcher 60 Suzy Scarborough 134 Sharon Spillar 27 Dylan Strzynski 55 Cheryl Ward, Steve Ward 121 AB Word, Barrie Lynn Bryant
192 Jeff Borda 195 Ernest Curry, Erin Curry 150 Amy Flynn 252 Su Griggs Allen 176 Tracy Hambley 178 Steven Howell 172 Alice Legler, Bob Legler 197 Tiffany Ownbey 155 Amber Anne Palo 239 Victoria Rhoades Mullan 101 Steve Terlizzese 109 Michael Thiele, Joah Thiele 214 Mick Whitcomb
50 Leslie Emery 206 Bruce Ferguson 63 Jonah Green 219 Xiao Jiang 5 Ronna Katz 102 Lorri Kelly 147 Ning Lee, 232 Sean Parrish 151 Bruce Peeso 241 Agnes Rathonyi 10 Jeff Ripple 159 Robert Ross 169 Kelly Rysavy 32 Lin Seslar 246 David Skinner 184 Jon Smith 123 Donald Sondag 173 Cat Tesla 229 Ken Tutjamnong 14 Kathleen Willer 12 Yu Zhou
SCULPTURE 210 Paul Braun
181 David Figueroa 174 Michael George 148 Will Grant 167 Charles Hazelaar 254 Amy Lennard Gmelin 66 Steven Olszewski 242 Joan Rasmussen 113 Thomas Wargin 220 Robert Wertz 61 John Whipple
25 Su Abbott 116 Bert Beirne 177 Joseph Bradley 137 Jerry Brem 126 Kathleen Brodeur 17 Mark Brown 145 Lisa Burge 152 James Carter 3 Matthew Cornell 236 Scott Coulter 20 Daphne Covington 59 Richard Currier 70 Rey Dâ€™Alfonso 43 Ruth Odile Davis 105 Maggie DeMarco 203 Dean DiMarzo 68 Ummarid Eitharong
26 Deborah Berry 11 Michael Bryant 133 Richard Burton 160 Micheal Paul Cole 42 Greg Gawlowski 200 Jesper Johansen 211 Igor Menaker 37 Darren Olson 243 Daniel Powers 188 James Richmond 196 Kristin Schillaci 79 Radim Schreiber 22 Andrew Sovjani 142 Heidi Thamert 72 Greg Turco 234 Patrick Whalen
46 Kathrine Allen-Coleman 23 Michael Bond 163 John Costin 107 Mel Fleck 28 Helen Gotlib 6 Ronna Katz 193 Gillian Kemper 132 Mike Nemnich 240 Amanda Outcalt 217 Scott Swezy 15 Marina Terauds 221 Kreg Yingst
230 Jennifer Ardolino 33 Randy Eckard 255 Robert Flowers 250 Jim Holehouse 19 Aletha Jones 9 Bernard Martin 7 Steve Rogers 36 Taman VanScoy 175 Michael Weber
24 Adam Crowell 52 Peter Czuk 248 Alan Davis 74 Mark Gardner 35 Matthew Hatala 57 Ray Jones 103 Richard Judd 204 John Mascoll 171 Lance Munn, Vicki Munn 67 Dennis Peterson 228 Jim Ruthem, Jeannie Ruthem 209 David Souza 41 Steve Uren 60TH WINTER PARK SIDEWALK ART FESTIVAL
JUDGES These Noted Experts Pick the Best of the Best
udges for the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival are selected annually for their in-depth knowledge and experience in multiple art media. Last October, they reviewed digital images from all applicants and selected the exhibiting artists. Other artists were placed on wait lists. During the festival, the same panel will review exhibits to determine which artists will be considered for awards. After a booth is selected, the artist is responsible for choosing one representative piece for consideration. Winners are determined by the judges on Saturday. Awards include the Best of Show, the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation Award and the Morse Museum Award.
Norma Hendrix is founder and executive director of Cullowhee Arts, a nonprofit organization in which the mission is “to create vibrant learning communities through workshops and retreats taught by exceptional instructors at inspiring locations from the mountains of Western North Carolina to sites across the country and the world.” Hendrix holds a BFA from Ohio University, an MA in painting and drawing from Western Carolina University and an MFA from Johnson State College in Vermont. She has been artist in residence and presenter at Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont; and Ateliers Four Winds, Aureille, France. While serving as a professor of drawing, painting and art history at Western Carolina University, she founded and directed Studio 598 — a teaching studio and exhibition space in Sylva, North Carolina. She served as education director at the Bascom Art Center in Highlands, North Carolina, from 2009-2011 and has been guest curator at Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum. Hendrix has been a juror for many group exhibits, competitions and art festivals. As recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council’s Regional Arts Project Grant, she created a body of work entitled A Thousand Mornings, which culminated in solo exhibits at the Fine Art Museum of Western Carolina University and the Frank Gallery in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
With almost 30 years of experience working in art museums, Joseph Mella manages, curates and oversees the operations of the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery and its collections within the College of Arts and Science. Prior to arriving at Vanderbilt in 1992, Mella served as curator of exhibitions and collections at the Rockford Art 18 60TH WINTER PARK SIDEWALK ART FESTIVAL
Museum in Rockford, Illinois, and in a similar capacity at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont. He holds an MA in modern art history, theory and criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he also completed a certificate program in art collection care and maintenance. He also earned a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa. In addition to applying museum standards and best practices to the operations and procedures of Vanderbilt’s Fine Arts Gallery, Mella has been responsible for more than doubling the gallery’s collections from 2,957 objects in 1992 to 7,130 today. He has curated and organized more than 80 exhibitions at Vanderbilt and established programmatic collaborations with many other university galleries. Mella is also responsible for establishing and developing a collection of contemporary graphics, photographs, drawings and artists’ books by prominent living women artists.
David Bryce is an award-winning artist who draws and sculpts with clay. His creations have been displayed at such prestigious arts events as the Smithsonian Craft Show and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show as well as fine-art festivals across the U.S. Bryce, who holds an MFA from Queens College of the City of New York, has also been a juror for many major exhibitions, including the Berkshire Crafts Fair, the Long’s Park Art Festival, the St. Louis Art Fair, the Des Moines Arts Festival and the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair. He has completed commissioned pieces for residential and commercial clients in the U.S. and around the world, while his work has also been purchased for display in public spaces. Early in his career, Bryce specialized in bronze casting and architectural restoration. He has also served as artistin-residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts at Sweet Briar College, and as a visiting lecturer at Fairleigh Dickinson University and State University of New York at Oneonta.
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eticulously torn bits of handpainted papers, delicately put together, form the exceptionally vibrant collages created by Artist Elizabeth St. Hilaire. Richard Colvin, executive director of the Lake Eustis Museum of Art says, “Elizabeth St. Hilaire’s artworks have a fresh quality that belies the way they are constructed.” St. Hilaire’s work has been published in the books Acrylic Works 3: Celebrating Texture (2015) and Incite 2: Color Passions (2014). Her own book, Painted Paper Art Workshop, was published in 2016. She has been the subject of feature stories in numerous national magazines. She was a finalist in the Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition (2014 and 2015). She won first place in the collage/ mixed media category in the Artist’s Magazine All Media Competition (2010). St. Hilaire was also an award winner in the National Collage Society’s Signature Members Exhibition at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Mesa, Arizona (2013), and a finalist in the Richeson75 International Art Competition (2013), sponsored by the art-supply manufacturer Jack Richeson & Co. Born and raised in New England, St. Hilaire has lived in Central Florida for more than 20 years. She holds a BFA in advertising design from Syracuse University and has earned Signature Member status with the National Collage Society. “My love of collage started with a scrap box of mementos from my childhood,” she says. “These small sentimental pieces of my past came from my father, who rescued them from the attic.”
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Elizabeth St. Hilaire, who created the festival’s 2019 poster, is a nationally known collage artist whose passion for the genre began with a scrap box of mementos from her childhood.
Following her father’s death, St. Hilaire found a way to incorporate memorable papers, notes and snippets of her family’s past into works that were memorable, beautiful and personally significant. “In my work I highlight the extraordinary within the ordinary, focusing on intense and vibrant colors combined with a sensibility of design,” she says. “My collages invite the viewer to look, and having looked, to linger.” For a portfolio, visit paperpaintings.com. Go to Facebook.com/paperpaintingscollageartwork to view collage work in progress. Email St. Hilaire at elizabeth@ paperpaintings.com.
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LEON THEODORE SCHOOLS EXHIBIT Showcasing the Talented Artists of Tomorrow
he Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival has proudly showcased the artists and art programs of Orange County and Winter Park public and private schools since the first event in 1960. The skillful and unique works created by these talented students will amaze you. The exhibit is named in memory of Leon Theodore, an inspirational teacher, artist and former member and president of the art festival board. The student displays are located across the railroad tracks opposite the stage. This year’s panel of judges for the Schools Exhibit includes painter and graphic designer Victor Bokas, potter and teacher Susan Bach and ceramics instructor and artist Belinda Glennon. Thank you to our sponsors for their support, including the Joe and Sarah Galloway Foundation, the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Art Systems of Florida, Orange County Public Schools and the WPSAF Foundation.
You’ll be amazed at the works created by talented local students.
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BEST OF SHOW COLLECTION Best of Show Collection at the Winter Park Public Library
n 1969, an annual tradition was started when the Best of Show work of art was purchased by the festival committee for $250 and presented to the City of Winter Park as an expression of appreciation for its support and the many services provided. The purchase award amount has steadily increased over the years, and to celebrate the event’s 60th anniversary, the purchase award has been increased from $10,000 to $12,000. This amazing collection is on display at the Winter Park Public Library, where you can take a self-guided tour with the help of a brochure available at the front desk. It pinpoints the location of each Best of Show winner. 2018 co-presidents Monte Livermore and Amy Thrasher, Or, go on a virtual tour by visiting the library’s website. along with 2019 President Barbara Gugel, present Richard From the home page’s top menu, select the “Research” Currier’s Best of Show painting to Mayor Steve Leary tab, then click on “Winter Park History,” then go to “Digital and the City of Winter Park. Collections,” followed by “Events” and then “Sidewalk Art Festival.” Easier still, type this URL into your browser: http://archive.wppl.org/wphistory/bestofshow/index.html. In November of last year, the collection was part of a “Museum Hop.” And in February of this year, the festival hosted a Best of Show Gallery Walk as part of the city’s second annual Weekend of the Arts outreach program. Check with the library to see when the next Best of Show event is scheduled.
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Each Spring the Center holds its annual Baby Owl Shower to raise funds to offset the increased costs during baby season. Join us for a day of activities plus special visits with the Center’s Ambassador birds. Admission is “free” that day with an item from our wish list which can be found on our website. Rehabilitation – Conservation – Education A non-profit urban environmental center that specializes in the rescue, medical treatment, rehabilitation and release of sick and injured birds of prey (raptors). See over 20 different raptor species including eagles, owls and falcons while you explore the Center’s boardwalk, native plants, butterfly garden and lakeside gazebo.
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Dear Friends, Welcome to Winter Park, the â€œCity of Culture and Heritage.â€? We are proud the 60th Winter Park Sid to host ewalk Ar t Festival, a na tionally-acclaimed even Winter Park has a long t. tradition of embracing the ar ts in our community, are honored to suppor t and we one of the most prestigio us ar t festivals in the co We welcome guests fro un try. m across the United State s as well as internation ally. This is a special year for the festival as we celeb rate its 60th year with a performance by the Orlan tribute do Philharmonic Orches tra on Sunday at 3 p.m you can join us for this . I hope celebration. I also hope that during your time as in Winter Park, you will our guest find the opportunity to visit our many shops, res museums and cultural tau rants, amenities. Our rich herita ge, strong sense of comm vast park system, divers unity, e economic base, and be autiful chain of lakes pro high quality of life to res vid ea idents, businesses and guests alike. We are ea you why we love to call ge r to show Winter Park home. On behalf of the City Co mmission, our dedicate d city staff, and the res Winter Park, I hope your idents of visit is a pleasant, fun-fil led experience. We are you have chosen to spen happy d time with us and look forward to welcoming yo enjoying the 60th Winte u while r Park Sidewalk Ar t Festi val.
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LOCAL COLOR Here’s Why Winter Park is Proud as a Peacock
hy does a peacock adorn the City of Winter Park’s logo? It all goes back to Hugh F. McKean (19081995) and Jeannette Genius McKean (1909-1989). Hugh — artist, educator, collector and writer — was the 10th president of Rollins College, serving from 1951 through 1969. He then became the college’s chancellor and chairman of its board of trustees. In 1945, while still an art professor at the college, he married Jeannette (right), granddaughter of Charles Hosmer Morse, the Chicago industrialist and philanthropist who helped to shape modern Winter Park. Both McKeans were lovers of nature and cultivated a preserve filled with peacocks around Wind Song, the lakefront estate that Jeannette inherited from her father, Richard Genius. Genius Drive, the dirt road leading through the preserve Jeannette Genius McKean and her husband, Hugh, and to the estate, was open to the public until the 1990s. The cultivated a preserve filled with peacocks around their home, called Wind Song. property, now owned by the Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation and dubbed the Genius Preserve, encompasses the city’s largest remaining orange grove and several structures, including the unoccupied but carefully maintained family home. And it’s still bustling with preening (and noisy) peafowl descended from those the McKeans unleashed in 1950. In 2004, Winter Park officially adopted the peacock as its symbol, along with the tagline “The City of Culture and Heritage.”
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4-4:30 p.m.: Saagar Ace, Emily Lucas & Tray Johnson
10-10:45 a.m.: Paint it Black (Contemporary Classical)
4:45-5:15 p.m.: Beartoe
11-11:15 a.m.: The Citrus Singers Girl Scouts Chorus
5:30-6:15 p.m.: The Dana Kamide Band featuring Daphne Cooper 7:15-8:45 p.m.: Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers
SUNDAY, MARCH 17 10-11 a.m.: Flint Blade
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: TBA
11:15-11:45 a.m.:Suzuki Music Institute (Children’s Ensemble) Noon-12:30 p.m.: Team USA Singers
12:30-1:15 p.m.: Sarah Hardwig
12:45-1:45 p.m.: O-Sky (Contemporary Teen Singer/Soloist)
1:30-2:30 p.m.: Patchouli (Modern Folk Guitar Duo)
3-4:30 p.m.: Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
2:45-3:15 p.m.: Team USA Singers 3:30-4:30 p.m.: DreamCatcher Trio 5-6 p.m.: Will Patrick Band
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Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers took home eight trophies, including Artist of the Year, at the 2018 Independent Blues Awards.
MINDI ABAIR AND THE BONESHAKERS Get ready to have your spirit lifted — and your bones shaken — by Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers, who are headlining the festival’s wildly popular Friday night jazzblues-rock extravaganza. The show will get underway at 7:30 p.m. on the Centennial Stage in north Central Park. A two-time Grammy nominee, jazz saxophonist Abair has been electrifying audiences since her debut album, Always and Never the Same, in 2000. Raved one critic: “No one since Junior Walker has brought saxophone and vocals in one package to the forefront of modern music, with a raucous tone and abandon.” Abair — a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston — has garnered ten No. 1 radio hits and two No. 1 spots on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz album chart. In 2014, she earned her first Grammy nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category. In 2015, Abair was a Grammy nominee in the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album category for Wild Heart, a solo effort featuring the late Gregg Allman, Joe Perry, Trombone Shorty, Booker T. Jones, Keb’ Mo’ and Max Weinberg. To help translate her gritty, rock-and-soul influenced sound to live shows, Abair enlisted longtime friend and 28 60TH WINTER PARK SIDEWALK ART FESTIVAL
Boneshakers founder Randy Jacobs (a gifted session guitarist who played with Bonnie Raitt, Was Not Was and Willie Nelson). The combination worked and led to a creative partnership. Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers features Abair (saxophone, vocals), Jacobs (guitar, vocals), Rodney Lee (keyboards), Derek Frank (bass, vocals) and Third Richardson (drums, vocals). The band’s first album, Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers Live in Seattle, was released in 2015. Their first studio album The EastWest Sessions, was released in 2017. Produced by Kevin “Caveman” Shirley (Led Zepplin, Joe Bonamassa, The Black Crowes, Aerosmith), The EastWest Sessions debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Blues Albums chart. The single “Pretty Good for a Girl,” which featured Joe Bonamassa, won a 2018 Independent Music Award for Best Blues Song. And the band took home eight trophies, including Artist of the Year, at the 2018 Independent Blues Awards. When she’s not touring with The Boneshakers, Abair can be found recording and touring with Joe Perry, Trombone Shorty, Booker T. Jones, Aerosmith, Smokey Robinson, Bobby Rush, Keb’ Mo’, Adam Sandler, Duran Duran, Lalah Hathaway and the Backstreet Boys.
ENTERTAINMENT ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC SPRING POPS CONCERT
In celebration of the festival’s 60th year, the City of Winter Park will host the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra on Sunday at 3 p.m. on the Centennial Stage in north Central Park. This special Spring Pops concert performance is made possible by a grant from the Charlotte Julia Hollander Trust and the Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation. Director Eric Jacobsen will lead the orchestra in a program that will The mission of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is to enrich and encompass original songs by guest inspire Central Floridians through the transformative power of live music. artist Christina Courtin — a nationally known singer, songwriter and violinist — and familiar songs by Neil Diamond and The Beatles. Also expect classical favorites by Rossini and Wagner. In addition to Courtin, local violin prodigy Leah Flynn will appear as a guest artist. A Jet magazine feature described the 11-year-old as “a sweet, caring young violinist who wants to use her talents to improve the world around her.” The mission of the Philharmonic is to enrich and inspire the diverse communities of Central Florida through the transformative power of live music. It presents more than 170 live concerts each year. A resident company of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the orchestra’s home venue will be Steinmetz Hall when it opens in 2020. Learn more at orlandophil.org.
Sarah Hardwig, 17, has been blind since birth due to a congenital birth defect. But she hasn’t let that hold back her dreams. Sarah is already a social media sensation and is poised to have big career as a country music singer. You can see why when she performs on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on the Centennial Stage in north Central Park. She has performed the national anthem more than 100 times at major sporting events, including at Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Orioles games, and has been a Sarah Hardwig performs with Charles Kelley of the country music member of the Naples Philharmonic Youth supergroup Lady Antebellum. Orchestra for the past seven years. The Naples resident, who has perfect pitch, has also performed at the Country Music Association Festival in Nashville, where she wowed country music superstars with a set at the legendary Bluebird Café. And she’s a regular at the Island Hopper Songwriter Festival near Fort Myers. Sarah has been selected as an Arts4All Florida Young Soloist and hones her skills in church and school choirs when she isn’t performing solo gigs. As a songwriter, she’s also a member of BMI and hopes to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Nobody who has heard her doubts that she’ll reach her goal.
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THANK YOU! The Board of Directors of the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival expresses our thanks to the staff of Winter Park Magazine and its parent company, Winter Park Publishing, for their tireless efforts and financial support in the creation and publication of our beautiful Official Program over the past decade. This yearâ€™s program is truly a collectors item!
Thanks, Winter Park Magazine, for all that you do!
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THE FOUNDATION Supporting Art Education and Community Spirit
he Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Foundation Inc. is focused on supporting community appreciation of the arts, providing programs that encourage creativity in children and funding college scholarships. The foundation supports the Children’s Workshop, the Leon Theodore Schools Exhibit, the Emerging Artists Program, the Image Review Workshop and performing arts at the festival. It also funds the Jean Alice Oliphant Scholarship at Rollins College as well as the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Scholarship at the University of Central Florida. Begun in 2008, the foundation has had a continuing mission to enhance art appreciation, art education and community spirit. During the 2018 festival, more than 1,000 children had the opportunity to display their creativity though easel painting. And the participating local museums reported that more than 500 children per day took part in the hands-on art activities they provided. Each year, more than 4,500 Orange County students have had the thrill of their artwork being showcased and judged at the Leon Theodore Schools Exhibit. The foundation received funding in 2018 from donations by the Joe and Sarah Galloway Foundation, the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, the Rotary Club of Winter Park, the Pocket Program and the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. The Internal Revenue Service approved the foundation, a Florida not-for-profit corporation, as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt entity in September of 2008. If you’d like to make a donation or find out more, please contact the foundation at P.O. Box 597, Winter Park, FL 32790, email email@example.com or call 407-644-7207.
Adela Santana of UCF’s College of Arts and Humanities receives the annual contribution to the WPSAF Scholarship Fund. FOUNDATION OFFICERS President, Mike Hlavek Vice President, Carole Moreland Secretary, Jean Sprimont Treasurer, Carol Wisler FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS Carolyn Bird; Nancy Calhoun; Barbara Gugel; Wayne Osley; Alice Moulton; Laura Fogleman
The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival appreciates the support and funding provided by the Joe and Sarah Galloway Foundation; it makes so many of the festival’s activities that are focused on children a reality. Programs like the museum workshops, easel painting, school exhibits, performing arts and emerging artists all give children and youth an opportunity to be creatively inspired at the festival.
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CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP It’s Great to Create! Awesome Interactive Art for Kids
ey, kids! Join the fun and create a unique piece of artwork that you can take home and share with your family and friends. The Children’s Workshop is open from 10 a.m4 p.m. each day of the festival — Friday, Saturday and Sunday — and it’s free. Each of the festival’s museum and community partners has prepared exciting, hands-on artsand-crafts activities. It’s located on the west side of the railroad tracks, just north of Morse Boulevard near the Post Office. Be sure to bring an adult with you so they can sign you in. Easel painting is always popular, with more than 1,000 children and families participating each year. Kids get to paint a picture using the huge outdoor easels that have been a part of the festival for 30-plus years. Easel painting is Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Committee believes that children of all ages can develop a love and appreciation for art when they’re given the opportunity to explore their own creativity.
Easel painting is always popular at the Children’s Workshop, with more than 1,000 children and families participating.
Art & History Museums – Maitland 407-539-2181 artandhistory.org
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art 407-645-5311 morsemuseum.org
Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College 407-646-2526 rollins.edu/cfam
Crealdé School of Art 407-671-1886 crealde.org
Esteamed Learning Inc. 321-430-7655 esteamedlearninginc.com
Hannibal Square Heritage Center 407-539-2680 hannibalsquareheritagecenter.org
The Mennello Museum of American Folk Art 407-246-4278 mennellomuseum.com
Orange County Regional History Center 407-836-8500 thehistorycenter.org
Orlando Museum of Art 407-896-4231 omart.org
Winter Park History Museum 407-647-2330 wphistory.org
Winter Park Public Library 407-623-3300 wppl.org
Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts 407-647-3307 zoranealehurstonmuseum.com
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Celebrate the Rites of Spring at the Morse
he Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art kicks off its seven-week celebration of spring with a three-day open house held in conjunction with the annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. All visitors enjoy free admission to the galleries during the festival. Then for six consecutive Fridays, from March 22 through April 26, the Morse will present live music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. during its free open-house events. In addition, these Friday evening events include guided tours of the exhibition Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall at 7 p.m. The April 12 event also includes a family tour of selected galleries at 5:15 p.m. and a 6 p.m. demonstration of metalworking techniques with a free take-home art activity for participants. Finally, as is tradition, the Morse will offer free admission on Easter weekend, April 19 through April 21, with live music set for Good Friday.
The Morse is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by American artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany. New exhibitions include Earth into Art — The Flowering of American Art Pottery, Iridescence — A Celebration, and Charles Hosmer Morse’s Study at Osceola Lodge. Through April, museum hours are 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday; 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Regular admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $1 for students and free for children younger than age 12. Admission is free from 4-8 p.m. on Fridays, November through April. The museum, located at 445 North Park Avenue, is owned and operated by the Charles Hosmer Morse Foundation and receives additional support from the Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation. It receives no public funds. Peonies and Iris (left) was painted in 1915 by Louis Comfort Tiffany, who is renowned for his work in stained glass. Tiffany’s paintings and stained glass creations are on display at the Morse, where one of the current exhibitions (below) is Earth into Art — The Flowering of American Art Pottery.
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SPRING AT THE MORSE: ENJOY FREE ADMISSION AND MORE SPRING FRIDAY NIGHTS Live Music Fridays, 5-8 p.m. March 22 Victorian Lynn Harp Trio (Celtic harp, flute, and violin) March 29 “48” Strings (harp and violin) April 5 Beautiful Music Chamber Trio (cello, flute, and violin) April 12 Beautiful Music Romance Duo (flute and guitar) April 19 Joshua Englert (classical guitar) April 26 Beautiful Music Paint It Black Orchestra (bass, cello, flute and violins) Family Tour Friday, April 12, 5:15 p.m. Learn about Louis Comfort Tiffany and American art of the late 19th and early 20th centuries in a guided tour of selected galleries for the whole family.
Art Demonstration Friday, April 12, 6 p.m. McKean Pavilion Orlando artist Stefan Alexandres demonstrates metalworking techniques. Participants receive a free take-home activity. Evening Tours Fridays, March 22 and 29; April 5, 12, and 26, 7 p.m. Tours of the exhibition Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall. Participation is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Open House Friday, March 15, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 1-4 p.m. n Free admission throughout the weekend. n Free children’s workshop in Central Park Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Easter Weekend Open House Friday, April 19, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, April 21, 1-4 p.m. Free admission throughout the weekend. Music by classical guitarist Joshua Englert from 5-8 p.m. Friday.
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Meet This Year’s Festival Up-and-Comers
he Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival’s Emerging Artist Program was founded in 1977 to encourage new artists to participate in the world of outdoor festivals at no cost to the selectees. Emerging Artists, who are selected through the same juried process as the festival’s other participants, will have the opportunity to make sales and get feedback from art patrons and judges. While Emerging Artists are not eligible for prizes, the exposure and the experience are invaluable. This year three artists were chosen for the program.
Scott Aranha is a Bahamian who grew up travelling extensively during his childhood. After attending elementary school in the Bahamas, he went to high school at The Gunnery — a private prep school in rural Connecticut — before enrolling at Rollins College. Since childhood, Aranha has been fascinated by the sea, and later developed a passion for scuba diving. He has traveled to Indonesia and the Philippines on underwater photography excursions. Aranha and his wife Bianca — along with their two rescue dogs — live in Nassau, where he runs a boat maintenance and charter business. Scott Aranha
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Angela Krauss-Coryell, born and raised in Orlando, is a natural-light portrait and landscape photographer. She received an AS degree in photographic studies from Daytona State College, where she was named the school’s Photography Student of the Year in 2015. She continued her photographic studies at the University of Central Florida, graduating in 2017 with a BA in photography. Krauss-Coryell’s work includes images from her travels through New Zealand and Australia. “My desire to travel has been ingrained since I was 14, and I’m so honored and grateful to be here and show my work,” she says. “I look forward to all the incredible artists and festival goers I’ll be meeting.” Next stop — Iceland
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Natalie Schorr, whose aunt is a professional artist, has been around a working art studio since she was a child. But her first creative outlet was as an interior design and space planner. She began acquiring art at age 22 and later started adding her own pieces to her collection. “So, it’s with the encouragement of my husband and girls that I’m painting, creating and now sharing my work,” she says. “What a joy to be among other professional, talented artists and inquisitive, curious collectors — all of whom hold an embracing passion for art.” Schorr loves creating texture and depth by using pastes and gels as well as heavy knife work on her abstract acrylic paintings. Typically, her bold works are black and white with carefully placed pops of eye-catching color. Natalie Schorr
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2018 AWARDS BEST OF SHOW PURCHASE AWARD ($10,000) Painting Far Horizon 2018 Richard Currier Micco, Florida
EDYTH BUSH CHARITABLE FOUNDATION ART OF PHILANTHROPY AWARD ($5,000) Photography Long After I’m Gone Heidi Thamert Titusville, Florida
10 AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE ($2,000)
Katherine Mathisen, Ocoee, Florida, Clay Jeff Ripple, Micanopy, Florida, Painting John Herbon, Saint Ignace, Michigan, Clay Rey D’Alfonso, Miami, Florida, Painting Galina Kostanda-Lambert, Fort Myers, Florida, Fiber Gaston Carrio, Houston, Texas, Mixed Media/2D Ning Lee, Livingston, New Jersey, Painting Robert Ross, Altamonte Springs, Florida, Painting Michelle McDowell Smith, St. John’s, Florida, Mixed Media/2D Amanda Outcalt, Norfolk, Virginia, Printmaking
20 AWARDS OF DISTINCTION ($1,000) Matthew Cornell, Orlando, Florida, Painting R. Michael Wommack, Langhorne, Pennsylvania, Drawings and Pastels Taman VanScoy, Long Beach, California, Watercolor Richard Ryan, Bourbonnais, Illinois, Glass Aletha Jones, Madison, Wisconsin, Watercolor Robert Farrell, Venice, Florida, Metal Gail Markiewicz, Woodbridge, Connecticut, Clay Stacia Hollmann, DeLand, Florida, Mixed Media/2D Thomas Wargin, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, Sculpture James C. Norton, Athens, Georgia, Jewelry Michael Bond, River Falls, Wisconsin, Printmaking James Carter, Southbury, Connecticut, Painting Mark Brown, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Painting Gillian Kemper, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Printmaking Xiao Jiang, Scarborough, Ontario, Painting Danielle Merzatta, Mount Tabor, New Jersey, Jewelry Mark Lewanski, Portland, Michigan, Glass Ken Tutjamnong, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Painting Robin Frisella, Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, Drawings and Pastels Robert Flowers, Summerfield, North Carolina, Watercolor
MORSE MUSEUM AWARD ($2,500) Clay Bulbous Vessel Jim Parmentier Mars Hill, North Carolina
30 AWARDS OF MERIT ($500)
Steve Edgar, Tallahassee, Florida, Leather Yu Zhou, Yardley, Pennsylvania, Painting Brian Murphy, Newport News, Virginia, Painting Bernard Martin, Winter Park, Florida, Watercolor Andrew Sovjani, Conway, Massachusetts, Photography Bruce Peeso, Monson, Massachusetts, Painting Don McWhorter, Carrollton, Georgia, Clay James Whitbeck, Montague, Massachusetts, Painting Cali Hobgood, Urbana, Illinois, Photography Robin Kittleson, Geneva, Illinois, Glass William Kidd, Lakeland, Florida, Clay Clare Malloy, Chicago, Illinois, Drawings and Pastels Suzy Scarborough, Columbia, South Carolina, Mixed Media/2D Paul Jeselskis, Michigan City, Indiana, Clay Tim Peters, Winter Haven, Florida, Clay James Pearce, Peoria, Illinois, Wood Mark Sudduth, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Glass Thomas Spake, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Glass Steven Radtke, Monroe, Georgia, Mixed Media/3D Kent Ambler, Greenville, South Carolina, Printmaking Ed Myers, Lake Mary, Florida, Digital Art Carolyn Cohen, Orlando, Florida, Printmaking Randy Eckard, Blue Hill, Maine, Watercolor Luis Enrique Gutierrez, Knightdale, North Carolina, Clay Bozenna Bogucka, Los Angeles, California, Fiber Tracy Hambley, Southbury, Connecticut, Mixed Media/3D Pam Fox, Sarasota, Florida, Jewelry Roxane Chardon, Hollis, New Hampshire, Drawings and Pastels David Figueroa, Sanford, Florida, Sculpture Jerry and Susan Remillard, South West Ranches, Florida, Wood
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John Herbon Saint Ignace, Michigan email@example.com johnherbonpottery.com 18
Marvin Blackmore Durango, Colorado firstname.lastname@example.org blackmorepottery.com 110
Robert Hessler Kingston, New York email@example.com roberthessler.com 54
Elizabeth Borowsky Andrews, South Carolina firstname.lastname@example.org 223
Mina Heuslein Port Orange, Florida email@example.com potterybymina.com 143
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Gabriel Isaac DeLand, Florida email@example.com potterybygabriel.com 168
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Gregory Johnson, Donna Gilbert Gainesville, Georgia PotteryForLiving@gmail.com potteryforliving.com 180
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William Kidd Lakeland, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org williamkiddceramics.net 78
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GALLERY CLAY continued Gail Markiewicz Woodbridge, Connecticut email@example.com gmceramicart.com 130
Michael Schwegmann Bement, Illinois firstname.lastname@example.org schwegmannstudios.com 231
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Nick Toebaas St. Petersburg, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org nicktoebaaspottery.com 225
DIGITAL ART Andrew Otis East Jordan, Michigan email@example.com 201
Lea Alboher Sonoma, California firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com 202
Jim Parmentier, Shirl Parmentier Mars Hill, North Carolina firstname.lastname@example.org parmentierpottery.com 1
Jason Brueck Nashville, Tennessee Jrbphilly@yahoo.com alterimagesart.com 39
Derek Rosenberry Pottstown, Pennsylvania email@example.com derekrosenberryceramics.com 216
R. C. Fulwiler Lakeland, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org knot-not.com 226
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GALLERY DIGITAL ART continued Ynon Mabat Longwood, Florida email@example.com mabat-art.com 65
Robin Frisella Hampton Falls, New Hampshire firstname.lastname@example.org robinfrisella.com 237
Andrew Mosedale St. Augustine, Florida email@example.com andrewmosedale.com 158
Bobby Goldsmith Perkinston, Mississippi firstname.lastname@example.org pencilartistbobbygoldsmith.com 111
Garry Seidel Davie, Florida email@example.com 76
Robin Lauersdorf Monona, Wisconsin artist@RobinLauersdorf.com robinlauersdorf.com 34
Marjolyn Van der Hart Toronto, Canada firstname.lastname@example.org marjolyn.com 162
Clare Malloy Chicago, Illinois email@example.com claremalloy.com 56
DRAWING AND PASTELS Roxane Chardon Hollis, New Hampshire firstname.lastname@example.org roxanechardon.com 238
Brianna Martray Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania email@example.com briannamartray.com 166
Susan Currier Sebastian, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org 58
Mike Nemnich Indialantic, Florida email@example.com nemnichart.com 131
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GALLERY DRAWING AND PASTELS continued
Lawrence Packard Winter Haven, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org packardnauticalart.com 213
Galina Kostanda-Lambert Fort Myers, Florida email@example.com kostanda.com 118
Luis Perez Armonk, New York firstname.lastname@example.org luisfineart.com 183
Heather Laurie Denver, Colorado email@example.com heatherlaurie.com 247
AB Word, Barrie Lynn Bryant Kirby, Wyoming firstname.lastname@example.org merglennstudios.com 120
Dahlia Popovit Boston, Massachusetts email@example.com dahliahandmade.com 135
EMERGING ARTISTS Scott Aranha Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas berryislandgirl.gmail.com mydeepblueview.com 185
Bounkhong Signavong Secaucus, New Jersey firstname.lastname@example.org laodesignonline.com 75
Angela Krauss-Coryell Orlando, Florida email@example.com angelajunephotography.com 186
Elizabeth Tullberg Palm Coast, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org elizabethsloomroom.com/ 233
Natalie Schorr Broussard, Louisiana email@example.com 187
Elaine Unzicker Ojai, California firstname.lastname@example.org theunzicker.com 104
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GALLERY GLASS Lisa Aronzon Broadway, Virginia email@example.com lisaaronzon.com 191
Eric Mort Austin, Texas firstname.lastname@example.org ericmort.com 235
Michael Hayes Spruce Pine, North Carolina email@example.com 45
Michael OToole Lake Mary, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org inspiredglasscreations.com 112
Scott Hronich-Pernicka Malta, New York email@example.com internalfireglass.com 73
David Russell Camden, South Carolina firstname.lastname@example.org russellartglass.com 106
Christopher Jeffries Laguna Beach, California email@example.com jeffriesglass.com 156
Richard Ryan Bourbonnais, Illinois firstname.lastname@example.org vmglassart.com 64
Robin Kittleson Geneva, Illinois email@example.com robinkittleson.com 51
Robinson Scott Anoka, Minnesota firstname.lastname@example.org robinsonscott-glassstudio.com 30
Mark Lewanski Portland, Michigan email@example.com glassweavers.com 222
Andrew Shea Minneapolis, Minnesota firstname.lastname@example.org sheaglass.com 53
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GALLERY GLASS continued Douglas Sigwarth, RenĂŠe Sigwarth River Falls, Wisconsin email@example.com sigwarthglass.com 38
Gabriela Horvat Buenos Aires, Argentina firstname.lastname@example.org gabrielahorvat.com 125
Thomas Spake Chattanooga, Tennessee email@example.com thomasspakestudios.com 141
Brenna Klassen-Glanzer Minneapolis, Minnesota firstname.lastname@example.org 8
Mark Sudduth Cleveland Heights, Ohio email@example.com sudduthglass.com 129
Birgit Kupke-Peyla Salinas, California firstname.lastname@example.org kupkepeyla.com 251
Alexis Barbeau Boca Raton, Florida email@example.com seametal.com 16
Iris Ledesma Altamonte Springs, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org estudio-iris.com 227
Nichole Collins Lawrence, Kansas email@example.com nicholecollinsjewelry.com 161
Claudia Melchiorre Cape Canaveral, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org cmdesignz.com 224
William Doak North Venice, Florida email@example.com ivoryforart.com 140
Danielle Merzatta, Chris Merzatta Mount Tabor, New Jersey firstname.lastname@example.org merzatta.com 212
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GALLERY JEWELRY continued Olga Mihaylova Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania email@example.com olisbeadwork.com 190
Melissa Schmidt St. Louis, Missouri firstname.lastname@example.org melissaschmidt.etsy.com 117
Patrice Mineo Abita Springs, Louisiana email@example.com 184a
Beth Solomon Lexington, Massachusetts firstname.lastname@example.org bethsolomonjewelry.com 62
J Nielsen Minneapolis, Minnesota email@example.com jaynielsenjewelry.com 144
Susan Wachler Decatur, Georgia firstname.lastname@example.org metaldance.etsy.com 218
Jim Norton Athens, Georgia email@example.com jimnortonjewelry.webs.com 122
Jessica Weiss Knoxville, Tennessee firstname.lastname@example.org jessicaweissjewelry.com 182
Emilie Pritchard Panama City, Florida email@example.com emiliepritchard.com 48
Agnieszka Winograd Forestburgh, New York firstname.lastname@example.org 207
LEATHER Meghan Riley Brooklyn, New York email@example.com meghanpatriceriley.com 179
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Steve Edgar Tallahassee, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org edgarleather.com 44
GALLERY LEATHER continued Randall Herold Davenport Center, New York email@example.com 139
Ricky Lowe Parkland, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org rickloweart.com 157
Mychal Mitchell Austin, Texas email@example.com ionahandcraftedbooks.com 199
Luke Proctor Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin firstname.lastname@example.org lproctorironworks.com 29
Horace Thomas, Shawn Thomas Belton, Texas email@example.com thomasleatherstudio.com 170
Eric Sauvageau, Jose Vizcarra Pembroke Pines, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org facebook.com/AlliageArtByEricSauvageau/ 119
Robert Farrell Venice, Florida email@example.com farrellsilver.com 2
Robin Washburn Marion, Illinois firstname.lastname@example.org wolfcreekstudio.com 244
MIXED MEDIA/2D Cherie Haney Ann Arbor, Michigan email@example.com metalartbycherie.com 149
Stephen Baldauf Winter Springs, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org stephenbaldauf.com 77
Kue King Patterson, North Carolina email@example.com kueking.com 21
Chris Bruno Lexington, Virginia firstname.lastname@example.org 194
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GALLERY MIXED MEDIA/2D continued Gaston Carrio Houston, Texas email@example.com artbyarchitect.com 127
Eva Letts, Douglas Chalk Oakland, California firstname.lastname@example.org cleverclocksusa.com 205
Sarah Collier Wilmington, North Carolina email@example.com 13
Rick Loudermilk Austin, Texas firstname.lastname@example.org rickloudermilk.com 71
Ummarid Eitharong Orlando, Florida email@example.com 69
Ed Myers Lake Mary, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org lionoptic.com 165
Leslie Emery Sun Prairie, Wisconsin email@example.com leslieemery.com 49
Lisa Norris Chattanooga, Tennessee firstname.lastname@example.org madebyonegirl.com 138
Aaron Hequembourg Monticello, Georgia email@example.com bigwhitedog.net 160
Tiffany Ownbey Rutherfordton, North Carolina firstname.lastname@example.org tiffanyownbey.com 198
Stacia Hollmann DeLand, Florida email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org 108
Woody Patterson Birmingham, Alabama email@example.com woodypatterson.com 208
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GALLERY MIXED MEDIA/2D continued Corey Pemberton Spruce Pine, North Carolina firstname.lastname@example.org coreyhpemberton.com 253
Cheryl Ward, Steve Ward St. Augustine, Florida email@example.com wardartstudio.com 55
Ronnie Phillips Lithonia, Georgia firstname.lastname@example.org ronphillipsart.com 154
AB Word, Barrie Lynn Bryant Kirby, Wyoming email@example.com merglennstudios.com 121
MIXED MEDIA/3D Cameron Ritcher Richmond, Virginia firstname.lastname@example.org paintonwood.wixsite.com/wilson 249
Jeff Borda Dayton, Ohio email@example.com facebook.com/handcraftedbyJB/ 192
Suzy Scarborough Columbia, South Carolina firstname.lastname@example.org suzyscarborough.com 60
Ernest Curry, Erin Curry Dallas, Texas email@example.com 195
Sharon Spillar St. Louis, Missouri firstname.lastname@example.org spillarstudios.com 134
Amy Flynn Raleigh, North Carolina email@example.com ifobot.com 150
Dylan Strzynski Dexter, Michigan firstname.lastname@example.org dylanstrzynski.com 27
Su Griggs Allen Sarasota, Florida email@example.com sugriggsallen.com 252
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GALLERY MIXED MEDIA/3D continued Tracy Hambley Southbury, Connecticut firstname.lastname@example.org tracywhambleystudio.blogspot.com 176
Steve Terlizzese Vero Beach, Florida email@example.com mosaicwow.com 101
Steven Howell Gainesville, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org howellpottery.com 178
Michael Thiele, Joah Thiele Flagstaff, Arizona email@example.com hardwoodmusiccompany.com 109
Alice Legler, Bob Legler Mission, Kansas firstname.lastname@example.org leglerknives.com 172
Mick Whitcomb Springfield, Missouri email@example.com artifactsbynomad.com 214
PAINTING Tiffany Ownbey Rutherfordton, North Carolina firstname.lastname@example.org tiffanyownbey.com 197
Su Abbott East Point, Georgia email@example.com susustudios.com 25
Amber Anne Palo Sevierville, Tennessee firstname.lastname@example.org amberannepalo.com 155
Bert Beirne Flowery Branch, Georgia email@example.com bertbeirne.com 116
Victoria Rhoades Mullan Pompano Beach, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org 239
Joseph Bradley Greenville, South Carolina email@example.com josephbradleystudio.com 177
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GALLERY PAINTING continued Jerry Brem Ladyâ€™s Island, South Carolina firstname.lastname@example.org jabrem.com 137
Scott Coulter Sarasota, Florida email@example.com scottcoulter.net 236
Kathleen Brodeur Casselberry, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org kathleenbrodeurfineart.com 126
Daphne Covington Smyrna, Georgia email@example.com daphnecovington.com 20
Mark Brown Carlisle, Pennsylvania firstname.lastname@example.org www.markhbrownart.com 17
Richard Currier Micco, Florida email@example.com richardcurrierart.com 59
Lisa Burge Taos, New Mexico firstname.lastname@example.org 145
Rey Dâ€™Alfonso Greenville, South Carolina email@example.com reyalfonsostudio.com 70
James Carter Southbury, Connecticut firstname.lastname@example.org jamescarterstudio.blogspot.com 152
Ruth Odile Davis Dennis Port, Massachusetts email@example.com odilefineart.com 43
Matthew Cornell Orlando, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org matthewcornell.com 3
Maggie DeMarco Narragansett, Rhode Island email@example.com 105
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GALLERY PAINTING continued Dean DiMarzo Naples, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org 203
Ronna Katz Albuquerque, New Mexico email@example.com 5
Ummarid Eitharong Orlando, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org 68
Lorri Kelly Vero Beach, Florida email@example.com lorrikelly.com 102
Leslie Emery Sun Prairie, Wisconsin firstname.lastname@example.org 50
Ning Lee, Monroe, New Jersey email@example.com ningleeart.com 147
Bruce Ferguson Tampa, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org mangrovepaintings.com 206
Sean Parrish Dunedin, Florida email@example.com seanparrishstudio.com 232
Jonah Green Richmond, Virginia firstname.lastname@example.org jonahgreenart.com 63
Bruce Peeso Monson, Massachusetts email@example.com backroadsgallery2.homestead.com 151
Xiao Jiang Scarborough, Ontario, Canada firstname.lastname@example.org songjiangstudio.com 219
Agnes Rathonyi Evanston, Illinois email@example.com rathonyifineart.com 241
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GALLERY PAINTING continued Jeff Ripple Micanopy, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org jeffrippleart.com 10
Donald Sondag Maitland, Florida email@example.com 123
Robert Ross Altamonte Springs, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org robertrossart.com 159
Cat Tesla Lilburn, Georgia email@example.com artbycat.com 173
Kelly Rysavy Tallahassee, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org kellyrysavy.com 169
Ken Tutjamnong Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Tutjamnong@gmail.com 229
Lin Seslar Evergreen, Colorado email@example.com 32
Kathleen Willer Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin firstname.lastname@example.org kathleenmurphywiller.com 14
David Skinner Asheville, North Carolina email@example.com dskinner.net 246
Yu Zhou Yardley, Pennsylvania firstname.lastname@example.org zhouyufinearts.com 12
PHOTOGRAPHY Jon Smith Clearwater, Florida Jonsmithart@outlook.com jonsmithart.com 184
Deborah Berry Holly Hill, Florida email@example.com deborahberryphotography.com 26
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GALLERY PHOTOGRAPHY continued Michael Bryant Atlanta, Georgia firstname.lastname@example.org michael-bryant.com 11
Darren Olson Minneapolis, New Mexico email@example.com darrenolson.com 37
Richard Burton Kissimmee, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org rburtonimages.com 133
Daniel Powers Dayton, Ohio email@example.com powersfineartphoto.com 243
Micheal Paul Cole Hannibal, Missouri firstname.lastname@example.org michealpaulcole.com 160
James Richmond Titusville, Florida email@example.com richmondphotography.com 188
Greg Gawlowski Santa Cruz, California firstname.lastname@example.org fourseasonspress.com 42
Kristin Schillaci Santa Fe, New Mexico email@example.com kristinschillaci.com 196
Jesper Johansen Denver, Colorado firstname.lastname@example.org 200
Radim Schreiber Fairfield, Iowa email@example.com fireflyexperience.org 79
Igor Menaker Grayslake, Illinois firstname.lastname@example.org menaker.com 211
Andrew Sovjani Conway, Massachusetts email@example.com andrewsovjani.com 22
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GALLERY PHOTOGRAPHY continued Heidi Thamert Titusville, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org 142
Mel Fleck Louisville, Kentucky email@example.com 107
Greg Turco Jefferson, Georgia firstname.lastname@example.org turcophotography.com 72
Helen Gotlib Dexter, Michigan email@example.com helengotlib.com 28
Patrick Whalen San Antonio, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org patrickwhalen.com 234
Ronna Katz Albuquerque, New Mexico email@example.com 6
Kathrine Allen-Coleman Jackson, Georgia firstname.lastname@example.org kathrineallencoleman.com 46
Gillian Kemper Oklahoma City, Oklahoma email@example.com 193
Michael Bond River Falls, Wisconsin firstname.lastname@example.org michaelbondetchings.com 23
Mike Nemnich Indialantic, Florida email@example.com nemnichart.com 132
John Costin Tampa, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org costingraphics.com 163
Amanda Outcalt Norfolk, Virginia email@example.com amandaoutcalt.com 240
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GALLERY PRINTMAKING continued Scott Swezy Albuquerque, New Mexico firstname.lastname@example.org swezyart.com 217
Will Grant Bradenton, Florida email@example.com willgrantdesigns.com 148
Marina Terauds North Branch, Michigan firstname.lastname@example.org marinaterauds.com 15
Charles Hazelaar Cape Canaveral, Florida email@example.com charleshazelaarstudio.com 167
Kreg Yingst Pensacola, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org kregyingst.com 221
Amy Lennard Gmelin New Port Richey, Florida email@example.com mysterystonesculpture.com 254
Paul Braun St. Augustine, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org paulbraunstudios.com 210
Steven Olszewski Pinckney, Michigan email@example.com 66
David Figueroa Sanford, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org daviddavidsculpture.com 181
Joan Rasmussen Atlanta, Georgia email@example.com joanrasmussen.com 242
Michael George Scottsdale, Arizona firstname.lastname@example.org michaelgeorgegallery.com 174
Thomas Wargin Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin email@example.com wargin.com 113
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GALLERY SCULPTURE continued Robert Wertz Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania firstname.lastname@example.org igneousrockgallery.com 220
Aletha Jones Madison, Wisconsin email@example.com alethajones.com 19
John Whipple Winter Park, Florida whippleart.wordpress.com 61
Bernard Martin Winter Park, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org bernardmartin.com 9
Jennifer Ardolino Homosassa, Florida email@example.com jaart.com 230
Steve Rogers Ormond Beach, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org watercolorsbyrogers.com 7
Randy Eckard Blue Hill, Maine email@example.com randyeckardpaintings.com 33
Taman VanScoy Long Beach, California firstname.lastname@example.org tamanvanscoy.com 36
Robert Flowers Summerfield, North Carolina email@example.com 255
Michael Weber Port St. Lucie, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org weberwatercolors.net 175
WOOD Jim Holehouse Winter Garden, Florida email@example.com tropicartdesign.com 250
Adam Crowell Bonneau, South Carolina firstname.lastname@example.org boxedmusicdrums.com 24
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GALLERY WOOD continued Peter Czuk Gobles, Michigan email@example.com czukstudio.com 52
John Mascoll Safety Harbor, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org 204
Alan Davis Tequesta, Florida E099855x@yahoo.com nativevessels.com 248
Lance Munn, Vicki Munn Bloomfield, Indiana email@example.com viclan.com 171
Mark Gardner Saluda, North Carolina firstname.lastname@example.org Markgardnerstudio.com 74
Dennis Peterson St. Marys, Ohio email@example.com dennispaulpeterson.com 67
Matthew Hatala Danielsville, Georgia firstname.lastname@example.org 35
Jim Ruthem, Jeannie Ruthem Etowah, Tennessee email@example.com 228
Ray Jones Asheville, North Carolina firstname.lastname@example.org rayjoneswoodboxes.com 57
David Souza Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania email@example.com 209
Richard Judd Belleville, Wisconsin firstname.lastname@example.org richardjudd.com 103
Steve Uren Grand Rapids, Michigan email@example.com steveuren.com 41
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Still Sassy at
Here’s a Look at the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival’s Wild Ride Through the Decades. By Randy Noles | Additional Material By Mike Boslet
In 1964, this image of the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival was featured on the cover of the Winter Park Telephone Company’s city directory. The painting also appeared on postcards and on placemats at the Barbizon Restaurant and Gallery, where the idea for the festival was hatched.
n early 1960, Dwight D. Eisenhower was still President of the United States. But John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon were headed for the Democratic and Republican nominations, setting up an epic battle that would culminate with a narrow win for the young senator from Massachusetts. The tumult associated with the ’60s — Vietnam, assassinations, mass protests, racial unrest, the sexual revolu-
tion and more — was largely yet to come. Beatniks weren’t yet hippies, and Elvis — back home from serving in the U.S. Army in Germany — notched two of the year’s Top 10 records: “It’s Now or Never” and “Stuck on You.” Along Park Avenue, you could see a movie at the Colony Theater, check out the latest fashions at Proctor Center and scarf down an ice-cream sundae at the Yum Yum Shop. 60TH WINTER PARK SIDEWALK ART FESTIVAL
Standing in front of the Barbizon Restaurant and Gallery — then located at the corner of Park and Canton avenues — are (left to right) founders Darwin Nichols, Jean Oliphant, Bob Anderson and Don Sill. The photo is thought to have been taken in 1961.
But in January 1960, local history was made at the Barbizon Restaurant and Gallery — located at the corner of Park and Canton avenues, where Boca is now — when a trio of friends who met regularly to while away slow afternoons had an audacious idea. Those present were Darwin Nichols, a potter who owned the restaurant, and artists Robert Anderson and Don Sill, who shared a nearby studio in the Hidden Gardens. Perhaps there were others — accounts vary — but Nichols mentioned only Anderson and Sill in a 2009 interview with Winter Park Magazine. All three have died in the past decade. Nichols recalled: “We were sitting there having a glass of wine and we were thinking, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a place where nonprofessional people — those not accomplished enough to be in galleries — could show their work?’” It only made sense. Local artists already displayed paintings in the Barbizon, where diners could buy them right off the walls. Plus, the gallery-packed city had a longstanding reputation as an artists’ colony. But organizational savvy was needed, so the friends recruited, among others, Edith Tadd Little, a patron of the arts — indeed, an artist herself — and for a time owner of an interior design business on Park Avenue. Little’s involvement all but assured success. A civic leader and booster of cultural causes, she had been designated “Mrs. Winter Park” in 1959 by the city commission. Revered for her energy and organizational acumen, some local businesspeople affectionately nick60 60TH WINTER PARK SIDEWALK ART FESTIVAL
named her “The General.” Among Little’s artistic credentials: She decorated the interior of the Annie Russell Theatre on the campus of Rollins College, even creating the stencils and painting the elaborate designs that adorn the ceiling. “Mother’s original idea was to have the festival for all the local artists and the art departments of all the schools, from kindergarten through college,” recalled the late Sally Behre, Little’s daughter, in a 1987 oral history interview with the Winter Park History Museum. But The General — who died in June 1960, just months after the inaugural event — was too ill to lead the charge. (From 1965 through 1968, the Best of Show award would be named the Edith Tadd Little Medal.) Jean Oliphant, another formidable mover and shaker, chaired a hastily formed 18-member festival committee — its meetings were held in the Barbizon’s Blue Room — on which Little and about a dozen others served. (Oliphant, who died in 1990, would become known as “The Mother of the Sidewalk Art Festival.” Although some news stories place her at the initial “bull session” with Nichols, Anderson and Sill, it’s more likely that she joined the effort immediately thereafter.) Nichols agreed to kick in $50. Soon, Park Avenue merchants — delighted at the prospect of drawing potential customers to the quaint but sometimes-sleepy business district — stepped up to help defray expenses for what was initially billed, rather generically, as a “Sidewalk Art Show.” It was that — and, ultimately, much more.
In early February, the Orlando Evening Star announced the news with the headline: “Date Set for ‘Arty’ Park Ave. Three Days of Bohemia.” Just three weeks later, on March 3, 4 and 5 (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday), the inaugural event was held. For artists, promptness was the most important re-
quirement. The first 90 to apply were accepted, and there was no entry fee. Regardless, thousands showed up to see painters, weavers and even makers of puppets and sundials. Schoolchildren also exhibited their creations. “None of us were prepared for the onslaught of people coming,” said Nichols, who died in 2016. He had clearly underestimated the allure of picture-postcard pretty Park Avenue on a spring afternoon. “It was the windiest day I think we’d had in a long time,” noted Behre in the 1987 interview, whose young students from the Jack and Jill Kindergarten hung their paintings from a clothesline. “[Artists] just had easels. They didn’t have booths or anything like they have today. They would stack [their work] up at night, and Boy Scouts took turns sleeping in the park and patrolling the place.” By all accounts, despite the indiscriminate selection process, some very good work was displayed. The 1960 Best of Show winner — an oil painting of a foreboding forest by DeLand artist Arnold Loren Hicks — was selected by attendees who filled out ballots. A grateful Hicks — who had sold four of his paintings over the weekend — donated his $40 windfall back to the festival to help ensure that it would continue. It proved to be a wise investment; Hicks would win again in 1961, when the festival was compressed into two days and moved to Friday and Saturday. (From 1964 forward, it was a three-day event beginning on the third Friday in March.) Hicks, like all Best of Show winners, has an interesting backstory. By 1960, he was primarily a landscape painter. Early in his career, however, he painted lurid covers for pulp magazines and was a cartoonist for the legendary Classics Illustrated comic-book series. But Hicks wasn’t the only cartoonist-turned-fine-artist in the first festival. Frank King (“Gasoline Alley’’), Les Turner (“Captain Easy”) and Roy Crane (“Buzz Sawyer’’) also displayed the products of their painterly pursuits. All three lived in Winter Park. Another notable entrant — one whose participation instantly cemented the festival’s cultural credibility — was Jeannette Genius McKean, who entered a selection of geometric abstracts. McKean was the granddaughter of industrialist and Winter Park benefactor Charles Hosmer Morse, in whose honor she named the Morse Gallery of Art on the Rollins campus. That museum would later become the Charles Hosmer Museum of American Art on North Park Avenue. An accomplished businesswoman in her own right, McKean owned the Center Street Gallery, which showcased up-and-coming Florida artists, and was president of the Winter Park Land Company, which managed her grandfather’s vast holdings. She was married to Hugh F. McKean, a former art professor who had become president of Rollins in 1951. A
nod from the McKeans — Winter Park’s original power couple and the embodiment of its artistic ambience — would have been important to festival organizers. The puzzle pieces came together. Yes, the event was hurriedly staged, but its supporters and organizers were civic dynamos who knew how to make things happen. Still, not even the most ardent boosters could have predicted what was to come. In 2019, the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival encompassed 225 artists vying for sales and a share of $74,500 in prize money. National publications such as Sunshine Artist frequently place the event at or near the top of their rankings. “I don’t know why it caught on like it did,” said Nichols in 2009. “I guess Winter Park is just an artsy place.”
BEST OF THE BEST
While much about today’s festival is the same as it was 60 years ago, much is also different. Most notably, it’s no longer a showcase for enthusiastic local hobbyists. The juried event has for decades attracted roughly three times as many applicants as it has exhibit spaces. Participants and winners are selected by an independent trio of highly credentialed experts from outside Central Florida. The 60th annual festival runs March 15, 16 and 17 along Park Avenue and in Central Park. And despite its size, it’s still run by volunteers who’ve turned festival production into, well, an art form. The umbrella organization is called Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Inc., a 501(c)4 not-for-profit organization that consists of about 40 people on its board and executive committee. And there’s plenty for everyone to do. Despite its seatof-the-pants starting point, the event quickly morphed from a casual weekend stroll in the park into a fullfledged regional happening with multiple components. In the early ’60s, entertainment began to be an important part of the festival experience. Students from the Royal School of Dance performed an original ballet, while nightclub entertainer and restaurateur Chappy McDonald tickled the ivories and sang. There were folksingers — including Gamble Rogers IV, the iconic architect’s son who would go on to have a legendary career as a balladeer — as well as high school bands, jazz combos, barbershop quartets and symphony orchestras. The number of artists also grew — there were 240 in 1963 and 300 in 1964, when the Best of Show winner earned a whopping $500. That year, the festival promoted itself as an event where “every artist and craftsman has an opportunity to show his creative ability.” Soon, that egalitarian approach would change. Crowds swelled, with up to 200,000 estimated in 1964, when outside judging was introduced. Park Avenue was closed to traffic for the first time in 1965. That year, an 60TH WINTER PARK SIDEWALK ART FESTIVAL
Meet four festival icons (left to right): Carolyn Bird, Carole Moreland, Jean Sprimont and Carol Wisler. The longtime volunteers recently gathered at the festival’s small office to share stories about their years in an array of leadership positions. All agree that it’s exciting to help coordinate a successful event, despite the inevitable organizational headaches. But just as rewarding, they say, are the friendships they’ve developed through their involvement.
illustration of a festival scene was featured on the cover of the Winter Park Telephone Company’s city directory. Local institutions began donating money or sponsoring major awards, including First National Bank of Winter Park, Minute Maid, the Tupperware Company and the Winter Park Telephone Company. Other local companies sponsored various category-specific awards. The “is it really art?” question inevitably arose in the ’60s, when crocheting, knitting, millinery, clothing and picture frames were prohibited. Painting, of course, was really art, as were crafts such as ceramics, mosaics, pottery, weaving and wood carving. (Decorated eggs were explicitly judged not to be art in 1969 — a decision that didn’t go over easy with the artist trying to display them.) By 1966 the number of participating artists had mushroomed to 600, and the festival encompassed Park Avenue from Fairbanks Avenue all the way north to Canton Avenue and throughout Central Park. But, as far as outdoor art festivals are concerned, bigger isn’t always better. A consensus emerged that the event had become simply too overwhelming for attendees to enjoy, and it was scaled back to 425 artists the following year. (It was capped at 225 artists in 2009.) The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce sponsored the festival from 1963 through 1966. The City of Winter Park — eager to control what had become the city’s signature event — created a commission consisting of current volunteers and political appointees to take over festival operations in 1967. Founding member Jean Oliphant’s husband, Frank, was a city commissioner who supported the idea. “Frank told Jean, ‘If you have a brain in your head, you’ll involve the city in your little ladies’ festival,’” recalls Jean Sprimont, a festival member since 1987. (This arrangement persisted until 1989, when complications stemming from Florida’s Sunshine Law — which required that all governmental meetings be advertised 62 60TH WINTER PARK SIDEWALK ART FESTIVAL
and open to the public — made planning too ponderous. “We had to be able to talk to one another,” says Carole Moreland, a festival member since 1978. “Under those circumstances, we couldn’t get anything done.”) In 1969, the festival began the tradition of buying the Best of Show-winning work and donating it to the city. A year later, the “first come, first served” selection process was dropped. Applicants were required to submit three color slides for screening by judges — and competition became fierce. By 1972, some local artists had begun to complain that too many out-of-towers were allowed to exhibit, while locals — taxpaying citizens, mind you — were excluded. Mayor Dan Hunter, perhaps naively, said he had hoped “to keep politics out of the festival.” Still, he agreed to listen to the aggrieved artists. Ultimately, however, festival jurors were permitted to continue considering only the quality of the artist’s work — not whether the application carried a 32789 zip code — as their primary criteria. “This wasn’t what we call a Sunday painter’s show,” said architect Keith Reeves, who served as a festival chairman in the ’70s and spoke to Winter Park Magazine in 2009. “Everybody felt like that if this show was going to have any merit or recognition that it had to truly be a juried art show — that you just couldn’t be a favorite son and get in.” In the wake of that controversy, painter Cissy Barr led an effort to start a festival that would showcase only Florida artists. The Winter Park Autumn Art Festival debuted 1974 and was sponsored by the now-defunct Winter Park SunHerald. By the ’80s, it was co-sponsored by the Crealdé School of Art and the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. Now sponsored exclusively by the chamber, the autumn festival was moved from Central Park to the Rollins campus. It was later staged in Island Lake Park and finally found its way back to Central Park, where it has become
an October tradition and remains the only juried outdoor festival featuring only Florida artists.
In festival lore, 1975 will always be remembered as the year of the naked lady. Glenn Eden, a 24-year-old art school student from Atlanta, won the festival’s Best of Show award and the $1,000 prize it carried with The Wizard of Oz, a photorealistic ballpoint pen drawing of a rotund middle-aged woman wearing nothing but a shocked expression. The woman, said Eden, was a real person named Dorothy, who was a wallboard installer whom he had met at his apartment complex. Prior to 1978, works that snared Best of Show honors were displayed in City Hall. (Today, the Best of Show Collection hangs in the Winter Park Public Library.) But there was no chance — none whatsoever — that city commissioners were going to display a drawing that showed fullfrontal nudity, regardless of the model’s physique. “It’s the kind of thing you’d hang on your refrigerator door to keep from opening it,” as Commissioner Byron Villwock described the work to an Orlando Sentinel reporter. Stories were headlined: “City Hall Can’t Bare New Portrait” and “‘Best of Show’ Controversy a Matter of Taste This Time.” Because the city wouldn’t give Dorothy a home, Reeves adopted her and displayed Eden’s award-winning work in his own home until the furor died down. The drawing did eventually hang in the library for several years — but mysteriously disappeared in 1982. Oh, you can still see it — sort of. A reproduction of the provocative image can be seen in the library, lurking in an obscure corner on the third floor. It’s faded from exposure to sunlight and much smaller than the postersized original. Dorothy’s presence, diminished as it may be, is thanks to Robert Melanson, library director for 25 years until his retirement in 2012. In 1994, he asked Phil Eschbach, owner of Eschbach Photography, to take a picture of a photocopy stored in the library’s archives. He then had the picture framed and hung. “The library was supposed to be the repository of Best of Show winners, and this one wasn’t there,” says Melanson, who never saw the original and had only heard stories about the brouhaha. “I didn’t believe that whoever took it ought to be allowed to censor the collection.” What became of the original remains a mystery, although it has been speculated that someone connected with the city — and therefore someone with access to the library after hours — must have been involved. “Ever since cavemen drew the first animal on the wall, art has created controversy,” wrote the late Elizabeth Bradley Bentley in her lively book, A Side Walk with the Art Festival, published to commemorate the festival’s
In 1975, the festival’s Best of Show winner was a photo-realistic drawing of an obviously distraught — and entirely nude — middle-aged woman whom Atlanta artist Glenn Eden said was a wallboard hanger at his apartment complex. At the time, works earning Best of Show honors were displayed in City Hall. But officials balked at Wizard of Oz, which Commissioner Byron Villwock described as “the kind of thing you’d hang on your refrigerator door to keep from opening it.” The painting was eventually displayed in the Winter Park Public Library, but mysteriously vanished in 1982.
20th year. “There is nothing like a good controversy to show how such an important thing as art can still get us all riled up.” Also in 1975, city grant money dried up and the festival was expected to become self-supporting. An emphasis was placed on raising money through application fees for artists, franchise fees for food vendors and the sale of merchandise, such as posters and T-shirts. In 1979, tensions among art festival board members boiled over when the results of an election for executive committee offices — including president and vice president — were disputed. About half the group resigned over the turmoil, which saw Bruce Cucuel, then director of drawing and painting at the Crealdé School of Art, unseat previous president Gerry Shepp, then executive director of the Maitland Art Center. Among those who remained to rally the troops: Jean Oliphant, treasurer and founding member whose institutional knowledge proved invaluable as eager newcomers were welcomed to lead the festival into its third decade. The event never missed a beat. Or if it did, artists 60TH WINTER PARK SIDEWALK ART FESTIVAL
and spectators never noticed. To commemorate the festival’s 25th year in 1984, the Albin Polasek Foundation gave the city a recast version of the late sculptor’s iconic statue, Emily, to be placed in a circular fountain in north Central Park now called “The Emily Fountain.” The original Emily is on the grounds of the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens on Osceola Avenue. Like Dorothy, Emily is unclothed, although her bare breasts sparked no apparent outrage at the time. The statue was, however, vandalized the following year and recast.
ALL THAT JAZZ
Musical entertainment has always been a part of the festival, but in the early days it consisted primarily of local performers and performing arts troupes. Periodically, the Florida Symphony Orchestra — which went defunct in 1993 — would present a Sunday afternoon concert. But entertainers were forced to perform either on the lawn or from makeshift stages (including, on several occasions, the beds of pickup trucks). In 1980, the symphony threatened to pull out of its Sunday afternoon performance for fear that inclement weather might ruin its instruments. The resourceful Cucuel rented a large parachute and strung it over tree branches in the northeast quadrant of the park to provide cover for the musicians. The show went on, but clearly a more permanent solution was needed. Enter the Rotary Club of Winter Park, which in 1982 funded construction of the permanent — and covered — Centennial Performing Arts Stage in north Central Park. (The stage’s seldom-used original name honors the city’s centennial, which was celebrated that year.) In 1983, the stage debuted as the centerpiece for “Friday Family Night,” which featured the Ballet Royal and Family Tree, a local trio that had an avid following at Harper’s Tavern, Uncle Waldo’s and other Winter Park venues. In subsequent years, though, the genre was all jazz, with headliners such as Herbie Mann (1986), Dave Brubeck (1987), Al Hirt (1988), Ramsey Lewis (1991), The Rippingtons (1993), Grover Washington Jr. (1997) and Boney James (1998). Entertainment was initially funded by the festival, which recruited such sponsors as Barnett Bank, MetLife HealthCare Network, Pioneer Savings Bank, Sun Banks and the Winter Park Telephone Company. Only once since construction of the stage was there no Friday night concert. In 1989, some previous sponsors — most notably Sun Banks — decided instead to support the newly launched United Arts of Central Florida, an umbrella organization that helped fund a consortium of cultural groups. The festival was not among the initial dozen United Arts beneficiaries. Nonetheless, the event was back the following year with Scottish-born jazz saxophonist Richard Elliot , who had just launched a solo career after a decade with the
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funk group Tower of Power. Perhaps no performer brought out fans in such huge numbers as vocalist Michael Franks of “Popsicle Toes” fame did in 1994. Franks was such a draw that people overflowed onto the train tracks running parallel to the park. The emphasis on jazz was primarily due to the involvement of WLOQ-FM, a smooth-jazz radio station owned by the late John Gross, who had been recruited to the festival board because of his entertainment industry expertise. In the early ’90s, WLOQ and Sonny Abelardo Productions assumed responsibility for the entire weekend of entertainment, including the opening-night concert, which had previously been organized by a committee consisting of festival board members. When Southwest Airlines began flying out of Orlando International Airport in 1998, Gross secured a $45,000 entertainment sponsorship from the airline that involved both a presence at the festival and cross-promotion with the radio station. That arrangement would continue for 11 years, solidifying the entertainment budget. It certainly didn’t hurt that the well-connected Abelardo had managed or produced many of the musicians he booked. In 1999, for example, he paired Grammywinning pianist/composer Bob James, whom he managed, with acoustic guitarist Earl Klugh. The 2012 festival featuring saxophonist Warren Hill was Abelardo’s last, ending a 22-year run that firmly established the event as a showcase for world-class jazz artists. “I did it as a tribute to John,” Abelardo says of his final contribution to the festival’s legacy. “Sonny had contacts and incredible friendship with these bands,” says Chip Weston, a festival board member before going to work for the City of Winter Park as director of economic and cultural development from 20012008. “I wish people had a grasp of how fortunate they were to have had him.” Weston remembers city officials growing concerned that the concerts were drawing too many people. “The city didn’t want the jazz concerts being too popular because people spilled over onto the train tracks,” recalls Weston. “We had to coordinate with other cities to let us know when trains were coming. And we had to stop bands from playing when trains approached. I remember kicking people off tracks with their bottles of wine and picnic baskets.” Following Gross’ death and the shuttering of WLOQ in 2012, Wayne Osley, president of Oz Media Productions, has run the show, arranging everything from the Friday afternoon opening acts, which feature young up-andcomers, to the evening’s main event. Osley also organizes the Saturday lineup — which features an eclectic array of primarily local artists — as well as the Sunday afternoon finale. (This year, jazz takes a holiday on Sunday because the festival has booked the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra for a concert in its
Pops Series.) While the closing of the radio station meant smaller sponsorship budgets for procuring talent, Osley says he doesn’t have any problems booking touring jazz musicians whose fans would gladly pay to see them. “Jazz artists are the easiest people to work with,” says Osley, next year’s co-president of the festival executive committee. He says he usually has about $35,000 to work with for the entire weekend — about 15 shows in all. Everyone who performs gets paid, he adds. For Tim Coons, the festival’s weekend of concerts offers an opportunity to introduce young acts who could one day make it big like the boy bands he has worked with in the past. Coons, a 1976 Rollins College graduate and president of Orlando-based Cheiron Records, has a knack for bird dogging up-and-coming performers. He was the original producer of the Backstreet Boys and helped develop NSYNC. His most recent contribution to the boy band genre was Far Young. “I was slammed with boy groups for about 10 years,” he says. Coons has been inserting 20-something singers into the festival’s entertainment lineup since 2014. He brought in Far Young spinoff and former American Idol contestant Eben Franckewitz in 2015 and ’16. And this year he has three aspiring stars with strong social media followings — Saagar Ace, Sydney Rhame and Alani Claire — scheduled to perform Friday afternoon as lead-ins to the headline act, Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers. “It’s a great place for young kids to develop in front of a big crowd,” says Coons, whose home near Rollins doubles as a studio. “It’s not like the crowd is there for them. It’s just less pressure. It’s just a very chill event.” Or maybe the real magic of the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is how chill it appears to artists and visitors, who don’t see the year-round planning sessions and frantic rush in the final weeks to finalize details. “It helps that many of us are close friends,” says Carolyn Bird, a festival board member since 1975. “We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses.” Adds Carole Wisler, a festival board member since 1985: “There’s such great camaraderie; we all know funny stories — some we’d like to admit and some we wouldn’t.” Many of those funny stories are in the 20th anniversary book by Elizabeth Bradley Bentley, who died in 1994. Toward the conclusion, she beautifully captures the spirit of the festival and its volunteers: “As the years went by, my main wish was for health to make the work a pleasure, wealth enough to purchase the art I simply could not live without, faith enough to make myself believe the examples I’d purchased were good (though some did look better hung upside down). And to be needed and wanted to work for the festival. I want to spread it over my face like a kid eating a jam sandwich.”
LEON THEODORE CHAMPIONED ART EDUCATION When they attend the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, thousands of people cross the railroad tracks to view artwork by students from Orange County schools. But few know anything about the man for whom the Leon Theodore Schools Exhibit is named. Theodore, who moved to Orlando from New Orleans in 1960, became an art teacher at allblack Hungerford Junior and SeLeon Theodore nior High School in Eatonville. In 1967, he was transferred to predominantly white Edgewater High School in Orlando. Countless students — some of whom went on to careers in art or teaching — attribute their success to Theodore, who was described as strict but accessible and inspirational. “I’ll never forget Mr. Theodore’s comments on the first day of class,” says Joanie Forbes, who for more than a decade owned Joanie’s Art Studio in College Park and now teaches at Park Maitland School. “He said, ‘If you’re sitting in one of my desks because you think this class is going to be an easy A, please get up and get out. I take teaching art very seriously.’” The message resonated with Forbes, who says Theodore cared about his students and helped them gain confidence through creative expression. She majored in art education at Mercer University “so that I could give back to students all that he had given me during my three years at Edgewater.” Theodore — who had attended Xavier University on an art scholarship — was named president of the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival executive board in 1983. He had previously helped to organize the student display that would later bear his name. In addition, Theodore served on the Orlando Public Arts Board and the board of directors of the Callahan Community Center. As an artist, he won awards at festivals throughout the state with his striking multimedia prints. He was later director of exhibits at The Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts, and gallery director and artist in residence at Bethune-Cookman College. Theodore died in 1999 at 70. The following year, the art festival committee renamed the student display to honor a man who had championed the importance of art in education. “I try to be a role model,” Theodore told the Orlando Sentinel in 1988. “Being a black artist, there’s no mistaking about my color. My students were asked to name some top black artist during Black History Month. Many named me. This made me proud.”
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There’s No Secret to Winning Best of Show — It Takes Luck
ith 225 artists showing works that range from photography to sculptures to jewelry to paintings and many other mediums, there’s no telling what three judges will anoint as the Best of Show. Talk to artists who have won the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival’s highest honor and they’ll likely attribute their success to luck. Here’s what three repeat Best of Show winners and last year’s first-time winner had to say about their Best of Show experiences and about the festival.
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“Best of Show validates what you do to a certain degree. I wouldn’t say the prize money is necessarily the goal.” — Matthew Cornell (2003, 2013, 2014)
Cornell is the only three-time honoree in festival history. He won for his painstakingly detailed oil paintings and drawings in 2003, 2013 and 2014. He first entered in 1997 and has shown every year since, except 2015. In 2018, he claimed an Award of Excellence, assuring him an automatic spot in this year’s event. “Luck and timing” are the winning combination, Cornell says. “It’s at the discretion of particular judges. [Best of Show] validates what you do to a certain degree. I wouldn’t say the prize money is necessarily the goal.” Selling art, that’s the goal, Cornell and other past winners say. “There are a lot of people who have purchased my work multiple times,” he says. “Last year was the best year I ever had. I sold nine paintings. The community here is so supportive. I’m extraordinarily grateful that this show exists.”
UMMARID “TONY” EITHARONG Eitharong has shown in the festival off and on since he won, in 1980, his first Best of Show for a pencil drawing titled Self Portrait with White Trash. He reclaimed the honor in 1986 for another pencil drawing featuring his likeness, and he’ll be back for the 60th anniversary. Just not as the artist he once was. “It boosted my ego more than anything else,” Eitharong says of being a Best of Show winner. “When I was doing pencil drawings, I was more interested in winning awards.” But his last Best of Show winner marked a turning point in his career, with Eitharong deciding to put his pencils away. “I couldn’t make a living doing pencil drawings. I was getting bored with it, too,” he says. What you’ll find in his booth at this year’s festival are large mixed media pieces and paintings. He says he usually sells about 10 works during festival weekend, making it one of the more lucrative events in which he participates. “People still remember my pencil drawings when I run into them at the festival,” he says. “It’s a nice compliment.” 66 60TH WINTER PARK SIDEWALK ART FESTIVAL
COURTESY OF UMMARID EITHARONG
“People still remember my pencil drawings when I run into them at the festival. It’s a nice compliment.” — Ummarid “Tony” Eitharong (1980)
COURTESY OF DUNCAN MCCLELLAN
The Winter Park art festival was and still is a very important arts festival for artists. It really did help my career quite a bit.” — Duncan McClellan (2004)
McClellan recalls feeling dejected at the 2004 festival because he thought he had won an award for his glass art. After all, volunteers had brought balloons to his booth, signaling that he had won one of several awards. But when his name in the glass category wasn’t called, he said, “Damnit, they gave me balloons, but I didn’t get an award. So, I’m walking back to my booth and I’m kind of pissed off. I was almost back to my booth when I heard my name called.” But it wasn’t as a category winner. It was for Best in Show — for the second time in 11 years. “When they give out those awards, it doesn’t really mean you’re the best,” he says. “That award to those particular judges at that particular time means you’re the best.” Nevertheless, being a Best of Show winner gave McClellan the confidence and prestige to open his own gallery — a long-held dream. “Without that validation, I would never have opened a gallery and represented more than 100 artists from around the world,” he says. “The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival was and still is a very important festival for artists. It really did help my career quite a bit.”
RICHARD CURRIER Currier got lucky last year when his oil painting of ocean waves bathed in sunlight, titled Far Horizon 2018, won Best of Show and the $10,000 grand prize. He had won secondary prizes in the past — but he also has been rejected altogether. “It puts the spotlight on you,” Currier says of being a Best of Show winner. “But I don’t go with the expectation of winning an award. I go with the expectation of finding new customers and showing my work.” Echoing a view expressed by his fellow winners, Currier says the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival and the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts in Tampa are the best arts shows in the state. With his paintings priced from $5,000, Currier says he goes into a festival hoping to sell at least one piece.
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“I don’t go with the expectation of winning an award. I go with the expectation of finding new customers and showing my work.” — Richard Currier (2018)
BEST OF SHOW WINNERS The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Best of Show Collection began in 1969 with a $750 purchase award. Although there had been Best of Show awards since the inaugural festival in 1960, works earning the designation were bought by individuals for personal collections. Beginning in 1969, however, winning works were bought by the festival and donated to the city. In 2019, to celebrate the 60th festival, the purchase award was increased from $10,000 to $12,000. In 1977, the city designated the Winter Park Public Library as the official repository for the collection. That’s where you can see all the works from 1969 forward.
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