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Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
 
Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
Winter Park, Florida, USA
Late March
Description
The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation’s most prestigious outdoor art festivals as rated annually by Sunshine Artists. Each year more than 350,000 visitors enjoy the show. About 1,200 artists from around the world apply for entry and an independent panel of judges selects approximately 225 to attend the show. The National Endowment for the Arts, The White House, Congress and many others have lauded the festival for promoting art and art education in Central Florida. An all-volunteer board of directors runs the annual festival, now celebrating its 55th year. You will see a wide variety of outstanding artwork. Categories include, Clay, Drawing and Graphics, Fiber, Leather, Wood, Digital Art, Photography, Mixed Media, Painting, Metal, Jewelry, Sculpture, Watercolor and Glass. Some categories are combined for judging. Artists compete for 63 cash awards totaling $72,500. This includes Best of Show ($10,000), Art of Philanthropy Award ($5,000) from the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, and the Morse Museum Award ($2,500). The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Committee purchases the Best of Show winner and donates it to the City of Winter Park. The festivals Patrons Program raises over $44,000 annually dedicated to the purchase of artwork during the show. The 55th annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival posters and t-shirts will be on sale. Merchandise sales tents are located at the north (Park Ave. & New England Ave.) and south (Park Ave. & Garfield Ave.) entrances and at the Festival’s main tent (north-west corner of Park Ave. & Morse Blvd.). A limited number of Festival posters from previous years are available at the main tent. Girls and boys can create their own pieces of artwork at the Children’s Workshop. Easel painting is very popular. Eight local museums feature a variety of fun, hands-on, art making activities for Children. Admission is free and kids can keep what they make.
Venue
Central Park, along Park Avenue
Directions
On the north edge of Orlando, Florida: At Central Park on Park Avenue , in downtown Winter Park, Florida take I-4 to Fairbanks Avenue (Exit 45), go east to Park Avenue, then north on Park Avenue. Parking is available in various municipal lots as well as the parking garage located on Lyman just off Park Avenue. Disabled Parking is in the Canton Avenue Municipal parking garage.
Times
Friday & Saturday 9am-6pm Sunday 9am-5pm
Admission & Parking
Free parking is available along many surrounding streets. You can also park in private lots and garages. If you are a person with a disability, please ask the Winter Park Police officer, stationed at Park Ave. & Canton Ave. or New York Ave. & Morse Blvd. for assistance.
Website
http://www.wpsaf.org/
Infophone
407--672-6390
Email
wpsaf@yahoo.com
 


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