CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS…
TOP TEN AGAIN
February 4, 2018
The Old Florida Celebration of the Arts (OFCA) was once again named one of the Top 10 Juried Art Fairs in America in the ArtFairCalendar.com annual survey. That’s top 102, a 100 more reasons to attend this year’s celebration March 24 and 25. The OFCA has also received, for the 3x in the last four years, national recognition as one of the Top 5 Small Town Art Shows. Sums up traveling to the tiny Gulf Coast town of Cedar Key for the 54th Annual Spring Arts Festival a trip worth a 1000 times over.
EXPERIENCE OLD WORLD FLORIDA IN AN INTIMATE VENUE
120 artists invited to the OFCA are selected by an experienced jury. Mass produced items or country crafts are not favored so that the artwork for sale — traditional 2D paintings, prints, and photography in addition to 3D ceramic, glass, wood, metal and mixed media sculpture — is finely and uniquely crafted with demonstrations scheduled for both days. Limiting the number of artists leaves room for a relaxed layout, notably more intimate from larger events that often host 250-300 artists and thousands more visitors.
When you cross the bridge onto the islands of Cedar Key, 60 miles SW of Gainesville at the end of State Road 24, you are transported to what is truly nature’s coast. In this working coastal town locally grown and harvested oysters and clams are the main fare in downtown restaurants.
On festival weekend, don’t pass up a tasty line up hosted by the Lions Club, who also arranges live music. Food sale proceeds in the park go to local, non-profit organizations.
ART-FILLED COMMUNITY, LOCAL AND AWARD-WINNING ARTISTS
Before hosting one of Florida’s first fine arts festivals in 1964, Cedar Key was already a haven for artists inspired by its quiet, natural beauty. That beauty remains to this day along with a thriving reputation as a destination for artists and art enthusiasts. Each year this event attracts award-winning, local, new and emerging artists. This year welcomes 2018 OFCA Design Contest winners Miriam Novak of Gainesville, Cedar Key Art Festival participant for over 15 years, and newcomer Clint Eagar of Rosa Beach FL. In addition, returning award winning artists include Michael Everett (2017 Best of Show), Jean Yao (2017 Best 3D & 2016 Creativity Award), and local favorite, Susan Dauphinee (Awards of Excellence 2014, 2016 & 2017).
A TOP TEN COOLEST SMALL TOWN, TOO
Experience one of the best art festivals in America during the 2018 Old Florida Celebration of the Arts March 24 and 25 in one of “America’s Coolest Small Towns” (Budget Traveler). The friendliness and hospitality of cool Cedar Key squared with this top ten festival, makes it a trip worth a thousand times over!
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