The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 11 No. 23 - March 9, 2011


Springfest offers outdoor art, music, more

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

"Pathway to Paradise" by Shirley Rush Dean
is the official artwork of Springfest 2011.



HOLMES BEACH –The 23rd Annual Springfest: Festival of Fine Arts and Fine Crafts will fill Holmes Beach City Hall Field on Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The free event, sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Art League, draws more than 100 local, regional and national fine artists displaying all types of art, including paintings, glass, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, fiber arts, photography and wood.

Some popular returning artists include Linda Molto, serigraphy; Autumn DeFrank, jewelry; Mary Ann Wurst, clay; Sara Aune, jewelry; Jim Smith, wood; John Higgins, photography; Cesar Nogueira,sculpture; Josephina Espinosa, glass; and Bonnie Reilly, fiber.

In addition, some new young artists native to Anna Maria Island and Cortez will show their work: Dustin Cole's painted fish on wood were popular at Winterfest, and first time exhibitor Greg Lowman will show paintings that graphically and vibrantly interpret Island scenery.

The Gumbo Boogie Band, Anna Maria String Band, State Road 64, Koko Ray and the Hurricanes will provide live musical entertainment, and visitors can choose from barbeque, coconut shrimp, smoked mullet, fish tacos, fried green tomatoes, kettle corn and more for lunch and snacks.

Children can make and take free art projects at a hands-on activity area, and the annual "Young at Art" exhibit of local children's artworks will be on display, with winners receiving prizes from Keeton's Office & Art Supply.

Prize drawing tickets for 80 pieces of art work created and donated by festival artists will be available at the hospitality tent, along with festival T-shirts designed by local artist Shirley Rush Dean.

Admission and parking are free, but donations are accepted. Springfest and Winterfest are the primary sources of funding for the Art League, which offers art scholarship funds and art programs to the local community.

For more information, visit or call 778-2099.

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