The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 16 No. 24 - April 13, 2016


Art enthusiasts enjoy cool Springfest

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story


handpainted tiles by Cuban artist Ailen Garcia Gorrita


When people wear jackets to Springfest, you know Anna Maria Island is getting a rare spring cool spell, just perfect for attending a festival.

The 28th Annual Springfest Festival of Fine Arts and Fine Crafts at the Holmes Beach City Hall Field was smaller this year because it was scheduled later in the season than usual – after Easter, when many visitors have returned north – and the same weekend as the Tarpon Springs Fine Art Festival, which features many of the same artists that Springfest hosts.

But without the crowds, all seemed to enjoy the crisp weather, music, food and art at the event, sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Art League.

Springfest and Winterfest are the major fund-raisers for the League, a nonprofit, tax deductible organization dedicated to fostering the arts on the Island. Funds from the festivals underwrite classes, exhibits and a variety of community programs.

Adult Fine Arts and Fine Crafts award winners:

Best of Show

Jay Canterbury – photography

Awards of Distinction

Sara Aune – jewelry

Ailen Garcia – oils/acrylics

Warner Harshberger – sculpture

Robin Zimmerman – fiber/paper

Awards of Merit

Karen Brandon – jewelry

Anne Derwent – jewelry

Galina Lambert – fiber/paper

Karin Villaroman – clay/pottery

The Young at Art award winners:

High school

1st place Gladys Joy Go Grade 11 Southeast High School

2nd place Lila Jones Grade 9 Southeast High School

3rd place Jake Mattraw Grade 12 Southeast High School

Middle school

1st place Anthony Rosario Grade 8 Dana Sackett Harlee

2nd place Bethshida Jean Grade 8 Dana Sackett Harlee

3rd place Claudia Martinez Grade 8 Dana Sackett Harlee

Elementary school

1st place Rileigh.Franczyk Grade 1 Freedom Elementary

2nd place Simon Leyva Grade 2 Blackburn Elementary

3rd place Alex Loque Guerra Grade 1 Tara Elementary

Honorable Mention

Sofie Brown Mills Elementary

Lacey Richards Mills Elementary

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