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Be an Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Purchase Award Patron

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The 53rd Annual Spring Arts Festival in Cedar Key is just six weeks away and the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Committee is hopeful you will become a patron this year. The festival is April 8, 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Here are some are answers to some frequently asked questions about the program.

Eevent coordinator Beverly Ringenberg explained that a Purchase Award Patron is anyone who wants to commit ahead of time to “go shopping.” Patrons can be business owners, individuals or even someone who decides to buy a Purchase Award as a gift for a friend or family member (essentially a “Gift Certificate” to buy art at the festival).

“It’s a win-win-win for the Artist (sale); Patron (purchase) & Festival!” she said.

A well-funded PAP demonstrates community support. When artists are deciding in which festivals to participate, they often look at the amount money committed to purchase awards in prior years.

“A strong PAP attracts top artists and creates loyalty in our most popular artists,” she said. “In turn, the quality of art at the show improves and consequently Cedar Key’s reputation as a destination for art enthusiasts is enhanced, thus bringing visitors and support to our island community throughout the year.”

In addition, since 10 percent of a Purchase Award pledge becomes a tax-deductible contribution to the festival, PAPs help ensure the long-term success and survival of the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts, all, while having fun shopping!

Ringenbergsaid Purchase Awards are sold before the festival in denominations of $250 and each one has a buying power of $225. The week prior to festival, Purchase Award Coupons are distributed and patrons have all weekend to choose a piece of artwork and make their purchase(s) directly from the artist using the coupons. Coupons can be combined with other forms of payment. If a patron cannot find anything they like, the festival will refund the coupon price minus 10 percent.

Thanks to the generosity of Norm and Janice Fugate, patrons are welcomed each year to the Patrons Lounge in their offices next to the Cedar Key Arts Center. Patrons also receive an invitation to the Artists’ Reception and Awards Ceremony at the Arts Center Sculpture Garden Saturday evening, from 5 to 6:30 pm and a big ribbon to give to the artist when a purchase is made.

To find out how to sign up, please email us at CedarKeyArtsFestival@gmail.comor call 352-543-5400.