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Cedar Key commemorating 50 years of art festivals

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 As preparations are finalized for the 50th Annual Spring Arts Festival in Cedar Key on April 12 & 13, a new mural to commemorate the event is taking shape in downtown Cedar Key. Plans for the mural have been in the works for over a year, according to festival coordinator, Bev Ringenberg, but the first “real paint” went up on the wall last Friday morning.

Mural artist, Travis Parks, returned to Cedar Key to do the mural. Parks has been painting murals for over 10 years and his artwork can be seen in a variety of places in the town as well as Tarpon Springs, Jacksonville, New Port Ritchey and Maui. For this project, the Cedar Key Arts Center and festival coordinators asked Parks to recreate Ann Kamzelski’s photograph of the Honeymoon Cottage on the east wall of the Historic Lutterloh Building which is adjacent to the Arts Center’s Sculpture Garden at 457 2nd Street. Jeff Anderson, who has worked with Parks on other projects, is assisting Parks in creating this 16 x 16 foot piece of art.

The mural will be dedicated, Saturday evening, April 5, at 5 p.m. at the opening of the Cedar Key Arts Center’s April Exhibit titled “50 Years of Arts Festivals in Cedar Key.” The exhibit invites you to “Step Back in Time” as you read and see a bit about the art history of Cedar Key. In addition, there will be an exhibit of the artwork of Cathy Christie, founder of the Cedar Key Arts Center, in the Member’s Gallery throughout the month of April.

The mural is co-sponsored by Norm D. Fugate, PA, Taylor Construction and Development, the Cedar Key Arts Center and the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts. For more information about the festival go to www.cedarkeyartsfestival.com. If you would like to volunteer or become a Purchase Award Patron contract the coordinator at 352-543-5400.