Festival blessed with perfect weather

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Artists, visitors and volunteers could not have asked for a more perfect weekend to celebrate the 50th Annual Spring Arts Festival.  A nearly full moon and clear skies on Friday night, along with starting set-up at 7pm on all of 2nd Street, made it much easier for artists to get their booths up and have a reasonable night’s sleep before the big weekend.  Sunny skies and light winds with temperatures reaching into the 80’s greeted festival visitors both days.
Although the crowd was not as large as the annual Seafood Festival in October, artists said that festival goers were not only interested in looking at their work but most artists reported good sales for the size of the audience. Bev Ringenberg, festival coordinator, commented that “artist after artist expressed their appreciation for the hospitality and kindness of everyone they met.”  The Cedar Key Arts Center’s Fish Rubbing and Stamp Making Booth, along with Face Painting and Crazy Hair booths entertained children.
Festival Judge, Alex Nyerges from the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, was impressed with the quality of work that he saw at the show and everyone was delighted when winners were announced as unbeknownst to him, they included four artists who sell their work in Cedar Key Art Coops.  Best of Show this year went to Bob Goodlett (Cedar Keyhole Artist Coop), Best 2 D to Debra Mixon-Holiday of Homosassa and Best 3D to Jean Yao of Ft. Lauderdale.  Susan Dauphinee, a well know Cedar Key Artist who has her work at Island Arts received an Award of Excellence along with Douglas Alexander, Anastasia Alexander and Susan Livingston.  Two of the 12 Awards of Distinction went to local artists, Cynthia Pagel (Cedar Keyhole) and Barry Harding (Island Arts).
The Cedar Key Arts Center and Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Working Committee want to sincerely thank everyone who volunteered and worked this past weekend. In addition, thanks to title sponsor Palms Medical Group, local prize award sponsors Island Hotel, Old Fenimore Mill, Nature Coast Realty, Cedar Key Arts Center and Tony’s Seafood whichserved breakfast for the artists on Saturday, as well as the and Cedar Key Market and Drummond Bank, which hosted Sunday brunch and the Artist’s Reception.
For more information  go to www.cedarkeyartsfestival.com.