The 44th Annual Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Key got a break from the weather and welcomed delighted crowds once again.
Anecdotal reports had crowd counts slightly below last year's monster turnout, but given the conflicts of UF spring football, the threat of inclement weather and the trying economy, attendance was very good.
Food vendors in City Park reported sellout or near-sellout sales, as visitors elbowed their way down 2nd Street toward the grassy play area.
Some 125 artists were juried into the competition, which saw $10,000 in booth awards and $9,500 in purchase awards. Organizers also added a competition for art students in Levy County High Schools, and the public had a chance to participate in the sidewalk chalk project at the east end of 2nd Street.
Best of Show: Jean Yao, Ft. Lauderdale
Best 2-D: Carol Elder Napoli, New Smyrna Beach
Best 3-D: Rolly Ray Reel, Maitland
Cedar Key Arts Center Award for Creativity: Paul Anderson, Tallahassee
Awards of Excellence:
Linda Molto, 2-D, Cortez Florida
Shekina Rudoy, fiber, Princeton , N.J.
Bill Roberts, painting, Cedar Key
Gregory Jones, mixed media, Lakeland
Bill Boyette, woodwork, Gainesville
Peter Senesac, jewelry, Gainesville
Jean Jaeger 3-D, Brooker
Steve Whitlock, painting, Sarasota
Susan Livingston, 3-D, Lutz
Michael Weber, painting, Port St. Lucie
Susan Dauphinnee, painting, Cedar Key
Carolyn Currie, painting , New Milford, Conn.
Water's Edge Gallery, Walt McJordan
David Martin, Fiber
Drummond Community Bank, Heath Davis
Henry Gernhardt, wall plate, nabola bowl
Jim Wilshire, "Biloxi Schooner and Clammers"
Perkins Financial Institute
James Richmond, "Island Azure First Light"
Steve Vaughn, "Belize Breeze"
Nature Coast Realty, Dottie Grix
Kevin Jenkins, "Permit"
Cesar Nogueira, "Baby Flamingo"
Oxy Argentina, Jamie Palmer
Steve Whitlock, "Bark Country Grandslam"
Terry Corcoran, "Harborside Well Lane"
Pelican Realty, Doris Hellerman
Cesar Nogueira, "Pileated Woodpecker"
Nature Coast Insurance
Tracy Fenwick, jewelry
Ross Jeffries, photography
Cedar Key Seafood Distributors, Lori and Jeff Schleede
David Bellm, "Painted Lady"
Kevin Jenkins, "Hogfish"
Cedar Key Village, Roy and Julie Norton
Robert Binks, "Summer Storm"
Miriam Novack, "On the Edge"
Steve Whitlock, "Cedar Key Redfish"
Fred Fisher, "Redfish Rubing"
Mary Ann Jefferson, Sweet Grass Baskets
Levy County High School Art Competition:
First place: "Jaded Love," Danielle Virgil and Kaitlyn Meyers, Williston High School
Second place: "Night's Embrace," Cassandra Goodwin, Williston High School
Third place: "Loneliness," Nathan Gentry, Cedar Key High School