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Sunny smiles for Arts Festival

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By The Staff

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.

Winners:

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.

Purchase Awards:

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"

David Coffey

Miriam Novack, "On the Edge"

Bob Hudson

Steve Whitlock, "Cedar Key Redfish"

Fred Fisher, "Redfish Rubing"

Philip Freedman

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