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January 15, 2010  RSS feed

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Art Festival Beth-El expected to draw huge crowd

Glasswork by Neal Drobnis. Glasswork by Neal Drobnis. More than 150 national and international award-winning artists will be showcased at the 37th Annual Art Festival Beth-El from Saturday, Jan. 30 through Monday, Feb. 1.

Beginning in 1973 with 20 artists, Temple Beth-El’s annual art exhibition and sale has grown to become one of the premier shows in the Southeast, showcasing150 award-winning artists. Space has grown from one gallery to six, featuring original paintings, wood, sculpture, ceramics, glass, photography and jewelry.

The festival will be held at the temple, 400 Pasadena Ave. S. in St. Petersburg.

Among the artists showing their works will be Danielle Mailer, daughter of acclaimed author Norman Mailer and painter Adele Morales. Her work conjures up her Latin-Jewish background in all of its vibrancy and color. “My larger than life cutouts sometimes floating upside-down or leaping through the air attempt to express the female as exuberant, dynamic, brimming with life force,” she says on her website. “Through a female landscape of pattern, color and texture, I wish to convey issues of sexuality, mythology, fashion and exhibitionism.”

An acrylic, ‘Upside Down in New England,’ by Danielle Mailer, one of the featured artists. An acrylic, ‘Upside Down in New England,’ by Danielle Mailer, one of the featured artists. The art festival also will offer a large outdoor sculpture garden featuring a variety of fun and unusual pieces for gardens, offices or large buildings. The boutique gallery will offer fine art at moderate prices and a large selection of signed, framed, limited edition prints will be offered by Syd Entel Galleries of Safety Harbor.

The festival continues to grow in popularity and now attracts more than 8,000 people.

This year’s judge, R. Lynn Whitelaw, will be awarding more than $7,000 in prize money to the outstanding artists in the show. Whitelaw is the founding director and chief curator of the Leepa- Ratner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs. Prior to his current position, he spent eight years as curator of the Tampa Museum of Art. In 1996, Whitelaw received the Innovator of the Year Award from the Florida Association of Museums.

A yearly tradition will continue, as the festival features selected works by talented emerging artists from Pinellas County’s 17 public and private high schools. The festival will award scholarship money to the schools of the winning students.

A preview cocktail reception will be held on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 7-10 p.m. with admission of $20, which can be purchased at the door.

The festival is free and open to the public on Sunday, Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with light lunches and snacks available to purchase.

On Monday, Feb. 1, the Avenue of the Shops, a one-day sale of fun art, jewelry and crafts, will be free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A free, special event of local entertainment will be performed at 11 a.m. A luncheon will be served on Monday at 12:30 p.m. with a $15 check necessary to make a reservation.

Docents will be available during the weekend, with a tour scheduled for 2 p.m. on Monday.

Call Temple Beth-El at (727) 347-6136 for more information.

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