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January 14, 2011  RSS feed

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Art Festival Beth-El to showcase award-winning artists

Glass sculpture by Randi Solin Glass sculpture by Randi Solin The work of more than 150 international, national and local artists will be showcased at the upcoming 38th annual Art Festival Beth-El.

The multimedia art festival will open with a cocktail reception and art preview Saturday evening Jan. 29, and continue Sunday, Jan. 30 and Monday, Jan. 31 at the St. Petersburg temple. There is a charge to attend the preview, but there is no entrance fee on either Sunday or Monday.

“We normally get about 8,000 people throughout the weekend,” said Ann Soble, one of the eight women chairing the event, “and we expect at least that many again this year.”

Other co-chairs are Ellie Argintar, Donna Berman, Nan Bugatch, Sonya Miller, Pam Sekeres, Barbara Sterensis and Jan Sher.

This year’s judge, Dr. Kent Lydecker, will be presenting more than $7,000 in prize money to outstanding artists. Lydecker, who came on board as director of the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg in October, has years of experience at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Art Institute of Chicago and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Bella Vinow Belladuos by Jack Storms Bella Vinow Belladuos by Jack Storms The festival, said Soble, will feature about one third new artists and several local favorites as well. Local artists include Rocky Bridges of Tarpon Springs, who specializes in mixed media, often using found objects in his pieces; and Duncan McClellan, formerly of Tampa and now living in St. Petersburg. Mc- Clellan is renowned for his blown and etched glasswork.

A selection of framed, limited edition prints from the Syd Entel Galleries of Safety Harbor, a large outdoor sculpture garden and a boutique gallery with fine art for sale will be displayed, along with the work of emerging artists from Pinellas County’s 17 public and private high schools. Scholarship money will be awarded to the schools of the winning students.

Spirit Boat by Jeff League Spirit Boat by Jeff League The event is open to the public on Sunday, Jan. 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The annual Avenue of the Shops, a one-day sale of fun art, jewelry and crafts, will be open on Monday. In addition, free entertainment will be presented on Monday at 11 a.m.

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

The Saturday evening cocktail reception and art preview will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission to the reception is $20, payable at the door.

Also on tap is a gourmet lunch on Monday, Jan. 31 at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $15 and reservations are required.

Temple Beth-El is located at 400 S. Pasadena Ave. in St. Petersburg. For information or to reserve a lunch spot, call the temple at (727) 347-6136, or go online to

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