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January 13, 2012  RSS feed

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In 39th year, Art Festival Beth-El to feature more than 150 artists

Figurine by Nnamdi Okonkwo Figurine by Nnamdi Okonkwo The 39th annual Art Festival Beth-El, one of the premier fine art shows in the Southeastern United States, will be held at Temple Beth- El in St. Petersburg from Saturday through Monday, Jan. 28-30

Beginning in 1973 with only 20 artists, the art festival now showcases more than 150 national and international award-winning artists who will compete for $7,000 in prize money. It is expected to attract more than 8,000 visitors.

This year’s judge is Matthew McLendon, associate curator of modern and contemporary art at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. He studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, where he received masters and doctorate degrees. A native Floridian, McLendon previously was the first curator of academic initiatives at the George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College.

Space at the festival has grown from one to six galleries, which will feature original paintings, wood, sculpture, ceramics, glass, photography and jewelry.

Fused gold bracelet by Beth Solomon Fused gold bracelet by Beth Solomon A large selection of signed, framed, limited edition prints from Syd Entel Galleries of Safety Harbor will be offered at the festival.

There will also be a large outdoor sculpture garden with a variety of fun and unusual pieces for gardens, off ices or large buildings, and a boutique gallery with fine art at moderate prices.

A yearly tradition will continue as the festival features selected works by emerging artists from Pinellas County’s 17 public and private high schools. Scholarship money will be awarded to the schools of the winning students.

A purchase award reception, for those who have given $500 or more to the 2012 art festival, will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 1-4 p.m. A gala reception which includes a preview of the art and dining amid a variety of gourmet food stations provided by Boys in the Hood and Carrabbas, is set for Saturday, Jan. 28, from 6-10 p.m. Cost is $20 in advance or $25 at the door except for patrons, sponsors and benefactors, who will be admitted for free.

The art festival is free and open to the public on Sunday, Jan. 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with light lunches and snacks available for purchase.

The Avenue of the Shops, a one-day sale of fun art, jewelry and crafts, will be free and open to the public on Monday, Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free local entertainment will be offered at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary and a gourmet luncheon will be served Monday at 12:30 p.m. Cost for the luncheon is $18 and reservations are required.

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

The temple is located at 400 Pasadena Ave. S. For more information, call the temple at (727) 347-6136.

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