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January 17, 2014  RSS feed

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41st Art Festival Beth-El to feature 160 artists Feb. 1-3

A painting by watercolor, ink and pencil artist Rick Loudermilk of Austin, TX, one of the more than 160 artists whose works will be on display at Art Festival Beth-El. A painting by watercolor, ink and pencil artist Rick Loudermilk of Austin, TX, one of the more than 160 artists whose works will be on display at Art Festival Beth-El. Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg will showcase more than 160 national and international awardwinning artists at its 41st annual Art Festival Beth-El from Saturday evening, Feb. 1 through Monday, Feb. 3.

The event began in 1973 with only 20 artists and has grown into an acclaimed fine art exhibit and sale that is one of the premier shows in the Southeast, attracting more than 8,000 people from Tampa Bay and the surrounding areas annually.

Space has grown from one gallery to six galleries, featuring original paintings, wood, sculpture, ceramics, glass, photography and jewelry.

The Art Festival, held on the grounds of the temple at 400 Pasadena Ave. S., St. Petersburg, also offers a large outdoor sculpture garden that will feature a variety of fun and unusual pieces for gardens, offices or large buildings. Other offerings include a large selection of signed, framed, limited edition prints from Syd Entel Galleries of Safety Harbor and a boutique gallery with fine art and craft at moderate prices.

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

This year’s judge, Robert Workman, will award more than $7,000 in prize money. Workman is the director of the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University in Kansas. The Ulrich is an edgy, contemporary art museum affiliated with the College of Fine Arts. Workman previously held directorial positions at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, overseeing the creation of the facility that houses Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton’s masterpiece collection in Bentonville, AK, and the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan, KS.

A preview cocktail reception will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 7-10 p.m. Admission is $25, which can be purchased at the door.

Art Festival Beth-El is free and open to the public on Sunday, Feb. 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with light lunches and snacks available to purchase. 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. on Monday, Feb. 3. A free, special event will be performed at 11 a.m.

A gourmet luncheon will be served on Monday at 12:30 p.m. with a $20 check necessary to make a reservation. Docents will be available during the weekend and will also offer a tour at 2 p.m. on Monday. Call the temple at (727) 347-6136 for more information.

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