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December 18, 2015  RSS feed

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St. Petersburg’s Beth-El art show keeps growing in size, stature

Painting by Bruce Ferguson Painting by Bruce Ferguson When Art Festival Beth-El began in 1973, it featured only 20 artists. Fast forward to the 43rd Annual Art Festival on Saturday through Monday, Jan. 30-Feb. 1 and the event will include more than 170 national and international award-winning artists.

This acclaimed fine art exhibit and sale, put on yearly by Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg, is well known as one of the premier shows in the Southeastern U.S. Space has grown from one gallery to six galleries throughout the temple facilities featuring original paintings, wood, sculpture, ceramics, glass, photography and jewelry.

The Art Festival also offers a broad selection of signed, framed, limited edition prints from Syd Entel Galleries of Safety Harbor. Several outdoor sculpture gardens will feature a variety of fun and unusual pieces for gardens, offices or large buildings. A boutique gallery will offer art and crafts at moderate prices.

Glass sculpture by Willsea O'Brien Glass sculpture by Willsea O'Brien This year’s judge, Dr. Jerry Smith, will award more than $7,500 in prize money. Smith is the newly tapped curator at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. He comes to Pinellas County from his position as curator of American and European Art to 1950 and Art of the American West at the Phoenix Art Museum, which he had held since 2009.

At the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Smith will oversee the collection as well as construct the exhibition schedule.

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.

A preview cocktail reception will be held on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 7-10 p.m. with admission of $25, which can be purchased at the door.

Ceramic piece by Tim Sufflvan Ceramic piece by Tim Sufflvan Art Festival Beth-El is free and open to the public on Sunday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sunday, light lunches and snacks will be available to purchase from the BEEFY (Temple Beth-El Youth Group) Café.

On Monday, a free, special event will be performed in the sanctuary at 11 a.m. plus there will be a gourmet luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $20 for lunch. To RSVP, send a $20 check to: Art Festival Luncheon/ Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave S., St. Petersburg, FL 33707. Make sure to include name, phone number, and seating request. Reservations must be received by Jan. 28.

Docents will be available during the weekend and will provide a tour on Monday at 2 p.m., offering information and insight into the artists and their work. Meet at the main entrance to the Rothman Family Social Hall to join the tour.

Mixed media piece by Sloane Bibb Mixed media piece by Sloane Bibb Art Festival Beth-El continues to grow in popularity and now attracts more than 8,000 people from Tampa Bay and the surrounding areas. Call the temple at (727) 347- 6136 for more information.

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