Autumn Art Festival

The Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, presented by Florida Distributing Company and Subaru celebrates its 41st anniversary onSaturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12, 2014.  At its permanent home in Central Park, located along beautiful Park Avenue, the Winter Park Autumn Art Festival is the only juried fine art show to showcase Florida artists exclusively.

“The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce continues the tradition of hosting one of Central Florida’s most cherished art festivals which inspires, entertains and educates our community,” said Winter Park Chamber of Commerce President/CEO, Patrick Chapin. “The arts have a huge impact on our quality of life and we are pleased to showcase Florida artists during this two-day celebration.”

From over 400 applications, 156 of Florida’s outstanding artists were selected to display their works in eight different categories, including ceramics, drawings and graphics, fiber, fine crafts, jewelry, painting, photography and sculpture. Prize money awarded by festival judges in 2014 will exceed $16,000.

Local artist Sally Evans created the festival poster for 2014 featuring a vibrant painting of lily pads. Posters can be purchased in advance at the Winter Park Welcome Center, located at 151 W. Lyman Avenue.  In addition, the scene will be featured on postcards, t-shirts and tote bags with all merchandise available at the festival.

New this year, patrons can enjoy seasonal craft beers in the Florida Distributing Company beer garden, located near the Central Park stage. A portion of the proceeds from the beer garden will benefit Chamber Cares, the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce’s philanthropic effort. Throughout the festival, attendees will continue to enjoy live musical entertainment on the Central Park Stage, children’s activities led by instructors from The Crealdé School of Art, food vendors and a sidewalk sale at local merchants. Plus,

visit the Disney prize wheel booth for a chance to win prizes from “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” and “Big Hero 6”. The festival is free and open to the public both days from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Park Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic during the festival from New England Avenue to Canton Avenue.  Ample parking can be found on area side streets and parking garages. A bicycle valet will also be organized by the Winter Park Pedestrian Bicycle Board in the West Meadow.

For more information on the festival, please visitwww.autumnartfestival.org or call (407) 644-8281. The festival can also be found at on Facebook and on Twitter at @WPAutumnArtFest.

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