More than 50 fine artists from around the country and Tampa Bay will display their sculptures, paintings, weavings, baskets, glass art, pottery and other works of art during the fourth annual Winthrop Arts Festival scheduled for March 24-25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Winthrop Town Centre.
According to Bryant Martinez, Winthrop Town artist and show organizer, this year's show is bigger than ever, with a variety of fine arts including the sculptures of Plant City artist Robert Woods, pine needle baskets by artist Ruth Hanke and paintings by Valrico artist Felix Velazquez.
In addition, art lovers will be treated to the food of the Tampa food trucks. Martinez said several of the popular food trucks will be on site both days of the festival.
The annual art show kicked off four years ago with a couple dozen artists and has grown steadily over the past four years, said Martinez.
The show, juried by Vilas Tonape of Polk State College and John Hardin of Hillsborough Community College, includes Best of Show, first, second and third place, and honorable mention awards to be presented on Saturday.
In addition to the fine artists, there will be some craft booths, business vendors and nonprofit groups providing information about their groups.
A children's section featuring crafts for kids will be manned by Hillsborough Community College students. Children will have an opportunity to create T-shirts during the event.
There will be entertainment throughout the show including the stylings of classical Spanish guitarist Nelson Mariscal on Saturday and the original music of guitarist Ian White on Sunday.
“This festival brings fine art to the Brandon area and allows residents to meet and mingle with the artists who live outside of the area as well as those who are members of the community,” said Martinez.