251 S. Park Ave
Winter Park, FL
9:00 a.m. Friday, March 21, 2014
9:00 a.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014
9:00 a.m. Sunday, March 23, 2014
Entertainment, Festival , Arts and Crafts
The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation's oldest, largest and most prestigious juried outdoor art festivals, consistently rated among the top shows by Sunshine Artist and American Style magazines. Each year more than 350,000 visitors enjoy the show. This fabulous festival takes place Friday through Sunday, March 21st through 23rd, 2014, throughout Central Park in Winter Park.
» IMAGE GALLERY: Scenes from last year's festival
This year about 1,200 artists from around the world applied for entry and an independent panel of judges selected 225 national and international artists to attend the show.The National Endowment for the Arts, The White House, Congress and many others have lauded the Festival for promoting art and art education in Central Florida. An all volunteer board of directors runs the annual Festival, now celebrating its 54th year.
The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival was started by a handful of enthusiasts as a community project to benefit local artists and art lovers. The first festival was held on Park Avenue in March 1960. The festival featured original works of art and, after being advertised for just three weeks before the opening, drew 90 exhibiting artists. Over the next decade, the festival grew to over 600 artists and was spread out over Park Avenue from Fairbanks Avenue to Canton Avenue and on all cross streets. For the past 30 years or so, the festival has been contained solely in the park area and currently features 225 artists and 3 emerging artists. A loving art community has created and nurtured a successful festival that looks forward to another 50 years in Central Park.
There is a wide variety of outstanding artwork. Categories include: Clay, Digital Art, Drawing and Graphics, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood.
The artists compete for 62 awards totaling $67,500. Best of Show is $10,000. The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Committee purchases the Best of Show art and donates it to the City of Winter Park. (All previous Best of Show winners are on permanent display at the Winter Park Public Library.) There are also 10 Awards of Excellence; each is $2,000. There are 20 Awards of Distinction; each is $1,000 and there are 30 Awards of Merit; each is $500. In addition, a $2,500 Award for a Distinguished Work of Art is presented through the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.
Wayne Densch Inc. has partnered with the Winter Park Rotary and the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival for the sale of beer for the past several years. Look for the special signs marking beer garden in Central Park. All alcohol must be consumed within this fenced area and cannot be taken outside of the beer garden confines.
Proceeds from the sale of beer and wine benefit the Winter Park Rotary and the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival.
Traveling I-4 East… take the Fairbanks exit (87). Go east (right) on Fairbanks for approximately 2 miles and turn left onto Park Avenue. Free parking is available along many surrounding streets. You can also park in private lots and garages. If you are a person with a disability, please ask the Winter Park Police officer, stationed at Park Ave. & Canton Ave. or New York Ave. & Morse Blvd. for assistance.
Traveling I-4 West… take the Fairbanks exit (87). Go east (left) on Fairbanks for approximately 2 miles and turn left onto Park Avenue. Free parking is available along many surrounding streets. You can also park in private lots and garages. If you are a person with a disability, please ask the Winter Park Police officer, stationed at Park Ave. & Canton Ave. or New York Ave. & Morse Blvd. for assistance.
For more information, visit the festival website at www.wpsaf.org.