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Art, food, bluegrass come together
By Pat Andrews
posted Apr 11, 2013 - 10:12:38am
Fine arts, fine crafts, bluegrass music and food will come together 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 13, for DeLeon Springs' first art festival, "Art Among the Trees."
The festival will be among the trees, indeed, on the grounds of the historic Porter House at 5030 North U.S. Highway 17. The house is the headquarters for the DeLeon Springs Community Association, whose members organized the festival.
Seven old-time and bluegrass bands will perform live, with a "Picker's Circle Tent" for people who want to jam and learn with the pros. Works of local students will be on display, too, for an infusion of hometown pride.
"We are inviting everyone to come," DeLeon Springs Community Association Secretary Amy Munizzi said.
The arts festival is a juried event, with a $50 award and ribbon for Best of Show, $25 and a first-place ribbon in the arts division, and $25 and a first-place ribbon in the crafts portion. Awards will be presented at the end of the day.
Judges will be artists Beth O'Neill and Ruth Vines.
O'Neill holds a bachelor's degree in art from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx, N.Y. She's a special-education and math teacher who infuses the arts into her lessons and combines arts and environmental education.
Vines, originally from Germany, has taken and taught art workshops over the years and often presents demonstrations of her technique. She offers private lessons, as well. Vines' forte is landscape paintings in the plein-air style. She also has 20 years' experience as a graphic artist.
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