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Outdoor Art Festival celebrates 49 years
By Rick Tonyan
posted Mar 14, 2014 - 1:53:33pm
It's turning 49, but there's no mid-life crisis looming for the DeLand Outdoor Art Festival.
Although it is one of the oldest events of its kind in the state, the festival keeps a fresh face for the public, as it draws more than 100 artists and crafters and thousands of spectators during the weekend of March 29-30.
For the fifth year, the festival at Earl Brown Park will partner with the Florida Wildflower and Garden Festival in Downtown DeLand. Organizers of both events intend to keep the partnership going.
A free shuttle bus will run between Downtown DeLand and Earl Brown Park, for those wanting to attend both events. The shuttle will run between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, when the Wildflower Festival will close. The Art Festival will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Because DeLand city government is extensively remodeling Earl Brown Park, the festival will move from its usual site on the southern end of the park, to the northern end.
Since the Wildflower Festival is a one-day event, the Art Festival becomes the only show in town Sunday, March 30. Hours Sunday are 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
As usual, musical performances of country, folk, bluegrass, blues and other styles will be going on throughout most of both days of this year’s festival. Entertainers will be on stage between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Vendors will be selling a wide variety of food both days.
Festivalgoers also may enter drawings held hourly each day 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Prizes are $100 certificates that can be spent on artwork and other goods at the festival.
Meanwhile, The West Volusia Beacon newspaper will continue its tradition of sponsoring the Art Festival Student Division. Casey Marshall, a local graphic designer, and Georgia Dickson, owner of Art Studio 308 in Downtown DeLand, are co-sponsors. The Student Division features artwork from young people throughout West Volusia.
The youth art will be displayed and judged on March 29. Students may enter up to five items and the artwork may be in more than one media.
Deadline for registration in the student division is Tuesday, March 25. The deadline for adult artists and crafters is Saturday, March 15.
The art festival debuted in 1965. It was first organized by local artists Joe Elliott and Virginia Clausen, and was staged on the sidewalks of Downtown DeLand. Then, for several years, it took place in the parking lot of a Downtown bank.
The festival continued to grow until it moved to the more spacious park.
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