Fine Arts Festival

Fine Arts Festival 2017: Inspired by PicassoFAF-FB-EVENTS

The Fine Arts Festival will celebrate Pablo Picasso, the famous artist whose work transformed modern art and permeated our culture. Picasso (1881-1973) introduced cubism and explored different theories and techniques, namely the imagination, opening the door for artist to explore a whole new dimension of creativity.

The Fine arts festival kicks off every year with a ribbon cutting and large-scale mural reveal. Artist Sue Welch has spent months painting the seven-foot tall mural, which will be unveiled October 30 at 12:00pm. The FAF committee selected Sue’s mural concept from several promising ideas.

Following the big reveal several educational, festive events will take place in November. The month-long celebration leads up to Tapas Night, a Spanish inspired evening of dancing, drinks and delicious tapas. For events requiring tickets, call (941) 639-8810 to purchase. The 2017 Fine Arts Festival is sponsored by Gettel Buick & Merrill Lynch.

Fine Arts Festival Events

  • Mediterranean Luncheon and Presentation “Picasso Vs. Matisse” By Baila Miller: Friday, November 10 at 11:30am - $40 Per Person Download PDF Flyer
  • Sip & Paint Like Picasso: Wednesday, November 15 at 6:00pm - $35 Per Person Download PDF Flyer
  • Tapas Night: Friday, November 17 at 7:00pm - Celebrate the Inspiration of Picasso while raising funds to support the Visual Arts Center! Tapas, Sangria, Silent Auction, Spanish Music & Dancing - $50 Per Person Download PDF Flyer

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History of the Fine Arts Festival

The Fine Arts Festival (FAF) began in the fall of 2003 as a themed formal fundraiser party. That year, the organizers thought it would be fun to have an artist as the theme and decorate with large 5x7 foot reproductions painted by Visual Arts Center artists as part of the decoration. Van Gogh was chosen by the organizers. A super-sized painting of one of his Paris night scenes served as the "doorway" outside the building for guests to walk through. A few of us were hanging out in the Visual Art Center office one day and said, "It's a shame this art won't be seen by more than the attendees at the party. We should have a Festival that goes on for a month.” and thus the Annual Fine Arts Festival was born - a month long celebration of an artist or period and the art reproductions."

For years, the month of the Festival was the theme of the downtown Gallery Walk with many of the reproductions displayed around town for that night with the artists.  Artists and themes which have been celebrated over the years include: Dali, Gauguin, Degas, O'Keeffe, DaVinci/Michaelangelo, Lautrec, Spirit of the American Frontier, Monet, Sargent, and in 2014 we celebtated Art Nouveau/Art Deco.

Artists begin their creations after the chosen artist/theme is announced every spring. For many years some would paint their pieces in the Visual Art Center in Rebecca Hall in the summer, providing entertainment and education to the public and to the summer camp kids. Artists loved to replicate the techniques of these masters, learning about color mixing (using donated house paint in primary colors and black and white). At the same time the planning committee would brainstorm possible activities and events for the festival month that would complement the chosen subject. Movies and documentaries, impersonators, original plays written and acted by local talent, musical events, lectures, workshops, collaborations with local arts groups: dance, theatre, garden clubs and bus trips.

The Fine Arts Festival achieves Visual Arts Center goals in so many ways. It involves over 100 artists who paint reproductions and original interpretations. It educates the public. It offers opportunities for new viewers to visit the Visual Art Center, buy art or items in the gift shop or join as members. It provides opportunities for volunteers to give of their talents. But most importantly---It’s FUN for EVERYONE!