published: Friday, November 01, 2013
Arts galore and more on tap at Fine Arts and Crafts Festival
By SAMANTHA GHOLAR
SEBRING -- Arts and crafts lovers have plenty to look forward to Saturday when the downtown Sebring area comes alive for a festival packed with paintings, decor and all things art.
For the 47th year, the Fine Arts and Crafts Festival in downtown Sebring will transform the area into an artists' paradise by bringing in dozens of local and out-of-town artists to showcase their talents to thousands of attendees just in time for the start of the holiday shopping season.
The Highlands Art League is a major coordinator and contributor to the annual event, which will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"In this 47th year of the Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, we continue to attract the very best artisans of the region with oil, acrylic and watercolor painting, mixed and multimedia collage, jewelry, stained glass, metal sculpture, pottery, ceramics, garden art, photography, wood working and more," HAL's Susan James said.
One artists in particular is especially excited about being a part of this year's event.
Babs Kall, a Lighthouse Point resident, has been enamored by the city of Sebring for several years. Kall spoke excitedly regarding her firs time participating as a vendor and artist in the festival.
"We just love Sebring. My family and I have been to Sebring many times. We come there to camp and just visit. We had planned a trip to (Highlands) Hammock for this weekend but when I heard about the festival I was immediately on board," Kall said.
I've known about HAL for some time but I was not at all familiar with the event. I saw a link on the website and applied. So this (festival) is just a bonus for me. Being in Sebring is always a treat," Kall said.
Stained glass pieces are Kall's specialty, along with fused and mosaics. Kall will be bringing just a few of the bigger stained glass pieces to the festival due to their fragile nature and the long drive to Sebring. Other items for sale by Kall will include mosaics, fused glass and casts.
Artists Carol Bright, owner of Brightcreations of Tampa, will also be in attendance at the festival, though her ties with the Fine Arts and Crafts festival are much deeper than other out-of-towners.
"My mother is an artist, Margaret Conte. She use to do this art show, and stated it was a traditional and well-run show that appreciates all forms of art. So I am very excited to take my work to this part of Florida," Bright said.
Bright creates unique hand-made jewelry. Brass, copper, sterling silver, gold and gemstones are all used to create dazzling, timeless pieces for any budget, she said.
"I know it will be a fantastic experience," said Bright.
Not only will the fine arts be on display throughout the event, performing arts will also be contributing in a big way to the festival.
Highlands Little Theatre will offer a sneak preview of their upcoming production of "Little Shop of Horrors" while live music will be provided by the Jim David Band throughout the day.
Other activities include Wauchula State Bank's Cornhole Tournament on Children's Street (West Center Avenue); Signature Salon Suites hair and nail art to money for the Boys & Girls Club (South Commerce Avenue) and Alan Jay Automotive Network's Children's Tent with free games and art and craft projects.
Six food vendors will feed the rumbling bellies of all attendees.
For more information, visit http://highlandsartleague.org/festival
rip (by: Mr. Davidson - 11/1/2013)
The "other" paper explained it a typical school taught journalistic fashion.. Like reading a riddle..I see this everywhere.. (here too)
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