Thornebrook kicks off art season with annual festival

Published: Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 1:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 1:37 p.m.

Fall ushers in more than just football, it kick-starts a season of fine arts entities like the Art Festival at Thornebrook.


The 24th Annual Art Festival at Thornebrook

What: Art festival with 140 arts and crafts booths, live music and other activities.
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: Thornebrook Village, 2400 NW 43rd St.
Information: 384-3642

Artists from all over Florida will come to Gainesville on Saturday and Sunday for the 24th Annual Art Festival at Thornebrook the first art show of the season produced by the Gainesville Fine Arts Association and Thornebrook Merchants Association.

Organizers expect about 30,000 people to cluster in the park-like Thornebrook Village shopping center over the course of the two days.

"More people come into (these) shops on this two-day weekend than any other one time during the year," said Roz Miller, public relations chairwoman of Gainesville Fine Arts Association.

More than 200 artists applied to the festival the highest number ever received. And there still more are on the waiting list, organizers say.

The Thornebrook festival groups artists and fine crafters into a smaller, more intimate atmosphere, said Festival Director Lyn White. Unlike other art festivals that are set up in straight lines, the Art Festival at Thornebrook has booths twisting around a central location, fitting them in each nook and cranny of the village.

"You're never sure what's going to be right around the bend," Miller said.

The 140 artists selected will set up shop showcasing their paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, wood furniture and graphics. Scattered around the various art booths will be live entertainment from local jazz, blues and classical musicians.

"It's always astounding to see the creativeness of the artists and crafts people," Miller said.

Judges Anna Callouri Holcombe, Director of the School of Art and Art History at University of Florida, and retired UF professor John O'Connor will be presenting nine awards with cash prizes ranging from $250 to $750.

For festival poster artist Mike Segal who is making his 16th appearance at the festival Thornebrook marks his re-entry into the Gainesville art scene,

While he's toured around the nation from Kentucky to Connecticut, he prefers the smaller setting of Thornebrook with its non-rush environment and greater chance to interact with visitors.

"I sell more art at this show than any other in the country," he said.

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