Art Festival at Thornebrook returns on Saturday, Sunday

Festival-goers stroll past artists booths during the 2011 Art Festival at Thornebrook. This year’s event features 110 artists with entertainment and food on Saturday and Sunday at Thornebrook Village. (File photo)

Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 2:18 p.m.

Miriam Novack paints the world through a kaleidoscopic lens.


Art Festival at Thornebrook

What: 28th annual art festival with 110 artists, live entertainment and food.
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: Thornebrook Village, 2441 NW 43rd St.
Cost: Free admission

“It’s the kind of work where the more you look, the more you see,” she says.

For the 13th year in a row, her paintings will be on sale at the annual Art Festival at Thornebrook, which returns Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event at Thornebrook Village will feature 110 artists showcasing works in many mediums, including glass, jewelry, photography and wood.

“It’s the first show of the season for us,” Novack says. “For whatever reason, the community really supports the festival.”

She offers pieces ranging from $4 greeting cards and $38 prints to her more expensive original artwork.

Roz Miller, the festival’s director of public relations and marketing, says the event began as a way for the members of the Gainesville Fine Arts Association to showcase their work. Over the years, it has grown and now features artists from across the state.

“The people who come are art lovers, art appreciators and art collectors,” Miller says. “Art festivals are a wonderful way to begin collecting original fine art, and a great way to add to one’s collection.”

Organizers expect some 25,000 people to attend over the two days of the event..

Children’s activities including facepainting will be available to keep young ones entertained. Children also can participate in the hands-on musical activities offered by John Brothers, a local guitar teacher who is bringing his own instruments.

Miller says the festival provides a way to introduce children to a broader art scene than they might get elsewhere.

Local bands such as Middleground, Blues Lighting, Neil Lofgren and Homemade, will perform throughout the weekend. Food will be available from local vendors as well as from the restaurants of Thornebrook Village.

“We always want to accomplish several things,” Miller says about the event. “We want to have a successful festival, we want artists who are accomplished in their particular medium and will attract people to their work, and we also want to attract people to Gainesville as a cultural center.”

This year, the artist booths will be spread out across Thornebrook Village, with more vendors located near 43rd Street in the west parking lot. Miller says the organizers hope to clear out the central area of Thornebrook to ease foot-traffic congestion.

“Art enriches our life to a greater degree than most of us realize,” Miller says.

“When we attend an art festival, we want to experience that ‘Aha!’ moment. Many people come to the festival with measurements of a space they have to fill, but most are just walking around when they are stopped by that ‘Aha!’ moment.”

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