Local artists feature works at Tioga’s Winter Fine Art Show

This painting by Gainesville artist Peter Carolin is the poster art for the sixth annual Winter Fine Art Fair, which runs Friday through Sunday at Tioga Town Center. (Courtesy of Peter Carolin)

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 6:11 p.m.

As a child, Peter Carolin attended art and science museums in his Detroit hometown because of his love for painting, electronics and magnets. His love for oil painting didn’t supersede the others, however, until he spent a year in France, where he was taken by the omnipresent European art.


Winter Fine Art Fair

What: Sixth annual art festival at Tioga Town Center with 100-plus artists, music, food and more
When: 5-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Tioga Town Center, 105 SW 128th St., Tioga
Admission: Free

In 1989, after attending grad school at the University of Florida, he won a fellowship grant as a sculptor and lived in a castle in the French Riviera for a month.

Carolin, who has paintings in more than four countries and 20 states, is this year’s poster artist at the sixth annual Winter Fine Art Fair at Tioga Town Center. His artwork will be on exhibit in Gainesville Eye Physicians & Optical at Tioga. The free art fair runs Friday through Sunday at Tioga Town Center, on West Newberry Road and Southwest 128th Street. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

About 100 artists and fine crafters will feature works in mediums including acrylics, photography, jewelry and wood, says Roz Miller, public relations director for the Gainesville Fine Arts Association, which presents the fair.

Most artists are from North Central Florida, with some from around the state and others from out of state. Between 12,000 and 15,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event, Miller says. The fair also offers many children’s activities, including face-painting and martial arts demonstrations, and local musicians will play all three days. The music rounds out the event so it’s more well-rounded, Miller says, though the prime focus is the artists and crafters.

The annual event is the only art festival in the area that opens on a Friday night, Miller adds. “Art under the lights” is great for people who come from work or want a date night, she says. The artists’ booths will have lights under their tents, and all their art will be available for purchase.

“(The fair) is a great way to start collecting original art,” Miller says. “Art enriches our lives in ways we cannot imagine.”

The fair will be open rain or shine, and food will be available for purchase.

Miller said the fair launches a yearlong calendar of activities that will celebrate 90 years of the Gainesville Fine Arts Association nurturing artists and their creative talents.

Carolin, who works as an art professor at Santa Fe College, spends his free time at Paynes Prairie painting landscapes. More than 500 of his paintings have been sold in Gainesville.

“It took me almost 15 years to do my dream, like the American dream, (like) have my own business and be an artist,” Carolin says.

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