A steady stream of people savors Spring Arts Festival

Artist Jacques A. Bachelier, right, talks with Stacey Weiss-Kaplan about his leaded glass creations during the annual Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival in downtown Gainesville Saturday. The festival continues Sunday starting at noon.

Brad McClenny/Staff photographer
Published: Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 8:23 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 8:23 p.m.

John Margerum had customers waiting at the Spring Arts Festival on Saturday and he was nowhere to be found.


2013 artist award winners

Following are the artists who won awards from this weekend's 44th annual Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival, along with where these artists are from, their medium and their location in the festival. The festival concludes Sunday, running from noon-5 p.m.:
Best of Show 2D: John Margerum, Oviedo, graphics, Booth No. 518.
Best of Show 3D: Phil Parker, Flagler Beach, 3D mixed media, Booth No. 511.
Awards of Excellence 2D: Richard Auger, Summerfield, photography, Booth No. 318. Ummarid Eitharong, Orlando, mixed media, Booth No. 537.
Awards of Excellence 3D: David Figueroa, Sanford, sculpture, Booth No. 523. Katherine Mathison, Ocoee, ceramics. Booth No. 255.
Awards of Distinction 2D: David Hunter, Winter Park, graphics, Booth No. 525. Eleanor Blair, Gainesville, painting, Booth No. 328.
Awards of Distinction 3D: Maria Cano, Lake Worth, jewelry, Booth No. 232. Jitka Leskova-Manousakis, Tallahassee, fiber, Booth No. 223
Awards of Merit 2D: Carol Elder Napolim, New Smyrna Beach, painting, Booth No. 442. Jay Canturbury, Holmes Beach, photography, Booth No. 465. David Gordon. Greenfield Center, N.Y., painting, Booth No. 249.
Awards of Merit 3D: Jean Yao, Fort Lauderdale, fiber, Booth No. 462. Bill and Jon Slade, Jacksonville, glass, Booth No. 530. Kristin Holeman, Fort Lauderdale, jewelry, Booth No. 450.
Art Cop Award: Jim Wilshire, Roswell, Ga., watercolor, Booth No. 410.

That he was trusting enough to leave his booth seemed surprising, though he said he has never had anything stolen. But that people wanted to buy his richly colored and textured digital collages — not so surprising.

Margerum was one of two best of show winners at the 44th annual festival sponsored by Santa Fe College, and his fans believe the award was deserved.

“They are just beautiful. You can’t surpass the color,” said Linda Cole of Trenton. “People have been stopping left and right to admire it.”

The festival continues today from noon to 5:30 p.m., stretching for several blocks up Northeast First Street just north of University Avenue.

Kathryn Lehman, festival director and coordinator of cultural programs at SFC, said Saturday’s crowd was steady all day long despite many competing events, including the University of Florida spring football scrimmage.

“When Santa Fe started the festival, nothing else was going on, and now there is a lot going on. In the past, when the game started, we would see a drop in the crowd. But this year that is not true — it has been an amazingly steady crowd,” Lehman said. “Steady — it’s the best kind of crowd because it never gets super-crowded but is busy all day.”

Margerum, of Oviedo, eventually returned to his booth, where he took care of sales and discussed his art.

A master of Photoshop, Margerum creates his work on computers. He isolates a photographic image in Photoshop, prints it on a clear piece of plastic and then alters it with alcohol, paint and by scratching it with steel wool and other materials.

Eventually it’s scanned back into a computer for more tinkering before being printed on watercolor paper.

“I’m 70 years old, so I’ve been at the game a long time,” he said. “I’ve always been a photographer and when Photoshop came out about 20 years ago, I grew up on it.”

Margerum won best of show for art in two dimensions. The other best of show winner was Phil Parker of Flagler Beach for 3D.

Parker uses found objects — including a taxidermied rooster — to make shadow boxes of less than a square foot to larger pieces featuring items including bicycle wheels and chains.

It’s a combination of collage and sculpture that Parker said has evolved over the last 10 years.

“It’s mostly found metals and materials,” Parker said, adding that he incorporates into his art “people that I’ve read about or who have influenced me. I have little icons in my mind.”

Lehman said people who come to the festival today should be mindful of where they are plan to park as some parking lots along Main Street are closed.

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