Enjoy an outdoor arts festival in Tampa

February 16, 2012 by  

The 42nd annual Raymond James Gascarilla Festival of the Arts will take place at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on March 3-4. This free event is one of the largest juried art festivals in the area; 300 artists are selected to take part in this festival.

The genres of art accepted include ceramics, digital, drawing, painting, printmaking, jewelry, photography and sculpture. In addition to art displays there will also be live musical entertainment, a children’s activity area and a food court. The children’s activity area will be set up in front of the Tampa Museum of Art and will give children the chance to learn art techniques from professional artists. The children will be able to color, paint and draw. There will also be an Art Collectors in Training area where children between the ages of 6 and 14 will be able to buy art for $5-$10. Live musical entertainment will feature such artists as Folk by Association, the Denise Moore Trio, the SPC Steel Orchestra and the Hot Sun Duo.

Tampa printing companies will most likely be called upon to provide decorations such as banners, posters and signs to draw attention to this popular yearly festival; the festival draws at least 250,000 visitors. There is $74,500 in prize money to be handed out at the festival. The Best of Show award winner will receive $15,000. Other awards up for grab include the Board of Director’s award, the Mayor’s award, the Friends of the Arts award and the Anniversary award. In addition, 30 artists will receive $1300 Awards of Merit.