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ART IN THE

(WINTER)

PARK

DESTINATION: Winter Park, Florida

The 56

th

Winter Park Sidewalk Festival will be held March

20

th

through the 22

nd

in Winter Park, Florida. It is one of the

nation’s oldest, largest, and most prestigious juried outdoor

art festivals.

The show is currently ranked #1 on

ArtFairCalendar.com

’s

list of America’s Best Art Fairs, and is ranked #1 in the South

and #5 in the Nation by

Sunshine Artist Magazine

, based on

reported sales by the artists. Hosting more than 350,000

art-loving enthusiasts each year, over 1,100 artists from

around the world apply to be one of the 225 judge-selected

featured artists. Artists compete for 63 awards totaling over

$72,500 in prize money.

The festival hosts a wide variety of outstanding artwork

including clay, drawing and pastels, glass, digital art, fiber,

glass, jewelry, leather, mixed media, photography, painting,

printmaking, sculpture, watercolor, and wood. The festival

also bolsters a love of art for young children by offering daily

children’s workshops for all ages.

Winter Park was founded in the late 1800s, and the town is

heavily influenced by Spanish Mediterranean architecture.

One of the city’s defining architects was James Gable Rogers

II, who designed the city’s Grenada Court shopping area, the

Olin Library, the Holt and Mizener homes, and the Florida

State Supreme Court Building in Tallahassee. Roger's home

in the heart of Winter Park, named “Casa Feliz,” (seen right)

now serves as a museum that overlooks the golf course.

Just a ten minute drive from Orlando, Winter Park is a

shopping and arts hub. The town’s central brick laden

artery, called “Park Avenue,” originates at the town’s historic

school, Rollins College, and winds about a mile through a

thriving commercial district. Park Avenue is lined with scenic

live oaks draped in moss, and takes travelers by clothing

boutiques, art galleries, sidewalk cafés, and restaurants.

Winter Park is also home to three notable museums, all of

which are within walking distance of each other.

The

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

holds

the world’s most comprehensive works of Louis Comfort

Tiffany, including jewelry, pottery, paintings, art glass,

lamps, and windows. Upcoming exhibitions include, “The

Bride Elect” which will showcase over 250 wedding gifts

from Elizabeth Owens Morse, a socially prominent Chicago

bride married in 1905. “Selection” includes works from