ART IN THE
DESTINATION: Winter Park, Florida
Winter Park Sidewalk Festival will be held March
through the 22
in Winter Park, Florida. It is one of the
nation’s oldest, largest, and most prestigious juried outdoor
The show is currently ranked #1 onArtFairCalendar.com
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.
Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
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