The 35th Annual Art in the Park held March 9 &10, 2019, was a great success! The Hernando County Fine Arts Council wishes to thank the estimated 6,000 visitors, 130 exhibitors, entertainers including the Hernando Symphony Orchestra, food vendors, and sponsors.
The Hernando County Fine Arts Council is proud to announce this year’s winners of its juried art show.
Best in Show: Rolly Ray Reel ($1000) 3-D sculptural mixed media wall art
Fine Arts Division:
1st place: Nick Alexiades ($750) Drawings on marble and limestone with mechanical pencils
2nd place: Gregory Jones ($500) Acrylic & mix media in layers of Plexiglas
3rd place: Peter Rujuwa ($350) Serpentine stone sculptures hand carved polished with beeswax
3rd place: Danny O'Driscoll ($350) Acrylic wildlife paintings on board with airbrush
Honorable mention: Peter Gerbert ($50) Florida wildlife acrylic paintings and fine art prints
Honorable mention: Diane Stover ($50) Textured palette knife oil paintings on canvas
(L-R) Paul Shaskan (Arts Council Vice Chair Emeritus) with Fine Arts Winners: Gregory Jones, Danny O’ Driscoll, Peter Rujuwa, Diane Stover, Peter Gerbert, Rolly Ray Reel. Nick Alexiades, Bill Yerrick (Arts Council Chair)
Fine Crafts Division
1st place: Deborah Cutler ($400) Fiber art, one-of-a-kind dolls created with various fabrics and hand sewn vintage beads, etc.
2nd place: Rolande Andrews ($250) Handcrafted, one-of-a-kind jewelry that combines seaglass, precious and semiprecious stones, and sterling silver
3rd place: Andrea Woda ($100) Felting wool sculpted into art with a needle
3rd place: Jill Kalber ($100) Hand-painted silk scarves using the Sun Silk process
Honorable mention: Elizabeth Collins ($50) Original clay art work, functional wares, hand sculpted fine art vessels
Honorable mention: Chris Cole ($50) Handcrafted pine, primed, painted whimsical works for yard & garden
Fine Crafts Winners (L-R) Deborah Cutler, Rolande Andrews, Jill Kalber, Andrea Woda, Elizabeth Collins, Chris Cole, Bill Yerrick (Arts Council Chair)
One highlight of the annual event is the People's Choice Award. More than 1,140 attendees filled out "YOU BE THE JUDGE" cards to cast their ballots for their favorite artists.
The 2019 PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD FOR MOST POPULAR EXHIBITOR is Danny O' Driscoll, who received a $50 cash prize. Sonny Vergara and Diane Stover came in second and third.
The $l00 cash drawing for attendees went to Judy Doane, local resident.
The Hernando County Fine Arts Council is pleased to announce Raymond James Financial as the presenting sponsor of the 35th annual Art in the Park festival to be held March 9–10, 2019, 10 am-5 pm.
Arts Council Chair William “Bill” Yerrick said, “It means a great deal to Hernando County and the Arts Council to receive this sponsorship. We also wish to thank Raymond James Financial Chairman Emeritus, Thomas A. James for his personal support.” Mr. James is both a long-time supporter of the arts and a well-known collector. He and his wife Mary have collected more than 2,500 pieces of art. Earlier this year, they opened the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Last month, the Southeast Tourism Society named Art in the Park to its top 20 Festival and Events for the month of March 2019 for the second year in a row. Yerrick noted that this accolade, plus the sponsorship from Raymond James highlights the quality of Art in the Park and its value to the County. “Not only does Art in the Park bring artists and art lovers together in a beautiful setting, but proceeds also help support all the arts in Hernando County.”
The juried festival is expected to draw 5,000 people to enjoy more than 130 fine art and craft exhibitors, a food court, a student art show and a children’s art activity tent. There will be live stage entertainment both days with a special "Pops in the Park" concert performed by the Hernando Symphony Orchestra, Saturday, March 9 at 1 pm.
The 35th annual Art in the Park is sponsored by the Hernando County Fine Arts Council. Admission is FREE. The $5 suggested parking donation helps support all the arts in Hernando County.
The Hernando County Fine Arts Council was created in 1987 by Hernando County to encourage, promote, and support all the creative arts in Hernando County and provide a means to showcase the arts. Learn more at HernandoArts.org or call Jan Knowles at (352) 279-5182 for more information.