The 25th anniversary Hyde Park Village Art Fair will take place Oct. 25 and 26 at Hyde Park Village, featuring “Pinktober items” designed to raise breast cancer awareness.
Organizers say the jury process is well underway, but applications are still being accepted from local, regional and national artists.
Helyane Stillings, of Tampa, the show coordinator with Howard Alan Events, said the fair hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and it is free to the public.
“This festival is popular among tourists, locals and artists,” Stillings said. “Many of the patrons return each year looking forward to seeing their favorite artists and exploring the work of those exhibiting in the area for the first time. This is a great venue and returning exhibitors have an established client base in the area that are always interested in their new creations.”
She said festivalgoers can expect to see a wide variety of handmade art and unique gift items. She said there will be a full spectrum of artistic mediums appealing to all tastes and budgets, including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage and mixed media.
In her experience, Stillings said, she has noticed some visitors make purchases because they have fallen in love with a particular piece. It’s “love at first sight” for some, while others come to the festival looking to add to their collections or enhance their homes with special works of art.
“Howard Alan Events strives to provide a truly eclectic festival featuring diverse art media, a variety of unique artistic styles and the highest quality of original handmade artwork with broad appeal, that is the purpose of the jury process,” she said.
Stillings said there is a mix of national, regional and local artists participating in the two-day show. Twenty to 30 percent are local or regional and the remainder travel from all over the country to take part in the event, representing 30 different states.
Howard Alan, of Jupiter, the festival promoter with Howard Alan Events, said the fair will include a free art giveaway that will feature the work of a participating artist.
“It is important to continue to raise awareness and do whatever we can to inform the public and support this very worthy cause,” Alan said. “Many of our artists have struggled and survived this disease; our efforts honor them.”
For more information on exhibiting artwork, visit Artfestival.com and Zapplication.org for an application.