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Hyde Park art festival returns for 25th year


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Art lovers who attend the 25th annual Hyde Park Village Art Fair will get the chance to hear about what inspired the artist before buying a new piece or adding to a collection.

Howard Alan of Howard Alan Events said some repeat festivalgoers have their favorite artists over for dinner so they can show how they displayed his or her artwork in their homes.

“You get a chance to meet the person and learn what inspired them and the meaning behind the art,” said Alan, who lives in Jupiter. “People start collecting this art and start a relationship with the artist. Every year they come back to Hyde Park and collect another piece. They brag every year – that’s my artist.”

Alan said the March 22 and 23 juried art fair will take place at Hyde Park Village, along Swann and Dakota avenues. Howard Alan Events is producing the free festival along with American Craft Endeavors.

“Hyde Park is a very artsy area,” Alan said. “They are very supportive of the show. Artists come from all over the country. The art itself is very eclectic and it’s very contemporary art as opposed to traditional.”

He said people might purchase wearable art, including jewelry as well as sculpture, glass, wood, collage, ceramics, pottery and paintings for their home or office.

“Art defines the person,” Alan said. “You can judge a person by what’s on their walls.”

AnaBelle Ramos, the publicist for the event, said the popular springtime art festival would take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on each day.

Ramos said the art for sale will represent a wide diversity of media, appealing to a variety of tastes and budgets.

She said Hillsborough County residents might also be interested in the debut of the Lakeland Craft Festival on March 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lakeside Village.

Ramos said the Hyde Park Village Art Fair has become a tradition for local residents. The festival transforms Hyde Park into an outdoor art gallery every spring, making art more accessible to people of all ages in the community.

She said the artists and crafters are juried by independent panels of expert judges and hand-selected from hundreds of applicants based on quality and diversity.

“All of their artwork is original and handmade in America,” Ramos said, adding all of the artists and crafters remain on site for the entire duration of the shows.

Some of the artists planning to participate include photographer Steve Vaughn of Winter Park, a former Orlando Sentinel sports executive editor. Also, Arleen Parker, who lives in the mountain town of Jasper, Ga., will display and sell her handcrafted stained glass art jewelry.

For more information, visit artfestival.com.

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