More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the 24th Annual Hyde Park Village Art Fair Oct. 26 and 27.
AnaBelle Ramos, event publicist, said the “quaint brick courtyards and fountains” makes Hyde Park both a trendy and ideal setting for the juried art show that will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hyde Park Village at Swann and Dakota avenues.
“The Hyde Park Art Festivals make the arts accessible to a broad audience,” said Ramos, adding 150 national artists will participate. “There is a vast array of artistic media designed to appeal to a variety of tastes and budgets; there is something for everyone. Buyers are able to connect directly with the artist as they are all present for the duration of the show and they welcome the opportunity to discuss their art which makes for a much more meaningful purchase and investment.”
Prices for the art on display ranges from $25 to $30,000. Ramos said the media on display includes paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage and mixed media.
She said festival promoter Howard Alan Events will partner with American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer to raise awareness.
“Since October is breast cancer awareness month we are committed to raising awareness at all of these shows during this month,” Ramos said. “We believe it is a perfect platform in which to do so as thousands of people attend our festivals. We have lost several artists to this disease and dedicate our efforts to them and those that have survived. These artists continued to work and exhibit their art while they bravely battled breast cancer.”
Alan said the park will become an outdoor art gallery, and is free and open to the public.
“This event is a wonderful celebration of the arts, very much like an outdoor art gallery, perfect for art enthusiasts and collectors interested in new quality investments as well as shoppers looking for unique gifts,” Alan said. “It is also a great platform for us to help raise breast cancer awareness.”
The featured artist, Susan Lane of Key Largo, created the original painting for the Art Festival giveaway prize. Her acrylic piece, “Red Palms in the Sunset” is valued at $600. The piece will be on display at Lane’s booth throughout the weekend where registration will also take place until 4 p.m. on Sunday when the winning ticket will be drawn. No purchase is necessary to participate in this giveaway.
Lane said she has been painting for 35 years. Her art has been on exhibit throughout the country.
“I love the interaction with the people who enjoy my work and have met so many wonderful art lovers,” Lane said. “It doesn’t take much to make me happy – a brush, a blank canvas and a rainbow concoction of paint to slather everywhere.”
Other participants will include Lori Kay Olling, a jewelry designer in Tampa who creates contemporary design pieces.
Some artists have created art specifically for the breast cancer awareness theme. Others may donate a portion of their profits to breast cancer charities.
Glenda Lundgren of Holly Hills designed a reversible pendant in sterling silver with a hand-sawed design on one side and a pink quartz stone on opposite.
For more information, visit the website artfestival.com or call (561) 746-6615.