• 60th Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

    By: Shelley Caran


    WINTER PARK, Fla. - The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, one of the nation’s oldest and prestigious outdoor art festivals, is back this weekend in Central Park and along Park Avenue in Winter Park from March 15th to 17th from 9am until 6pm.

    The Festival debuted in March 1960 as a community project to bring local artists and art lovers together. It is produced by an all-volunteer board and draws more than 350,000 visitors each year. 

    Over 1,100 artists from around the world apply for the Festival each year. Festival. An independent panel of three judges select the 225 artists who will exhibit their works. 

    The Festival consistently ranks as one of the top juried fine art festivals in the country. Recent accolades include the #2 ranking in Art Fair Calendar’s “2018 Best Art Fairs”, along with high rankings in Art Fair Source Book’s and Sunshine Artist Magazine’s “Top 100” lists.


    The Festival features a wide variety of fine arts and crafts in the following categories: clay, digital art, drawings & pastels, fiber-glass, graphics & printmaking, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media 2D, mixed media 3D, painting, photography, sculpture, watercolor and wood, along with a special category for  Emerging Artists.


    Artists complete for 63 awards totaling $74,500. The Best of Show winner is purchased for $12,000 by The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Board and donated to the City of Winter Park. Previous Best of Show winners are on permanent display at the Winter Park Public Library. A $5,000 “Art of Philanthropy” Purchase Award is sponsored by the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation. A $2,500 “Distinguished Work of Art” Award is presented through The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. There are 10 Awards of Excellence of $2,000 each, 20 Awards of Distinction of $1,000 each and 30 Awards of Merit of $500 each. In addition to these awards, the Patrons Program generates another $80,000 in Art Bucks that are dedicated to the purchase of artwork.


    Girls and boys can create their own artwork at the Children’s Workshop. Easel painting is very popular, and local art centers and museums feature a variety of fun, hands-on art activities for children. Admission is free and participants may take home their artistic creations. The Children’s Workshop hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Easel painting is from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.


    The place to discover the talented artists of the next generation is at the Leon Theodore Schools Exhibit where artwork by thousands of Orange County students is on display. The creativity and level of expertise displayed by these young artists will delight and amaze you. Be sure to check out this wonderful exhibit.


    Enjoy the Festival while your bike is safely monitored. Located on Morse Boulevard across the street from the Amtrak Station parking lot, a free bike valet service is provided during Festival hours by the Winter Park Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Board.

    For more information, call 407-644-7207 or visit wpsaf.org.

    No animals are allowed in Central Park or on Park Avenue between New England and Canton Avenues during Festival hours per Winter Park City Ordinance.

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