Cedar Key holds annual art festival over weekend

By on April 12th, 2013
Artists' tents will fill 2nd Street, Cedar Key this weekend for the festival.

Drew Bryan

Artists' tents will fill 2nd Street, Cedar Key this weekend for the festival.

Cedar Key, a quiet seaside city, will be buzzing Saturday and Sunday during its 49th Annual Old Florida Celebration of the Arts.

The city’s Historic 2nd Street will be dotted with white tents, where around 160 artists will showcase their art.

Event coordinator, Laura Matson Hahn, said this year’s applicants came from across the country.

“We had a fantastic application process this year; and when I started looking at where people were coming from, it is all over the country — from every stretch of the country,” she said.

Presented by the Cedar Key Arts Center, Hahn said they aimed to select the best artists. She said out of 284 applicants, only 161 were accepted.

Artists can win cash prizes for the categories Best in Show, Best Two-Dimensional, Best Three-Dimensional, Awards of Excellence and the Creativity Award.

Hahn said they have about $10,000 in prize money. The art will be judged by Matthew McLendon, the Contemporary and Modern Art Curator at the John and Mable Ringling Museum in Sarasota.

Sarah Brand wrote this story online.


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