WUFT News

Downtown Festival Expected to Draw Diverse Artwork Because of Nationwide Acclaim

By on November 15th, 2013

This weekend’s 32nd annual Downtown Festival and Art Show in Gainesville climbed into the number-10 spot on Sunshine Artist magazine’s “200 Best” list of fine arts festivals, moving up three spaces from last year.

This is the highest the festival has ever been ranked, said event coordinator Linda Piper.

“It’s a great honor,” Piper said. “It’s our first time ever that we are in the top-10 best fine arts shows in the country. And so we are able to attract the best artists from all around the country to participate in this nationally recognized art festival.”

The top 250 artists from all over the nation were selected from a pool of 600 to showcase their work. All different types of art will be featured, including painting, photography, sculpture, wood, ceramics, jewelry and glass.

“We have many new artists who will be joining us,” said Piper, who added that “this event draws more than 52 percent from outside of the county” and promotes tourism.

The festival, which typically draws 100,000 people, kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. with a free blue concert at Bo Diddley Community Plaza. On Saturday and Sunday, the festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in between the Hippodrome Theatre and city hall.


This entry was posted in Arts and Entertainment and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Arts and Entertainment

photo-300x211-Recovered

Vine Makes Celebrity Out Of Local Actor

Gainesville resident Thomas Sanders has produced about 800 Vine videos and amassed an army of 5.8 million followers on the social app. Despite this new-found fame, Sanders is still an active member of the local community.


Hippodrome Theatre Receiving Grant

The Hippodrome Theatre is receiving a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. The grant will be used toward the production and creation of the community-centered work “The Hidden Sayings”.


B.B. King has played at the Cotton Club in Gainesville. Courtesy of Bert Burt Wetherington.

Gainesville Community Reacts To The Loss Of A King

Blues legend B.B. King died at the age of 89 on Thursday. King has performed at the Cotton Club and the Phillips Center in Gainesville.


The Relationship will perform in Gainesville Thursday evening at High Dive downtown.

Youth, Napster, And A Little Green Worm: Q&A With The Relationship’s Brian Bell and Jon LaRue

Weezer guitarist Brian Bell and his band the Relationship stop in Gainesville Thursday May, 7. WUFT caught up with Bell and bassist Jon LaRue to talk about their new album and upcoming show.


Rosemarie Romero, a Gainesville artist, uses nail polish as paint over an image of a naked woman in her studio in Gainesville. Her ongoing performance piece "porn nails" was part of her master's thesis at UF.

Smaller Communities Attracting Young Artists Away From Big City Scenes

Some young artists are choosing lesser known locals over popular art hubs. Though many art students continue to follow the dream of making it big in Miami or New York, smaller cities like Gainesville may offer more freedom for less pressure.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments