The Northeast Historic District of Downtown Gainesville hosted the Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival on Sunday, April 3.
Although the usually two-day event was cut down to only Sunday after storms all day on Saturday, the 47th annual festival went on. Artists from all over the country came together to display and sell all kinds of art such as sculptures, paintings, pottery and textiles.
Attendees browsed and purchased art, and kids created their own art, climbed a rock climb wall and played on inflatables. Two stages, which had live music and ballet theatre, were set up downtown where families sat together to enjoy the performances. Various food tents gave people a chance to sample the local grub.
The artists and activities of the festival change every year. Santa Fe has been the primary sponsor of the event since its first year, and the Santa Fe College and Santa Fe College Foundation organized the entire event.
The Priest Theatre was slated to be demolished in 2022. But the treasured building still stands today. The family who owns it would like to sell it and hopes it can remain a theater or other entertainment venue.