The Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce recently held their 38th Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Harbor Art Festival, which attracted over 2,000 people and over 80 artists.
(Palm Harbor) December xx, 2012 – On December 1, 2012, the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the 38th Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Harbor Art Festival in historic downtown Palm Harbor, FL. Members of the community of all ages enjoyed this family-friendly outdoor event – filled with plenty of Florida sunshine. The festival was a two-day event which attracted more than 2500 people.
Over 80 artists displayed their artwork at the 38th Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Harbor Art Festival and nearly 100 artists competed for $6,250 in cash awards. The following artists were announced the winners:
- Best of Show – John Mascoll, wood
- 2-D Award of Distinction – Jeff Eckert, drawing
- 2-D Award of Distinction – Brian Chepren, photography
- 3-D Award of Distinction – Judith Wood, mixed
- 3-D Award of Distinction – Marilyn Vaillancourt, jewelry
- Merit Award – Lynn Hardesty, jewelry
- Honorable Mention – Brian Sutherland, glass
- Winner of the Best Wings Contest – Jack Willie Bar, Grill & Tiki
In addition to art, guests enjoyed food from local downtown restaurants, street food vendors, music and children’s activities. Children created over 400 holiday crafts at the Children’s Tent sponsored by local Palm Harbor business, Nationwide Title Clearing, Inc.
The festival was founded by Louise and Bill Hoskins and a visual arts scholarship was awarded to a local high school student in their honor. Some of the proceeds from the festival went to the scholarship.
“Local artists enjoy doing this show because it is well-organized, attendance is high, and the standards are high for the art selected,” commented Marilyn Vaillancourt, one of the 2012 winners.
A voluntary organization of business and professional men and women, the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce acts as a spokesman for the business and professional community and provides a variety of services for members and the community. Participation in organizations like the chambers of commerce is a valuable way for businesses to have positive impacts on the community.
The Greater Palm Harbor chamber would like to thank all the artists and guests that attended this event. For more information on upcoming events, visit www.palmharborcc.org/.
About Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce:
Located in the heart of historic downtown Palm Harbor, the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is active in developing the community economically. They host events to promote business and the community. The area’s economic well-being is related directly to the caliber of work that is done by the Chamber, which is why the Chamber has a major impact on business, income and future growth of the area. For more information, visit www.palmharborcc.org/.