ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (December 27th, 2007) – The red carpet is being rolled out to make room for the Inaugural Downtown St. Petersburg Art Fest at BayWalk, near Straub & Vinoy parks. The entertainment hot spot for shopping and nightlife will be the backdrop to this year’s art festival, which takes place on Saturday, January 5th & Sunday, January 6th, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The event is free.
“It’s a great way to start the year in St. Petersburg, since we have such a thriving art community. We’re the unofficial town center for Downtown, so it’s appropriate for an event like this to be showcased at our front door. ” said Amber Overby, spokesperson for BayWalk.
More than 200 local and national artists will transform the central business district into an outdoor art gallery. Local and national artists were chosen by an independent panel of judges before they were given the thumbs-up to show off their work. “We’re very proud to be hosting this event, which brings artisans and craftsmen from all over the country,” said Howard Alan, producer of the festival, as well as many other top shows nationwide. “Everything is original and handmade and all made in America,” adds Alan.
The Downtown St. Petersburg Art Festival will feature millions of dollars worth of art, with each piece ranging from $20 to $50,000.00. Visitors will be treated to everything from magnificent paintings, life-size sculptures, unique jewelry and amazing photography. Unlike a traditionally gallery or museum setting - enthusiasts are given the opportunity to meet the artists in person.
“I can’t wait to come down to Florida to meet with the locals, who appreciate my work,” said Frederick Prescot, known as one of tinsel towns’ favorite artists. Prescot’s artwork has been commissioned by Hollywood’s “A-listers,” including Oprah, Sly Stallone & Steven Spielberg. “I’ve never been to St. Petersburg and I’m excited about the show.”
For more information, visit http://www.artfestival.com/.