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January 11, 2013  RSS feed
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40th Annual Art Festival Beth-El to feature 150+ artists

Raymond Papka – Concerto Raymond Papka – Concerto Beginning with only 20 artists in 1973, Art Festival Beth-El will put on its 40th annual fine art exhibition and sale, showcasing more than 150 national and international award-winning artists Saturday, Jan. 26 through Monday, Jan. 28.

Well known as one of the premier shows in the Southeastern United States, Art Festival Beth-El continues to grow in popularity and now attracts more than 8,000 visitors annually.

The art festival was founded by Thelma Rothman to raise money for educational programs at the temple and as an outreach to the general community. Two years later, Ellie Argintar, who remains on the art festival committee as a consultant, took over the lead. Shortly after that, Sonya Miller, who also remains on the committee, joined the annual effort to find new and interesting artists for the show.

Today, other committee members, averaging 20 years each, are: Jan Sher, Donna Berman, Ann Soble, Nan Bugatch, Barbara Sterensis and Pam Sekeres. The committee is backed by some 200 volunteers from the St. Petersburg temple.

Michael Schwegmann – Red Pipe Vase Michael Schwegmann – Red Pipe Vase This year, six art galleries will fill Beth-El’s campus, including the popular outdoor sculpture garden featuring a variety of fun and unusual pieces for gardens, patios, offices or large buildings. In addition, there will be original paintings, wood, sculpture, ceramics, glass, photography and jewelry. The art festival also offers a large selection of signed, framed, limited edition prints from Syd Entel Galleries of Safety Harbor and a boutique gallery of fine art and crafts at moderate prices.

A yearly tradition will continue as Art Festival Beth-El highlights selected works by talented emerging artists from Pinellas County’s 17 public and private high schools. The art festival will award scholarship money to the schools of the winning students.

This year’s judge, Annie Carlano, will award more than $7,000 in prize money. Carlano is the current director of craft and design at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC. Prior to joining the Mint, Carlano was senior curator at the Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM, and department chairman and curator of costume and textiles, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

A preview reception will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door.

Art Festival Beth-El is free and open to the public on Sunday, Jan. 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with light lunches and snacks available for purchase. The Avenue of the Shops, a one-day sale of fun art, jewelry and crafts, will be free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28.

A free, special event featuring local comic Matthew McGee will be performed at 11 a.m. on Jan. 28. McGee is a familiar face in Tampa Bay, having been in multiple radio and TV spots as well as in the theater scene. He is known for his performances at freeFall Theater Company, American Stage Theater Company, the Show Palace Dinner Theater, and the St. Pete Opera. He was the winner of the Jeff Norton Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Dr. Frank ‘n’ Furter in the Rocky Horror Picture Show at American Stage in the Park. In addition, Mc- Gee was named Creative Loafing’s Critics’ Choice for Most Joyous Comic Presence in the 2012 Best of the Bay issue.

A gourmet luncheon will be served on Monday at 12:30 p.m. with a $20 check necessary to make a reservation. Docents will be available during the weekend and will also offer a tour scheduled for 2 p.m. on Monday.

The temple is located at 400 S. Pasadena Ave., St. Petersburg. Call the temple at (727) 347-6136 for more information.

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