Writers: Hannah Walters, Sabrina Wilkerson
The Gainesville Fine Arts Association will be hosting the 8th Annual Winter Fine Arts Festival on March 6-8, 2015 at the Tioga Town Center.
This year’s theme, “Art in Motion” will showcase about 120 illuminated local and national artists booths, featuring 25 artists actively working during the festival. Art is to be judged for a cash prize in five different categories, and one piece will be purchased for up to $1,000 by the Tioga Town Center.
Along with the judged art fair, several other events will take place such as the live work of sand sculptor Mark Flynn, as he sculpts an alligator out of 2,000 pounds of sand. Another anticipated event features woodworker Kendall Thurston carving a gnome out of a tree.
Live performance art will take place with traditional Brazilian warrior dances and belly dancing. Performances by GRUV Therapy and GREYE will keep festival goers entertained as they walk from booth to booth.
The fair will also include a “kids zone” where children can take part in face painting, exploring art exhibits, and viewing live performance art including Luke the Painting Elephant. There will be plenty of food vendors at the event, such as Dominos Pizza, Kona Ice and numerous others.
This year, “Art in Motion” is expected to bring in more than 10,000 attendees and raise awareness of GFAA’s goals for the community.
The Gainesville Fine Arts Association has been involved with the Gainesville community for over 90 years, encouraging the appreciation and study of visual arts through a variety of media, and with various art events. The Winter Fine Arts Fair is one of the many festivals put on by the association to both embrace the diversity of the community, as well as enrich cultural understanding and awareness.
Additionally, the GFAA sponsors the Arts Festival at Thornebrook, a two-day festival featuring fine arts and crafts. The GFAA also features other year-round exhibits in the area. Such venues include The Hipp, SweetBerries Eatery & Frozen Custard, Blue Highway Restaurants, the Vam York Theatre and Millhopper Library.
The 8th Annual Winter Fine Arts Festival is a great opportunity to come out and see what local and national artists offer, as well as get involved with organizations and residents in the Gainesville community.