2014 DESIGN CONTEST CALL TO ARTISTS
ENTRY DEADLINE AUGUST 1, 2013: Send electronic image along with name, and contact info to email@example.com. Subject line: 2014 Design Contest.
2013 OFCA Title Sponsor
Old Florida Celebration of the Arts
Make a date with Cedar Key to saunter down Historic 2nd Street while enjoying fine art from a select group of incredibly talented artists; featuring award-winning fine art: paintings, sculptures, jewelry, crafts, ceramics, textiles, photography, and more. Plan on indulging your senses on home-made goodies from local vendors and fresh local seafood from our casual and fine dining seaside restaurants, topped off by beautiful coastal scenery in this astounding Old Florida setting. See you there for an unforgettable experience!
2013 Design Winner
We are pleased to announce the winner for the OFCA 2013 Festival Design. After a through review process with the pool of 2012 OFCA winners, three finalists were presented to the OFCA Committee - resulting in the selection of Shell Mound, - a mosaic made from hand-shaped ceramic tile by award winning Mosaic Artist, and Cedar Key resident, Valerie Bretl.
Valerie is thrilled and we are all looking forward to incorporating such a heart felt, Cedar Key inspired image for the 2013 festival.
"Shell Mound" is an expression of my love for Cedar Key. The islands long history is represented by a Seminole Indian ancestor on the shell mound his people created over centuries of time. His surroundings depict spring wildflowers, tall pines, gorgeous sunsets, migrant birds and rippling gulf waters beyond the sawgrass. I hope my mosaic design conveys the tranquil beauty of Cedar Key and the joy of being in it's presence."
Valerie has graciously donated the 21.5 x 17.5 mosaic to OFCA fundraising. We feel very honored to be working with such an inspired image as the focal point of the 2013 Festival.
Click HERE for an article about Valerie's work - by Sandra Buckingham
Cedar Key Art Festival, April 13-14, 2013: $2 crab cakes in a cool small town
In the ’80s, you could go to the Cedar Key Art Festival and you’d find Thelma McCain selling her homemade crab cakes for $2 each in the park to benefit the Lioness club.
Thirty years later, Thelma is still at it. And the crab cakes are still $2.
“We keep telling her to raise her prices — everything else has gone up ,” says Cedar Key Art Festival event coordinator Mandy Cassiano. Fortunately for us, Thelma continues to offer a real deal.
The Cedar Key Garden Club will sell fresh-squeezed lemonade. The Cedar Key Future Farmers of America will sell fresh-fried grouper. “You’ll see tons of school kids and their teachers volunteering,” Cassiano said.
That’s the sort of place Cedar Key is, and the result is the Cedar Key Art Festival, April 13 and 14, 2013, is not your cookie-cutter commercial art fair, filled with the same old food vendors and the same old bad art.
Officially called the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts, the Cedar Key Art Festival is celebrating its 49th year, making it one of the oldest art fairs in Florida. It’s a juried fine art fair, which means it attracts 120 serious artists vying for $16,000 in prize money.
Like Cedar Key itself, the Cedar Key Art Festival is a slice of authentic Old Florida. This historic small town is located on an island on Florida’s Gulf coast, about 60 miles west of Ocala. It’s not near any city, and that is part of what has preserved its small-town flavor and historic buildings.
Cedar Key is worth a visit any weekend — it’s especially great for kayaking and its beaches. Here’s a brief guide to visiting Cedar Key and a look at its history.
The Cedar Key Art Festival is free. Booths for the 120 artists line the quaint historic main street. At the beach-front city park, only local non-profit vendors are allowed to sell food. As a result, little old church ladies, high school kids and the town’s leaders are all there selling foods you won’t find anywhere else.
Click here for some photos and videos of past festivals
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