Established as a signature annual event, the Winter Springs Festival of the Arts celebrates the appreciation of art, wine, and music attracting an estimated 20,000 art connoisseurs, residents, and visitors. The festival is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 20 and 21, 2012 along Blumberg Boulevard at the Winter Springs Town Center, located at the northwest corner of SR 434 and Tuskawilla Road.
Produced by the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Winter Springs, the Festival of the Arts is free and open to the public. Fine art presentations include sculpture and clay, drawing, graphics, pastels, crafts, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, digital media, and performing arts.
With 125 juried and invited artists participating, this annual festival is a true representation of the various artistic and creative personalities that comprise the greater Central Florida region with more than $13,000 in cash prizes awarded to participating artists.
Fine art is paired with a dynamic line-up of live entertainment on the main stage throughout the weekend. Designed for the entire family to enjoy, a variety of food and beverages will be available for purchase. In addition to fine art exhibits, there will be a children’s entertainment stage, student art exhibit, and an emerging artists section.
France Neil and Matt “The Saxman” Festa
France Neil and Matt “the saxman” Festa have been pleasing audiences for more than 50 years collectively. They met while performing at the Portofino hotel and The Citrus Club and found they had an incredible stage chemistry that wows crowds around Central Florida.
Born on the Island of Dominica West Indies, Ian is highly influenced by Caribbean music and culture. Soon after his first visit to the Unites States, Ian discovered Smooth Jazz. A versatile musician who loves all kinds of music, Ian has a passion for smooth jazz, R&B, funk and Latin with a jazz influence.
Lindy Romez and Sol Y Mar
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Lindy moved with her family to New York City at the age of two before settling in Central Florida four years later. As a child, Lindy felt an immediate connection to the spirit of song and, most importantly, the ability to move people with her creative voice; the trumpet. Under the Florida sun and an ocean backdrop, Lindy spent her teenage years fusing the sound of salsa, merengue and other tropical styles with the structure of classical training.
In 2007 Lindy released her debut CD “New Day” on her independent record label, Amrak Records, and assembled her band Sol Y Mar which has been performing in Central Florida ever since.
Born in Chicago and raised in Wilkesboro, NC, Lady J has been singing for more than 50 years. As a military veteran and graduate of the Naval School of Music in Norfolk, VA, she has performed throughout the U.S. and produced two albums “Presenting Lady J” and “Inspirations.” Her style has been compared to Etta James, Phyllis Hymen and Nina Simone. Lady J’s gospel roots developed in the hills of North Carolina and features a hint of blues from the windy city.
As a banking executive with more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry, Linda McKenzie understands worldly success. But her real passion is worshiping God and drawing others into experiencing his presence.
Linda’s style is soulful and vibrant, and she describes her songs as prayers that reflect themes of the cross, restoration and the power of the blood of Jesus. Although her musical style is reminiscent of Vicki Yohe & Martha Munizzi, Linda’s ministry is unique, with a depth that reflects the personal restoration that she has encountered in the face of tragedy and loss.
Makeshift began in 2001 as a pickup rehearsal group formed by singers with the Orlando chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (formerly SPEBSQSA). Several men and one woman have sung with the group over the years (hence the name), but the ensemble soon settled to the core quartet of Bob Reed, Nick Ricci, Seth Elsheimer and Pete Anderson.
From the beginning Makeshift’s harmonies stretched beyond the boundaries of a strictly four-part barbershop, and the group expanded its repertoire into doo wop, gospel and pop standards. The group was delighted to welcome beat boxer and vocal percussionist Scott Pausal in 2009.
The New Covenant Jazz Ensemble
David Mander and the New Covenant Jazz Ensemble travel the world to bring cultural music back to evolving churches. Consisting of an acoustic guitar, keyboard, bass guitar, drums, mandolin, trumpets, and several singers, the ensemble has been on a dozen Music Mission trips to Uganda, Rwanda, Nepal and India since 2005.
Alexa Neilen, age 13, is delighted to be performing at the Winter Springs Festival of the Arts! Alexa is currently a proud member of The Power Chords, the Orlando Repertory Theatre’s performing troupe. She was most recently seen in “State Fair” at the Orlando Rep. Last year Alexa won the triple crown of talent shows: Winter Spring’s Got Talent, Oviedo’s Got Talent and finally Seminole’s Got Talent! Alexa has been performing since age six and has been seen in local theaters all around Central Florida including the Winter Park Playhouse in Celebrate Me Home, Dear Santa at the Orlando Repertory Theatre, The Wiz and Annie at Theatre Downtown and Godspell at the Greater Orlando Actors Theatre.
Brian Morgan One of Florida’s premiere air talents and Hosts. Brian has been entertaining Central Floridians for more than 20 years. On the radio, TV and at Live events. His voice can be heard on many radio/TV commercials as well. Brian Morgan is one of Central Florida’s most well known and beloved Personalities.
House Emcee-Arnie is the house M/C for the Oviedo Winter Springs Chamber of Commerce. Arnie is also the M/C for the City of Winter Springs Florida and has hosted countless cultural & charity events all over Central Florida. Whether it’s calling a parade, or a radio, web cite or TV voice over Arnie is one of the better known “voices” in Central Florida.
Brighthouse Networks – Central Florida News 13’s Entertainment Reporter/Field Anchor- Allison reports on news and events connected to the entertainment industry. She also covers everything from the business of entertainment to the entertainers, themselves. If it’s happening around Central Florida, count on Allison to cover the latest in entertainment and celebrity news, with special coverage only for Bright House Networks customers. Allison also happens to be one of Central Florida’s most sought after Hosts. She lends her voice to many special community events so she can “connect” with her viewers.