Established as a signature annual event, the Winter Springs Festival of the Arts, presented by Bright House Networks, 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 and student art exhibit.
Poster Artist: Charles Gatewood
As the 2011 Festival Best of Show winner, Charles Gatewood’s artwork,London Street, is featured on the Fifth Anniversary collector poster for the Winter Springs Festival of the Arts.
Born in Mississippi in 1941, Charles Gatewood graduated from Art Center School in Los Angeles (now the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena) with a degree in Industrial Design. Early works were done in water color or acrylic. There were also a number of silver point drawings. Charles later began painting with egg tempera, preparing his panels with his own gesso mixture as well as mixing his own paint using pure pigment in powdered form combined with egg yolk which he thinned with water. He now works completely in oil. While his works are representational, they are not representations of any one particular place, but rather are images from Charles’ imagination in combination with places he has seen in reality or in dreams.
About the Chamber
The Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit business membership association. With corporate offices located in the UCF Incubator at the center of SeminoleWAY, the purpose of the chamber is to promote and advance the interests of the business community in a manner that enhances economic prosperity, encourages business growth and expansion and serves the civic interests within the chamber’s service area. More information is available at www.oviedowintersprings.org or calling 407.278.4870.