Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Changes to Look for at Art Festival This Weekend

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Changes to Look for at Art Festival This Weekend

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Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer

The 37th annual Mandarin Art Festival is changing this year, and so is the traditional children's art festival that has been part of the annual Easter weekend show for decades.

The number of painters, sculptors, glassworkers and photographers has been pared to 100 at the show outside the Mandarin Community Club. And future Van Goghs and Picassos from 13 area public and private elementary and middle schools will now showcase their work inside the historic building, instead of outside under a tent.

The free show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday at the 132-year-old club at 12447 Mandarin Road. Because of a redesign of the show to allow more display room for artists outdoors, the students' paintings and sculptures move indoors.

"We are . . . highlighting young minds and what they are capable of doing," said Wanda Bosworth, co-chairwoman of the childrens' show with Chris Buckley. "The advantages will also be that we don't have to cover the work, it won't collect dust and it will be on display the minute the doors are open."

The children's art festival also has a new judge.

Fran Phelps is a Mandarin native and veteran art teacher who consults with art and classroom teachers and volunteers on school programs through the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in Riverside. She said she is looking forward to seeing the children's art.

"It is always wonderful being out in the sunshine, but this protects the work and puts it in more of a formal setting than when it is outside," she said.

The traditional Easter weekend show showcases and sells the artwork of area and regional artists in a tree-shaded setting around the post Civil War-era building. The show is also the annual fund-raiser for the non-profit club, which needs the money for community projects and upkeep of the clubhouse.

This year, festival organizers limited artists to the best 100 they could find. …

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