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40th Art Festival Beth-El Jan. 26-28
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ST. PETERSBURG - Art Festival Beth-El, Temple Beth-El’s annual fine art exhibition and sale, will celebrate its 40th Anniversary Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Jan. 26-28, at 400 Pasadena Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

Beginning in 1973 with only 20 artists, Art Festival Beth-El now provides a showcase more than 150 national and international award-winning artists. This highly acclaimed fine art exhibit and sale is known as one of the premier shows in the Southeastern United States. Space has grown from one gallery to six galleries throughout the facility featuring original paintings, wood, sculpture, ceramics, glass, photography and jewelry.

The Art Festival also offers a large selection of signed, framed, limited edition prints from Syd Entel Galleries of Safety Harbor. A large Outdoor Sculpture Garden will feature a variety of fun and unusual pieces for gardens, offices or large buildings. The Boutique gallery will offer fine art and craft at moderate prices.

A yearly tradition will continue, as Art Festival Beth-El will feature selected works by talented emerging artists from Pinellas County’s 17 public and private high schools. The Art Festival will award scholarship money to the schools of the winning students.

This year’s judge, Annie Carlano, will award more than $7,000 in prize money. Carlano is the current director of Craft and Design at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C. She leads the curatorial team, the craft committee of the Board, the design committee of the Board and is the staff liason for the Founders’ Circle, the national support group of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design.

An elegant preview cocktail reception is scheduled on Saturday, Jan. 26, from

7 to 10 p.m., with admission of $25, which can be purchased at the door.

Art Festival Beth-El is free and open to the public on Sunday, Jan. 27 from

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with light lunches and snacks available to purchase.

The Avenue of the Shops, a one-day sale of fun art, jewelry and crafts, will be free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28. A free, special event featuring local comic Matthew McGee will be performed at 11 a.m.

McGee is a familiar face in Tampa Bay having been in multiple radio and TV spots as well as in the theater scene. He is known for his acclaimed performances at freeFall Theater Company, American Stage Theater Company, the Show Palace Dinner Theater, and the St. Pete Opera. He was the winner of the Jeff Norton Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Dr. Frank ‘n’ Furter in the Rocky Horror Picture Show at American Stage in the Park. In addition, McGee was named Creative Loafing’s Critics’ Choice for Most Joyous Comic Presence in the 2012 Best of the Bay issue.

A gourmet luncheon will be served on Monday at 12:30 p.m. with a $20 check necessary to make a reservation. Docents will be available during the weekend and will also offer a tour at 2 p.m. on Monday.

Art Festival Beth-El continues to grow in popularity and now attracts more than 8,000 people from Tampa Bay and the surrounding areas.

Call the Temple at 727-347-6136 for more information.
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