ST. PETERSBURG - Art Festival Beth-El, Temple Beth-Elís annual fine art exhibition and sale, celebrates its 41st annual Art Festival Saturday through Monday, Feb. 1-3, at 400 Pasadena Ave. S., St. Petersburg.
Beginning in 1973 with only 20 artists, Art Festival Beth-El now displays more than 160 national and international award-winning artists. This highly acclaimed fine art exhibit and sale is well 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 Countyís 17 public and private high schools. The Art Festival will award scholarship money to the schools of the winning students.
This yearís judge, Robert Workman, will award more than $7,000 in prize money. Workman is the current director of the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University in Kansas. The Ulrich is an edgy, contemporary art museum affiliated with the College of Fine Arts.
An elegant preview cocktail reception is on Saturday, Feb. 1, 7 to 10 p.m. $25 admission at the door.
Art Festival Beth-El is free and open to the public on Sunday, Feb. 2, 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. Monday, Feb. 3. A free, special event will be performed at 11 a.m.
A gourmet luncheon will be served on Monday at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $20 to reserve a spot. Docents will be available during the weekend and will also offer a tour at 2 p.m. 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.