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Mainsail Art Festival takes over Vinoy Park
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Mainsail Harbor, the Mainsail 2014 collectible poster by April W. Davis
ST. PETERSBURG – One of Tampa Bay’s top events, the 39th annual Mainsail Art Festival comes to Vinoy Park Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20.

Vinoy Park is at Bayshore Drive and Seventh Avenue Northeast in St. Petersburg. Hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

The festival features more than 270 juried fine art and craft exhibitors working in ceramics, digital art, fibers, glass, graphics, jewelry, metal, mixed media, oil/acrylic, photography, sculpture, watercolor and wood.

The festival awards more than $60,000 in prizes, including a $10,000 Best of Show award.

The event also includes top name entertainment, Young at Art Student Show and Awards, Kids Create and activity tent, and a culinary arts food court.

As a premier cultural event on St. Petersburg’s outdoor calendar, more than 100,000 visitors from near and far come to enjoy and purchase quality art and enjoy top name entertainment.

Complementing the visual arts will be a full lineup of music both days on stage in the south end of Vinoy Park, overlooking the Vinoy Resort marina.

Performance schedule

Saturday, April 19

• Noon to 1:15 p.m. – Impulse, playing a world music blend, featuring reggae, Latin, Creole and zouk
• 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. – Ari and the Alibis, playing funk, blues and soul
• 3 to 4:15 p.m. – Applebutter Express, playing funky ukulele, fiddle and upright bass
• 4:30 to 6 p.m. – Tampa Collective, featuring new music rooted in blues and rock

Sunday, April 20

• 1 to 2 p.m. – Shaun Hopper, playing finger-style acoustic guitar infused with percussion
• 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. – Come Back Alice, playing high energy Southern gypsy funk
• 3:45 to 5 p.m. – TC Carr and the Bolts of Blue with Josh Nelms, playing rockin' blues and soul

Strolling entertainment also is scheduled Saturday and Sunday featuring Deanna the Mime, George Aldrich the Minstrel and magician Al Miller.

Short history

Mainsail Art Festival started in 1976 when the city’s Bicentennial Committee, the Saint Petersburg Recreation Department and the new Saint Petersburg Arts Commission joined forces to sponsor the “First Annual Saint Petersburg Sidewalk Arts and Colonial Crafts Festival.” For the second show, the name was shortened. “Mainsail” was chosen in 1977 to convey the event’s importance, its excitement and marina setting in waterfront South Straub Park.

Poster arist

April W. Davis created the Mainsail 2014 collectible poster. Born and raised in New York City, Davis holds a BA from Queens College. Upon completing her MFA from Indiana University Bloomington, she relocated to Pittsburgh, Pa., where she truly began to explore the intricacies of panoramic landscape.

Her work, exhibited in galleries, museums and private collections throughout the country, includes a large diptych installed in the Pittsburgh Steeler’s owner’s box at Three Rivers Stadium.

She has been commissioned by South Miami, Jupiter, West Palm Beach and Tarpon Springs to create original poster images representing the unique features of these Florida cities. She also has received numerous awards from prestigious art shows throughout Florida, and was invited to exhibit at Disney’s Epcot Center’s Art in the Garden Festival.

She has taught classes in oil painting, watercolor, drawing and design at Indiana University and Montgomery Community College in Rockville, Maryland, and received a teaching excellence award from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently works from her studio/gallery in Jupiter.

Davis will be located at booth #201/202 this weekend, and posters and T-shirts featuring her commissioned work will be available for purchase at the Collectibles Tent.

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