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St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival debuts Feb. 1-2
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“The Path,” by Marius Moore. Moore will be on hand for the St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival, running Feb. 1-2, at the Museum of Fine Arts.
ST. PETERSBURG – The inaugural St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival is Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 1-2, at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE.

The grounds of the museum will transform into a unique outdoor gallery showing the artwork of more than 100 top national and international artists. Hosted by the Museum of Fine Arts, the St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival includes original creations of artisans from 25 states and overseas in such mediums as painting, jewelry, sculpting, photography, woodworking, ceramics, glass, fiber art, mixed-media – and more. Attendees will witness a tapestry of artwork woven by the diverse creations of artisans that are masters of their art forms.

The festival features a variety of sculptural forms from large articulated outdoor animal sculptures, life-like fiber sculptures of African wildlife and exquisite glass wall hangings. The tapestry of artwork is enhanced with digital flower imagery, leather purses and handbags interwoven with ceramic art, and wildlife photographs, as well as handmade clothing and jewelry.

Attendees also will enjoy an opportunity to meet and interact with the creators of the artwork. Buyers will be able to learn about how their artwork purchases were created. Artists will be onsite Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Among the participating artists is photographer Barry Hollritt, known for his photographic artwork, especially in the areas of waterfowl and landscape photography. Frequently using landscapes, nature and waterfowl as his, Hollritt actively works to promote environmental awareness through his photography and presentations.

Edward Loedding attempts to bridge two opposing art forms: abstract art and realistic art.

“My approach is not to blur the edges of realism or sharpen the focus of abstraction, but to create a common ground where the two can meet – not as opponents coerced into an uneasy balance, but as equal partners singing a new song with one voice,” Loedding says in his biography on his website. He creates his artwork digitally. “With digital tools, the entire process remains fluid and changeable from the first seed of my idea until I deem the work complete. I can move forward and backward, making decisions on any component of the artwork at any time I want.”

Kimberly Marshall of Bonita Springs graduated with a degree in fine arts in Toronto, Canada.

She is an internationally renowned artist who has won several awards for her creative talents in painting and mixed medium. Though her subject matter is vast, some of Marshall’s greatest loves in life are flowers, seascapes and landscapes. Her paintings inspire simple beauty, serenity and joy, which are evoked by nature, her travels and photography.

"By combining several techniques together, I can expound on my creativity and allow my art to flow like the textures which surround our world,” Marshall says on her website. “My art is an expression of my passion and love for life and all it's gifts and amazing beauty."

Marius Moore’s current body of work explores spiritual traditions and places from the Far East to the Himalayas.

Since 2006, Moore has been shooting exclusively with digital SLR camera equipment. He believes the technology has reached a point where the image resolution and tonal range made with digital has surpassed that of film. He still considers himself a “purist,” in that no heavy manipulation of reality is imposed on his work.

Thomas Long established his own studio/hotshop in 2001 in St. Augustine and has been blowing glass for more than 28 years. Each one-of-a-kind sculpture is hand-blown by Long and is created to influence its environment through color, pattern and movement. His stunning and colorful glass sculptures have been featured in “Architectural Digest,” “Florida Design,” “Florida Architecture” and “Coastal Living” magazines.

The St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival is directed by Paragon Fine Art Events, an organizer of fine art festivals, and is hosted by the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg. For information, visit www.p­arago­narte­vents­.com/­stpet­e.
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