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Largo Art Hop includes Taste Fest
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New York Christmas at Rockefeller Center, pastel by Barry Rothstein. Rothstein is the featured artist at The Greater Largo Library Foundation will host its sixth annual Art Hop and Taste Fest on March 2.
LARGO – The Greater Largo Library Foundation will host its sixth annual Art Hop and Taste Fest on March 2, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Largo Public Library, 101 Central Park Drive.

This year’s event will provide a showcase for art from the private collection of Angelo Dundee. Entertainment will include Tampa jazz singer Lisa Casalino and Osceola Fundamental High School piano students under the tutelage of John Campbell.

The event also will feature fine art of all different mediums from local artists as well as great food samples from local restaurants such as Salt and Pepper, Nauti Nancy’s, ClearSky Beachside Café, RG’s Bookmark Café, Texas Cattle Company and Four Monkeys Candy Connection.

A youth art exhibit will display work from Largo High and Elementary school students. That artwork, featuring 35 high school and 47 elementary school students, is currently featured in the Gallery 120 within the library during regular business hours.

The foundation also will feature artwork from the clients of PARC. This year, theater groups from Francis Wilson Playhouse and the West Coast Players will serve as greeters and guides.

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., and participants may “hop” to several local shops between 6 and 8 p.m. via free shuttle buses. Each business – including Belleair Flowers, My Salon, Beans About Cooking and William Dean Chocolates – will feature an artist and offer refreshments.

A silent auction is scheduled at the library, as well as chance drawings and door prizes.

Individual tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. With the purchase of a VIP ticket – $100 for an individual or $150 for a couple – your name will be included in the program and you will receive an invitation to a thank you dinner in April.

Tickets can be purchased at any of the Art Hop stops, at the library or by calling the Greater Largo Library Foundation at 586-7398. Tickets also are available online at www.g­llf.o­rg.

Featured artist

Barry Rothstein, a native of New York City, has made St. Petersburg his home for the past 23 years. He has studied Drawing, Art, Illustration and Design at City University of New York, The Parsons School of Art and Design, School of Visual Arts, and The Fashion Institute of Technology (all in New York City), and locally, at the Arts Center of St. Petersburg.

Rothstein was accepted as a juried member of the Pastel Society of America May 2012 . His associate member status in this elite group of artists is a huge honor.

A contributing artist to several magazines, Rothstein’s works have been widely exhibited at numerous galleries and art shows in New York, Atlanta and Florida.

His most notable exhibitions include Sotheby’s Auction Galleries, Washington Square Art Exhibit (at which he won an award for his Pen & Ink/Etching work), Fresh Meadows Art Show, Atlantic City Boardwalk Art Exhibition and the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta.

Locally, his works have been exhibited at Artrageous Gallery, Adrian Howard Gallery, Paradise Gallery, Fiorini Gallery, TW Curtis Gallery, Pinellas County Fair Art Show (where he received two awards), The Arts Center, and the Tampa Pride Art Exhibit, where he was awarded two ribbons.

His work was selected as one of 20 local artists for the 2007 Westshore Expose Art Project. He has been represented and on display at the Finn Gallery and can be currently seen at the offices of Executive Reporting Service in Clearwater where he had a successful show November 2011. Rothstein is also one of the premier artists being represented worldwide on www.a­rtnum­ina.c­om.

Rothstein was featured in Tampa Bay Magazine July/August issue 2006.

Many of Barry Rothstein’s works may be found in numerous private collections worldwide.

A member of several Boards including being Past President of the St. Petersburg Downtown Business Association, Barry is an advertising consultant with the Tampa Bay Business Journal when he is not working on his art.
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