The streets of historic downtown Gainesville, from City Hall to the Hippodrome State Theatre, will be transformed into a celebration of art and creativity, complete with live music, performing arts and a spectacular array of food.
Join us in welcoming 240 of the nation’s top artists as they display original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, unique sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography.
For music lovers, the Festival features continuous entertainment on four stages by local bands and solo musicians including folk, jazz, country, pop and soul music as well as jazz, ballet, modern, and international dance performances.
The festival weekend kicks off with a free Downtown Blues Concert in Downtown Gainesville on Friday evening at 7 p.m. presented by the North Central Florida Blues Society and is open to the public.
“Meet the Orta family, a santos dynasty, explore the Puerto Rican affinity for the Virgin of Montserrat, and get a collector’s perspective on santos from Gainesville, Florida-based aficionado Hector Puig.”
“West of Ponce, I drove under a massive stone arch spanning the rural road and into an El Tuque neighborhood of bungalows painted in shades of lemon, tangerine and lime. The palette of Puerto Rico’s architecture exudes exuberant good cheer and an aura of warmth that also emanates from the island’s people.”
“The wooden saint pieces look too humble, too simple, to be highly respected works of art. But beneath the 40 coats of paint that some of these figures wear are histories and legacies — the life’s work of a group of dedicated Puerto Rican carvers, known as santeros, whose knives found beauty and spirituality within the wood.”
“Just as Jackson Pollock gravitated toward dealers of fine wine and spirits, many locals with a keen eye for art are drawn to Hector Framing & Gallery. The art community has been buzzing about this inconspicuous, eclectic ornament den along W. University Avenue.”