34th Annual Downtown Festival and Art Show

 

North Central Florida’s premier fall festival of the arts, the 34th Annual Downtown Festival and Art Show, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.

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Come Home: Selections from the Collection of Héctor Puig

Kicking off University Gallery’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2015 is “Come Home; Selections from the Collection of Hector Puig,” featuring selections from the art collection of Hector Puig.

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The exhibition was free, open to the public and included a public reception from 7 to 9 p.m. on September 25th, 2014.

UF Galleries was kind enough to interview me about the exhibition. Watch all four interviews below.


On Puerto Rico’s Santos Trail: The Orta Family, a Santos Dynasty

“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.”

Read full article by Meg Pier

“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.”


Heaven Sent

“Héctor Puig’s collection of hand-carved wooden saints captures the spirit of Puerto Rico’s rich cultural history.”

Read full article by Jaminson Webb

“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.”


The Buzz About Héctor

“Hector Puig, owner of Hector Framing & Gallery, began as a custom framer, but, over the past 14 years, has discover his true calling as an art collector.”

Read the full article by Evan Starkman

“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.”