I’ve been going to the Annual Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival with my Mom since I was a kid. Every year, hundreds of artists set up tents around the bayou and under the oaks of Craig Park to show (and sell) their artwork. This weekend, over 300 artists set up in Craig Park for the 42nd Annual Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival. Many of these artists, including featured artist Ted Elder, were locals. It was a beautiful weekend, and everyone and their mother was at this art show…literally. People spilled out over the sidewalks and onto the grassy lawn surrounding Spring Bayou.
There weren’t enough picnic tables to seat everyone as they munched on festival food and listened to InCahoots play classic blues rock on the entertainment stage.
There were too many artists present to visit them all, but I did get a chance to see Ted Elder’s marine sculptures—an enticing display of sea life in copper and steel.
One of my favorite artists in attendance was Melanie Cech, a talented glassworker from St. Petersburg, FL. It was my first time seeing her work, and every single one of her glass sea life sculptures made me smile. If you live in Florida, you should really check out her work, either online @Cech Glass, or at one of the eight gift shop/galleries in Florida featuring her work (see her website for the list).
Outdoor art shows are hugely popular in Florida, and the Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival remains one of my favorites.