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Gasparilla Arts fest offers affordable works for kids

Posted Mar 1, 2012 by Janine Dorsey

Updated Mar 1, 2012 at 04:12 PM

Young art collectors can get started early, even on a weekly allowance-type budget.

The Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts will present the Young Artist Showcase, selling artwork at affordable prices. This year, the Showcase invites children ages
5 to 12 to visit the Art Collectors in Training exhibit where they can purchase a work for $5 or $10. Filled with artwork donated by festival artists, each work will include the artist’s name and booth number to encourage a chat with the artist and an art signing.

All funds raised by ACT will benefit the Children’s Cancer Center.

The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts takes place this weekend, March 3 - 4 at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa and is free.

Fest hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Reader Comments

Por (ww2011) on March 01, 2012 (Suggest removal)

So they use a completely inappropriate photo of a naked lady to advertise an art for kids event? Probably won’t be taking my kids to this one!

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Por (MissAnnThrope) on March 01, 2012 (Suggest removal)

I’d have to agree with above.  That picture doesn’t seem to go with this story of art for 5-12 year olds!?

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Por (Clarisa Gerlach) on March 01, 2012 (Suggest removal)

Thank you for feedback. In review, we’ve removed that particular photo. - Clarisa Gerlach/TBO.com

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Por (tampaman) on March 03, 2012 (Suggest removal)

You are confusing the EMERGING Artist Program with the Artist in Training program.
The emerging program is a way for artist -wanna be’s to get started in the art fair world.  They are juried into the festival just like all the other artists.
The Artist In Training program sells artwork donated by the participating artist to the kids for prices that they can afford.  Mostly $5 and $10 with ALL the proceeds going to the Children’s Cancer Center.
http://www.childrenscancercenter.org/gasparilla-arts-festival/

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