Park welcomes art festival

Spring Festival of the Arts
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Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 10:38 AM.

PANAMA CITY — The colors of spring are taking root, for the weekend at least, among the moss-draped trees of McKenzie Park.

The Spring Festival of the Arts returns to downtown Panama City Friday through Sunday, hosted by the Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida.

The festival will open with a private “preview party” from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, but the public is welcome to visit the park as artists set up their booths in conjunction with Friday Fest, 5 to 9 p.m. Regular hours for the event are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The show will go on rain or shine.

Media represented in the show will include ceramics, drawing, fiber, functional, glass, jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, watercolor, woodwork and mixed media.

The Visual Arts Center in downtown Panama City is an “anchor” of revitalization, according to promotional materials, and is one of the major cultural organizations with 100 miles of the city, serving a seven-county region. With more than 2,000 square feet of gallery space to showcase its substantial collection, the VAC also hosts traveling art exhibitions and offers educational programs.

According to its website, the Visual Arts Center “strives to provide artistic excellence, diverse programming, community accessibility, cultural participation, education impact on both local and visiting children, as well as economic development for our surrounding area.”


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