ST. PETERSBURG — The crisp, cool air and blue skies of Saturday and Sunday reminded us why we love Florida winters. And why we love winter outdoor events.
Crowds thronged the streets for CraftArt, sponsored by Florida Craftsmen and held outdoors in downtown St. Petersburg for the first time in its 11-year history.
Maria Emilia, Florida Craftsmen director, said that despite national economic woes, "sales were good in our store both days and 80 percent of the artists reported really good sales (they are not required to provide numbers) and no one said they didn't want to come back."
Sixteen artists split the $15,000 purse awarded by juror Judy Lynn Prince.
Best of Show, $5,000
Davis Berry and Collette Fortin, (Celina, Ohio, glass).
Awards of Excellence, $1,000
Robert Farrell, (Venice, metal); Pam Fox (Sarasota, jewelry); Mathew Hatala (Danielsville, Ga., wood); William Kidd (Miramar, ceramics); Jim Mullan (Pompano Beach, mixed media).
Awards of Merit, $500
Obayana Ajanaku (Decatur, Ga., jewelry); Kathleen Dennison (Naples, jewelry); Wolf Dosch (St. Augustine, metal); Meli Finelli (Boston, jewelry); Carole Hetzel (West Palm Beach, fiber); Kevin Kichar (Fort Lauderdale, paper); Jimmy Langford (Cumming, Ga., metal); Brenda McMahon (Greenwich, N.Y., ceramics); Jean Yao (Fort Lauderdale, fiber); Al Zimmerman (Seminole, wood).
Lennie Bennett can be reached at (727) 893-8293 or firstname.lastname@example.org.