Saturday, February 24, 2018
Education

Wesley Chapel's Celebration of the Arts returns to Shops of Wiregrass

Stilt walkers, belly dancers, live music and best of all, the main attraction — art. The kind to take in and also be a part of this weekend at Wesley Chapel's Celebration of the Arts annual event at the Shops at Wiregrass. Now in its fifth year, the two-day festival that started out small in a local park promises to have a little something for everyone, no matter your taste.

Some $5,000 in prizes will be doled out during the juried art show featuring artists specializing in acrylics, oils and watercolor, metal sculpture, ceramics and glass, lithographs, photography, jewelry and wood sculpture.

Metal sculptor, Karyn Adamek, who won the "People's Choice Award" last year, is the featured artist. Adamek, who works part time at Annie's Garden Shed in Lutz, recycles metal objects found at flea markets and scrap yards to create many of her sculptures. Her large equine pieces, "Iron Horses," are made from railroad spikes purchased from railroad contractors.

"The artists themselves provide the art and cultural experience," said, Christine Hope, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce. "The stilt walkers and the belly dancers will give a New York Central Park feel to it."

And there's plenty more to take in.

Adults and kids can try their hand at arts and crafts and painting activities. There will be a petting zoo, a hefty line-up of live music on both days and the opportunity to cast a vote for your favorite artist for the "People's Choice Award."

"I just think it's going to be a great show," Hope said. "We want people to come out and participate."

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