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$75,000 awarded in prizes at Tampa's Gasparilla Festival of the Arts

Juror Martha Connell, who owns an art gallery in Atlanta, had more than 300 artists' works from which to choose at this year's Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, which awarded a record $75,000 in cash prizes.

The big winners included: Wearable Art, a sculpture by Nancy Cervenka of Gulfport; Coconut Basket, a fiber work by Jean Yao of Fort Lauderdale; Dreams of His Father, a painting by James Michaels of Palm Harbor; They'll Greet You With Flowers, a mixed media piece by Carolina Cleere of Tampa; Kiva Jar, a ceramic work by Marvin Blackmore of Dolores, Colo.; and Bar Cabinet, a wood piece by Lance Munn and Vicki Munn of Bloomfield, Ind.

More than 100,000 attended the outdoor festival, which continues today in downtown Tampa.

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If you go

The Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts is along Franklin Street and Gaslight Square Park in downtown Tampa, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Hands-on children's activities, entertainment and food vendors both days. Free admission. No pets, alcohol, skateboards, skates or bicycles. (813) 876-1747;

$75,000 awarded in prizes at Tampa's Gasparilla Festival of the Arts 03/07/09 [Last modified: Saturday, March 7, 2009 8:34pm]
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