Jean Yao of Fort Lauderdale won the best of show award, which comes with a $3,000 prize, during the Largo Central Park Artists Market. Her work in basketry and weaving beat out 49 other artists whose mediums ranged from acrylic and oil, photography, graphics, pastels, jewelry, ceramics, leather and sculpture.
On Saturday, thousands of art fans ventured into Largo Central Park to celebrate the fourth annual juried art show under perfectly sunny skies.
Sunday was a different story. Artists were asked to break down their areas about 11 a.m. "(The weather) was just too bad out to make the artists stay,'' said Sue Osborne, the event chairwoman.
Yao, originally from Taiwan, learned her art from her mother. She attends about 25 art shows each year.
In 2009, she received a $1,500 award of excellence during St. Petersburg's Mainsail Art Festival. She believes the Largo event, held to benefit Partners N Progress for the Arts, has potential to grow into a much bigger show.
"The setting is good, and the park is easy to set up. The organizers really know what they are doing,'' she said. "What needs to be done now is to get more participation from the local businesses,'' she said.