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Hometown Pasco for March 9
Suncoast Arts Fest announces award winners
The Suncoast Arts Fest took place in mid-January at the Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel. For nine years, the Suncoast Arts Fest has celebrated fine artists and craftsmen along with great music and quality food. About 130 artists attended the two-day event, which included a 1-mile Family Fun Run for the Arts, grant presentations to Pasco school teachers and a pancake breakfast.
Judges for the 2014 show were Douglas Butler from Pasco-Hernando State College; Patricia S. Fosnaught, art education specialist; and Elizabeth Indiano from St. Petersburg College Fine Arts department.
The winning artists selected by the judges were: Jack Boyle, ceramics, award received for booth display; Ivy Solomon, photo/digital, Award of Merit; Zhiyong Ye, painting, Award of Merit; Nancy Cutler, ceramics, Award of Merit; John Margerum, digital, Award of Merit; Arthur Worth, wood, Award of Distinction; Roly Ray Reel, mixed media, Award of Distinction; Jake Asuit, mixed media, Award of Excellence and Dave Brunner, printmaking, Best of Show.
In the Emerging Artists division, Jacob Glassman won first place for his photo-digital work.
For sidewalk chalk artistry, the top winners were Katie Better, first; Laurie Pinna, second and Nancy Noulty, third.
More than $8,000 in Suncoast Arts Fest Grant Awards was presented to winning teachers and schools at the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce Arts and Business Showcase on Jan. 18.
The winners were: Carolyn Frances, Zephryhills High School art department; Mary Hensel, Seven Oaks/Lake Myrtle art department; Marcia Workman, Lacoochee Elementary School visual arts department; Paula Smith, Wiregrass High School; Donna Fulton, Mitchell High school visual arts department; Elizabeth Shuman, Gulf Trace Elementary School; Michelle Paris, Cotee River Elementary School; Denise Zimmerer, R. B. Stewart Middle School visual arts department; Jill Hallauer, Pine View Elementary School visual arts department; Lisa O'Keefe, Gulfside Elementary School; Latarsha Harris, Wesley Chapel Elementary visual arts department; Kathleen Abremski, Seven Springs Elementary School; Michelle Garay, Odessa Elementary School art department; Paula Athans, River Ridge High School visual arts department; Darlene Wells, Ridgewood High School visual arts department; Cindy Smith, Land O'Lakes High School visual arts department and Donald Scott, Weightman Middle School.
The two-day festival is presented by the Fine Arts of the Suncoast Inc., a nonprofit organization, with proceeds benefitting "Arts for Kids" in Pasco County. Profits from the arts fest are awarded to teachers who apply through a grant program managed by Fine Arts of the Suncoast. Visit www.suncoastarts
fest.com or call (727) 375-8986.