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Winter Haven artist awarded top prize at Gasparilla Festival of the Arts

TAMPA — An artist from Winter Haven received the best of show award and a $15,000 prize Saturday at the 42nd annual Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts.

Trent Manning won the Raymond James Financial Best of Show award for his sculpture King of the Mountain.

Juror Douglas Dreishpoon, the chief curator at an art gallery in Buffalo, N.Y., selected from a field of more than 230 artists.

"I am very impressed with the high level of creativity and character within the art this year," Dreishpoon said.

Robert Kastrinos of Orlando won the $7,500 Board of Directors Award for Steampunk Teapot, a work of ceramic art.

Tampa's Jeff Eckert won the $4,000 Roddy Brownlee Reed Award of Excellence for his drawing When Cats Daydream.

The $3,500 Mayor's Award went to M. Kemper of Oklahoma City for the watercolor painting Stack #1.

The $2,500 Anniversary Award went to photographer Paul Shatz of Charleston, S.C., for Hunting Island.

The $2,000 Friends of the Museum Award went to Oren Estell of St. Petersburg for Rocky, a sculpture.

The $1,000 Robert and Elizabeth Sanchez Emerging Artist Award went to Shannon Blosser-Salisbury of Bethany, Ill., for Ceremony, a work of digital art.

In addition, 30 awards of merit with $1,300 prizes went to 30 artists.

Cash awards totaled $74,500.

Winter Haven artist awarded top prize at Gasparilla Festival of the Arts 03/03/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 3, 2012 8:58pm]
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