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Jean Oliphant, founder of Winter Park festival

Jean Oliphant, a founder of the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival 33 years ago, is dead at 81. The 1990 festival in March attracted a record crowd of 400,000 and featured 250 artists out of 1,600 applicants.

"An era has passed," said Brian Phaneuf, a director of the famed show, which attracts artists from throughout the country.

"She was the glue factor. She was always incredibly encouraging. She never lost sight of the fact that the show was for artists," Phaneuf said.

"If you would have asked me if the festival would have lasted this long, I would have said no," Mrs. Oliphant said in 1989.

Mrs. Oliphant's husband, Frank, a Winter Park city commissioner for nine years, died in 1971. Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The funeral is scheduled Wednesday.

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