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Annual arts festival scheduled

This year's March on Art show will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 7- 8 around Orange Lake in New Port Richey. The arts and crafts festival, originally called "Art in the Park," will offer exhibitors from throughout the United States displaying handmade jewelry with precious stones, wood sculpture, basket weaving, watercolor paintings and photography. About 15,000 visitors a day are expected. Prizes totaling $10,000 will be awarded, with the top prize worth $1,500. Twenty-five ribbons will be awarded, including the NationsBank Award of Distinction and the St. Petersburg Times Award of Distinction, each worth $750. In addition to purchase awards from businesses, organizations and individuals, T-shirts, posters and refreshments will be available. The event is organized by the New Port Richey Community Cooperative. Primary sponsors are NationsBank, the St. Petersburg Times, WGUL-FM Radio and TCI Cablevision of Pasco County. Supporting sponsors are the Junior Service League and the West Pasco Art Guild. For information, call (813) 842-8066.

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