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Show combines beauty of art, nature

At the "Spring in the Springs" fine art show, artists will display their creations amid the waters and blooms of Rainbow Springs State Park.

A chance to admire art and nature in their most colorful aspects will come at the "Spring in the Springs" fine art show scheduled March 4 and 5 at Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon.

The art show will be at the state park, one of the most beautiful in Central Florida. It is located around the headwaters of the Rainbow River, known for its crystal-clear water, beautiful underwater springs and rock formations. Rainbow Springs State Park also features three pavilions, a brick walkway, a waterfall and swimming area.

To further enhance the natural beauty, the art show date coincides with the annual bloom of the acres of azaleas planted at the park.

Artists from the Ocala Art Group, the Citrus Watercolor Club and the Beverly Hills Watercolor Club will be exhibiting and selling art under the three pavilions at Rainbow Springs park. The exhibit will include framed, matted and unmounted works. A portion of proceeds from the sale will be donated to the park for improvements.

Rainbow Springs State Park is one mile north of Dunnellon on U.S. 41. Admission is $1. Park hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 527-2050.

Horse show

The annual horse show sponsored by Hospice of Citrus County will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 19 at the Pine Ridge Equestrian Center.

The horse show includes food, entertainment, a petting zoo, clowns and several horse competition events. The show is a fundraiser for Hospice of Citrus County, which provides medical and lifestyle help to terminally ill patients.

The event features about 60 entries competing in various styles of riding competition. Competition will be in English and Western pleasure riding classes, minihorse driving and trail classes. Competition takes place in both junior divisions for riders younger than 15 and senior divisions for riders 15 and older.

In addition to the horse shows, several equestrian demonstrations are scheduled.

The competition will be in the main riding arena at Pine Ridge Equestrian Center, off Pine Ridge Boulevard. Spectators are advised to bring lawn chairs and blankets, as the seating capacity for the center quickly fills up.

Admission is $2; parking free.