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Art Festival Beth-El has art for everyone — without weather worries

Joseph Bradley, mixed media.
Published Jan. 27, 2015

I write a lot about the pleasure art can bring us. A great way to have that kind of experience is at the wonderful art festivals dotting our yearly calendars. First out of the gate for 2015 is Art Festival Beth-El on Sunday and Monday.

The festival offers great stylistic variety even though everything is contemporary. In years past, I have seen still lifes painted in the style of Old Masters, futuristic-looking glass sculptures and everything in between. It always has a nice selection of fine jewelry. (Hint: Valentine's Day)

Unlike most, Beth-El isn't in a park and beholden to the weather. It takes over the campus, with its temple, classrooms, offices and community rooms. The spaces with the art have an almost intimate feel, even though more than 170 artists from throughout the U.S. bring multiple works in many media. On the second day, the festival becomes more expansive as the art show is joined by the Avenue of Shops in the covered courtyard with affordable crafts, jewelry and gift items. It has the feel of an outdoor bazaar.

Admission is free and light lunches and snacks are available.

Contact Lennie Bennett at lbennett@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8293.

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