Gasparilla Arts Month: Gasparilla Festival of the Arts

Welcome to March!

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and Kiley Garden, Tampa.

Mar. 3, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. & Mar. 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Mar. 3

10-11 a.m. Kolby Stancil

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Mahray

1:30-3:30 p.m. Danielle Mohr

4-5:30 p.m. Patchouli and Terra Guitarra

Mar. 4

10-11 a.m. Patchouli and Terra Guitarra

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Blackwater Brass

1:30-3:30 p.m. Seratonic

4-5:30 p.m. Kraig Kenning

click to enlarge ON SWAN: Is the swan on camera or is the camera on swan? - James Carter
James Carter
ON SWAN: Is the swan on camera or is the camera on swan?

At this weekend’s Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Rene Paul Barilleaux, head of curatorial affairs for the McNay Art Museum, Texas’ first museum of modern art, will serve as juror, deciding which artists will bring home more than $75,000 in prize money. The artist who wins the Best of Show will take home $15,000; other awards will range from $1300 to $7500 each. He’s going to have trouble, we suspect, choosing the best; this year, the show boasts plenty of thoughtful art from talented artist —some serious, some fun, but all engaging. 

The weekend boasts, of course, art of all types, making it a visual orgy not to be missed. But on top of browsing wood, fiber, acrylic, watercolor and every other type of art you could imagine, there's the annual Art Car exhibit in Kiley Garden, which is also where you'll find works by emerging artists (check out our faves here), kids' activities, a scholastic showcase of the best art from Hillsborough county students from K-12, a chalk walk featuring eight handpicked artists who will create live art during GFA and, for something fancy, galaRE on Mar. 3 at 8 p.m. at the Tampa Museum of Art. galaRE unites patrons, art lovers and artists but has limited availability. Get tickets here

About The Author

Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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