59th Annual Halifax Art Festival next weekend

from: The Museum of Arts and Sciences

The 59th Halifax Art Festival, to be held November 6-7, has a whole new layout! The City of Daytona Beach has redesigned Beach Street, reducing it from our previous four lanes to two lanes. Our beautiful median of palm trees remains. This year we will include City Island as well as Beach Street with Magnolia Avenue offering our artists and buyers a new centralized layout.

The Halifax Art Festival is the second oldest continuous festival in Florida. The festival offers a unique blend of fine arts, crafts, music, food and entertainment. Entrance is free to the public with ample free parking for shoppers and shrewd artists.

The festival features original local, regional and national artwork from over 225 artists, providing affordable artwork for established collectors and beginners alike.

Comprehensive, tiered marketing / advertising campaign draws 30,000 shoppers from the “World’s Most Famous Beach”, I-4 Orlando / Tampa Corridor and local “snowbirds” to the festival.

The festival has two sections – Fine Arts and Crafts Contests, which are judged and judged and are eligible for prizes and sponsorship funds. Non-competitive arts are the subject of a jury but are not eligible for the prizes. The artwork in both sections is all original.

The Student Art Exhibition and Competition features K-12 art students from schools in Volusia County as well as private schools in the area. Student Art is located at the Daytona Beach Regional Library on City Island at 105 Jackie Robinson Parkway, Daytona Beach during festival hours. Following the Sunday awards ceremony, the winning works of art will be on display at Daytona’s Museum of Arts & Sciences, 352 South Nova Road, Daytona Beach, Florida for one week.

The Festival also supports children from kindergarten to 5 years old. They are invited to pick up a “Little Van Gogh To Go” kit at the information booth. The “Little Van Gogh To Go” kit can be used at home to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. We invite parents to take a photo of their child’s artwork to post on Facebook, tagging @MOASDaytona and using the hashtag #LittleVanGogh so that their artwork can be featured on the Museum’s Facebook page for the community to benefit.

Live music will be in the spotlight on Saturday and Sunday. Plenty of seating will be available on Beach Street for snacks and on City Island for music and snacks. Shoppers can choose between festival food or the many fine bistros and restaurants along Beach Street.

The 59th Halifax Art Festival is presented and produced by the Guild of the Museum of Arts and Science. The festival is the Signature Fundraiser for the museum and also benefits the Cici and Hyatt Brown Art Museum and the Charles and Linda Williams Children’s Museum. For information: www.HalifaxArtFestival.org

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Reggie S. Williams

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