Tampa is one of our favorite places in the country: From Bayshore to Tampa Bay, from the minarets on top of the Henry B. Plant museum to the historical buildings in Ybor City, Tampa’s laid-back ambiance makes it the ideal place for those who love the arts. That’s why we’re thrilled to be celebrating 25 wonderful years of unforgettable art festivals this weekend at the Hyde Park Village Art Fair. The festival will be happening Oct. 25-26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in beautiful Hyde Park Village. Bring your whole family, and help us celebrate this momentous occasion!
There is so much excitement in the air, and it’s not just because of our anniversary, in this quaint little corner of Tampa. Ready for the list? Here we go!
• We are in the midst of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, during which many of our artists are showing support for those battling this disease by creating and selling pieces inspired by breast cancer awareness. A portion of the proceeds going to Moffitt Cancer Center, one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in Florida. Thanks to artists like Carol Joy Shannon, Finny Lazarus, Janet Cano, David Edmund, Jay Lensink and Arleen Parker, who have created wonderful pink-infused pieces to raise funds and raise awareness for this important cause.
• Our featured artist this month is the talented Michelle Hinz, whose exquisite work has been featured all over, from her beautiful gallery in South Tampa, to homes and businesses all over the United States. Inspired by the divinity in the creative process and the sense of purpose that creativity gives, Michelle started her painting career in 2006, following a 20-year career as a graphic designer. Her background is impressive but her work, which uses acrylic painting techniques to create everything from abstracts to landscapes, is simply magical. This weekend, at the 25th Anniversary Hyde Park Village Art Fair, you have the chance to win “Hope Springs Forth,” a gorgeous dimensional acrylic textured painting valued at $450. Michelle states, “Hope is the overriding theme, as it is the vehicle that enables the ability to gracefully prevail through the journey … and hope never fails.” Just visit her booth and enter to win! The winner of the Featured Artist Giveaway will be announced an hour before the festival is over, on Sunday Oct. 19. To learn more about the artist, visit her website.
• Amazon Local Register, Amazon’s new mobile point-of-sale product, is proud to be an official sponsor of Howard Alan Events. Vendors and patrons alike are encouraged to stop by the Amazon Local Register booth at the 25th Anniversary Hyde Park Village Art Fair for a chance to win prizes, demo the new secure card reader, and more. To learn more about this new payment processing system go to www.amazon.com/takecards.
So, what are you waiting for? Mark your calendars, invite your friends and family, bring your kiddos and celebrate with us at this free, all-ages event. Remember to wear your pink at the fair in solidarity of those battling breast cancer. You can post your Pinktober pics online with the hashtag #HAEArtFest and #ThinkPink. See you at the 25th Anniversary Hyde Park Village Art Fair this weekend!