Art lovers reunited with new show
By BARBARA L. FREDRICKSEN
© St. Petersburg Times, published February 9, 2001
From 1991 through 1997, one of the premier fine art shows in this area grew up in downtown New Port Richey under the guidance of the erstwhile Community Cooperative. Called March on Art for its perennial show date in the month of March, the show attracted some of the best artists from the southeast United States and beyond.
A windstorm nearly blew the show away in 1996; in 1997, a date conflict with the older and larger Chasco Fiesta forced a move to April and caused it to lose artists to other festivals because of scheduling conflicts. A try at joining Chasco in 1998 flopped, and March on Art quietly died.
On Saturday and Sunday, the concept will be resurrected under the Community Cooperative's successor, Greater New Port Richey Main Street, with a new name, For the Love of Art, a name chosen because Valentine's Day is only a few days after the show.
More than 50 fine art and fine craft exhibitors from all over Florida and from as far away as Texas and North Carolina will have booths around Orange Lake in downtown. The artists will have paintings, photography, glass sculptures, stone sculptures, metal art, fiber art and other media for sale at prices from a few dollars to a few thousand dollars.
In addition, there will be booths of antiques and collectibles, performance artists, entertainers, kids' activities and food vendors.
The entertainment lineup on Saturday features a disc jockey from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wah Lum Kung Fu from 10 to 11 a.m.; juggler Bruce Sarafian from noon to 3 p.m.; My Back Pages classic acoustic rock group from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.; and Future Perfect acoustic guitar and flute from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
On Sunday, the DJ will be on the Main Stage from 10 a.m. to noon; Future Perfect from noon to 1 p.m.; Sarafian throughout the park from noon to 3 p.m.; Pasco Youth Ensemble from 1 to 2 p.m.; Future Perfect from 2 to 3 p.m.; and the Underground Poet's Society readings with award-winning poet/performance artist Bob Zappacosta, from 3 to 4 p.m. Zappacosta will be accompanied by folk rock singer Dave Shepard.
At a glance
WHAT: For the Love of Art, an outdoor juried fine arts and crafts show
WHERE: Around Orange Lake in downtown New Port Richey
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
TICKETS: Admission free, but a $2 donation is requested
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