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    Palm Harbor fine-tunes event's image

    It won't be just another arts and crafts festival, organizers say. This weekend is the real deal.

    By KATHERINE GAZELLA

    © St. Petersburg Times, published December 2, 2000


    PALM HARBOR -- The festival taking place in Palm Harbor this weekend has the words "arts" and "crafts" in its title, but make no mistake about what kind of show it is, says the festival chairman.

    The 26th Annual Palm Harbor Arts, Crafts and Music Festival is not "artsy-craftsy," said Glenn Morris, a board member for the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce.

    "It's a top-quality fine-arts show," said Morris, the chairman of the show. "We attract artists from all over the country."

    The show has attracted as many as 30,000 people, but with good weather this weekend, Morris said it might draw up to 40,000.

    In any case, Palm Harbor and the rest of northern Pinellas promises to be unusually busy this weekend. Along with the art show, Pinellas County officials and outdoor enthusiasts will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Pinellas Trail with activities in Tarpon Springs, at Helen Ellis Memo7rial Hospital, in Palm Harbor and in Crystal Beach.

    The art show is, Morris said, a display of paintings, sculptures and other efforts by about 200 artists.

    Artists range from jewelry makers and glass workers to photographers and painters. They had to be chosen to get into the art show, he said. Another 40 to 50 artists wanted to be part of the show but were turned away, he added.

    Morris suggested that people buy some of their holiday presents at the art show. Many artists offer "one of a kind" work, he said.

    The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday in downtown Palm Harbor. Admission is free.

    Artists will be set up along Florida Avenue between Omaha Street and Alt. U.S. 19. Some free street parking and paid parking areas will be available. There also will be live music, pony rides for children and food vendors.

    The best-of-show winner will receive $2,000, and other winners will receive smaller money awards.

    The show is put on by the Chamber of Commerce in Palm Harbor. The St. Petersburg Times and Time Warner Communications are corporate sponsors.

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