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Anna Maria Island Art League’s 23rd Annual Springfest

This year Anna Maria Island Art League’s (AMIAL) 23rd Annual Springfest: Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Holmes Beach City Hall Field. Admission and parking are free. The public is invited to browse and purchase original artwork created by the highly regarded local, regional and national artists selected to participate in Springfest. Art work will include paintings, glass, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, fiber arts, photography, wood and more. In addition to original handcrafted art, the festival features the toe-tapping Cajun music of the Gumbo Boogie Band and the bluegrass music of the Anna Maria String Band and State Road 64; plus Koko Ray, the Hurricanes. A selection of food and drinks will be for sale ranging from smoked mullet, fried green tomatoes and kettle corn to barbeque, fish tacos and more. Also featured at the festival will be the annual AMIAL’s “Young at Art” children’s art exhibit and hands-on activity area where children are invited to make and take, free of charge, any of the art projects available. Winners of the “Young at Art Exhibit” receive prizes from Keeton’s Office & Art Supply. Festival attendees may also purchase prize drawing tickets at the AMIAL hospitality tent. No less than 80 valuable pieces of art work all created and donated by festival artists, will go to lucky ticket holders. Proceeds from this event benefit the AMIAL’s scholarship fund and other programs. T-shirts designed by artist Shirley Rush Dean will also be available for purchase. Winterfest and Springfest Fine Arts Festivals are the primary source of funding for AMIAL and its community programs. Donations will gladly be accepted. For more information and artists’ applications for future shows, please visit AMIAL’s website, www.islandartleague.org or call 941.778.2099