|Pembroke Pines, FL… March 16, 2016… It was a beautiful weekend for artists, art lovers and especially for Linda Weisberger who won “Best in Show” at the Nineteenth Annual Arts and Fine Crafts Festival hosted by the City of Pembroke Pines Recreation and Cultural Arts Department and Arts and Cultural Advisory Board. South Floridians came in droves to attend the much-loved two-day family friendly Festival, where planning and juried events begin nearly one year in advance. One of the planning events is an art competition in which one piece of artwork is chosen to be the following year’s Arts and Fine Crafts Festival in the Pines poster and grace the cover of the Festival program.
The winner of the 2017 Art Festival Poster competition Jose Dominguez, now enjoys a trifecta of artistic distinction, having also won the 2011 Festival Poster award and the 2017 Best Photography win. During the Art Festival a limited number of Dominguez’ posters were personalized and sold to benefit the City of Pembroke Pines Cultural Programs. Our Board is, completely invested in bringing cultural arts and arts education to Pembroke Pines,” stated Rose Colombo, Advisory Board Chair.
In addition to shopping, the Arts Festival offered attendees a variety of activities including the opportunity to watch wood turners take a block of wood and create objects for daily use or art, helping build the giant City Center puzzle, creating projects in the Children’s Make and Take tent, enjoying music provided by Love 94 and dining at the food trucks. Artists and residents were happy to learn that the Festival now entering its 20th year will be permanently relocated to a one-acre lushly landscaped plaza. The new location will be in front of the soon to be opened Pembroke Pines City Center, a brand new 24,000 square-foot Great Hall state-of-the-art performance/conference space, and The Frank C. Ortis Art Gallery and Exhibit Hall or “The Frank,” a multi-disciplinary, two-story art gallery and learning space. “Our Pembroke Pines art festival is a real crowd pleaser. You can be certain our Twentieth Festival will be bigger and better than ever in our new, permanent home,” said Holly Bonkowski, Division Director of Cultural Arts for the City of Pembroke Pines.
For information about the 2018 Festival at the new Pembroke Pines City Center or for sponsorship information please call 954.986.5027.
Media: Ten high-resolution jpegs are available upon request for photos above. L-R: Best Wood/Sculpture: Raidel Caballero, Miami, Best of Show: Linda Weisberger, Pompano Beach with Rose Colombo, Arts/Culture Advisory Board Chair, Best Drawing George Moss, Best Glass Joni Esser-Stuart of Pembroke Pines, Fantasies in Foam Puzzle Artist Jamie Friend helps attendees build Pembroke Pines City Center, Baptist Health South Florida’s Kate Goldman receives an appreciation award from Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis and Commissioner Iris Siple accompanied by Rose Colombo and Holly Bonkowski, Best Jewelry Lisa Davin Cooper City, Wood Turner demonstration, a birds eye view of the Festival, Pembroke Pines Landscape committee showcase the art of nature,
Winners of the Nineteenth Arts and Fine Crafts
Festival in the Pines
Best in Show:
Linda Weisberger, Pompano Beach
Painting: Ana Aguerrevere, Weston
Sculpture: John Antczak, Davie
Mixed Media: Lori Axelrod, Boca Raton
Jewelry: Lisa Davin, Cooper City
Wood/Sculpture: Raidel Caballero, Miami
Photography: Jose Domiguez, Pembroke Pines
Drawing: George Moss, NMB
Glass: Joni Esser-Stuart, Pembroke Pines
Fine Handcrafts: Tabitha Thomas, Miami
Steven Sylvester, Holly Rodriguez, Lisa Lake and
2017 Pembroke Pines Arts and Culture Advisory Board Members:
Deborah Carvajal, Opal Comfort,
Aura Colmenares, Earl Rodney.
Chair Rose Colombo,
Vice Chair Ruth T. Rosenberg
Secretary Sandi Marie L. Epstein.
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