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by Lilia Del Bosque Oakey Whitehouse

Skip the flowers, bubble bath and other typical Mother’s Day gifts and treat your mother to a piece of original artwork at the Pensacola Museum of Art’s 11th Annual Art in the Park.

The annual art festival features artists from across the United States and one international artist. The festival features work in a wide array of mediums including clay, jewelry, metal works, photography, and oil and acrylics, among others. The festival will also feature music, kid’s art, and, for the first time, a raffle with the prize of $500 worth of art from the vendors.

The festival is also an opportunity for the museum to showcase fine art in the community.

“A big part of the museum’s mission is to provide cultural experiences for the community,” said Stacy Kendall, director of marketing for the Pensacola Museum of Art. “It’s great that the museum has an event that brings the art outside of the walls of the museum.”

“The community of Pensacola enjoys a cultural scene,” said Lori Storey, the co-chair for the annual event. She believes that Art in the Park helps showcase Pensacola and our surprisingly thriving cultural presence.

Despite being a smaller city, Pensacola has an art scene that rivals that of many larger cities in the state.

“We have all five cultural experiences:  the ballet, opera, symphony, theater and museum. There are only two cities in the whole state of Florida that have all five cultural experiences,” explained Storey. “We are a very artsy community that maybe people don’t know about.”

Pensacola values cultural experience and Storey is proud to be offering a fine arts experience for the community.

“With Greater Gulf Coast Art Fest in November, we have two art shows as a bookend to the summer,” said Storey. “We are giving the community the opportunity for fine arts twice a year.”

The festival also exposes the community to artists that do not showcase their work in Pensacola often.

“I think it shows a variety of artists,” said Storey. “Many of these artists don’t present at the Greater Gulf Coast Art Fest. To me, it is great to give the community an opportunity to show artists that are only showing in Pensacola once a year.”

It is also important to bring fine arts out of the museums and into the community.

“We are showing people that have really devoted a lot of time and money to hone their skill,” said Kendall.

Kendall believes that the festival also brings awareness to working artists.

“A lot of times museums show artists that are no longer living—and they are really great and important—but we have a lot of great working artists, especially in our community here,” said Kendall. “We also want to give local artists the opportunity to share their work.”

There are also visiting artists that enjoy Pensacola and make Art in the Park a tradition of their own.

“We have a handful of artists that have done the festival before,” said Kendall. “They tell us that they love Art in the Park and want to be a part of it year after year.”

The juried art show will be judged by two local judges:  Krist L. Lien, Head of the Art Department at Pensacola State College, and Rachael Pongetti, Adjunct Professor of Photography at Pensacola State College and the University of West Florida. Best in Show at the festival will be awarded $1,500 and eight other awards will also be presented. There will also be a silent auction of work donated by the artists.

Proceeds from the silent auction will be used to fund scholarships for children for the museum’s Summer Art Camp.

Art in the Park is the perfect place to enjoy a wonderful spring day and celebrate the many working artists that make Pensacola a unique cultural experience.

ART IN THE PARK
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12
WHERE:  Seville Square
COST: Free
DETAILS: pensacolamuseumofart.org