WESLEY CHAPEL — Now in its ninth year, the Suncoast Arts Fest continues to bring together artists and art lovers at the Shops of Wiregrass for art, live music, food vendors and more.
The venue at 28211 Paseo Drive in Wesley Chapel, is just off of I-75. A winding, cobblestone main street edged with trees provides the perfect venue for art lovers to browse through tents filled with fine art and select their purchases. Last year more than 100,000 people patronized Shops at Wiregrass stores and restaurants the weekend of the Arts Fest to enjoy the arts and crafts of more than 120 artists.
The Suncoast Arts Fest, a production of the Fine Arts of the Suncoast, is a free event that promotes cultural awareness in Pasco County. It benefits Arts for Kids, a supplemental arts education funding program for Pasco schools. In 2012 $10,814 was awarded from event proceeds.
Among the many awards for winning artists are: Best of Show, $2,000; Award of Excellence, $1,000; Award of Distinction, two at $500 each; Award of Merit, four at $250 each.
There will also be live entertainment over the two days of the event to enhance the art show venue and experience for event visitors. The entertainment line-up is below:
Saturday, Jan. 18
10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. — Pasco Schools youth music presentation.
11 a.m. until noon — The Time Bandits, rock ’n’ roll.
12:15–1 p.m. — Richey Suncoast Theatre to present drama.
1:15-2:00 p.m. — Acho Brother, original Latin folk pop artist andsongwriter.
2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. — Julie Black, original blues, jazz, soul artist andsongwriter.
3:454:30 p.m. — Pasco Schools youth music presentation.
4:45-6 p.m. — Hot Rod Hornets, rockabilly.
Sunday, Jan. 19
1 p.m. until midnight — Tampa Bay Ukulele Society presents open mike.
12:15-1:00 p.m. — Aaron Rutter Duo, classical violin.
1-2 p.m. — Amanda Lynn, original indie jazz, folk, pop artist and songwriter.
2:15-3:15 p.m. — Six Volt Radio, Western swing.
3:304:15 p.m. — Pasco Schools Youth music presentation.
5-6 p.m. — Sarasota Slim (original blues guitarist andsongwriter.
Additional entertainment includes the Art and Business Expo, 5-9 p.m. Saturday; and the Chalk Art Exhibition, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, and from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19.
The Suncoast Run for the Arts will get under way at 9 a.m. Jan. 19.
The 2014 Suncoast Arts Fest will present more than 130 juried visual artists and craftsman lined up along the main street in Wiregrass. Musical entertainment will be set up in Center Court and there will be an interactive art area for volunteers to assist children with their art projects
For more information about The Suncoast Arts Fest at The Shops at Wiregrass January 18 & 19, visit www.suncoastartsfest.com. Sponsors, artists, youth entertainers and volunteers can contact a show representative at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 375-8986.