Saturday, November 17, 2012

49th Annual Space Coast Art Festival

49th Annual Space Coast Art Festival
Thanksgiving Weekend
November 22-25, 2012

The Board of Directors of the Space Coast Art Festival welcomes you to the 49th annual Space Coast Art Festival to be held Thanksgiving Weekend in Cocoa Beach.

From humble beginnings as a sidewalk art show, the Space Coast Art Festival has evolved and matured into one of Florida’s premier juried art festival featuring over 235 artists displaying work in 10 categories of art. 
In order to be accepted for the show, artists must submit representative samples of their work which is then juried by a panel of art professionals and museum directors.  Only those artists judged to be the best are allowed to exhibit at the festival and compete for over $50,000 in cash prize awards.

“It’s just not Thanksgiving without the Space Coast Art Festival” says art festival board member Diane Kirschenbaum.  “Our whole extended family makes a day of it.  From great art to live music to free children’s arts and crafts activities, the festival has something for every member of our family.”

The festival weekend kicks off with the Turkey Trot, a 5 k road race and ¼ mile youth run held Thanksgiving morning, November 22nd.  In addition to a sanctioned 5 k road race, the race also features costumed runners and “turkey teams” - teams of four runners that compete while carrying a 12 pound frozen turkey.   “We had over 1,000 runners last year” said organizer and board member Marlene White.  “We expect even more this year.”

Prizes are awarded for the top 10 male finishers, the top 10 female finishers, the top masters male and female runners and the top Turkey 10 lb. Team.   Special prizes are also awarded for best costume.  “Encouraging runners to run in costume and having the Turkey Teams sets us apart from other 5K races” White says.  “It adds a fun element both for the runners and the spectators.”  The Turkey Trot commences at 7:30 am from the Baliwick Mall in Cocoa Beach and is open to runners and walkers of all ages and ability. 

The juried artists will display and sell their work in downtown Cocoa Beach on Saturday, November 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and again on Sunday November 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the award winners announced on Sunday.  Categories of art for the main show include oils and acrylics; watercolors; drawings, graphics, collages and printmaking; clay; sculpture; photography; glass; jewelry and leather, fiber, paper and wood, and mixed media. 

Additionally on Saturday there will be a student show open to all Brevard County students in grades K through 12.  Pre-registration is required.  “We had a great student art show last year” said organizer Loren Rapport.  “The level of art was just amazing!   We also had a free kids arts and crafts area so every kid regardless of whether or not they were in the show, could be an artist for a day.”

The art festival features a “Young at Art” children’s craft and entertainment area with free hands-on crafts, and face painting.  Food and drink vendors will be present throughout the show and in the food court located by the festival stage.

Free shuttle bus service is available commencing at the Cape Royal Building parking lot located at 1980 North Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach.



            TURKEY TROT
·         6:30 a.m. Registration
·         7:30 a.m. 5K Road Race
·         8:30 a.m. Free Lil’ Gobbler Quarter Mile and Half Mile Youth Run
·         8:45 a.m. Awards Ceremony

Costs:        Individual  $25.00
                  Family/Friends of Four Turkey Team  $50.00


                  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.               Judges Reception – pre-purchased ticket required


                  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.       Art Show – 235 artists exhibitions in Downtown Cocoa Beach

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.       Student art show open to all Brevard County children grades K – 12

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm       “Young at Art” hands on crafts, clowns, face painting and children’s activities

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.       Live entertainment on 2 festival stages throughout the art festival


                  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.     Art Show Continues in Downtown Cocoa Beach

                  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.     “Young at Art “ hands on crafts, clowns, face painting and children’s activities (free)

                  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.     Live entertainment on 2 festival stages throughout the art festival

The Space Coast Art Festival is sponsored in part by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners through the Brevard Cultural Alliance, Inc.

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