Wednesday, July 3, 2013

3rd Annual Titusville Sea Turtle Festival

Downtown Titusville held their 3rd Annual Titusville Sea Turtle Festival on June 14th  and 15th. The two-day event brought turtle lovers from all over Florida to take part in turtle watches, lectures, beach clean ups, and sea turtle obstacle courses then got treated to LIVE music, fine artists & crafters booths, food vendors and even a Turtle Crawl where walkers could visit local downtown businesses to see eleven sea turtle sculptures each painted by a different local artist and vote for their favorite. 
Participating Businesses:  Participating Artists:
The Downtown Art Gallery - Yvette Whitmore
City Glitter Boutique - Val Stanley
Kayaks by Bo - Beverly Osborne
Fossileyes Studio - Terrence Cope
Healing Garden - Greg Nenson
Badcocks & more - Jo Perkins
Space Walk of Fame - Linda Krupp
Stickee Surf Shop - Greg Burdine
Cupcakes on Main - Mary Pat Lynch
North Brevard Historic Museum - Jan Hamilton
Hair Image Salon - Jeff Thamert
The "People's Choice Award"  went to Yvette Whitmore 
and Honorable Mention to Greg Burdine 
 (the sea turtle sculptures are depictions of a baby sea turtle coming half way out of it's cracked egg shell. Artists were given the choice to paint realistically or abstract and to be creative.)

People's Choice Award when to Yvette Whitmore

3rd Annual Titusville Sea Turtle Festival - Children's Art Competition
The Children's Art Competition hosted by The Downtown Art Gallery was a huge success.  Mayor Jim Tulley came out to announce the winners who won ribbons and prizes donated by The Downtown Gallery, Canaveral National Seashore, City of Titusville and other generous area businesses.

"Best Depiction of Theme" (overall)  went to Malachi Moses for his colored pencil drawing of baby sea turtles hatching and then crawling to the ocean for safety.

Group 1 (K-1st grade):
1st - Jenna Schurlknight
2nd - Isabel Sisson
3rd - Callum VanDugne
HM- Jayla Jose Tolentino
1st Place of Group 1 by Jenna Schurlknight
Group 2  ( 2nd-3rd grade):
1st - Davian Gonzales Reynolds
2nd- Amberly England
3rd - Chandler Sacik
HM- Ciara Gittens 
1st Place of Group 2 by Davian Gonzales Reynolds
Group 3  ( 4th -6th grade):
1st - Monica Krampert
2nd- Kenzi Allender
3rd - Jacob Horvath
HM- Ambrea Lewis
1st Place of Group 3 by Monica Krampert
People's Choice Award (overall):   Family, friends and visitors were asked to vote for their favorite and the "People's Choice Award" went to Jenna Schurlknight pictured here with Mayor Jim Tulley and Downtown Art Gallery owners Heidi and Jeff Thamert

Jenna receiving her award from the mayor
  "Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all the kids who entered and all of the teachers and parents that helped them do it. The judges told me they had a very hard time deciding and that all of the artwork was exceptional. Thank you also to Mayor Jim Tulley for announcing the winners and supporting these young artists."  -Heidi Thamert, owner, The Downtown Gallery
  Photos of all the winners can be viewed on our facebook page Downtown Gallery/Titusville

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