The poster for the 25th annual St. Stephen’s Art Show was unveiled on Thursday evening, February 7, 2013, at a gathering in the church’s Nepenthe Garden. The show will take place during Presidents’ Day weekend, February 18-20.
This year’s poster artist, Rasa Saldaitis, created an impressionistic upward-looking image of a coconut palm. Saldaitis lives and works in St. Petersburg, Florida. Florida Frame & Art in Tampa displays her art.
“My oil and acrylic paintings represent my love for color and the world around me,” she says. “I feel that every artist dips his brush in his soul and paints his own nature into his paintings.”
Saldaitis determined to become an artist while living in St. Petersburg, Russia, and visiting well-known museums such as the Hermitage Museum of Art. “I experienced many famous artists’ work and it helped me to make my paintings what they are today,” she says.
The mouse beside the elephant
The church is located at 2750 McFarlane Road, near the south end of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival. The St. Stephen’s show opens at 9:30 a.m., a half-hour before the much larger Coconut Grove Art Festival, so you can visit St. Stephen’s first to get a jump on the traffic and crowds. Show hours each day are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The St. Stephen’s show began as a hot dog and refreshment stand on the grounds of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Now celebrating its silver anniversary, it has become a well-regarded outdoor arts and fine crafts festival, recently ranked eighth in the country in Sunshine Artist Magazine’s Best 200 Fine Art Shows.”
The entry fee is just $2, which gives you access to the work of more than 160 renowned artists, an international food court, a children’s activity area, an authentic English tea room, and musical entertainment.
The St. Stephen’s show is the church’s longest standing cultural outreach event. The proceeds help to fund a variety of cultural, spiritual, entertainment, and public-service programs for the entire community.
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