The Fourth Annual Winthrop Arts Festival was recently held and the crowds were treated to fine arts as well as local food treats and entertainment.

The Annual Winthrop Arts Festival has become the greater Brandon area’s premiere fine arts festival. This year’s festival was held in the end of March. The success of the festival was evident by the number of people who attended the festival as well as the increased number of artists and vendors who participated.

Festival organizer and Winthrop Town artist Bryant Martinez said, “I am very happy with the event. It was a true fine arts festival that also included fine charity and civic organizations.”

The artwork was judged by artist and Beaux Arts Gallery Director Debra Bryant and John Hardin, a Humanities professor at Hillsborough Community College, Brandon Campus. Best of Show was awarded to Herbert Davis, an acrylics artist and resident of Ybor City. Other winners hailed from all over the area including second place winner, Rita Wiekramasinghe, who came all the way from Cape Coral to display her traditional and contemporary batik painting.

Bryant said, “All of our award winners were at the top of their game for the Fourth Annual Winthrop Arts Festival. We decided on Herbert Davis (for Best of Show) because his artwork represented the most cohesive body of work, including unique style, color, harmony, draftsmanship and creativity.”

This year’s festival included several food trucks each day. “The inclusion of the food trucks was a great addition to the overall festival,” said Martinez. “We had great entertainment on each day as well as fabulous volunteers who helped with the children’s activity tent,” he added.

“I am so excited about this year’s festival and truly can’t wait for the Fifth Annual Winthrop Arts Festival which will take place on Friday, March 22, 2013 through Sunday, March 24, 2013,” said Martinez.

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