The Fifth Annual Winthrop Art Festival will be held on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24, 2013 at Winthrop Town Centre in Riverview. Planning is now underway for the event. Because this is a community event which benefits the community, the community is invited to be a part of the planning.

Event organizer and Winthrop Town Artist Bryant Martinez said, “We are excited that the art festival is growing. We want to get the community involved so that it can become even bigger and better.” The committee will meet on the last Thursday of each month at the Beaux Art Gallery, located at 11252 Winthrop Main St. in Riverview, at 6 p.m. Martinez added, “This is a significant event. Art festivals are important for the community because they help develop communities.”

There are many opportunities for the community to be involved in this event. Volunteers are needed to help organize the event, set up and tear down and man booths. Students can earn community service hours at this event. Ariel and Sara Richards, of Riverview, are members of the organizing committee. Sara said, “I met Bryant (Martinez) and we started talking about the arts and the art festival.  I decided that I wanted to become involved in the festival and help spread the word.”

The Winthrop Art Festival is a juried art show which will showcase the works of 100 artists. Artists who are selected will pay $135 entry fee. All proceeds raised go to the Winthrop Arts Endowment which helps fund HCC arts scholarships as well as to fund other artistic endeavors in the area. Winthrop will sponsor 25 artists. There will be a youth section featuring the artwork of young artists. They will also undergo the same juried process.

If you would like to be a part of the planning committee, contact Martinez at 681-3480 or

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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.