By Kathy L. Collins

The Eastern Hillsborough Art Guild (EHAG) is seeking local businesses to participate in the Business Leaders Choice Awards for the 2015 Florida Strawberry Festival Fine Art Show which will run from Thursday, February 26 to Sunday, March 8 at the Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds in Plant City. The art show has become a highly regarded art show. Monetary prizes are awarded to the top winners in all divisions.

Part of the prize money comes from the Business Leader’s Choice Awards classification.  The cost is $75 of which $25 goes toward EHAG Scholarship Fund and $50 is given as a cash prize to the recipient of the Business Leader’s Choice Award. Each business is given the opportunity to send a representative to the Florida Strawberry Festival Fine Art Show, and choose the artwork which will receive the cash award and a beautiful “Business Leader’s Choice” rosette ribbon. This year, businesses will be asked to pick their winner on Tuesday, February 24 from 10 a.m.-12 Noon.

Debra Bryant, chairperson of the 2015 Florida Strawberry Festival Fine Art Show said,  “Choosing to be a Business Leader’s Award Sponsor has become a relationship with the arts and not just a donation. Because of the unique nature of this sponsorship to community business leaders, we are able to offer a one on one involvement in the judging process, as well as an opportunity to donate to our scholarship fund. Each sponsorship allows you to award a piece of artwork, which you feel deserves a ribbon, but which did not receive one through the judging process.”

Bryant added, “Both the business name and the chosen winner’s name will receive public recognition in all news media press releases distributed by EHAG. This will be displayed for the full 11 days of the Florida Strawberry Festival Fine Art Show.”

The Osprey Observer, a supporter of local arts, has been a Business Leader’s Choice Sponsor for several years. Join the Osprey Observer and other local businesses and support the arts.

The deadline is Thursday, January 15. For more information, contact stfestartshow@gmail.com.