By Kathy L. Collins

A Call To Artists has been issued for the 24th Annual Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts. Applications are being accepted now through Friday, February 19. Visit and click on the manatee to apply online.

The 24th Annual Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts will be held on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at EG Simmons Park in Ruskin. The art festival is an innovative showcase of fine arts and fine crafts. The juried art show draws talented artists from all across the country.

There will be $12,000 available in prize money. There are 10 categories in which the artists are eligible to win including Best of Show. In addition, there is an additional category called the Patron Purchase Award which provides chances for artists to receive prize money.

Artists in varying media such as ceramics, digital arts (graphics), jewelry, metal work, mixed media, printmaking, sculptures, wood, drawing, fibers, glass, painting and photography are encouraged to apply. Each category is described in detail on the website.

The 24th Annual Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts is an excellent opportunity for artists to mix and meet with the public. It is an opportunity for the public to meet talented artists and purchase original works of art. Artists are encouraged to demonstrate their work at the festival.

This year, the SouthShore Arts Council will be collaborating with the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce to bring an exciting art festival. Michael Parker, president of the SouthShore Arts Council, said, “We have increased the award amounts for prize winning artists to $12,000. There will be a free children’s creativity center, continuous live musical entertainment, and a large food court with beer and wine available for purchase.”

Parker added, “We have also made the application process easier than ever. Just visit the link ( and submit your application online. Please join us in making this year’s festival the best yet.”

For more information, contact 846-2000 or email or 645-1366 or email admin@

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