The Alachua County Library District will hold its eighth annual summer art show in early August virtually this year.

The art show, which will be an online collection, is open for submissions from people 18 and older until July 29. There will be no selection or judgement process as it provides an opportunity for art to be publicly featured by the library. 

Only two art submissions are allowed from each contributor, and each submission must be accompanied by a completed entry form. Digital art, photography, paintings, 3D art and any other mediums of art are accepted. 

“The library’s adult art show is an opportunity to share your works with the community, and to discover other local artists, and to put your work out there for a larger audience,” Rachel Cook, the public relations and marketing manager at the Alachua County Library District, said. 

Turnout for the art show

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Festival of Arts organizers were unsure if the summer festivals would be able to return this year until a matter of months ago.

Without question, those involved are ecstatic to be back, even if it meant that the work that usually takes place over the course of a year had to be completed in significantly less time.

“There is such a celebratory spirit,” said Sharbie Higuchi, director of marketing and public relations for the Festival of Arts. “It feels like a giant family reunion of the arts, and we are so grateful and pleased that our doors are open and that we get to reconnect with the arts, reconnect with our artists, and actually, one another. I think Laguna Beach and all the art shows are the perfect place to do just that.”

The Festival of Arts Fine Art Show, established in 1932, reopened to the public on Monday, when

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A longtime tradition in St. Petersburg’s art scene is back after a pandemic-induced hiatus. The Cool Art Show returns to the air-conditioned oasis of the Coliseum on July 24-25.

The show is presented by the artist-run non-profit the Professional Association of Visual Artists (PAVA), which formed in 1988. Shortly after their formation, the idea to have an indoor art show similar to outdoor art festivals was born. After moving around to various venues, in 2005 the Cool Art Show put down roots at the Coliseum.

“PAVA is very excited about returning to the Coliseum,” Christina Paluszek-McClure, PAVA’s vice president and publicity/marketing chairperson, said in an email. “The Cool Art Show is our signature event and one that both our artists and patrons really look forward to every year. Not being able to have it take place last year left a void in all of us, and our artists are really

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Thedford Art Guild annual show now accepting entries from adults, youths

Holly Carlini, director at Prairie Arts Center with her People’s Choice Award she won at the Thedford Art Guild’s Open Show July, 2020

THEDFORD — The Thedford Art Guild will host its competitive open show June 29 to July 25 at the Thedford Art Gallery, north of the courthouse on Highway 2, in Thedford.

“This is the major fundraiser for our gallery,” said Bridget Licking, president of TAG.

The show has art, photography and 3-D work categories for both adults and youth. Each category will have first through third place winners.

The artist whose work is awarded overall best of show will have their work displayed for a month in the Kiewett Room of the Thedford Art Gallery.

Entries for adults are $5 each, and youth 12 and younger are $2.

Entries are due at the Thedford Art Gallery by

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