More than 150 art lovers gathered Saturday at the Key Peninsula Civic Center for the annual Spring Fling event, sponsored by the Two Waters Arts Alliance.
The event turned the grounds into a wonderland of artists, their art, and even live demonstrations by artists at work and hands-on craft creations for children. Succulent hors d’oeuvres were offered to attendees by 20 volunteers from KP schools who were everywhere with their trays of goodies.
Thirty-five juried artists’ works were on display — including some from internationally recognized artists such as Tip Toland, Phoebe Toland, Richard Notkin and Barbara Lee Smith.
Prizes were awarded to Robin Peterson (first place), Kathy Bauer (second), Myrna Binion (third) and Peninsula High School senior Molly Duttry, who took home the People’s Choice award.
A large, constantly changing slide show of KP historical photos played silently over the gathering to the delight of interested patrons. There were both silent and oral auctions of a plethora of items offered for bid. The exercise brought in an estimated $20,000, according event chair, artist and photographer Taylor Reed Rydell. All funds are dedicated to TWAA’s "Artists in Schools Programming,” which brings hands-on art projects and live performances by theater groups to Key Peninsula schools.
"Something else we are doing,” said Rydell, "is the first Tuesday of each month the public is invited to join artists gathering at the Blend Wine Shop in Key Center to talk art, share your work or learn from each other. We call it Artists' Blend.”
The event runs from 4 to 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month.
For more information or to contribute to support TWAA’s many community and educational programs in KP schools, contact Two Waters Arts Alliance at email@example.com.