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Loquat Art Show

By Meaghan Goepferich Posted on March 1, 2020

Ecology Florida, a 501(c) 3), advances the harmonious integration of healthy natural, cultural, and economic ecologies to reestablish a sustainable world.

Ecology Florida Presents the first Loquat Art Show at the7th Annual Loquat Festival

The Florida Loquat Festival is an annual agrarian event in New Port Richey, Florida, which promotes food sovereignty and celebrates this unique place in the world, its food system, and the people who have made a commitment to both. This event celebrates Florida’s urban fruit, the loquat.
Ecology Florida is seeking artists and visual art to be exhibited at the 7th Annual Loquat Festival on Saturday,  March 21 from 9 am-4 pm at Frances Avenue Park on Louisiana Ave. in  New Port Richey.  This will be the first year for this exhibition.
Professional artist Maureen Murphy will jury entries accepted for this event. She has exhibited and sold her work internationally and is currently the executive director of The Life Enrichment Center in Tampa. Murphy studied at the University of the Arts and Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia and has BFAs in both ceramics and art education.
Awards will be given based on creativity, approach, impact, and ingenuity.
Best of Show- $250
First Place- $200
Second Place- $150
Third Place- $100
Honorable Mention- $50
There is no application fee or participation fee for this event. Ecology Florida does ask for the consideration of a donation from any sales to contribute to the good of the Festival.
Local, regional, and national artists are invited to apply. Artists of all mediums and genres are encouraged to apply, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, glass, fiber, functional, digital, photography, installation, mixed media, and new genres.

Artwork will be selected based on embracing loquats as central to the imagery, inspiration or theme. Submit up to three images of artwork and a booth shot. Email images to [email protected] with Loquat Festival as the subject heading. All files must be formatted as JPEG or PDF, 300 PPI minimum.

 Artists selected must display in canopied, 10’x10’ tent. Set up begins at 8 am and show hours are from 9 am – 2 pm.  

The event’s educational program begins at 10 a.m., which includes a poetry reading from 1-2 pm with the focus on the loquat fruit. The festival will have preserves, seeds, recipes, brochures, lectures, poetry, many trees, and fresh fruit. Festival shirts will also be available. For more information about this event scheduled for March 21 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.), call Marilynn Dechant at (727) 849-1626.


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