Page 4 - Martin Downs Bulletin - March '22
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      MartinArts Celebrates 35th Year from page 1        Taking home top honor with Best of Show was Paul   About MartinArts
                                                         Shampine, of Newtown, Conn., for his collection of mixed     MartinArts Foundation is a nonprofit organization that
      and jazz vocalist Yvette Norwood-Tiger, who headlined   media works. Awarded First Place were: John Cheer –   develops activities and programs that foster and support
      at Main Stage on Saturday.                         ceramics; Jean Yao – fiber; Andrew Libecki – glass;   the arts and cultural community. MartinArts Foundation
        “ArtsFest is MartinArts’ biggest event of the year,   Valerie Lamott – jewelry; Dan Bi – mixed media; Chris   works in partnership with the MartinArts Council to
      planned with the intention to delight our guests and   Kling – painting; Lazaro Ruda – photography; Josh Price   support the programs and services of the council and
      inspire passion for the arts,” said Nancy Turrell, chief   – sculpture; Magali Cereghino-Groves – wood. Awarded   the arts sector in our region. The foundation’s leadership
      executive officer of the MartinArts Foundation. “We   Honorable  Mentions,  were  Luis  Gutierrez  –  ceramics;   launched Women Supporting the Arts – a woman’s giving
      are so grateful to our committee, sponsors, vendors,   Busarin  Kittichareonsup  –  jewelry;  Barbara  Umbel  –   circle – and is spearheading the community vision to
      volunteers and guests who, because of their support and   jewelry; Candice Rodriguez-Adams - mixed media; and   build an arts center at the historic Stuart High School.
      patronage, helped to ensure another wonderful success.”  Scott Klimek – painting.                    Signature annual events include the MartinArts Awards
                                                           More event highlights taking place at ArtsFest,   and ArtsFest.
                                                         included  the  anticipated  return  of  the  Stuart  Chopped                 Photos by Liz McKinley
                                                         Annual Competition with back-to-back heats for the win.
                                                         The top chef taking home this year’s First Place honor
                                                         was local chef and third time Stuart Chopped winner Jose
                                                         Peralta. Look for news about Jose’s new restaurant, set
                                                         to open soon.
                                                           Creating an added community buzz, were a host
                                                         of local agencies and nonprofit organizations, which
                                                         provided  ArtsFest patrons a wonderful arena of
                                                         information and family-fun activities. Interactive booths
                                                         informed attendees about a broad variety of supportive
                                                         and enriching community programs and services.
                                                         Activities found visitors enjoying complimentary guitar
                                                         lessons and getting up-close-and-personal with wildlife
      Winner of the event’s annual Chopped competition Jose   and nature.                                  The Bad Apples Brass Band and amazing circus arts
      Peralta, holds his award and gives a thumbs up.                                                      performers from Florida Aerial Dance and Circus Arts
                                                                                                           dazzled visitors to ArtsFest.
        To rally the celebration, crowd-stopping entertainment
      sprinkled the festival grounds throughout Downtown
      Stuart’s charming Gazebo Park, and up and down
      Ocean Boulevard  over the two-day arts and cultural
      extravaganza. Dazzling visitors who gathered to peruse
      and shop artisan vendor booths, was a brass band street
      parade and amazing circus arts performers who juggled,
      danced, and rocked hoops, high-atop stilts.  With its
      vibrant,  annual  celebration  of ArtsFest,  MartinArts
      once again, positioned artists at the center of building
      audiences for the arts, and impacting the customer base
      for local businesses.
                                                         A wide variety of works on display at ArtsFest, provided
                                                         visitors an up-close-and-personal look at artistry.   Art enthusiasts took home coveted works for sale during the
                                                                                                           two-day, annual festival.

      Murray Middle School students open  ArtsFest with
      showstopping vocal numbers of legendary favorites.  Visitors to ArtsFest peruse and shop artisan vendor tents   Thousands of people flocked to Ocean Boulevard in
                                                         during its 35th annual celebration!               Downtown Stuart for ArtsFest 2022.
        “Events taking place in our vibrant downtown corridors,
      such as ArtsFest, are valued as crucial engines that drive
      the area’s economic and cultural vitality,” said George M.
      Stokus, assistant county administrator, Martin County.  Home Care
        Serving as event chair of ArtsFest 2022, was Neil
      Capozzi, owner of Stuart Art Supply, also an event          You Can Trust!
      sponsor. Working  to ensure the event’s  success were
      ArtsFest 2022 committee members: Jane Baldridge, Liz
      Bonan, Jeff Bowers, Kim Capen, Paul Hamaty, Sheryl         Committed to Compassion
      Levine, Mary Ann Loomis, Paul Nunley, Anna Valencia          Striving for Excellence
      Tillery, Jackie Vitale, and Sunny Walker.
        Artists earned distinguished awards in nine categories.      Serving Responsibly
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