Last weekend’s Winter Park Alpine ArtAffair truly had something for everyone. Over 70 exhibitors and vendors traveled to the Rendezvous Event Center to proudly display, and hopefully sell, their works of creative genius. Many of the exhibitors return year after year, but this year’s event also brought some new, incredibly talented artists and creators.
The juried event provided steep competition, challenging this year’s judges. It came down to “splitting hairs” to make their winning selections for some of the categories, said one judge. At a private reception sponsored by Wild Horse Catering on Saturday night, 15 ribbons and a total purse of $975 was awarded to the winners.
Best in Show: Cristobal Espinoza
Best in Fine Art: Karen Vance
Best in Fine Craft: Suzi’s Baskets
Ceramics: Bluehaven Porcelain
Drawing: Freestone Fine Art
Fiber: Rendezvous West
Glass: Sandberg Designs
Jewelry: Lost Girl Metalworks
Metal: Mike’s Metal-ing
Mixed Media: Erlund Johnson Studios
Painting: Bruce White
Photography: John Whitworth
Printmaking: Noreen Art
Sculpture: Rough Around the Edge
Wood: R Designs
Each year, the Winter Park Alpine ArtAffair also awards graduating seniors, pursuing the arts in post-graduate studies, with scholarship funds. The 2019-2020 $1,000 scholarship winners are Linneya Gardner, Kye Kuriyama, Kiana Ledin, Connor Life, Theo Loo and Ashley Trotter.
Event Director, Cheryl Day, said sales numbers for the event are still being tallied, but she thought attendance was even better than last year. “All in all, it was another great event”. Without skipping a beat, Day has already begun planning for next year’s 47th annual Winter Park Alpine ArtAffair and we can’t wait!