Over 200 Amazing Artworks on Display in Pinellas County, FL

‘What a Handful’; by Darby Oleksak; Teen, Honorable Mention; Works on Paper; Volunteer, Animal Service
This was the Twelfth Annual National Arts Program Exhibition for Pinellas County, Florida and what a tremendous turnout they had! The show invited Pinellas County employees, retirees, active volunteers, and their family members to showcase their visual art talents. Coordinator Sarah Markofski commented that the quality of the 215 works submitted this year was outstanding. A large percentage of the participating artists this year were new to the event, many of whom were new employees of the county. The exhibit is displayed in the Clearwater Courthouse and Sarah said that it is always well received by the public who constantly praise the works they see as they pass through. They are saddened when the exhibit comes down each year and ask when it will be coming back.
 
Prize winners for this year’s exhibit were chosen by a trio of extraordinary judges. Each judge held a highly recognized position in the art profession from Docent at the Dali Museum, to Director of Photography at the Morean Arts Center, to Art Curator at the newly established James Museum. The awards were presented at the October 29th reception, which was held for the first year, in the Learning Center of the Utilities Building in downtown Clearwater. The room was well lit and very accommodating for the large group of artist attendees and their family members.
 
We thank Coordinator Sarah Markofski and everyone involved that helped to make this show such a success.