GULFPORT, FL — The sixth annual Gulfport Fine Arts Festival returns to the shores of Boca Ciega Bay this Valentine’s Day weekend with a two-day celebration of fine art featuring nearly 40 of the region’s most innovative artists.
The two-day event takes place at Gulfport Veterans Park, 5350 31st Ave. S., Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and is free and open to the public at Gulfport Veterans Park.
Since its debut in 2016, the Gulfport Fine Arts Festival has become a staple for artists and art lovers. Artists representing a wide range of artistic mediums will be on hand alongside live entertainment during this socially distanced event.
Ceramic artist Brenda McMahon, a participant in the festival, heads the arts committee of the Gulfport Merchants Chamber and owns Brenda McMahon Gallery, which houses works from many of the festival’s artists:
“The Gulfport Fine Arts Festival is now celebrating its sixth year and, with that, the quality of the show and appreciation of the audience continues to grow,” McMahon said. “Most visitors love the meandering path along Boca Ciega Bay, where they can view handmade artwork, listen to jazz music and support local artists. It’s a great place to buy art and appreciate all the beauty around.”
Visitors can peruse ceramics, oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolors, drawings, fiber, glass, metal, mixed media, photography, fine jewelry and sculptural art.
“Gulfport has always been an arts destination, but now this artists’ enclave is experiencing a resurgence, which we are eager to share with old friends and new visitors,” said McMahon.
The Gulfport Fine Arts Festival is co-sponsored by the Gulfport Merchants Chamber and the city of Gulfport and meets all safety regulations as part of Gulfport Strong, a heightened safety awareness campaign launched in September.