The 11th Annual Downtown Clermont Art Festival (DCAF) will be held on Saturday & Sunday, November 4 & 5, 2017.

The Art Festival is free and open to the public from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 9am to 4pm on Sunday. Visitors will enjoy live entertainment, food and shopping within downtown Clermont’s shops and restaurants. The Clermont Farmer’s Market will be held adjacent to the DCAF Art Festival on Sunday.

Larry Oskin has been named as the new ‘Featured Artist’ for the 2017 Downtown Clermont Art Festival. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Oskin has exhibited his artwork in private art galleries and city museums, including the famous Albright-Knox Art Gallery, considered one of the ten best modern art museums in the world.

Oskin’s Art Beautique Collections celebrates ‘Beauty & Glamour’, ‘Flowers & Nature’, ‘Cityscapes & Seascapes’, ‘Animals’, ‘Americana’ ‘World Capitals’ and ‘Judaica & Religion’ with seven different fine art photography collections. Through a special photo impressionism technique, Art Beautique images actually look like impressionistic paintings, using bright, bold and vivid colors.  Oskin notes, “My artwork is very stylized. Photography remains one of our best artistic forms of creative media and visual expression. Through the fine art of photography, we are able to share what we can see, sense and feel, yet not touch!  With photography, we can share the instant of a beautiful sunrise, sunset and cloud, which may only otherwise be a mere quick memory. With fine art photography, we are able to enjoy the memory of smiles, happiness, sorrow, love, warmth, friendship, beauty and spirit as well as to remember the unique joy we may have experienced from a complete array of emotions. A picture may only be worth 1000 words, while little else will compare when you are able to capture any special moment in time!”

DCAF Artists ~ Application Deadline Now Extended! Fine artists are still encouraged to submit applications ASAP with digital submission samples of your artwork via www.zapplication.org, the nationwide artists’ events website. Only 50 top artists will be accepted to compete for cash awards and ribbon recognition categories. With the recent Hurricane, the application deadline has been extended to 13th, for the 2017 for the “Champions” segment of the Downtown Clermont Art Festival. All interested artists are being invited to submit applications with digital samples of your artwork via www.zapplication.org, the nationwide artists’ events website.

New 2017 DCAF Art Awards: Juried artists will compete for a minimum of $3,000 in cash prizes. “Best of Show” will be awarded $750 while Judges Choice cash prize of $250 each will be awarded across five categories of work with Mixed Media 2-D; Mixed Media 3-D; Photography; Jewelry; and Fine Craft. Up to 10 Awards of Excellence of $100 each are available. Participants must submit a non-refundable jury fee of $25 with their applications. Accepted Fine Art / Fine Craft artists will receive a space of 10’ x 10’ for $125 or 10’ x 20’ space for $250 within the Red Carpet section on Montrose Street.

New Art & Folk Crafters:  For the first time, the DCAF Art Festival will host a special new section just for non-juried fine art and folk crafters. All interested artisans and folk crafters will be exhibited in an adjacent area this year. Crafters who desire to exhibit their work in this non-competitive division of this art festival are encouraged to apply right away. Crafters must apply to be accepted.

Clermont ~ Champions For The Arts! For artist and folk crafter applications as well as sponsorship and vendor information for the Fall 2017 Downtown Clermont Art Festival, visit: www.ClermontDowntownPartnership.com or contact Sandy Farnsworth, Executive Director of the CDP and Chair of the DCAF at 352-989-5399.