An Artist's Start

There's nothing like a great big saxophone, drinks, and fabulous art to get you in the mood to relax on Sunday. With dozens of artists showcasing their work in the ninth-annual Art & Jazz Festival in Fort Lauderdale's Victoria Park, you'll be bleeding paint, photographs, crafts, and more. The festival, from noon until 4 p.m., will feature jazz from guitarist Bobby Lee Rogers and offer plenty of food, a raffle, and a silent auction. Rogers performs unique interpretations by musical greats such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Wes Montgomery. Bookworms will want to take advantage of a used-book sale, and animal lovers can adopt abandoned dogs and cats. It's a festival for all walks of life, including children. Speaking of kids, they can have fun in the bounce house, get their pretty little faces painted, or get brain freeze with snow cones. The kiddies won't be the only ones, other than boozed-up adults, having all the fun; art students should make a huge effort to not only attend the festival but to contribute to the inspirational affair. Student artists can participate in the student art competition being judged by painter Jim Bobick, who draws inspiration from the ocean and the South Florida tropical skies. Light and color are central themes in his paintings, and he is often compared to prominent artists Piet Mondrian, Peter Halley, and Sean Scully. The event is free and open to the public. The Art & Jazz Festival will be held at Victoria Park, where Broward Boulevard and Victoria Park Road intersect in Fort Lauderdale. Free parking is available at 1512 E. Broward Blvd. Visit vpca.org, or contact Jeanne by calling 954-462-4347 or emailing [email protected]
Sun., March 23, 12-4 p.m., 2014
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Stephanie Rodriguez