2022 Coral Springs Arts Festival a ‘stunning success’ says organizer • Coral Springs Talk
Photos courtesy of Dan Perez Photography.
By: Jen Russon
The 17th annual Coral Springs Festival Of The Arts event was a resounding success in its post-COVID run as local and statewide artists sold out during the eventful March weekend.
Shirley Richard, event founder and chief organizer of the Festival, said she and 30 dedicated volunteers work hundreds of hours each year to bring the community to this Festival, adding that it is so worth it.
“After sitting down last year due to COVID, it was hard to know what was going to happen, but in the end, our local artists and several arts nonprofits all benefited,” Richards said.
Richards and Gil Sternbach, chairman of the event’s sponsorship, confirmed Friends of Music and the Coral Springs Museum of Art received event proceeds in previous years. The Festival has also partnered with the Coral Springs Art Guild to offer an art scholarship in the past.
Richards said the Arts Festival is offering free booths to emerging artists. In 2022, the New Artist Program included Diana Helman, Colleen Kastner, Frank Papandrea, Chris Roselli and Natalie Smith.
Two emblematic artists of the Coral Springs Festival for the Arts, Susan Greley and Cindy Silva, also returning, and Diana Helman was named Best New Artist of 2022.
Frank Papandrea said he sold almost everything in his van on the last day of the event. “I was blown away – it was my first Festival. I entered the experience thinking that I would be lucky to only sell one or two of my pieces. I am extremely grateful to the artistic community of Coral Springs,” Papandrea said.
Richard echoed Papandra’s sentiment by sharing a story about one of the artists she welcomes back to the Festival each spring.
“He likes our Festival because it’s the community that organizes an event for the community and even if he doesn’t sell a lot, he loves coming back.
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Jen Russon has been a writer for Talk Media since 2018. She is also a novelist, writer, and editor at Swallow Publishing, LLC.