Despite Weather, Art Shines 

Jack O’Grady of St. Petersburg, center left, and his great grandchildren Karlee and Gavin Scott, admire the art of sculptor Peter Rujuwa, right, Sunday, November 22 at Florida CraftArt’s annual festival on Central Avenue between 4th and 6th Streets.

“I think it’s great for the kids,” O’Grady said of having them see the work of other artists. “They both have some talent in art and I think it’s good for them to see what others are doing and get some ideas of things they might want to do.”

Gavin said he liked Rujuwa’s stone sculptures because “they’re very detailed and cool looking.”

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The sun illuminates Peter Schoenly’s stained glass art as he packs up at the end of Florida CraftArt’s  festival. The weather was not very cooperative for the two-day event, with Saturday mainly cloudy and Sunday seeing some rain.

“This is the first time we’ve had sun all weekend,” said Schoenly, who is from of Ridge Manor, FL. He said overall attendance seemed down from last year, likely because of the weather.

Florida CraftArt, formerly the Florida Craftsman, is a statewide non-profit headquartered in St. Petersburg. The two-day festival is a chance for artists from all over Florida to display and sell their work.

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