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Rain does not prevent art enthusiasts from attending Florida festival

on Tuesday,February 08,2011 19:02

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Collecting is popular among art enthusiasts, and festivals are the ideal place to view a showcase of new works. Recently, the Mount Dora Arts Festival was held in Mount Dora, Florida, despite a rainy forecast. Although hosts were worried about the weather deterring individuals from dropping by, the event had a large turn-out, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Festival officials said they saw a large amount of "carrying," which refers to the number of buyers who walk away with pieces of art. "Carrying" typically influences others to make purchases, which is a sign of a successful auction or event.

Awards and cash prizes were handed out to artists who submitted works for the festival. Best in Category and Awards in Excellence were some of the genres that pieces could vie for notoriety. Carol Elder Napoli from New Smyrna Beach, Florida, won the Best in Show award worth $5,000 for her painting, "Through the Falls."

Individuals who are interested in making a career out of their artwork can submit their pieces to a festival or auction to gauge their skill set. Employment of artists is expected to increase by 12 percent over the next seven years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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