CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact: Pat Masotti-Abernathy, Publicity Director
Phone Number: 386-437-2604
Cell Phone: 404-626-6658
Email: PatAbernathy2012@hotmail.com
Organization: Guild of the Museum of Arts & Sciences
Website URL: HalifaxArtFestival.com

 

For Immediate Release: March 20, 2017

THE 55th ANNUAL HALIFAX ART FESTIVAL

The 55th Halifax Art Festival, November 4 and 5, 2017,  has risen in attendance and notoriety to become one of the most prestigious festivals in the Central Florida area. It is the second oldest continual festival in Florida.  It’s known for its elegance of venue staged on Daytona’s Historic Beach Street adjacent to Riverfront Park and the Halifax River.

The Festival features a unique blend of fine arts, crafts, music, food, and fun attracting over 30,000 people each year from all over Florida and the Southeast.  It’s free to the public with plenty of free parking.

The Festival features juried local, regional, and national original works of art from 250 artists offering affordable art work for the established as well as the beginning collector.

The Student Art Exhibit and Competition features art students from kindergarten through twelfth grade from the Volusia County public school system as well as area private schools.  The student art will be on display during Festival hours.  After Sunday’s Awards Ceremony, the winning art will be available for viewing at Daytona’s Museum of Arts & Sciences, 352 South Nova Road, Daytona Beach, Florida, for one week.

Children, Pre-K to 5 years old, are invited to create their own masterpieces under the “Little Van Gogh” tent while friends and family watch.  All art supplies free to each child.

Live music will be featured both Saturday and Sunday.  Plenty of seating will be available in Riverfront Park to enjoy the music or a snack.  Shoppers can choose from good, old-fashion festival food or the many fine bistros and restaurants along Beach Street.

The 55th Halifax Art Festival is presented and produced by the Guild of the Museum of Arts & Sciences and sponsored in part by the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Halifax Area Advertising Authority, Spectrum Networks, Daytona Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA), the Riverfront Shops of Daytona Beach, the City of Daytona Beach, Ormond Magazine, Zappi’s Italian Garden, Lamar Outdoor, and The Ponce Inlet Women’s Club.

 For information:  www.HalifaxArtFestival.org

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For Immediate Release: March 20, 2017

Halifax Art Festival Exhibits Student Artists

The Guild of the Museum of Arts & Sciences presents the 55th Annual Halifax Art Festival on November 4 & 5 with over 250 juried artists.  The Festival is free to the public and staged on Daytona’s Historic Beach Street adjacent to Riverfront Park and the Halifax River. This year, the tradition of exhibiting and rewarding student artists continues with the Festival’s Student Art Exhibit & Competition.

The exhibit and competition was started by Guild member and local artist, the late Donna Jordan in conjunction with Suzi Preston, Volusia County Schools’ Visual Arts Specialist, and Dr. Helen Wessel. Their dream became reality in 1999.

Art students, of all ages, from the Volusia County School System and private schools, kindergarten through high school, are invited to display their art work.  The student art will be displayed at the Festival on Saturday, November 4, and Sunday, November 5. The exhibit is coordinated by Beth Dobberstein-K-12 Visual Art Curriculum Specialist for Volusia County Schools, Volusia County’s art teachers, and the Museum’s Guild.

Before the exhibit opens on Saturday, all works will be judged by the Museum of Arts & Sciences’ Executive Director, Andrew Sandall and members of the Museum’s Young Philanthropist Group.  On Sunday, the Student Awards Ceremony will begin and twenty-one artists will receive prize money and awards. The Wessel Foundation’s generous donation of $4,000 makes this competition possible and has indeed been an inspiration to art students throughout Volusia County for many years.

The Wessel Foundation was established by Dr. Helen Wessel.  Dr. Wessel was one of the first to study in the Art Education Program at Harvard University where she received her Master’s Degree.    Dr. Wessel is devoted to the promotion of art education and the encouragement of young artists.

Following the conclusion of the Festival, the award-winning student art will be on display at the Museum of Arts & Sciences, 352 South Nova Road, Daytona Beach, Florida, for one week.  The art then travels to the Art Haus in South Daytona for another two weeks.

For information:  www.HalifaxArtFestival.org, email: info@HalifaxArtFestival.com

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For Immediate Release: July 28, 2016

Halifax Art Festival Celebrates Young Artists

The Guild of the Museum of Arts & Sciences presents the 54th Halifax Art Festival on November 5 & 6 with over 230 exhibiting artists and artisans.  The Festival is free to the public and located on historic Beach Street between the Riverfront Shops of Daytona Beach and the Halifax River.

The Festival has always celebrated its artists and artisans including its youngest artists.  The Guild designed the Little Van Gogh area specifically to encourage those younger artists.

During Festival hours, boys and girls are invited to join the fun in the Little Van Gogh tent to paint their own masterpieces.  Easels, smocks, brushes, washable paints, and pallets are all available free to each child. The experience is open to all children Pre-K to 5th grade.

Connie Holland, Little Van Gogh Chair, is a retired teacher, Program Specialist, and Trainer for Very Special Arts Volusia.  Connie shared, “This year, adaptive materials will be available enabling children with challenges to take part in the painting.”

We invite you and your family to the free 54th Halifax Art Festival.  Be sure to look for the Little Van Gogh tent located on Beach Street near International Speedway Boulevard.  Connie and her volunteers will be there to welcome you and your children during Festival hours –Saturday, November 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For information: www.HalifaxArtFestival.org or email: info@HalifaxArtFestival.com

 

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 About the MOAS Guild – The Members of the Guild are an incredibly dynamic group whose mission is to promote the welfare of the Museum through its many programs and activities. The Guild offers members many opportunities to use their skills by working on many projects including The Halifax Arts Festival and The Festival of Trees. They also organize informative monthly meetings, social events and field trips, which offer an opportunity to get acquainted with like-minded people who have a common goal.

 

 About the Museum of Arts & Sciences - The Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS) is the primary art, science and history museum in Central Florida. The area’s largest museum, MOAS is nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. Located on a 90-acre Florida nature preserve, the 100,000 square foot facility is host to over 30,000 objects including the Dow Gallery of American Art, one of the finest collections of American art in the Southeast, the Cuban Foundation Museum showcasing one of the most significant collections of Cuban paintings in the United States, the Schulte Gallery of Chinese Art, the Bouchelle Collection and Gallery of Decorative Arts, the largest and most comprehensive collection in the South, and the Root Family Museum featuring restored railroad cars, antique automobiles and the largest collection of Coca-Cola® memorabilia in Florida. The Helene B. Roberson Visible Storage Building exhibits thousands of objects from many donors which are owned by the Museum, while the Linda and Williams Children’s Museum presents an interactive experience for children. The Gillespy Gallery of Sub-Saharan African artifacts, a new state-of-the-art planetarium and the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art showcasing the largest collection of Florida-based art in the world, rounds out areas to explore inside the Museum of Arts & Sciences.

Museum Hours are 10am-5pm (Monday-Saturday) and 11am-5pm (Sunday). Museum of Arts & Sciences admission is $12.95 adults; $6.95 children 6-17; $10.95 seniors and students; members and children 5 and under are free. Daily Planetarium shows and weekly laser shows. Museum of Arts & Sciences admission includes one Planetarium show. Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art admission is $10.95 adults; $4.95 children 6-17; $8.95 seniors and students; members and children 5 and under are free. Combo ticket admission is $18.95 adults; $9.95 children 6-17; $16.95 seniors and students; members and children 5 and under are free. Combo ticket admission includes on Planetarium show. Additional Planetarium shows are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children ages 17 and under. Parking is free. Admission is FREE for Volusia County residents the first Tuesday of each month (does not include Planetarium shows). MOAS is fully accessible to the handicapped. MOAS is located at 352 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114. For more information call 386.255.0285 or visit the website www.moas.org.

MOAS is a not‐for‐profit educational institution founded in 1955 and chartered by the State of Florida in 1962. The Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Programs sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the County of Volusia.