Friday, July 29, 2011

2011 Featured Artist is Phil Parker

2011 Featured Artist - Phil Parker

The journey of the artist is one of unfolding and evolving, as it is with the work of Phil Parker.  His background in printmaking and emphasis on drawing led him down a career path that includes a wide variety of art-related subjects. Graphic design, photography, lutherie, typography, and digital illustration are among the disciplines that have contributed to his current work, which he describes as "objects of paper and wood". All are merged into fabricated assemblages that reference a variety of cultural and theological themes from myth-to religion-to science. Parker's assemblages sit upon an architecturally taut expression of action in the spirit of Joseph Cornell, noted for his visually poetic shadow box assemblages. The symbolism he constructs is a travelogue from the trek he has taken within. Parker's work is replete with Best of Show awards. He has exhibited widely, and his work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Florida House of Representatives; Norton Gallery of Art Palm Beach, Florida, Fort Lauderdale Art Museum, and The Museum of Florida Art. He has been awarded the Florida Visual Art Fellowship by the State of Florida.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


L Jack Becker,  MainStreet DeLand R Reggi Santilli Patron party chair

L FFOA president Karen Weiss with Maria Becker

Bill and Terry Booth

L Ray Johnson, sponsor DeLand Sculpture Walk

Patrons with Terri and Don Beer

Patrons speak to artist Sherrill Schoening (center)

Past Rotary District 6970 Governor Bill Griffin

Reggi Santilli, party chairman on her chair

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Patron Party

We are excited about the first Patron Party and hope that many attend and become Patrons. It is one of the best ways to help the Festival. Go to the web site for more information. and select Patrons.

Saturday, June 26, 2010


The Artist In His Studio
TONY SAVOIE is a native Floridian and current resident of Orlando. Tony worked in many aspects of commercial art and production. His work experience comprised screen printing, offset printing and other advertising endeavors. Since 2004 he has focused solely on his own work, which has made its way into private, corporate and museum collections. Additionally, Tony's work has been shown throughout the Southeast in solo and group shows. He has been awarded numerous Best of Show and First place awards in juried art festivals.

The work created for the 2010 Fall Festival is part of the Command Series. About this series Tony says,

"The Command Series addresses one of the most accessible lovable and exploited subjects on earth: dogs. The principal images are familiar and cliched. Many of the pieces incorporate common and accessible primary forms. Canine imagery is consistently used in marketing a vast array of objects and ideas (including fine art) because it makes us feel good about ourselves. 'We must be good: We love our dogs; they love us...'

This series celebrates those attributes that can be admirable in both dogs and people: loyalty, devotion, obedience, enthusiasm, optimism, trust. But where such disciplines are universally admired in dogs, they can become far less appealing in humans when submission to them results in subjugation of self, and/or persecution of others.

In addressing the gap between our boundless potential for decency and an often brutal reality my hope is to encourage humane critical thinking."

Tony will participate in Festival events and programs prior to the festival weekend. We warmly welcome Tony Savoie as the Featured Artist for the 18th annual DeLand Fall Festival of The Arts.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Welcome to the Official Blog of the DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts

Woodland Boulevard blossoms into an artist's garden of color every November, as DeLand, Florida hosts the Annual DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts. Over 200 National Artists will display and sell their art work in the historic downtown shopping district, just in time for holiday gift-giving. This is an exciting, juried fine art show not to be missed! Discover the rich colors of imagination in paintings with brilliant blues, verdant greens, sultry reds, expressive pastels and stark black and white; in nature and wildlife scenes which reveal the old, the untamed Florida; in unique pottery, sculpture, woodwork; and in nature photography from around the country. The historic preservation district of downtown DeLand provides a charming backdrop for this annual festival which is dedicated to those who create as well as those who appreciate and collect art. More than 50,000 patrons enjoy the fine art exhibits presented by over 200 juried artists of various mediums including painting, glass, sculpture, jewelry, leather, photography, printmaking, wood, ceramics, and fiber. Awards are: 2D Judge's Choice 1@ $2,500 3D Judges Choice 1@ $4,000 Award of Excellence 2@ $1,500 Award of Distinction 3@ $1,000 Award of Merit 4@ $750 Award of Recognition 5@ $500 Honorable Mention 6@ $300 Museum of Florida Art Award 1@ $3,000 Mark your calendar for a family weekend.