by: Samantha Zarek
One Daytona welcomes the One Daytona Art Festival in partnership with Gallery500, a contemporary fine art gallery at the lifestyle and entertainment center. The award-winning art festival is scheduled for April 2 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and returns to One Daytona for its third consecutive year.
The free event offers an opportunity for local and visiting collectors to experience culture and refinement over the course of two days with high-end artists, crafters, jazz music on the stage in Victory Circle, live art at Gallery500, and cash prizes for winning artists.
“We are excited for our third year in partnership with Gallery500 to co-host the One Daytona Art Festival,” said Roxanne Ribakoff, president of One Daytona. “We look forward to welcoming a diverse variety of local, regional, and international artists while bringing new aspects to the festival experience for guests to enjoy.”
A fresh sophistication this year is the wine walk, where visitors will have the option of purchasing a passport to enjoy a glass of wine at one of the participating restaurants and entertainment destinations. Each passport is $35 and will have five tabs redeemable for a glass of wine at the participating locations.
Each morning, guests can also attend live painting and artist Q&A sessions, as well as an artist panel at Gallery500. Live art will take place in Victory Circle during the afternoon jazz concerts.
Laura Ashley is a live painter from Asheboro, NC who will be performing. She recently painted live for Jeep Beach during the Taste of 24 event at Daytona International Speedway in January and worked with the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation’s Catwalk for a Cause event during Daytona Speedweeks in February. Laura Ashley will be painting live on stage in Victory Circle on Saturday morning at 11 a.m., and her art will be showcased throughout the festival.
A new mural at One Daytona, in partnership with Natasha Azri of the Save the Arts Movement, will be revealed on Saturday afternoon. The mural will display as another great addition to the public arts campaign in One Daytona and to the mural Erwin Dazelle completed last fall.
A returning favorite is the chalk art competition where artists will compete for Best in Show and Best in Show runner up awards. Visitors can participate in the People’s Choice award by voting for their favorite chalk art display through a donation. The chalk art competition awards ceremony will take place on the stage in Victory Circle on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The One Daytona Art Festival will feature more than 70 artists and vendors, representing a mix of local, regional, national, and international painters, photographers, and artisans. Jacksonville native Bill Slade will return to the festival this year to once again showcase his work. Slade is a glass artist who works with his son, Jon, to keep the art of glass blowing in the family. He is also last year’s recipient of the Best in Show award.
The awards ceremony will take place on the Victory Circle stage at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. Artists entered in the juried portion of the festival will compete to win prizes for Best in Show, Award of Distinction, and Award of Merit. In total, more than $6,000 will be awarded in prizes this year.
The weekend’s festivities will also include a Volusia County Public Schools student art exhibit, a creative Kids Zone with hands-on art projects by ArtHaus, live music, food and more.
In November 2021, the One Daytona Art Festival provided significant donations to the area’s arts education including $13,500 donated to Volusia County Schools Visual Arts Program and $4,000 to ArtHaus. All proceeds from this year’s event will once again be donated to Volusia County Schools Visual Arts Program and ArtHaus.
For more information, visit www.onedaytona.com.