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Artists Invited to Apply for 2016 Mainsail Show

By JON WILSON, Consulting Editor, TB Reporter

The deadline to apply is midnight Dec. 1.

ST. PETERSBURG — Artists interested in exhibiting at the 41st Annual Mainsail Art Festival next April are invited to apply online through December 1. Applications must be submitted through

Direct link to Mainsail event page:

Artists can also go to the show website, and click on the ZAPP logo.

The 41st Annual Mainsail Art Festival will be held in St. Petersburg’s waterfront Vinoy Park on April 16 and 17, 2016. Artists can submit in categories including Ceramics, Digital Art, Fibers, Glass, Graphics, Jewelry, Metal, Mixed Media, Oil/Acrylic, Photography, Sculpture, Watercolor and Wood. The artist jury fee is $35 and exhibitor space fee is $325.

The deadline for submitting an application is midnight Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015.

Cash awards totaling $60,000 feature the $10,000 Best of Show Gold Award, the $5,000 Mainsail Silver Award and two Mainsail Bronze Awards of $2,500 each. The show judge also will select 10 awards of excellence at $1,500 each; 15 awards of distinction, $1,000 each; 20 awards of merit, $500 each. The show also features Purchase Awards of $200 each, where local businesses or individuals select an artist and purchase of a piece of his or her artwork.

In addition to 250 professional artists converging on Vinoy Park, Mainsail presents the Young at ARt student show, Kids Create art activity tent, live music and a variety of culinary art food vendors. As always, admission for visitors is free. Mainsail will be recruiting volunteers to assist during the two-day annual event, ranked by Sunshine Artist magazine among the“100 Best Fine Art and Design Shows” in the nation for more than 22 years. And, for three years running, St. Petersburg has been named America’s Number 1 Arts Destination among mid-sized cities by AmericanStyle magazine.

For more details, visit or e-mail us at artist@mainsailart. org or

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