34th Annual Art Festival at Thornebrook

October 13 - 14, 2018

10 am – 5 pm


120 fine artists and fine craftsmen will be exhibiting October 21 and 22, 2017, in Gainesville, FL throughout the park-like setting of Thornebrook Village Center.  This festival is entering it’s 33rd year under the auspices of Thornebrook Village and the Gainesville Fine Arts Association.  An attendance of over 20,000 is expected for this free event.  Many of your local favorites and new faces from as far away as Wisconsin are coming to enhance your enjoyment of the show.  There will be painting of all kinds, sculpture, photography of the familiar and the exotic – both as they were taken and some that are manipulated, mixed media from fused glass to paintings with additions, fiber arts, wood carvings and furniture, pottery and jewelry – some with gold, silver and precious gems to beach glass and stones.  Show is laid out to take advantage of the ambiance and convenience of Thornebrook Village Square and its stores, restaurants and other amenities.  This year we have opened up spaces to university, college and high school artists and craftsmen with award monies sponsored by Michael Hastings of Dawn Realty.


There will be lots of good food – both festival fare such as kettle korn and gyros and from the fine restaurants and the chocolate and gelato shop.  Don’t forget to taste the bagels, fresh sandwiched and salads from Bageland inside with the addition of burgers, hot dogs and Vietnamese in the courtyard behind the store.  Enjoy the soups, sandwiches and salads of Formaggios, Chinese and Asian fusion at Chopstix, handmade chocolates and gelato from Thornebrook Chocolates and libations from The Dirty Martini Bar.


We will have entertainment in 4 separate venues with local and regional sounds and the addition of the Rising Stars Stage located in the north area of the Village which will feature college, university and high school students with performance quality entertainment. Some of the performers for the weekend will include Mama Trish, Boulware & Stewart, The Killer B’s. Taylor Roberts, Janet Rucker and David Beede, the Dozenaires, The Gainesville String Quartet, the Barbergators, Middle Ground, the Santa Fe Brass, Uptown Swing, Raymond Lohengrin, Susan David, and the Rising Stars which will be booked in September.


Come to Gainesville for a daycation to see the show or a staycation and take advantage of the natural beauties – such as the Devil’s Millhopper and Paynes Prairie.  There are many galleries and shops to peruse and many types of cuisine to sample – several of which are located in the Thornebrook Village Square.  Come and enjoy Gainesville and get to know the many advantages of the area.  You will have a wonderful time!