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11/20/2016 Member News
Top Artists win awards at CraftArt Festival 2016

Contact: Janie Lorenz, Business Manager and Show Coordinator  

Top Artists win awards at CraftArt Festival 2016

St. Petersburg, Fla., November 20, 2016 The nation’s top contemporary craft artists came from 12 states to display and sell their creations at Florida CraftArt’s 19th Annual CraftArt Festival. The two-day festival, held on November 19 and 20, at Central Avenue and Fifth Street in downtown St. Petersburg, kicks off the Holiday shopping season. The juried fine craft art festival features nationally established and emerging fine craft artists with handmade works in clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, paper and mixed media. Visitors enjoy artist demonstrations, food trucks, craft beers and wine.

The prestigious juror for the CraftArt Festival 2016 is Chris Amundsen, the executive director of the American Craft Council who presented $10,000 in cash awards to the following winners in the craft categories.

Raymond James Best of Show Award was presented to Wesley Rasko for Glass. William Kidd won the Florida CraftArt Board of Directors Award for Ceramics. Lazydays Award of Excellence was awarded to Virginia Spalter for Glass. Jewelers Marc and Sandy Zoschke won the Regions Bank Award of Excellence. Duke Energy Award of Excellence was presented to Larry Hasiak for Wood. JJ and the Z / Remax Real Estate Award of Excellence was awarded to Lynn Hardesty for Jewelry. Tyrone Mazda Award of Merit was given to artist Larry Brown for Wood. Trenam Award of Merit was presented to Leeann Kroetsch for Fiber. Great Bay Award of Merit was won by Kristin Holeman for Jewelry. Tampa Bay Times Award of Merit was given to Harry Welsch for Ceramics. The PIE Award of Merit was presented to metal sculptor Richard Jacobus. Ceramic artist Sean Fitzgerald received the Eckerd College/ Matt & Joanne Bisset Award of Merit. The DMG School Project Emerging Artist was Jackie Head. The DMG School Project as Florida CraftArt engages the next generation of fine craft artists.

To learn more about CraftArt 2016, visit, or contact Janie Lorenz at

Florida CraftArt is Florida’s only statewide nonprofit organization representing established and emerging fine craft artists. For more than sixty years, it has advanced and celebrated Florida’s fine crafts, in St. Petersburg and throughout the state, through exhibitions, workshops and educational programs, making it Florida’s most important destination and primary authority for fine craft art. Its mission is to grow the statewide creative economy by engaging the community and advancing Florida’s fine craft artists and their work. Visit Florida CraftArt at 501 Central Avenue in Downtown St. Petersburg or at