By all accounts, PAVA’s juried 2Cool Art Show, held at the Gulfport Casino the weekend of February 11th and 12th was a great success! The weather was sunny, but blustery and cool. What a great setting, overlooking Boca Ciega Bay! Not a great day for the beach in February but the crowds turned out in droves for a new, indoor art show on the Tampa Bay art show calendar.
Comments were heard to the effect that though the show was smaller than our summer Cool Art Show (34 booths with some artists sharing), the quality of the art and fine craft was very high and the venue was ideal.
Attendance for the weekend was about 2500 people; many artists reported good sales. There was plenty of parking and downtown Gulfport bustled with activity. People made a day of the 2Cool Art Show and shops and restaurants — all within easy walking distance of the Casino.
Many thanks to the city of Gulfport, the staff of the Casino and to all of our artists and hard-working volunteers.
Photos by David Ewart Photography and Susan Gehring, as noted.