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Friday, April 19, 2024

Tuscawilla Sculpture Stroll Celebration in Ocala this weekend

The City of Ocala will host its popular Tuscawilla Sculpture Stroll Celebration this Saturday, February 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tuscawilla Park and Art Park located at 213 NE 5th Street.

The Biennial Ocala Outdoor Sculpture competition features 10 sculptures from artists across North America, and these works will remain on display at Tuscawilla Park for a 22-month exhibit that spans across 45-acres of green space in downtown Ocala.

Here are the artists and sculptures that are taking part in this year’s competition:

  • Lee Bell (Sarasota, FL) – “Fernando”
  • Richard Herzog (Athens, GA) – “Dalband Satellite Flower”
  • Hanna Jubran (Grimesland, NC) – “Double Helix”
  • Harry McDaniel (Asheville, NC) – “Impractical Hardware”
  • Michael O’Khaen (Miami, FL) – “Flamingo”
  • Roberto Perez Crespo (Hialeah, FL) – “Pollination”
  • Jeffrey Repko (Atlanta, GA) – “Beckon”
  • Kirk Seese (Lutherville Timonium, MD) – “The Feathers Three”
  • Laurie Sheridan (Port Ewen, NY) – “Fecund Pod”
  • Jamie Weinfurter (Iowa City, IA) – “Amalgamation”

Each new sculpture will be paired with a local nonprofit organization and a family-friendly, art-themed game for visitors to play. Tickets for these games are available from the Ocala Cultural Arts for $0.50 a ticket (cash only) at the Information Tent.

On the day of the Tuscawilla Sculpture Stroll, voting for the People’s Choice Award will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. During this time, event attendees can cast votes for their favorite sculpture.

All competition award winners will be announced at 1:30 p.m. on the Tuscawilla Art Park stage.

In addition to tours of the new sculptures, this free event will include live music, local artisans, craftsmen, nonprofits, and complimentary face painting. Food and refreshments will also be available for purchase from multiple local food trucks.

“The City of Ocala Cultural Arts creates opportunities for public art to transform ordinary spaces into destinations,” stated the city in a media release. “The goal of the Art in City Spaces program is to foster creativity, discovery and thoughtfulness among Ocala’s citizens and visitors.”

For more information, contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts Division via phone (352-629-8383) or email (artinfo@ocalafl.gov).