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Osceola Arts set for busy fall with shows, craft fair

Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 9:41 am

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By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

It’s a busy fall schedule at Osceola Arts with exhibits, shows and the return of the always-popular Osceola Crafters Guild Holiday Craft Fair.

The 35th annual fair opened last week at Osceola Arts, and as usual, features thousands of hand-crafted items for both holiday home decorating and gift-giving.

The event features handmade jewelry, glass, prints, food, woodwork, home decoration, card, ornaments, candles, ceramics, metal and small Christmas trees.

A portion of all proceeds go to Osceola Arts.

The craft fair is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4:30 p.m. The craft fair also is open during all show performances at Osceola Arts.

There is more art for sale and on display through Dec. 18. Gallery One Artists in downtown Kissimmee, also will have art on display and for sale at Osceola Arts through Dec. 18. Admission is free and on display Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Opening at Osceola Arts Nov. 18, is the Osceola Arts Young Actors Company production of The Mousetrap.

Based on the show by Agatha Christie, it is a mystery  full of intrigue when a snowstorm traps a group of strangers with a unknown killer. The show has the distinction of being the world’s longest running play and features actors ages 12-16.

Showtimes  are Friday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m.

Go to Osceolarts.org for more information or call 407-846-6257.

Coming in December at Osceola Arts is Winter Wonderettes, a holiday musical,    running Dec. 2-18. The seasonal celebration finds The Wonderettes, four multi-talented girls, entertaining the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. When Santa turns up missing, the girls use their talent and creative endeavors to save the party.

The show features 60’s versions of holiday classics.

Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., plus a Thursday, Dec. 8 performance at 7:30 p.m. Season tickets for the 2016-17 theater performances are now on sale.  The flex pass also is available, featuring six show of your choice, four Broadway and two Stage Left Studio series.

Osceola Arts also has put out a calling all artists alert for the newly-named Osceola Art Festival, now called Florida Mosaic: A Festival of the Arts. The show comes to downtown Kissimmee, April 8-9.

The festival will include fine art, crafts, student art showcases, chalk art, musicians, live performances and more.

Osceola Arts is seeking artists, crafters and artisans who would to showcase their work during the festival.

The Juried Art Contest as a prize pool of $15,000.

Artists, patrons and vendors should go to http://floridamosaic.businesscatalyst.com for more information.

Osceola Arts also has announced a call for artists for two upcoming art shows.

The National Arts Program: The 2017 National Arts Program Exhibit is coming up in January and anyone can submit their artwork for a chance to win cash prizes.

Open to Osceola County School District employees, volunteers, retirees and their families.

The deadline for submission  is Dec 4.

Osceola Arts Juried Art Exhibit: Osceola Arts is accepting submissions for the 2017 Juried Art Exhibit. This show will be on display from Feb. 7 thru March 5.

There is no fee to apply and the deadline for submission is January 6, 2017.

For more information call 407-846-6257 or email marilyn@osceolaarts.org.