ArtsQuest has a new home

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ArtsQuest has named Juan Francisco Adaro as their Featured Festival Artist. Adaro is a contemporary painter born in Buenos Aires Argentina and currently lives in Santa Rosa Beach. Having painted for the last 20 years, Adaro started as a street and mural artist in his early 20s. Today Adaro is known for his large abstract and life size portraits. Using recycled materials and natural textures, he recreates each technique to suit his needs. From traditional oil paintings to live performances, Adaro's paintings and works on paper merge the worlds of art and science, depicting natural forms and biological structures in vivid color and imaginative detail. Adaro was also ArtsQuest’s 2012 “Best in Show” winner and ArtsQuest’s 2013 “Award of Excellence” winner.

Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 11:05 AM.

The Cultural Arts Alliance's upcoming 26th annual ArtsQuest fine-arts festival will have a new home — and it will be long term.

Grand Boulevard spokesperson Stacey Brady said Grand Boulevard is excited to be the host location for this year's ArtsQuest.

"We have been working to create destination events at Grand Boulevard ," she explained. "ArtsQuest is a prestigious event and it has been most successful. We are thrilled to have them sign a long-term agreement with us."

The CAA has signed on to put on ArtsQuest at the Grand Boulevard location for the next five years.

The festival began as a simple art show in the streets of Grayton 26 years ago. Since then, as it has grown, the juried fine-arts festival has moved around from being held on the grounds at Eden State Gardens , to Baytowne, Seaside , and most recently, WaterColor. This will be the festival's first appearance at Grand Boulevard and the first time in several years to have a long-term agreement.

"This will be a right-on, perfect fit for Grand Boulevard ," said Brady. "It brings art, music, and success to the table. As a mother, I have historically spent every Mother's Day at ArtsQuest."

ArtsQuest takes place every year on Mother's Day weekend (May 9-11) and normally sports around 100 white tents with local, regional, and national artists showcasing their works.

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