For over forty years, the city of DeLand has hosted the DeLand Outdoor Arts Festival. Founded in 1965 by Joe Elliott and Virginia Clausen, the festival began as a sidewalk sale of art in downtown DeLand. Mr. Elliott stepped down as President of the festival in 1971, and Virginia Clausen took over the role. She remained President until her retirement in 1999. Her son, Tom Clausen, became President of the Arts Festival in 2000, and his wife Patty was elected Vice President. The DeLand Outdoor Arts Festival is the oldest family-run art festival in the state. The festival moved to its‘ current location in Earl Brown Park on Alabama Avenue in the early 1980s. You will find a wide variety of artists that use various mediums in the art show, including watercolor, oils, acrylics, wood, ceramic, fiber art and jewelry. There are 95 juried spaces available and 77 crafter spaces available in the show. Several prizes are awarded, include “Best in Show“ and “ Award of Excellence.”


The city of DeLand is also home to an Annual Fall Festival of the Arts. In this show, over 180 national artists display and sell their artwork in the historic downtown shopping district of DeLand. It helps kick off the holiday gift-giving season. This is a juried art show and includes painting, printmaking, jewelry, glasswork, pottery, sculpture, woodwork, photography. The streets of DeLand are filled with more than 40,000 visitors who come to view and buy art. Stroll around and watch artists at work, as you enjoy live music and good food fresh off the grills. The Annual Fall Festival of the Arts is usually held in late November. Artists compete for more than $25,000 in prize money in eleven different categories. This festival has gotten very good reviews from artists, critics and visitors.


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