Event Date: April 18th 2023 – May 5th 2024

The Shaped By Water Juried Art Exhibition at the Cade Museum opens Thursday April 18th and runs thru May 5th. Museum hours are 10am – 4pm Thursday thru Sunday (closed Mon/Tues/Wed). A museum admission fee applies to see the exhibit – FREE admission to the museum exhibits and are show will be during the Saturday, April 20th, The Water State Festival at Depot Park. (Vendor reservations are open!)

Like no other, our peninsula state is shaped by water in the physical and creative realms. From the moving sands that surround your feet in the surf, to strokes of brushes on the canvas, to the hands molding clay, to carved river banks, to the tide-influenced creeks snaking back to the sea – all are continuously shaped by water. Every aspect of Florida life is influenced by the waters along our coasts, in our communities, and those that flow in the aquifer beneath our feet – they shape our culture, passions, politics, economy, biodiversity, and quality of life. The creative works in this exhibition explore how Florida is “Shaped by Water,” literally and figuratively, on canvas, photo, sculpture, and screen.

The art show, presented by The Water State, a division of Play Hard Florida, will be held at the Cade Museum! The show, the environmental nonprofit Florida Springs Institute will showcase original works of art by the most talented artists in North Central Florida.

Calling all Florida artists! Participate in a prestigious juried show; compete for cash prizes; sell your art piece commission-free; showcase your work to a statewide audience; exhibit your work in an amazing gallery; enjoy an awards celebration & dinner; and be part of an event that benefits our Florida springs and waters! The Call for Art is OPEN until March 24th, 2024.

1,200 in cash awards to the top 3 artists selected by the jury. An awards reception night is planned for Friday, April 26th 6-8:30pm. Ticket sales will be announced soon!

How to participate and help…


BUSINESS & PRIVATE SPONSORSHIP: Businesses & individuals have an amazing opportunity for a single donation to benefit the community, protect our water resources, and to be marketed in multiple community events! SPONSOR NOW Sponsors receive complimentary tickets to the Dinner Reception.

PADDLE BOARD RAFFLE: An artist-inspired Sea Gods Inflatable Paddle Board give away! 100% of this raffle benefits the Florida Springs Institute! PURCHASE NOW


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