Thousands of people attend the Ocala Art Festival | Catch My Job


OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) – Residents gathered in downtown Ocala for the 55th annual Arts for Ocala Festival.

155 artists from across the country were present at the volunteer-run festival. It includes free art activities for children, food trucks from local businesses, and performances.

Fine Arts for Ocala Chair Billy Mallory said the event benefits more than just artists.

“I really like that we have something to show people very high quality fine art that isn’t always available in museums locally,” Mallory said. “We have Appleton which is incredible but I think it’s a great way to bring art to the community and help the community get more involved.

Photographer Jeffrey Coble said he travels from St. Petersburg every year to attend the festival.

“I do a lot of art shows and I do a lot of wildlife photography, and this show is great every year,” Coble said. “They are very kind to the artist and the people here are very friendly and I do very well at art shows, this is one of my favorites.”

The artwork displayed today was by seasoned artists from across the country but they were not the only ones to showcase their talents.

Marion County students display their artwork for all to see.

“She really enjoyed seeing her friends’ artwork and seeing her friends at the festival,” said resident Jennifer Evans.

Organizers said 30,000 people are expected to attend the two-day festival.

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