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Art in Bartow

Bartow is where our history comes to life . . . and art.

Each year dozens of community volunteers transform Downtown Bartow into a bustling center of compact, street-side art galleries called the Bloomin’ Arts Festival.

This is the 44th year for the two-day festival, which also offers quilt, garden and car shows, a bike ride, live entertainment and lots of food, including Food Truck Crazy.

After being on e of the major sponsors of the Bloomin Arts Festival for over 20 years, the law firm of Frost Van den Boom P.A. has become its presenter.

The Bloomin’ Arts Committee, supported by businesses, community groups and lots of volunteers, plans the event each year. Michell Githens is co-chairman again this year, and is joined by co-chairman Lara Frederickson. The event is hosted by the Bartow Art Guild, City of Bartow, Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Bartow, Inc.

Bloomin’ Arts 2015 takes place Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8, along several blocks from Broadway to Florida Avenue, and from Davidson Street to Summerlin.

Festival hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday. The Flower Show runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday in the Main Street Bartow office at the corner of South Central Avenue and Summerlin Street.

The quilt show is also indoors, in the Polk County History Center housed in the Historic Courthouse, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days. The Bloomin’ Arts Festival Quilt Show presented by CenterState Bank is a non-juried show, displaying new quilts and family heirlooms. One talented quilter will receive the People’s Choice Award for their entry in the show.

Classic cars and trucks along Broadway are a different kind of art. Colorful and shiny, they draw lots of attention. This year’s show, presented by Victory Lane and sponsored by Kelley Buick GMC, will be on Saturday, and entrants will have the chance to win plenty of trophies. An RV Show by Camping World of Bartow is a new addition on Sunday.

More than 100 artists are expected to show sculpture, pottery, photography, paintings, woodwork, glass and other arts. A number of awards and cash prizes are presented. Polk County students from elementary through high school also show their artwork. One school will win the Best Display Award of $100 with a ribbon to be awarded to the art teacher. High schools and colleges have been invited to compete for monetary awards of $1,140.

Children will also find an art tent, sponsored by Mosaic, where they can be creative, have their faces painted, and get temporary tattoos.

A new feature to Bloomin’ Arts this year is the RV Show, presented by Camping World, the nation’s largest RV and outdoor retailer. The show is on Sunday, March 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Providing live entertainment are the Bluegrass and Jazz Bands from Union Academy; Tom Mizell of Bartow, playing a variety of music on the harmonica; Dennis Croom of Bartow; and others. New this year is a Sunday afternoon concert from noon to 3:00 by the Brian Sutherland Band, a folk funk from Lakeland whose first CD was released in August 2014 .

Cyclists will be at Fort Blount Park for the 7:00 a.m. Bloomin’ Bike Ride registration and breakfast on Saturday. Line-up and drawing for the Artistic Motion Award is at 7:50 at Fort Blount Park. Riders in the 37- and 65-mile Tow Tours line up at 8:00 a.m., while the 16-mile Family Fun Ride starts at 8:15 a.m.

A part of the proceeds for the rides go for providing new bikes for kids who can’t afford one. The Power Pedalers program has given more than 60 bikes to kids. For more information on the bike ride, call Trish Pfeiffer at (863) 640-1024 or visit www.active.com or http://bartowcyclingevents.com.

For more information about Bloomin’ Arts, visit www.bartowartguild.com or Bloomin’ Arts on Facebook.

 

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Community Corporate Partners

INVESTING IN THE SUCCESS OF THEIR COMMUNITY . . . the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize the following businesses for their annual pledge of support to help make our community a better place to live, work and operate businesses.
Chairmen Level - $10,000 Partner

A-C-T
Taste of the Chamber, Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Pig Out Bartow!, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Polk Politics, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

CITY OF BARTOW

Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Pig Out Bartow!, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Polk Politics, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow, ENGAGE Young Professionals, State of the City Address

MOSAIC

Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Pig Out Bartow!, Polk Politics, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow

SPATH JEWELERS

Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Pig Out Bartow!, Chamber Golf Scramble, Hometown Heroes, Chocolate Charms & Chamber Fun Thursday

 

President Level - $5,000 Partner

BARTOW FORD
 
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Pig Out Bartow!, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Fun Thursday, Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow

 

BARTOW REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Fun Thursday, Leadership Bartow 

 

COMMUNITY SOUTHERN BANK
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Fun Thursday, Hometown Heroes, Fun Thursday, Leadership Bartow, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

MADRID ENGINEERING GROUP, INC.
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Fun Thursday, Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow

 

SEMCO CONSTRUCTION
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Champions Cup, Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

Executive Level - $2,500 Partner

BADCOCK
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble

 

BARTOW COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION
Teacher of the Year Breakfast, Annual Meeting, Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Champions Cup, Fun Thursday, Leadership Bartow, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

BOSWELL & DUNLAP, LLP
Annual Meeting, Mayor's Prayer Luncheon, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble,Hometown Heroes

 

CENTERSTATE BANK
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Polk Politics, Chamber Golf Scramble, Hometown Heroes, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

CITIZENS BANK & TRUST
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Mayor's Prayer Luncheon, Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Polk Politics, Champions Cup, Hometown Heroes

 

DMAR TECHNICAL TRAINING
Hometown Heroes

 

KELLEY BUICK GMC
Polk Politics, Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow 

 

PARTY PEOPLE CELEBRATION COMPANY
Annual Meeting

 

REGAL LAKELAND
Chamber Golf Scramble

 

SPHERION STAFFING
Barn Boogie, Pig Out Bartow!, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Chamber Golf Scramble, Leadership Bartow, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

TD BANK
Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Leadership Bartow, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

TOM EDWARDS CHRYSLER/DODGE/JEEP/RAM
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Pig Out Bartow!, Chamber Golf Scramble, Fun Thursday, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

WATSON CLINIC
Annual Meeting, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Champions Cup, Leadership Bartow

 

Director Level - $1,000 Partner

AIR METHODS CORPORATION
Hometown Heroes

 

ASHLAND
Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow

 

BANK OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
Annual Meeting, Chamber Golf Scramble

 

MIDFLORIDA CREDIT UNION
Annual Meeting, Mayor's Prayer Luncheon, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble,Hometown Heroes

 

CENTERSTATE BANK
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Champions Cup, Hometown Heroes, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

RAINBOW INTERNATIONAL OF MID FLORIDA
Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Chamber Golf Scramble

 

STINGRAY CHEVROLET BARTOW
Barn Boogie, Chamber Golf Scramble, Pig Out Bartow!, Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival

 

TINDALE-OLIVER & ASSOCIATES, INC.
Mayor's Prayer Luncheon, Spirig of Bartow Awards, Chamber Golf Scramble, Hometown Heroes, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

Business Level - $500 Partner

BB&T
Barn Boogie, Hometown Heroes, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

BONEFISH GRILL
Chamber Golf Scramble

 

CRUISE PLANNERS
Chamber Golf Scramble, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

FLORIDA BLUE
Hometown Heroes

 

MOODY LAW
Fun Thursday

 

ORLANDO UTILITIES COMMISSION
Annual Meeting

 

MICHELL GITHENS STATE FARM INSURANCE
Barn Boogie, Mayor's Prayer Luncheon, Chamber Golf Scramble

 

THE VILLAGES AT LAUREL MEADOWS
Barn Boogie, Spirit of Bartow Awards

 

WHIDDEN-McLEAN FUNERAL HOME
Annual Meeting

 

Interested in becoming a Community Corporate Partner? Your company can benefit, as you benefit the community. The Community Corporate Partner program offers our Community Corporate Partners valuable perks to thank them for their support. Call Barbara Adamson today at 863-533-7125 and find out how we can help you help your community.

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