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ArtFest, Fort Myers’ “Art Under 20” Exhibit & Competition, Held at Fort Myers Toyota New Work Truck Center Gallery

Fort Myers, FL, March 18, 2010 --( ArtFest Fort Myers’ “Art Under 20” exhibit and competition was held at Fort Myers Toyota New Work Truck Center Gallery. The Art Under 20 exhibit and competition has been a part of ArtFest Fort Myers since its inception ten years ago. The extremely talented student artists who won the top awards in Art Under 20, which took place at ArtFest Fort Myers on February 6th and 7th, were honored on February 23rd at the awards reception.

Graciously hosted by Ft. Myers Toyota at their Fort Myers Toyota New Work Truck Center, ArtFest Fort Myers presented $6,000 in awards to the winning Lee County high school students. The Art Under 20 award reception included an opportunity for refreshments while viewing the winning artwork, followed by the formal presentation of the award checks.

Vice President of Ft. Myers Toyota, Pamela Templeton, said, “The talent these young people display simply amazes us. We are honored to have them exhibit their work in our Truck Center Gallery. It is so exciting to be able to assist this wonderful program that provides support and encouragement for these young artists. It is such a pleasure meet the participants, their families and teachers.”

At this season’s Art Under 20, each of the 226 local high school students from 16 Lee County high schools submitted one entry. The student art was exhibited at the fine art festival and was previewed by thousands of festival patrons. Art Under 20 judges, Susan Mills, Tracy Cullimore, and Doug Heslep had the difficult task of selecting the winners from among these talented students.

Awards were given in the categories of drawing, photography, painting, three-dimensional and mixed media. The cash award levels were as follows:

$900 for Best of Show
$400 for First Place
$200 for Second Place
$100 for Third Place
$50 for Honorable Mention

Festival attendees also voted for the People’s Choice winner, resulting in a $300 cash award.

Through the generosity of the Fewster family, two additional awards were added to the competition this season: the Fewster Family Scholarship Award and the McBLT Ventures Art Teacher Award.

The Best of Show Award Winner was Kesley Hasten, a student at Mariner High School, and her piece was entered under the drawing category.

About ArtFest Fort Myers, Inc.:
ArtFest Fort Myers, Inc. is a not for profit whose mission is to provide an exemplary art experience to the community. Our juried outdoor fine art festival brings 200 artists from across the county to downtown Fort Myers each February. Exciting components of ArtFest Fort Myers include Art Under 20, the largest Lee County high school art competition, the Art Yard, where children of all ages are invited to become creative, plus exceptional international and waterfront dining galleries and fabulous music. Admission to ArtFest Fort Myers is free to the pubic, due to the generous support of its sponsors. Fort Myers Toyota is one of our wonderful sponsors.

Media Contact For ArtFest Fort Myers:
Jeanne Seehaver, Assistant Festival Director

About Fort Myers Toyota:
Fort Myers Toyota has been serving Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Counties since 1988. They are located at 2555 Colonial Boulevard on the Big Corner of Colonial and Fowler, just west of I-75 exit 136 West. The strong and committed sales staff have many years of experience satisfying our customers’ needs. Fort Myers Toyota New Work Truck Center Gallery has a large inventory of new and pre owned Toyota’s in South West Florida, including Toyota Camry, Corolla, Prius, Hybrid, Tundra, Tacoma, Sienna, Highlander, Toyota Venza, Avalon, Yaris, Sequioa, Matrix and Scion. To browse their inventory online, request more information about vehicles, set up a test drive or inquire about financing, visit their website at or call 888-802-9401. Fort Myers Toyota is your Sam’s Club, B J’s, AAA, and AARP Auto Buying Program Dealer.

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