2016 Spring Arts Festival Poster
This year's poster was created by Gainesville's own Annie Whittaker Pais. A painter and art teacher, Pais has lived in Gainesville since the 1980s.
"I had the great good fortune to be raised by two artist parents who saw the entire world through a cultural lens," Annie says. "My parents designed and built our home just outside New York City with an art studio that became my world and a lifeline during difficult times. They shared their passions and allowed me the freedom to wander our Connecticut woods and the vast museums, galleries and diverse neighborhoods of the great city."
Pais was a self-taught artist until 1982, when—after moving to Florida and while having two young children and an infant at home—she enrolled in art classes at Santa Fe College.
Pais continues to paint and teach her own studio method in Gainesville and at the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina. At the urging of her students, she is writing a memoir about her artistic methods and the power of a life lived with passion and creativity.
"I have returned many times to reconnect with Santa Fe College," Pais says, "and as always, it's a joy to continue this partnership."