MARCH 15 - 17, 2024


2023 Emerging Artists

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival’s Emerging Artist Program was founded in 1977 and encourages new artists to participate in the world of outdoor festivals at no cost to the selectees. Emerging Artists, who are determined through the same juried process as all of the event’s participating artists, will have the opportunity to make sales and get feedback from art patrons and judges. While Emerging Artists are not eligible for prizes, the exposure and the experience is invaluable. This year three artists were chosen for the program.

Kaitlyn Kirsch

Kaitlyn Kirsch
Orlando, FL •
Booth Number: 202

Kaitlin Kirsch is a Florida native inspired by the natural landscape, and its fantastical potential, who specializes in painting. She recently graduated from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois with a B.A. in Studio Art and a minor in Entrepreneurship. In college, she was able to explore a variety of mediums such as drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and digital design, but has recently focused on developing her painting style. Kirsch’s landscape paintings are reminiscent of Impressionism through her use of color and light. She also employs techniques of the style by starting with loose brushstrokes and bold colors, then building up layers of detail utilizing techniques like stippling. She has previously exhibited in solo and group shows in both Illinois and Florida. Kirsch plans to continue to show her work and wants to get more involved in Central Florida’s art scene


Janelle LaFrance

Janelle LaFrance
Booth Number: 201

Janelle uses photography as a vehicle to express the unique way she views our world. Sometimes that means taking a closer look at wildlife, which often gets overlooked, or seeking out stars that are becoming more difficult to view in our light polluted cities. In those moments, she finds a peace that she wishes to share with her viewers in images crafted from her experiences. She is on a constant mission to capture
the light that surrounds us in its many forms, so that others may also see the light.


Valerie Reeves

Valerie Reeves
Booth Number: 200


Valerie Reeves is a Florida artist living and working in Winter Park. Her professional career began in graphic design, when she graduated from the University of Florida College of Fine Arts in 1985. She spent her first 15 years working with metro-Orlando agencies, specializing in corporate identity and restaurant/hospitality print design, receiving several industry awards for her work with Red Lobster and General Mills.

In late 2001, she left advertising design to become a stay-at-home mother, switching to digitally manipulated photography as her preferred means of creative expression. The Covid pandemic and a nearly empty nest provided her the opportunity to explore and develop larger pieces with paint and collage. Her work is intuitive, and is especially inspired by abstract masters such as Helen Frankenthaler, Richard Diebenkorn and Cy Twombly.


Cindy Ziegler

Cindy Zeigler
Booth Number: 199


Cindy Zeigler is an oil painter known for her impressionistic style of still life, landscapes, and seascapes. She is finding the art of oil painting to be second nature among her decades of artistic entrepreneurialism.

Zeigler’s fine art venture stems from successful designer businesses for private interior clientele of the greater Chicago area to later designing high fashion pieces for private buyers and boutiques around the world.

Zeigler is a student of world-renowned fine art painter and Master Impressionist, CW Mundy. Under Mundy’s ongoing guidance and personal tutelage, Zeigler continues to hone her fine art skills.

Now settled in Jacksonville, Florida, this multidisciplinary artist uses her experiences to add value to her fine art painting career. While building an audience among private collectors, Zeigler is working towards public museum and gallery exposure for her paintings. You can contact the artist directly or purchase a one-of-a-kind piece for your private collection directly through her website –