Art Fest Fort My­ers

Ju­ried show is a top South­ern art fair

RSWLiving - - News & Views - BY CRAIG GAR­RETT Craig Gar­rett is Group Edi­tor-in-Chief for TOTI Me­dia.

One of the coun­try’s best out­door art shows re­turns to down­town Fort My­ers in early Fe­bru­ary. Clear time for the 16th an­niver­sary Art­Fest Fort My­ers, a ju­ried ex­hibit fea­tur­ing fine art from world and US artists. The event is Feb. 6 to Feb. 7, with an open­ing night party on Fri­day, Feb. 5. “It’s go­ing to be a won­der­ful cel­e­bra­tion,” says Sharon McAl­lis­ter, the event’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

Aside from great art, there’s also a Sun­day morn­ing Publix Run to the Arts, a 5K race. Art­Fest artists are care­fully ju­ried and ac­cepted. More than 900 ap­ply. Plan to view (and pur­chase) jew­elry, sculp­ture, unique paint­ings and dec­o­ra­tive ce­ram­ics. Price ranges vary, so ev­ery pa­tron can find some­thing that fits taste and bud­get.

Art­Fest Fort My­ers is a fam­ily event and is free to at­tend. Take time to en­joy tal­ented South­west Florida high school artists at the Art Un­der 20 ex­hibit. The Publix Art Yard and Youth Stage are full of op­por­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren of all ages to cre­ate a mas­ter­piece of their very own, while en­joy­ing a va­ri­ety of great per­for­mances. And there are plenty of din­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. De­tails are at art­fest­fort­my­ers.com.

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