ArtFest Fort My­ers 2019

Let art el­e­vate your ev­ery day

Gulf & Main - - CONTENTS - BY LEANNE SEEHAVER

Here’s how to spend a few hours—or all day or even the en­tire week­end—at the start of Feb­ru­ary sur­rounded by imag­i­na­tion, in­spi­ra­tion and in­cred­i­ble tal­ent: Visit ArtFest Fort My­ers, which brings 200 ex­cep­tional pro­fes­sional artists to the heart of down­town on Satur­day and Sun­day, Feb. 2-3, with open­ing night VIP party on Fri­day, Feb. 1.

The event also en­cour­ages 300 tal­ented lo­cal high school stu­dents to pur­sue their artis­tic dreams by tak­ing part in the

Art Un­der 20 ex­hibit and com­pe­ti­tion. And ArtFest pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for thou­sands of chil­dren, par­ents and grand­par­ents to try their hand at cre­at­ing “mas­ter­pieces.”

How do the fes­ti­val artists get cho­sen? A jury panel of artists de­ter­mines which 200 artists—from the more than 900 who ap­ply—will ex­hibit at ArtFest. These artists are the “best of thebest,” with plenty of won­der­ful art­work for vis­i­tors to en­joy.

It’s great to be able to meet the “stars” of the show—the artists. These cre­ative folks travel from 43 states and many for­eign coun­tries to share their work with us. They are sure to make us laugh, learn about our­selves, ap­pre­ci­ate our past and won­der about the fu­ture—all through their art.

Unique ceram­ics, jew­elry, hand­bags and cloth­ing, plus re­mark­able glass­work, paint­ings and dec­o­ra­tive metal de­signs await at­ten­dees at ArtFest Fort My­ers. This fam­ily-friendly fes­ti­val con­nects art and artists with the Southwest Florida com­mu­nity and is an ex­pe­ri­ence that de­lights the senses.

This fam­ily-friendly fes­ti­val con­nects art and artists with the Southwest Florida com­mu­nity and is an ex­pe­ri­ence that de­lights the senses.

ArtFest Fort My­ers 2019 com­mem­o­ra­tive poster, FortMy­ersFla­vor by West Palm Beach artist Ellen Ne­g­ley, cap­tures the charm of the down­town Fort My­ers river­front.

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