These cre­ative folks travel from 43 states and many for­eign coun­tries to share their work with us.

Gulf & Main - - THE ARTS -

Com­mem­o­ra­tive posters and T-shirts, fea­tur­ing the work of Ellen Ne­g­ley, are avail­able for pur­chase at the fes­ti­val. Join­ing ArtFest Fort My­ers from West Palm Beach, Florida, she cre­ated Fort My­ers

Fla­vor to “cap­ture” the down­town river­front in her dis­tinc­tive style.

New in 2019, ArtFest Fort My­ers is har­ness­ing the power of art to in­crease aware­ness and chal­lenge be­hav­ior to in­spire the re­cy­cle, re-use and up­cy­cling move­ment, and to con­serve our nat­u­ral re­sources. We Are Over­flow­ing, a sculp­ture cre­ated from re-pur­posed, dis­carded and cast-off ma­te­ri­als, will spark your imag­i­na­tion and, per­haps, be­gin a con­ver­sa­tion about “re­think­ing waste.”

Take the en­tire fam­ily to this an­nual free out­door fes­ti­val. View the high school stu­dents’ work and pre­pare to be as­ton­ished as they cre­ate large street paint­ings in the Chalk Block. The Publix Art Yard is full of op­por­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren and adults of all ages to cre­ate art­works, while en­joy­ing a va­ri­ety of great per­for­mances on the Youth Stage. Visit the four din­ing gal­leries, where de­li­cious culi­nary fare com­pletes the ArtFest ex­pe­ri­ence.

Join the ArtFest Fort My­ers VIP Club to take ad­van­tage of these perks: re­served week­end park­ing; ad­mis­sion to open­ing night VIP party, with food and drinks; un­lim­ited week­end ac­cess to the VIP tent, with break­fast treats, lunch, snack bar and bev­er­ages. The cost is $125 per per­son and the funds help sup­port the year-round art ed­u­ca­tion outreach pro­grams of ArtFest Fort My­ers.

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at art­fest­fort­my­ers.com.

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