ArtFest Fort My­ers 2019

Let art el­e­vate your ev­ery day

RSWLiving - - 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 the-best,” 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, FortMy­ers

Fla­vor by West Palm Beach artist Ellen Ne­g­ley, cap­tures the charm of the down­town Fort My­ers river­front.

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

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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