Art festival season starts in earnest this weekend when the 2nd Annual Coconut Point New Years Weekend Art Festival returns to Coconut Point Mall on Saturday, December 29 and Sunday, December 30. With more than 250 artists and artisans from 30 different states, there is something for every artistic taste and sensibility at this festival, which sets up in the parking lot just north of Panera Bread and east of U.S. 41.
The 11th Bi-Annual Estero Fine Art Show takes place at the Miromar Outlet Mall on Saturday, January 5, and Sunday, January 6, 2013, giving art lovers an unparalleled opportunity to combine a day of art browsing and buying with shopping and dining at a venue that’s been voted Southwest Florida’s “Best Factory Outlet Shopping Center” 13 years in a row. This top-notch fine art & craft event brings to Estero, Florida new original paintings, drawings, pastels, photography, ceramics, clay, glass, sculpture, wood working and carvings, fiber art and art jewelry from the ateliers, studios and workshops of some 120 local and internationally-acclaimed artists
The Naples Art Association’s Downtown Naples New Year’s Art Fair returns to Naples’ Fifth Avenue South on the weekend of January 5-6, 2013. Last year, the artworks on display were valued collectively at nearly $15 million. As in years past, every category will be represented, from original oils and acrylics on canvas, panel and galvanized aluminum to watercolors on paper, 2D and 3D mixed media, limited edition prints, photography, digital art, metal sculpture, wood carvings, ceramics, hand-crafted jewelry, leather works and more. Because of its national ranking (Sunshine Artist ranked it as the #62 festival in the nation in 2011) and the beautiful weather in southwest Florida during this time of year, the Downtown Naples New Year’s Art Fair draws 200 of the finest artists in the country, which explains why more than 15,000 art enthusiasts turned out for this art fair last year.
Art in the Park will run alongside the Downtown Naples New Year’s Art Fair on Saturday, January 5. Art in the Park not only features work by Naples Art Association member artists in booths set up on Park Street outside The von Liebig Art Center, but art demonstrations by Sharon Erbe and Rinny Ryan plus art projects for the whole family. Inside The von Liebig, art instructor David Hammel will lead adults from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in glazing ceramic bowls to donate to the Empty Bowls fundraiser, helping to feed the hungry in Collier County through the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Instructor Kim Walbert leads children of all ages to create make-and-take art projects.
On Saturday, January 12, 2013, Naples Artcrafters will host a juried fine art and craft show in beautiful Cambier Park in downtown Naples. The event features incredibly diverse and talented local artists that will share paintings, photography, glass art, jewelry and metal work, as well as handcrafted sculptures, pottery and much more. The show takes place on 8th Street South, one block south of fabled Fifth Avenue South, behind Starbucks and within view of the band shell and Cambier’s Quilt, the first public art project at a municipal building under the City of Naples’ public art ordinance.
The Bonita Springs National Art Festival descends on the Promenade at Bonita Bay on Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13. In 2011, Bonita Springs National was ranked the #10 art festival in the nation by The Art Fair SourceBook and #11 by Sunshine Artist Magazine. This festival stresses quality and originality, with the 211 artists juried into the show from across the United States, Canada, South America and even Europe exhibiting and selling original paintings, drawings, pastels, photography, handcrafted jewelry, clay works and ceramics, glass art, metal sculpture and more.
The 28th Annual Cape Coral Festival of the Arts takes place in downtown Cape Coral on January 12-13, 2013. Scheduled to participate in this year’s festival, are over 300 artists from such categories as; fine crafts, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, and sculpture.
The Fort Myers Downtown Saturday Art Fair takes place on January 19 under the awnings of the galleries, shops and offices that border First Avenue, just steps from the waters of the Caloosahatchee River in the completely refurbished and restored downtown Fort Myers River District. The intimate, small-town ambiance of the River District engenders casual conversation between collectors and the participating artists, who willingly share stories about where they find inspiration, how they craft the unique pieces they sell, and what drew them to the arts in the first place. If you don’t find exactly what you are looking for, they will be pleased to make what you want. They’ll even deliver it to your home!
Naples Masters Winter Art Festival comes to the Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt on January 19-20, 2013. This festival features between 80 and 100 highly successful and skilled artists who bring and exhibit paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, drawings and pastels, 2D and 3D mixed media and collages, photography and digital art, woodworking, sculpture, ceramics, glass, fiber art, and jewelry. The festivals are devoted mainly to fine art, with some fine crafts entering into the mix.
The 16th Annual Naples Invitational Art Fest will be held January 26-27, 2013 in Naples’ Fleischmann Park, which is located just south of the Coastland Center Mall on Fleischmann Boulevard at Goodlette-Frank Road. The festival takes place along the sidewalks that bisect the park, connecting the tennis courts on the east with the picnic pavilion, playgrounds and one of the baseball/softball fields. Because of the festival’s size and configuration, Naples Invitational represents an opportunity for artists and collectors to exchange ideas and information while supporting a unique local charity, Eden Autism Services Florida.
February is just as packed with fine art fairs and festivals, and so is March. In fact, Southwest Florida is home to more than 50 art fairs and festivals between November 1st and April 30th each year.