ArtFest Fort Myers has recently announced the 200 artists who have been juried into its upcoming fine art festival, scheduled for February 1-3, 2013.
Over 800 artists from across the country and around the world applied for inclusion in the 3-day festival, which takes place February 1-3, 2013. But to gain entrance into the festival, the applicants first had to pass muster with a five-member jury panel.
This panel of art professionals looked at 3,200 images submitted by the 815 artists who applied to be part of the fine art festival. In a process that takes an entire day, each juror scores each applicant’s work. The scores of the judges are then averaged, and artists with the highest scores in each medium are invited to participate in ArtFest Fort Myers.
“We provide our jury panel, [who are] all artists in their own right, with a basic set of criteria,” explains Sharon McAllister, ArtFest Fort Myers Executive Director. “They are reminded to consider artistic merit, technical competence, and presentation as they score each artists’ work. They always look for that unique combination of craftsmanship and inventiveness that is clearly original. Of course, our jury members bring their own individual criteria to determine excellence in art. This impartial system insures that the best-of-the-best will be represented at our fine art festival each year. And, we are fortunate to be able to use state-of-the-art equipment at Edison State College to host our jury panel.”
You can get a sneak peek at the exciting work of these premier artists by visiting http://www.ArtFestFortMyers.com/gallery. Once there, you can even click through to the artist’s website and make your art shopping plans in advance.
As in past years, ArtFest brings to the downtown Fort Myers River District a wide array of genres and media, with works in sculpture, painting, ceramics, photography, printmaking, drawing, digital, mixed media, ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, wearable fiber and wood.
ArtFest Fort Myers takes place February 1, 2 & 3, 2013 in the Fort Myers River District, a cozy venue conducive to lively conversation with the artists about their media, technique and inspirations.
Join the experience with 200 artists from across the county and around the world, the largest high school art exhibit and competition in South Florida, and free interactive art experiences for children of all ages. The art festival is free to everyone but you can enjoy VIP perks as well. For more information visit ArtFestFortMyers.com and “Like” ArtFest on Facebook.