Art Festivals Fit for a President

Blog_171_Art Festivals Fit for a President

Presidents’ Weekend is the time of year that some of the very best art events are held. Because it is known as an artist’s paradise, Coconut Grove is one area of the U.S. that features a veritable art explosion on Presidents’ Weekend. This peaceful enclave on the edge of the city of Miami is sort of a throw back to the Gilded Age. Set among some of the most beautiful tropical landscaping in the country, this little village has managed to maintain a great deal of its original charm. For those familiar with artists and art shows, I am sure that you are very well acquainted with this very special place.

Beginning just over 50 years ago, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival was first. This event features close to 400 artists. And when I say artists, I mean artists. One of the regulations for getting into this show as an artist is that you must be present to talk with the attendees who visit your booth about the art you are presenting. Kind of like a little mini gallery show.  The art can be in a variety of mediums; but any and all artists must be invited into the show by a jury. That’s what it means when you see it is a “juried” show.  Typically, that means that the quality is more artist than homemade. For instance, a show can require that all arts and crafts work be handmade, yet not require it be judged for quality by a jury, before you are allowed to display your works. Now, although I have been known to make a mean tissue flower which I learned in Girl Scouts, I hardly think anyone would consider it art. This is pointed out to me often by one of my best friends who is an art teacher, whenever I volunteer to help decorate.

These art shows are not subjectively called “art” by the artist; they are truly art by anyone’s standard. I am constantly amazed by the quality of the works and the variety of the mediums presented. And I love that you get to talk with the artist who created the works. You get a real sense of who made the whole thing come to life. And while these pieces can be 10’s of 1,000’s of dollars, you will not be able to blow your nose with one like you can with my artwork!

S,o this week I tried to single out these art shows, as just an FYI. I find them fascinating and some of the very best shows that you will see all year. If you search in your area, you could find some art shows but I don’t think too many outdoors and of this magnitude. I mean outside my door is snow. Not really looking to walk around out there for too long. Just remember to grab the people you love most and head on over to an event near you this week. Whatever the theme of the event, make it one you can all enjoy by just being together.

Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts

Feb 15, 2014 – Feb 16, 2014

Downtown Sarasota, FL 34236

Since 1989, this juried art show features 200 award- winning national and international fine art and fine craft exhibitors. Consistently ranked one of the top 100 Fine Art Shows by Sunshine Artist Magazine, The Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts is one of the area’s biggest and best art events. The festival is held along Main Street in downtown Sarasota, spanning from 5 Points-Selby Park to Orange Avenue. Meet some of the best artists in the nation, displaying life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography and more. The show also features a food fest and live entertainment.
75,000 Attendees

Coconut Grove Arts Festival

Feb 15, 2014 – Feb 17, 2014

Downtown Streets Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Since 1964, one of the finest art shows in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of people descend upon Coconut Grove for this fabulous event showcasing over 325 exhibitors. Outstanding representation of juried arts and crafts. Also nightly concerts and an excellent variety of food.
850,000 Attendees

St. Stephens Arts and Crafts Show

Feb 15, 2014 – Feb 17, 2014

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Parish Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Since 1989, this event takes place along with the Coconut Grove Arts Festival and features over 175 juried fine arts and crafts exhibitors. An excellent example of a terrific showcase of talented artists. Known as one of South Florida’s most popular outdoor art festivals, the SSAS will charge a $2 admission to adults and children under 12 are admitted free of charge. The Art Show serves as a non-profit event that helps to fund outreach programs in Miami. Visitors can enjoy artwork from more than 160 renowned artists, an international food court, children’s activity area, an authentic English tea room and musical entertainment, all on the shady campus of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.
700,000+ Attendees


Feb 15, 2014 – Feb 17, 2014

Abacoa Town Center Jupiter, FL 33458

Since 1986, a three-day illustrated art festival that showcases over 250 artisans in a juried exhibition of gallery-quality fine art and fine crafts. With family activities and live entertainment. A portion of the proceeds help fund year round programs and services form the Northern Palm Beachs such as schools, charities and chamber activities.
150,000 Attendees

Desert Arts Festival

Feb 14, 2014 – Feb 17, 2014

Frances Stevens Park Palm Springs, CA 92262

Since 1986, features over 80 booths, open to all media of original fine art and limited crafts. All work juried through slides or photographs.
30,000 Attendees

The Grove Garden and Arts Show

Feb 15, 2014 – Feb 16, 2014

Downtown Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Held during the Coconut Grove Arts Festival each year the event draws excellent crowds and high traffic flow for their vendors. Set up is always Friday the day before the show from 8 AM to Dusk. Artist, Crafters, commercial vendors are welcome to apply.
150,000 Attendees

Wigwam Festival of Fine Arts

Feb 14, 2014 – Feb 16, 2014

Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa Litchfield Park, AZ 85340

Since 2011. The majestic grounds of the legendary Wigwam Resort offer an unparalleled ambiance for outdoor dining, arts and entertainment. Discover the extraordinary works of the Southwest’s finest artists and craftsmen, live musical performances, alfresco dining and wine tasting from Arizona’s top rated vineyards.
20,000 Attendees

Gold Rush Days Juried Arts and Crafts Show and Sale

Feb 14, 2014 – Feb 16, 2014

Wickenburg Public Library Wickenburg, AZ 85390

Since 1965, For over 45 of the Gold Rush years, the Wickenburg Art Club has brought artists and fine craftspeople to the Wickenburg Library’s lawn to exhibit and sell their creations. Professional artists jury prospective exhibitors who hope to rent one of their 145 – 10′ x 10′ spaces. The Art Club arranges with town managers for free RV “dry camping” and with the Citizen’s Patrol to provide night security. We are sponsoring arts and crafts of excellence during Gold Rush Days. A jury of professional artists and craft persons selects exhibitors. Acceptance is based upon the appearance, uniqueness, originality, quality, market value and display of your work.

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