More than 80 of the nation’s top contemporary craft artists will be in Florida CraftArt’s 19th Annual CraftArt Festival on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20 at Central Avenue and Fifth Street in downtown St. Petersburg. The two-day festival kicks off the Holiday shopping season and is one of the most eagerly anticipated art events by collectors and patrons who plan a fun-filled Florida weekend around the show. For the ninth year, the juried fine craft art festival will feature nationally established and emerging fine craft artists with handmade works in clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, paper and mixed media. Locals and visitors will enjoy artist demonstrations, food trucks, craft beers and wine.
The prestigious juror for the CraftArt Festival 2016 is Chris Amundsen, the executive director of the American Craft Council. $10,000 in cash awards will be presented to winners in the craft categories. Returning award-winning artists from previous years include ceramicists William Kidd and Miguel Fonseca, glass artist Steve Palmer, as well as jewelers Kristin Holeman and Obayana Ajanaku.
Fine craft collectors are invited to become members of the Collector’s Circle by committing to purchase artists’ work in advance of the festival. Collector’s Circle members enjoy the thrill of handing their chosen artist(s) handmade award ribbons. For information about the Collector’s Circle, visit www.floridacraftart.org.
For the fourth year, the festival will showcase the talents of emerging artists with the support of the DMG School Project as Florida CraftArt engages the next generation of fine craft artists. At the center of this year’s festival is the street mural “Common Ground” by Cecilia Lueza created at the Shine Mural Festival in September.
The CraftArt Festival will be held in the heart of the Central Arts District in front of Florida CraftArt Gallery, located at 501 Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg. To learn more about CraftArt 2016, visit www.floridacraftart.org, or contact Janie Lorenz at email@example.com,
Florida CraftArt is Florida’s only statewide nonprofit organization representing established and emerging fine craft artists. For more than sixty years, it has advanced and celebrated Florida’s fine crafts, in St. Petersburg and throughout the state, through exhibitions, workshops and educational programs, making it Florida’s most important destination and primary authority for fine craft art. Its mission is to grow the statewide creative economy by engaging the community and advancing Florida’s fine craft artists and their work. Visit Florida CraftArt at 501 Central Avenue in Downtown St. Petersburg or at www.floridacraftart.org