Downtown St. Petersburg, November 19 and 20, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The 25th edition of the Florida CraftArt Festival, scheduled for November 19 and 20, is accepting artist applications at www.zapplication.org. Artists can apply for jury selection in seven fine craft categories, including ceramics, fiber, glass, metal, jewelry, mixed media and wood. Paintings, drawings, photography and/or commercially-made works are not eligible.
The Florida CraftArt Festival, held the weekend before Thanksgiving in downtown St. Petersburg, attracts tens of thousands of art lovers and collectors. The two-day outdoor festival showcases a juried exhibition of fine craft and offers an opportunity for visitors to interact with and buy directly from the artists.
The festival also offers an “Emerging Artist” category for Florida artists. This free program offers Emerging Artists mentoring, a free booth, photography, and postcards valued at $960, as well as the opportunity to show and sell their work. To qualify, artists must not have exhibited in an outdoor festival or had a solo show. Learn more about the Emerging Artist program at FloridaCraftArt.org/applicants.
Deadline for festival artists to apply online for inclusion in the Florida CraftArt Festival is Thursday, September 1. For more information, contact Janie Lorenz at (727) 821-7391, e-mail info@FloridaCraftArt.org, or visit the website at https://floridacraftart.org/craftart/25th-annual-florida-craftart-festival/.
The Residences at 400 Central – Red Apple Real Estate is the presenting sponsor. Learn about other sponsorship opportunities by contacting Liz Cooper, Director of Advancement, at (727) 821-7391.
Florida CraftArt Festival 2022will be located just outside Florida CraftArt Gallery, at the crossroads of Central Avenue and 5th Street in Downtown St. Petersburg. Judge Bill Griffith, the former Executive Director of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, will award $10,000 in cash awards to the artists. Art lovers and fine craft collectors support the festival through the Collectors’ Circle and commit to purchase artists’ work in advance of the festival. They award their chosen artist(s) with a plaque and receive valuable festival benefits.
Florida CraftArt is located at 501 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.FloridaCraftArt.org or call (727) 821-7391. Fine craft art is presented in its 2,500-square-foot retail gallery and curated exhibitions are featured in its adjacent Exhibition Gallery. Florida CraftArt is a statewide nonprofit organization founded in 1951 and headquartered in St. Petersburg. Its mission is to grow the statewide creative economy by engaging the community and advancing Florida’s fine craft artists and their work. Florida CraftArt is the only statewide organization offering artists a platform to show and sell their work.