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February 8 & 9 is busy weekend for art fairs and festivals in SW Florida

At Bonita Springs National Art Festival.
At Bonita Springs National Art Festival.Tom Hall, 2013

The weekend of February 8 and 9 has three exciting art fairs and festivals for Southwest Florida art enthusiasts to enjoy:

Another busy weekend ahead for art fair and festival lovers.
Another busy weekend ahead for art fair and festival lovers.Tom Hall, 2013

The Bonita Springs National Art Festival returns to its new home at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs on the weekend of February 8 & 9. Like its January and March editions, this festival places a heavy emphasis on quality and originality, with the 211 artists juried into the show from across the United States, Canada, South America and Europe exhibiting and selling original paintings, drawings, pastels, photography, handcrafted jewelry, clay works and ceramics, glass art, metal sculpture and more. Together with the festivals held in January and March, this show is a major fundraiser for the Center of the Arts of Bonita Springs.

The 7th Annual Coconut Point Art Festival takes place in the geographical center of Southwest Florida on the weekend of February 8 & 9. The Coconut Point Mall serves as the site for this outdoor art festival, which features more than 250 artists and artisans from 30 different states in a Valentine's weekend art extravaganza. 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. With 113 stores and 25 restaurants surrounding several acres of lakes and wood boardwalk, Coconut Point Mall offers a unique outdoor shopping experience, but at the art festival, the focus is exclusively on the art and artists. Variety and diversity are themes at every Howard Alan event, and for the Coconut Point art festivals, there is something for everyone ranging from $15 handmade silver jewelry to life size sculptures costing in excess of $50,000.

Saturday, February 8 is also the date for the Naples Artcrafters Fine Art & Craft Show. Naples Artcrafters is committed to promoting excellence in arts and crafts and to supporting established artists, craftspersons and students by providing a venue for the display and sale of their work in a beautiful setting. At their shows, they present a wide array of artistic genres, styles and media, including paintings in oils, acrylics, watercolors, drawings in pen and ink and pencil, pastels, scissors art, multi-media and collage, photography, ceramics and pottery, jewelry, metalsmithing, metal clays, lapidary, beading, sculptures, stained glass and fused glass, wood turning and carving, and basket weaving. The show takes place in Cambier Park along 8th Street South, 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.

Art Southwest Florida is the only place you can find the full and complete schedule of Southwest Florida art fairs and festivals. Please click here to review it now and make your plans for the rest of festival season.