The Fort Myers Downtown Saturday Art Fair takes place on Saturday, January 18 under the awnings of the galleries, shops and offices that border First Avenue, just steps from the waters of the Caloosahatchee River in the completely refurbished and restored downtown Fort Myers River District. The intimate, small-town ambiance of the River District engenders casual conversation between collectors and the participating artists, who willingly share stories about where they find inspiration, how they craft the unique pieces they sell, and what drew them to the arts in the first place. If you don’t find exactly what you are looking for, they will be pleased to make what you want. They’ll even deliver it to your home!
Naples Masters Winter Art Festival comes to the Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt on January 18 & 19, 2014. This festival features between 80 and 100 highly successful and skilled artists who bring and exhibit paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, drawings and pastels, 2D and 3D mixed media and collages, photography and digital art, woodworking, sculpture, ceramics, glass, fiber art, and jewelry. The festivals are devoted mainly to fine art, with some fine crafts entering into the mix.