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Naples Festival of the Arts and Marco Fine Craft Fair take place this weekend

A walk along Fifth for the Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts.
A walk along Fifth for the Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts.
Tom Hall, 2013

This weekend's art fairs and festivals consist of the 26th Annual Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts and the Art League of Marco Island Fine Craft Fair.

Now in its 15th year, the Marco Fine Craft Fair provides art enthusiasts with some of the region’s best original artwork.
Courtesy of Art League of Marco Island

The 26th Annual Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts takes place on Saturday, March 22 and Sunday,March 23, 2014. Last year, 230 artists from around the country were selected for their artistry and craftsmanship to exhibit in this show. Together, they brought an extensive variety of artworks ranging from original oils and acrylics on canvas, panel and galvanized aluminum to watercolors on paper, 2D and 3D mixed media collages, limited edition prints, photography, digital art, metal sculpture, wood carvings, ceramics, hand-crafted jewelry and fashion accessories, leather works, fine furniture and home decor items, and numerous great gift ideas.

The fair takes place on Fifth Avenue South, which is cordoned off to vehicular traffic during the two-day show. That helps explain why the artists who responded to the surveys sent out by Sunshine Artist Magazine rated this as the #24 art festival in the country last year. For more information, please visit http://www.naplesart.org/content/downtown-naples-festival-arts-1.

On Marco Island, the Art League of Marco Island Fine Craft Fair also takes place on March 22 & 23, 2014. This fair is held at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, Florida 34145, which is across from the new Esplanade Shoppes, Residences and Marina right in the center of town. Now in its 15th year, this craft fair provides browsers and art enthusiasts with some of the region’s best original artwork, including paintings, watercolors, photography and digital art, ceramics, pottery, glass, clothing, children’s clothing, jewelry and mixed media work.