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Marco Island Fine Craft Fair

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Name: Marco Island Fine Art & Craft Fair

Dates:

  • January 11 & 12, 2014
  • February 22 & 23, 2014
  • March 22 & 23, 2014

Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Place: 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.

The Esplanade Shoppes, Residences and Marina is a mixed retail and residential complex whose architecture resembles a coastal Italian-style village. Its nearly 50,000 square feet of retail and office space is occupied by upscale retailers, small specialty stores and fine dining eateries. The plaza contains 72 second and third story waterfront residences and a 77-slip marina that features floating concrete docks.

In all, The Esplanade graces more than 1,100 feet of waterfront on Smokehouse Bay, which is bordered by a wide promenade that is enjoyed by residents and customers alike. The attention given to every design element is evident from even a cursory glance. From the expansive waterfront loggias and two levels of convenient covered parking to the lush floral landscaping and fountains, the retail and lifestyle experience at The Esplanade is exceptional.

Located on North Collier Boulevard, the island’s main thoroughfare,  The Esplanade Shoppes, Residences and Marina provides the optimum shopping experience in an aesthetically pleasing and amenity-filled environment complete with outdoor gazebo bar and excellent dining choices in the guise of CJ’s on the Bay, Guy Harvey’s Island Grill and Tara Steak and Lobster House.

Description: These long running fine arts and crafts shows are now in their 15th year. They provide browsers 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.

Cost: Admission is free.

Parking: Parking is free and ample.

Organizer: These events are organized by the Art League of Marco Island, which is located in the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The Art League was started over 40 years ago, virtually coextensive with the birth of Marco Island as a destination point. Free and open to the public, the cultural center houses galleries, studios and a library devoted to the arts and is the venue for a multitude of workshops, lectures and classes in the arts. An integral part of the community, the Art League works with local schools to offer children an opportunity to appreciate the visual arts and encourage their creativity in all the arts, awarding annual scholarships based on need and achievement. Today, the Marco Island Center for the Arts is a place to gather, learn, and become inspired to create. It is a showcase for local, national and international artists who want to connect with other artists and collectors who seek quality work.

Director: Lynn Holley serves as Executive Director of the Art League. Holley recently moved to the Naples area from Santa Barbara, California, where she was the curator and gallery director at the Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center. She is an independent art consultant to national and international artists and collectors, and a freelance journalist and writer of essays and art reviews. Holley is also the co-founder of the Fine Arts Film Festival, which premiered in California in 2010.

Holley’s professional experience includes leading a number of non-profit organizations and academic departments. For her writing and marketing strategies she has won numerous awards including the Gold Medal for Communications from the Council for the Advancement of Secondary Education (CASE) in Washington, D.C.; and the Community Service Award, the highest honor given to civilians from the United States Air Force.

Holley’s professional work in journalism and marketing in New York, and her leadership in academia have garnered her national recognition. She is a Gold Medal winner in Communications from the Council for the Advancement of Secondary Education in Washington, D.C., and a recipient of the Community Service Award, the highest honor given to civilians by the  United States Air Force. She is also an ISIA Gold Medal winner in figure skating.

Holley grew up in Ithaca, New York. She attended Cornell University andEmpire State College. She has a B.S. in Communications and an M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, England, where she graduated with Distinction in 2008.

Website: For more info visit http://www.kraftfairs.com/art.html.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Marco-Island-Center-for-the-Arts/217201088313073?sk=info.

Related Art Fairs and Festivals. The Art League of Marco Island also hosts the 42nd National Fine Art Show what is scheduled for the weekend of February 4 & 5, 2012.

Fast Facts.

  • The Art League of Marco Island was founded in 1969 with 19 members.
  • Today, it has over 400 members.

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