This weekend — April 5-6 — Veteran’s Park will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery, as Howard Alan Events and the Marco Island Center for the Arts bring the Marco Island Festival of the Arts to the island community for the first time. The juried art festival benefits the Center for the Arts.
Chief among the line-up of artistic talent is Marco’s own Tyler MacDonald. At just 18 years old, MacDonald already has won numerous awards and national recognition for his work including second-place in the National Wildlife Federation’s annual photo contest. His passion for wildlife photography is evident in each and every photograph. Taking risks and spending hours waiting to capture the perfect image, MacDonald has lain in mud just a few feet away from venomous snakes, sat in trees and been suspended above water to capture the infrequently seen creatures in the wild. He believes that through his lens he has become a steward of the earth, teaching people to love nature one photograph at a time.
In addition to MacDonald, the festival will showcase the work from more than 150 leading artists in the country. All exhibitors will be on site for the duration of the show. Other Southwest Florida artists participating in the show include: the wooden knives and utensils by Jerome Oppenberg (Marco Island); sculpture by Todd Babb (Fort Myers); jewelry by Sylvie Camps (Fort Myers); paintings by Michaela Castaldi (Naples); photography by Geoff Coe (Fort Myers); sculptures by Gilles Peltier (Naples); photography by Dennis Goodman (Naples); and acrylics by Debbie Hummel-Marconi (Bonita Springs).
It is no surprise the Center for the Arts teamed up with Howard Alan Events to produce this juried art show. For the past 32 years, the Florida-based company produces many award-winning juried art fairs throughout the country and Florida, including the popular Downtown Venice (FL) Art Classic, the Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts, St. Armands Circle Art Festival and the Las Olas Art Fair in Fort Lauderdale. National shows include the Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO) and Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival (Chicago).
“This is a wonderful addition to our line up of high-end art shows,” says Howard Alan of the Marco Island show. “The artists are juried by an independent panel of expert judges and are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants based on quality and diversity in order to ensure a wide array of artwork with broad appeal.”
Alan’s shows have the distinction of making the arts accessible to a broad audience with prices set to suit all budgets — from $25 hand-designed earrings to $30,000 metal sculptures. “The festival is an ideal setting in which to explore the work of many different artists in one location,” says Alan. “You have the opportunity to meet and connect with the artist before making a purchase, which makes the investment much more meaningful and personal.”
During the local event, art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to engage the artists to gain a better understanding of their work and inspiration. They also will be able to register to win the free art giveaway featuring the work of exhibiting photographer Dennis Goodman. The prize, a 24” x 36” print of “Veil of Glory” valued at $650, will be on display at his booth where registration also will take place. No purchase will be necessary to participate, and the winner will be announced during the final hour of the festival.
For additional information on the Marco Island Festival of the Arts and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.
The Marco Island Festival of the Arts
A juried outdoor art showcase
Saturday & Sunday, April 5-6 10AM–5PM at Veteran’s Park on Marco Island
WHY: To support the arts, the Marco Island Center for the Arts and the local community
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public