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SanCap Lions present winners of 35th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair

By Staff | Apr 10, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED Linda Huppert, right, of Creations from the Ground Up, took Best in Show and first place in the creative crafts category at the Sanibel Captiva Lions Club's 35th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair.

The Sanibel Captiva Lions Club recently announced the winning artists of the 35th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair.

Works were judged by three artists from the Sanibel Captiva Art League, who look for original creations in three categories – 2-D art, 3-D art and creative crafts.

Linda Huppert was named Best in Show and took first place in the creative crafts category. Gisela Damandi took second place, while Arlyne and Richard Julao came in at third place.

“We congratulate Linda on her wins,” Lion Bill Sartoris said. “These talented artists make the fair a place to find quality, one-of-a-kind items and we appreciate all of them for taking part.”

Geoff Coe earned first place in 2-D art, with AJ and Jack Ferrel taking second place and Anne Schroeder coming in at third place. First place in 3-D art went to Maureen Compagnoni, while Walter Harper earned second place and Leo and Karin Villaroman came in at third place.

PHOTO PROVIDED Royal Shell donated two bicycles with baskets to the raffle at the Sanibel Captiva Lions Club's 35th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair.

Works are judged by four photos submitted by the artists with their application and a visit from the judges on the first day of the fair. Work must be original, made with quality and appear to be done by the artist or artists. It also must be handmade, which primarily applies to jewelry and creative crafts.

“The idea is to identify items that are truly creations of the artist and not a mass produced item or simply a reseller of merchandise,” Sartoris said.

The fair is the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year and benefits various Sanibel charities, vision- and hearing-based charities, and local scholarships. This year, it featured more than 100 artists on the grounds of The Community House on Sanibel and a selection of raffle and silent auction items inside.

“Royal Shell donates two bicycles with baskets to the raffle and, this year, the silent auction featured artwork by Sanibel artists Myra Roberts, Peter Zell and from the estate of Gordon Coughlin,” Lion John Ahlin said. “Many local businesses generously donate to make a great auction and raffle.”

Silent auction donors included: Sanybel’s Finest, Lily & Co. Jewelers, Spatini, Pecking Order, Cip’s Place, Traders 2, The Sandbar, Eileen Fisher, Sanibel Wellness, Bleu Rendezvous, Great White Grill, Traders, Forever Green Ace Hardware, Jerry’s Foods, Crackerbox and Beachview Tennis Club.

“This year’s fair was a tremendous success,” Lion Club President Tom Nachazel said, noting that it takes a year of planning and more than 50 volunteers to put on the event. “We couldn’t do it without the support of residents, businesses, city of Sanibel and Sanibel Police Department.”

The Sanibel Captiva Lions Club meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month at The Community House on Sanibel; visiting Lions are welcome. Anyone interested in joining can contact the club’s membership chairman, Steve Schulz, at stevenschulz@comcast.net or 239-233-6261.