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Sanibel Masters Art Festival to feature 2-D, 3-D artwork

By Staff | Nov 26, 2019


Dozens of artists will have their work on display during an annual two-day festival this week.

Hosted by boulderbrook productions, the Sanibel Masters Art Festival will take place on Nov. 29-30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Community House. It will feature about 70 exhibitors showcasing 2-D and 3-D work. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Sanibel Community Association and BIG ARTS.

Teresa Riska-Hall, executive director of The Community House, explained that the holiday-time festival has been an island tradition over the Thanksgiving weekend for more than 20 years.

“It’s a smaller boutique show,” she said.

The festival will feature paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, drawings and pastels, 2-D and 3-D mixed media and collages, photography and digital art, woodworking, sculpture, ceramics, glass, handmade Tiffany-style lamps, fiber art and jewelry by artists and artisans from around the country.


“They come from all over,” Riska-Hall said. “It’s always a good art show.”

Because of the size of the boutique event, festival-goers will have the opportunity to interact with the artists, learn about their inspiration behind their pieces and find out how they made their artworks.

“And the prices aren’t out-of-this world,” she said. “They are reasonable.”

Attendees also will have the chance to talk to the artists about commissioning a specific piece.

A donation will be collected at the gate for entry to benefit the Sanibel Community Association and BIG ARTS. Riska-Hall explained that the proceeds will be split between the two organizations.


“People pay a donation to get in to see the art festival,” she said.

Parking is free.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Riska-Hall estimated that the annual show draws 800 attendees per day.

“It might even be 1,000,” she said. “Usually the first day is the busiest on all of these things.”


Island residents and visitors are encouraged to stop by and browse.

“Because art is amazing to look at and every year there’s a difference in who the vendors are,” Riska-Hall said, adding that even the returning artists bring new pieces. “And it’s just beautiful work.”

“There’s always things that walk away from here that are amazing,” she added.

For more information, call 239-472-2155.

The Community House is at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.