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Annual Arts and Crafts Fair to showcase local creations

By Staff | Feb 4, 2020

TIFFANY REPECKI Event co-chairs Shirley Schulz, Eileen Kehoe and Ann Moeder show off some of the one-of-a-kind items that attendees will find at the annual Arts and Crafts Fair on Feb. 8 at the Center 4 Life.

Dozens of artists, crafters and even authors will take part this weekend in an annual event.

The Island Seniors will host its Arts and Crafts Fair on Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. both inside and outside of the Center 4 Life on Sanibel. About 40 vendors will have on display everything from pottery, jewelry, paintings and fabric art, to tropical plants, handwoven baskets, glasswork, books and more.

“It’s a nice variety of artwork and crafts,” Island Seniors member Eileen Kehoe, event co-chair with Shirley Schulz and Ann Moeder, said. “We also have some new fresh talent joining us this year.”

The group has organized the annual event for several years now.

“It’s not really a moneymaker – it’s more of having a venue where local artists can show their work,” Schulz said of why the Island Seniors decided to hold the first event and have continued to do so.

PHOTO PROVIDED Hosted by the Island Seniors, the annual Arts and Crafts Fair will take place on Feb. 8.

Kehoe added that it helps raise awareness about the group and the center’s activities.

The participating vendors hail from on-island and off-island.

“Some are year-round residents, some are seasonal,” Schulz said.

It will also be a mix of returning and new vendors.

“It’s both,” she said.

PHOTO PROVIDED Hosted by the Island Seniors, the annual Arts and Crafts Fair will take place on Feb. 8.

Attendees will discover a variety of handcrafted and handmade items available to browse and buy. Interested vendors must submit an application and go through a review process to be accepted.

Attendees will also discover something for every price point.

“I’d say it’s affordable because there’s a range,” Kehoe said. “There’s something for everyone.”

The event is free and open to the public.

“There’s no admission charge,” she said.

PHOTO PROVIDED Hosted by the Island Seniors, the annual Arts and Crafts Fair will take place on Feb. 8.

In addition to the vendors, the Island Seniors will have a booth set up with informational material on their member group and the center, including the various programs and events that are offered.

Attendees can enjoy a hot dog lunch, with chips and a drink, for $3.

“And there is the social element,” Schulz said of what to expect during the event. “That’s what the center’s about – people will come and look around, and have a hot dog, and talk with others.”

On-site parking is limited, so carpooling or bicycling is recommended.

The public is invited to swing by and see what unique treasures to take home.

PHOTO PROVIDED Hosted by the Island Seniors, the annual Arts and Crafts Fair will take place on Feb. 8.

“It’s become a popular event on the islands,” Kehoe said. “It’s one not to be missed.”

“And it supports our local artists,” Schulz noted.

“And the socialism and learning about us, the Island Seniors,” Moeder added.

For more information, contact the Center 4 Life at 239-472-5743.

The Center 4 Life is at 2401 Library Way.