Arts & Crafts Fairs abound this time of the year in Southwest Florida, but many of them are not on par with the upcoming juried Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Arts & Crafts Fair on Feb. 18 and 19 on the grounds and inside the newly remodeled Sanibel Community House on Periwinkle Way. This fair has the reputation of selecting only the very best artisans from all over the country to present one-of-a-kind items handcrafted and their finest work offered at the fair. Artist in all media and styles: ceramic, digital, fiber glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, watercolor, wearable art, woodcraft and so much more. Remarkable art work in classic, modern, and whimsy styles.
Although over 300 plus artists and craftsmen applied to be considered for inclusion in this year's Rotary Arts and Crafts Fair a jury panel previewed all submissions and selected just over 100 entries for presentation at the fair and booth space. Among those artists and craftsmen are some returning artisans and some first-time exhibitors. The juried process selection is based on high-quality work, the best of the best, along with attention for presenting an interesting and varied selection for attendees.
Community members and their families and tourist alike make attendance at this fair a yearly tradition and as part of the tradition plan on buying one of our fair's famous-artist-designed-commemorative T-shirts and sweatshirts to add to their collection of sportswear. Each year Rotary sells over 500 of these T-shirts, so don't miss your opportunity to own one.
A new feature of the fair is an expanded separate food court area that will give you the sustenance to shop till you drop.
Once in the gates of the fair, don't forget to pick up your map of the grounds with information on artists and craftsmen at the fair, and booth locations. While you take some time to study your map, locate Rotary's coffee booth, try a sample, and plan on returning later to the booth to buy a bag before you go home.
Inside the beautifully renovated Community House, you can find an area set aside for sitting down and taking a break and reviewing information on booths still to visit. While inside make sure, really make sure, you check-out the outstanding offerings included in the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary's silent auction area. You can bid on: premier vacation stays, premier on the road event tickets, off island adventures, dining out, fine and casual, on island vacation stays, on-island adventures, fine wines and much morepersonal services, handcrafted items, gift baskets, entertainment certificates, jewelry, paintings/art, sport outings, etc. Don't miss this area, for sure. Early preview of some of the silent auction items is now available to the public before the fair at Congress Jewelers.
All proceeds from the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Arts & Crafts Fair go directly into our Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Trust Foundation account and are then used to fund grants to many organizations and non-profits - local 50 percent and global 50 percent - with financial funding serving humanitarian causes and building stronger communities throughout the world. Special emphasis goes to: international relationships/promoting peace, disease prevention, clean water, literacy, maternal and child health and strengthening local economics with partners here at home and abroad.
See you at the fair.
Sanibel-Captiva Rotary meets on Friday mornings at 7 a.m., at the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club. Guests are always welcomed. The meeting on Friday, Feb. 17 will be the Sanibel Community House for fair setup.