Naples Art Association feature two two-day art festivals in March

In March, the Naples Art Association hosts two of Southwest Florida’s nationally top-ranked art festivals in two of the hottest spots in Naples!

Mercato Fine Arts Festival

The Mercato Fine Arts Festival, which is the association’s newest art fair, earned a national ranking of #73 (rising two ranks from 2010) from Sunshine Artist magazine. This juried festival showcases works in all media by 100 artists from across the country. Anchored by businesses including Whole Foods Market and The Capital Grille, Mercato offers a trend-setting, ultra convenient mixed-use lifestyle that combines luxury condo living, high-end retailers, restaurants and a premium movie theater all on one prime site, just minutes from the beach. Festival guests enjoy not only fine art but fine dining as well.

It also includes live entertainment on both days. On Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., the band Patchouli will play, and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. features Bob Zottola and the Expandable Jazz Band.

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Photo credit: Debi Pittman Wilkey

IF YOU GO

Mercato Fine Arts Festival

March 2-3, 2013
Naples, Florida
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
U.S. 41 & Vanderbilt Beach Road
100 local, regional and national artists
Free Parking
Suggested $5 donation

 

Click here to learn more about the artists who will be there.

 

Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts

Held along 5th Avenue South in Naples, the Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts was ranked #21 best in the nation (rising three ranks from 2010) by Sunshine Artist Magazine. It’s coming up Mar. 23-24, 2013 and will showcase about 250 artists. Hosted by the Naples Art Association, this is one of the last major art festivals of the winter season in Southwest Florida. Artists are eager to meet shoppers and share with them more about their works!

Photo Credit: Debi Pittman Wilkey

Photo Credit: Debi Pittman Wilkey

IF YOU GO

Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts

March 23-24, 2013
Naples, Florida
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
5th Avenue South
Featuring 250 local, regional and national artists
Food Court, Free Parking

 

Both festivals feature a wide variety of original handmade by the artist art work. Guests can shop for ceramics, digital art, fiber art, furniture, glass, prints, jewelry, metal works, painting, mixed media, photography, sculpture, wood and more. Because of their variety, these festivals provide excellent opportunities to find something new and exciting! At both the Mercato Fine Arts Festival and the Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts, there is something for every art budget and taste!

The Naples Art Association gives special thanks to the generous sponsors of both of these festivals: Naples Daily News, Russell’s Clambakes, Lite 93.7, The News-Press Media Group, WAVV 101.1 FM, Costco Naples, and Gulfshore Life.

Naples Art Association (NAA) festivals provide a strong funding source for the nonprofit 501(c)3 organization’s  art educational programing in Collier County. The NAA has been hosting outdoor art fairs for 55 years.  Its mission is to educate and promote visual arts in Southwest Florida. Through its programs, the Naples Art Association is dedicated to serving individual artists of all ages and skill levels, along their creative journeys. The NAA operates The von Liebig Art Center, located at 585 Park Street in downtown Naples. It’s open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays in season. For more information, please call 239-262-6517, visit http://naplesart.org/, like us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/vonliebigartcenter or follow Twitter at http://twitter.com/vonliebigart.