Naples Fall Fine Art & Craft Festival features 100 professional artists

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The Naples Fall Fine Art and Craft Festival brings shoppers and artists together for one of the season’s first chances to see the latest new art work. Attendees can kick off the holiday shopping season by browsing hand-made, one-of-a-kind work from 100 artists from around the country. Shoppers will enjoy finding unique gifts for everyone on their list on Thanksgiving Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Nov.  24-25, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The Naples Fall Fine Art & Craft Festival is the first of five, two-day outdoor art festivals presented by the Naples Art Association. This festival serves as a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization, which operates The von Liebig Art Center, supports individual artists and helps provide educational programs for the community. To support the Naples Art Association’s ongoing, community-supporting arts programming, a $5 requested donation is accepted at the festival entrance.

Featuring about 100 artists in all media – something for every taste and budget – this Thanksgiving weekend event provides an outdoor occasion the whole family can enjoy. “This is a wonderful opportunity for residents to bring their guests, shop unique small business owners, and purchase hand crafted gifts while enjoying the beautiful weather in Paradise,” said Executive Director Aimee Schlehr.

Many of the artists in this holiday show are from Florida, because festival season is just getting underway in Naples, but there are talented artists participating from all across the US including Oregon, NY, Tennessee, Indiana, Pennsylvania and elsewhere.

For those supporting the Shop Small Business Saturday cause, the Naples Fall Fine Art & Craft Festival encourages the public to consider a purchase from an independent professional fine artist like those who show their work in juried festivals. As small business owners, they may be overlooked amid clamor for big box store sales, but their unique and creative wares make great gifts that aren’t available anywhere else.

Festival attendees may choose to support the less fortunate this holiday season. The United States Marine Corps Reserve will be collecting donations for Toys for Tots at the festival. Anyone who brings a new, unwrapped toy to donate will be entered into a drawing for fantastic prizes.

For the convenience of shoppers, there is free parking close by off Goodlette Frank Road.

This show is generously sponsored by Costco, Naples Daily News, Lite 93.7, Southwest Florida Happenings Arts and Entertainment Magazine and  WAVV 101.1.

The Naples Art Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 1954 by local artists. 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 von Liebig Art Center is located at 585 Park Street in downtown Naples and is 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.

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