Holiday Season coincides with craft fairs and outdoor fine art shows in South Florida. This Thanksgiving weekend is no exception. This Examiner visited three art/craft shows. Lauderdale by the Sea, a charming barrier island in Broward County, celebrated its 12th annual Craft Festival. Approximately one hundred tents with unique, one-of-a-kind crafts and original artwork was displayed. Bamboo Creations owner Dan Shafer creates natural plant holders from bamboo harvested from local Florida growers. As a family business who participates in at least 20 craft shows in the year, he says even his 92 year old father gets involved.
Another family business, the Funky Fiddler, from Panacea Florida, is the collaboration of a very artistic family. Specializing in custom coastal furniture, Brandon Boxberger is the carpenter behind the well made furniture designs, while artist Kelli, aka Mom, adds the colorful paint.
Every Florida home needs a bug crawling on the screen. Screenbugs, that is. Trevor Nicholson, a retired engineer from Pompano Beach has designed these one-of-a-kind ‘art insects’ to decorate your screen door, or with an added suction cup to remind you not to walk through the sliding glass door.
Thinking of serving chocolate Truffles from a glass slipper at your next party? Sole Sensations has a glass candy dish placed in a shoe sculpture. It makes an unforgettable functional table top/ party serving item for any occasion.
Amongst all the unique and talented artists was the America’s Moms for Soldiers. A nonprofit charity dedicated to sending care packages to soldiers that don’t receive mail.
The Delray Art League celebrated its 46th year with a fine art show on the Intracoastal at Veterans Park in Delray. Members Jadwiga Bednarz and Don Martinetti displayed original oil paintings, while other artists offered giclee prints.
The Pineapple Grove Arts Districtis home to the Annual Downtown Delray Beach juried art show. It attracts the best of show in all categories of sculptures, paintings, handmade jewelry and pottery. Local mosaic artist, Marcia Kane offers private and group instruction to learn the technique of mosaic. Artist Tshun, offers a glimpse of his native island, as the colors and surroundings of the South Pacific became his inspiration to pursue his art career while finding refuge in the US A and settling in Florida.
Upcoming art and craft shows on December 3rd include Woodstock in Plantation, and Sunny Side Up at War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale.
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