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Spring is here, and with it a slew of wonderful American Craft Endeavors shows to help you stay in the spirit of springtime. Those of you who have visited one of our amazing craft festivals in Downtown Sarasota know that this is a great opportunity for families to get their exposure to handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pieces in an outdoor-gallery style showing, while purchasing great finds that they can take home for their collections or share with friends and loved ones on special occasions like the holidays or birthdays.But those of you who are still on the fence about whether or not you should join American Craft Endeavors at the 12th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival, there are plenty of things you can expect to see and do at the #SarasotaArtCraftFest.


Still, the most exciting part about going to an ACE-produced craft festival at the beginning of spring, especially for those who love to express their unique style with handmade apparel and jewelry that reflects the spirit of springtime, is finding that perfect piece of clothing, necklace or handbag that speaks to you and your personal style preference. In search for the perfect look this season? Here are some fashion-forward crafters to look out for this weekend at the Downtown Sarasota Art and Craft Festival:

Kathryn Page, Kathryn Page. With her unique collections of carefully handcrafted and beautifully created hats and apparel, Kathryn Page exemplifies spring in all its glory. From her  Hollywood, Fl. studio to American Craft Endeavors shows all over Florida, and even through her online presence at, Kathryn shares her love of all things beautiful and colorful with collections that speak to every woman’s unique taste and sense of style.

nenamartinNena Martin, Plata Designs. Nena Martin’s breathtaking handcrafted jewelry has been bringing her family together in creativity for more than 20 years. Nena, along with her daughters Sophia and Lia, create one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry that will appeal to precious metal and stone lovers the world over. Inspired by contemporary art and nature, Nina’s company, Plata Designs, features gorgeous jewelry made from natural gemstones, gold vermeil and sterling silver, among other materials.

shannonbarrShannon Barr, Gulf Coast Soap Company. Being stylish isn’t just about looking good, it’s about smelling good as well. And what’s better for smelling like spring than lovingly handcrafted moisturizing soaps from Gulf Coast Soap Company‘s very own Shannon Barr? With delicious and decadent scents like Pink Sugar, Orange Blossom & Honey, and Black Raspberry Vanilla, you simply can’t go wrong. In the mood for something more exotic? Try Cucumber Wasabi Cilantro, Cuban Coffee Bean and Dragons Blood.

John Nikas, Nikas Leather Works. No look is complete without a touch of leather — preferably in an accessory. Enter John Nikas of Nikas Leather Works, a leather craftsman specializing in beautiful handbags, hand-tooled leather barrettes and intricate leather belts. With every leather accessory you can think of created by John’s skilled hand, you’re sure to find something special, whether it’s for you or for that special someone in your life.


This is the weekend to get your spring style in gear at the 12th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival, happening this Saturday and Sunday, March 22-23 from 10-5 on Main Street in beautiful Downtown Sarasota.  With comfy temperatures and decent weather expected this weekend, you’ll have the fun you need and deserve.

Check out more information at Also, be sure to check out our Pinterest board for this weekend’s show to get an idea of what else you’ll be able to find. And finally, if you’re not a member of the ACE Instagram Street Team, it’s time to start. Just get your phone out, take some pics of yourself and your special finds at the festival in Sarasota and share them with the hashtag #SarasotaArtCraftFest in the caption. Don’t forget to follow us, @CraftFestivals, and check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

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  1. marie puttlitz says:

    I was at the Sarasota art and craft fair today and did not see either Nena Martin or Shannon Barr. I specifically went to see their items for sale. I was disappointed and did not buy anything! Marie Puttlitz

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