As we ready ourselves to descend upon beautiful Sullivan Street this weekend for the 18th Annual Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival, we hope that you’ll help us spread the word! With a variety of unique, handcrafted items by talented artisans at great prices, and lots of excitement and fun at one of our favorite Florida venues, you just can’t go wrong. Plus, all of it is free and open to all ages, so you cannot lose.
For the patrons who join us at any of our American Craft Endeavors festivals, the experience of meeting local and regional crafters is a very special one; not only do they get to meet the crafter who created their favorite pieces, but they have a chance to learn more about the creative process. The experience for crafters is just as unique: they get to meet both new and repeat customers face to face while marketing their goods in a fun and relaxing environment.
Are you thinking about becoming a participating crafter? Our full 2015 show schedule is now up on our website, www.artfestival.com, so this is the perfect time to submit your online applications! We have many different categories that fill up fast over the course of the year, so if there’s a show you’d like to be a part of, be sure to apply as early as you can before your category is filled.
Becoming an ACE participating crafter is a great way to gain exposure and develop a following while having fun. What are some of the perks of being an ACE participating crafter?
Quality venues to sell at. Our ACE family prides itself in choosing venues that will yield results for our participating crafters. Venues like Punta Gorda are beautiful, busy and always welcoming to crafters, old and new. And with such gorgeous backdrops outdoors, who wants to be inside selling?
Great chance to showcase your work. Whether you’re a new crafter or someone who’s been around the craft show circuit for some time, you’ll find that ACE shows give you a wonderful opportunity to truly showcase your work, not just at the venues, but online as well. With over 25,000 followers, our Facebook page, at facebook.com/AmericanCraftEndeavors, is a great place to meet our online community and interact with us while sharing photos and details about your business and your crafts. We also feature an Exhibitor Gallery on our website, which allows you to share details of your work and contact information where patrons can find your work online. And our Pinterest Boards are a quick but effective way to showcase your best pieces in anticipation of shows that you will be participating in.
Unique networking opportunities. Networking is everything when you’re running a small enterprise, and we are here to support you in any way we can. That is why our shows are packed with crafters from all walks of life, representing a wide array of disciplines and expertise levels. Whether you’re a novice or a master crafter, you can feel confident that you’ll make connections lasting a lifetime.
This weekend’s 18th Annual Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival will be a great chance for you to experience firsthand what patrons experience, as well as to talk to participating crafters about their experience with ACE. Here are some crafters you can check out this weekend!
Nicole Bryer, totallybakedglass.com. With mosaic glass and jewelry pieces that run the gamut from more serious to more whimsical, Nicole creates imaginative works that’ll bring a smile to your face.
Diane Dean, dianesdean.com. Diane’s vibrant take on nature’s most delicate features translates into one-of-a-kind paintings that can easily become centerpieces to the most intricate collections.
Christine Haley and Kris Rivera, hatlarious.com. With these unexpected cold snaps we have been experiencing in Florida, you won’t want to leave Punta Gorda without your very own set of adorable hats and mittens from this dynamic creative duo.
Justin McKenney, vegetabowls.com. Nothing says “picnic” like a fruit bowl, but Justin McKenney takes it to the next level with beautiful functional ceramic bowls shaped like fruits and veggies. You will definitely want to pick your set — or sets — for the upcoming spring.
Bruce Trewyn, coppercreationsrepurposed.com. A master metal sculptor with years of experience, Bruce Trewyn’s breathtaking copper sculptures are a testament to his skill and dedication to his craft.
Don’t miss this weekend’s Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival, happening on gorgeous Sullivan Street, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 17-18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stay up-to-date on the latest on our social media communities, and be sure to share our Facebook page with at least ten friends so we can reach 30,000 likes!