When it comes to Florida’s most beautiful little towns, we can’t deny we have a soft spot in our hearts for Venice, Florida. A town of such rich and interesting history, we always look forward to being in Venice for fine craft fun. So yes, we are very excited about our stop there this weekend for the 8th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival.
This Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., come to the Shark Tooth Capital of the World and spend some time with family by the seaside, as you check out crafters of all types and experience levels. Don’t let a limited budget stop you from picking up some real crafting gems; with a wide variety of items for sale, at price points fit for every pocket, you are sure to find something you’ll love to bring home. And, the best part is, the festival is free and open to all ages! It’s the perfect chance to spend quality time with loved ones in a fun and laid-back setting.
One of the things that makes our festivals so special is how accessible our participating crafters are. All participating crafters are required to be at the event, which means that you don’t just get to buy cool stuff you like, but you get to ask the crafter questions about their creative process, what it took specifically to create your favorite piece, and how much work is involved in bringing to life these imaginative works. It’s a learning experience for all of our patrons, as it shows that crafting is much more than a hobby, it’s a real art form that demands skill, dedication, and patience. Patrons come away feeling more than just excited, they come away with a greater appreciation for crafts.
We have a multitude of dedicated and wonderful crafters who will be participating in this weekend’s Downtown Venice Craft Festival. Here are some crafters you should not miss!
Michael McLaughlin, artshowjewelry.com. Utilizing the best materials and most interesting designs, Michael McLaughlin’s gorgeous jewelry collection is one that jewelry lovers of all ages will adore. From delicate to trendy, Michael has something for everyone.
Carol Bowns, buggywhipstudio.com. From chalkboards to toilet seats, from tables to placemats, Carol Bowns’ colorful and quirky pieces will bring joy to everyone in your home. Carol’s unique brand of whimsical home decor would be a fun addition to your collection.
Dan Johnson, danjohnsondesigns.com. Dan Johnson’s passion for incorporating watercolor into functional art is evident with every piece he creates. Once in the woodcrafting business, he now dedicates himself to depicting the beauty of nature in each one of his designs.
Robin Focht, sweetpeaglasscreations.com. Are you an avid gardener? Look no further for something special to accentuate your favorite flower bed than Robin’s beautiful glass flower creations. Be sure to ask her about the process that brings them about!
Patrick Tutt, contemporarypottery.com. Creating ceramic kitchenware that is durable, oven-safe, microwave and dishwasher-safe, chip resistant and skillfully handcrafted all at the same time can be a challenge, but Patrick Tutt does it well. Don’t leave the festival without your very own “Party Set!”
We look forward to seeing you all at the 8th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival this Saturday and Sunday. Don’t forget to stay tuned to our Facebook for more info, and to share our page with your friends. We’re trying to reach 30,000 likes! Also, check out our Pinterest (pinterest.com/americancraftfl), Twitter (twitter.com/craftfestivals) and Instagram (instagram.com/craftfestivals). See you there!