If you and your Valentine are looking for a romantic getaway destination this holiday weekend, that offers sand, sun, seafood and shopping, plan a trip to Sarasota, Florida. In this Gulf Coast paradise, you and your love can enjoy beach combing, parasailing, paddle boarding and more on the award-winning white sand beaches. Located on a sparkling intercoastal bay and surrounded by tropical barrier islands, this urbanite town makes a perfect holiday escape with its plentiful choices of five star resorts, world-class seafood dining and cultural events.
And while you’re in town, make sure not to miss the 27th Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts, Saturday and Sunday, February 14th and 15th. Ranked one of the Top 100 Fine Art Shows by Sunshine Artist Magazine, this festival is one of the most popular art events on the West Coast.
While walking hand-in-hand through the aisles of the show, you’ll be able to view the work of some of the most recognized artists in the nation displaying their life-size sculptures, artistic photography, custom jewelry, glass art, ceramics, mixed media paintings and more. With the large variety of art mediums set at reasonable prices, finding the perfect Valentine’s gift for your loved one will be a breeze.
FEATURED ARTIST GIVEAWAY:
Don’t forget to register for a chance to win this weekend’s giveaway, a 12” x 36” mixed media painting titled “With You” by exhibiting artist Jada Hallbeck, valued at $325. Just stop by Jada’s booth to say hello and register. No purchase is necessary to register for the drawing and the winner will be announced during the final hour of the art festival.
Jewelry is always a wise gift choice for Valentines. Participating artist Pam Fox can help you choose a memorable piece from her collection of handcrafted jewelry which reflects the diverse plant life from the surrounding subtropical landscape of the Sarasota area. Using a variety of techniques, Pam begins the process by collecting seeds, pods, and buds, along with other inspiration such as orchids and tropical fruit. Using dental techniques, she creates impressions of them to capture portions of the natural shapes and then uses these individual casts as elements throughout a series of earrings, necklaces, bracelets and artistic spheres by soldering them to various forged elements. To find out more about her nature inspired artistic jewelry and pieces visit her website.
If your other half prefers a more collectible gift like impressionistic paintings, stop by the booth of Li Wang to choose from his colorful and moving collection of impressionistic still-lifes and landscapes. Li grew up in a family of artists who inspired his focus towards a career in art. A graduate of Luxun Art Institute in China, Li is a passionate and prolific artist who captures the mood, light, and essence in everything he paints. To view his collection and find out more about this artist, visit his website.
We look forward to seeing you at the 27th Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts this weekend. May you and those you love share in the spirit of Valentine’s Day. Don’t forget to show some love on our social media pages! We want to see those smiles when they open their artistic gifts!