Venice Art Classic

Artwork by Rachel Cordaro

Artwork by Rachel Cordaro

It’s hard to believe that spring is right around the corner, given the crazy temperatures happening all over the country. Whether you’re a northern snowbird looking to stay warm or a Florida flamingo basking in the sunshine of South Florida, this weekend is the perfect time to soak in all the sun you can handle as you enjoy original art by some of the country’s most talented creators.

Join us this Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as the 14th Annual Downtown Venice Art Classic gets under way! The seasons are a source of great inspiration for so many artists. Clever use of colors and technique hail the beauty of nature and the seasons to come. We’re excited for you to experience the influence of nature and spring beauty in art as you stroll through the festival this weekend.

Here are some of our favorite artists from this weekend:

"Florida 1895" by Mike Williams

“Florida 1895” by Mike Williams

• Our Featured Artist Giveaway this weekend is by none other than Mike Williams. Reviving the flavor of Old Florida through beautiful, handcrafted images and postcards, Mike uses a delicate combination of drawing and painting to honor Florida’s rich past. This weekend, enter to win a hand-embellished, limited-edition canvas giclée titled “Florida 1895.” Framed in a hand-painted Florida cypress frame, the 25” x 35” canvas giclee is UV as well as water-resistant, and is valued at $325. No purchase is necessary to win, but you must be at the festival to enter.

• Experience the beauty of Rachel Cordaro’s artwork this weekend, and congratulate her on her first Florida art show! You’ll love this self-taught artist from Rochester, NY, whose bright and colorful take on flowers is a perfect ode to spring. Her whimsical take on nature’s loveliest offerings will make you smile from ear to ear. Learn more about Rachel on her website and be sure to visit her booth!

"Mardi Gras" by Terry Andrews

“Mardi Gras” by Terry Andrews

•  See Florida’s ecosystem through the keen eye of wildlife and nature photographer Geoff Coe. As a longtime photographer and writer hailing from Colorado, Geoff moved to Florida in 2004, where his curiosity for the world around him inspired him to focus on birds and nature as his subjects. See his wonderful photography on his website and in person this weekend!

• If you love sculpture work, Terry Andrews is a must-see! This Tampa Bay artist began as a musician and eventually transitioned into his place in the art world. His wonderful glass pieces and welded copper and metal works are colorful and charming, making them ideal showcase pieces in any art collection. Check out his collection online and visit him in Venice this weekend!

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more info about the 14th Annual Venice Art Classic, and don’t forget to follow our Pinterest board for a sneak peek into more participating artists.

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