October 2, 2013

CraftArt 2013


Florida Craftsmen’s CraftArt 2012 was a fabulous success. Crowds of buyers turned out to collect fine crafts from an array of talented artists. The event was held this past November 17th & Sunday, November 18th from 10am – 5 pm  just outside the doors of Florida Craftsmen Gallery, on Central Avenue  between 4th and 5th Streets  in beautiful Downtown St. Petersburg.

One of the most eagerly anticipated arts events each year by collectors and patrons,  CraftArt featured some of the nation’s best established and emerging fine craft artists with handmade works in jewelry, clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal, paper and mixed media.

Emerging Artists Program: This year several emerging artists have been invited to participate in the CraftArt Festival. Florida Craftsmen, through the sponsorship program, is providing the tent, table and chairs as well as business mentoring by renown artist Duncan McClellan and a photo shoot of their work by photographer Brian James.

Next year’s event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 23rd and 24th, 2013.

Juror: Andrew Glasgow, founder of USA Projects and former Director of American Craft Council.
Deadline for Artists’ Applications: September 10, 2013. Apply at zapplication.org today.

Sponsorship: CraftArt provides a great opportunity to showcase your business. For information about how you can get involved, click here.

For information, call Florida Craftsmen at 727-821-7391 or email us at [email protected].

This event was designed to provide equal opportunity for enjoyment to all participants. If you would like to request any particular aids or services pursuant to disability laws, please contact Florida Craftsmen (727)821-7391 or the City of St. Petersburg Community Affairs Division at (727)893-7357 or (727)892-5259 TDD/TYY.


SITE PLAN                      2012 LIST OF ARTISTS BY MEDIUM                        2012 LIST OF ARTISTS BY BOOTH NUMBERS


CraftArt 2013 Press Release


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Contact: Diane Shelly, Executive Director                                                                                                                                                                       [email protected]

Florida Craftsmen Present
CraftArt 2013
Downtown St. Petersburg, November 23 & 24

 (May 9, 2013, St. Petersburg, FL); Florida Craftsmen’s 16th Annual CraftArt Festival will be held on Saturday, November 23rd  & Sunday, November 24th, just outside the doors of Florida Craftsmen Gallery, at the crossroads of Central Avenue and Fifth Street  in beautiful Downtown St. Petersburg. 

CraftArt 2013 is an invitation to out-of-town and local visitors to make November 23rd and 24th a fun-filled Florida weekend.  Visitors will be delighted by the work of 130 of the nation’s best contemporary craft artists, artist demonstrations, food trucks, craft beers and the best cultural venues on the west coast of Florida.  Florida Craftsmen is proud to announce that this year’s juror is Andrew Glasgow, the retired Director of the American Craft Council and current Director of USA Projects. He will award $10,000 in cash awards to the artists.

For the sixth year, CraftArt, a juried fine craft art festival, will be held in the heart of the Central Arts District in front of Florida Craftsmen Gallery, located at 501 Central Avenue. This 2 day festival kicks off the Holiday shopping season and takes advantage of the great Florida fall weather. One of the most eagerly anticipated arts events each year by collectors and patrons as well as by locals and visitors who plan a long weekend around the show, CraftArt features some of the nation’s best established and emerging fine craft artists with handmade works in clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, paper and mixed media. The weekend will include artist demonstrations, make and take activities and craft beer from one of Tampa Bay’s local micro-breweries.

CraftArt is only the beginning.   “This year, it is all about enjoying the richness of the downtown St. Petersburg experience.  We’re excited to bring the country’s finest contemporary craft artists to the “best” coast for this not to be missed event” says Diane Shelly, Florida Craftsmen’s Executive Director.

If you are a fine craft artist interested in participating in CraftArt 2013, go to www.zapplication.org to apply. Participating out-of-town artists may take advantage of reduced rates at nearby lodging specially negotiated by Florida Craftsmen for the weekend of CraftArt 2013.

To learn more about CraftArt 2013, visit floridacraftsmen.net, or contact Janie Lorenz at [email protected],

Florida Craftsmen, Inc. is Florida’s only statewide non-profit organization representing established and emerging fine craft artists.  For sixty years, Florida Craftsmen has advanced and celebrated Florida’s fine crafts, in St. Petersburg and throughout the state, through exhibitions, workshops, and educational programs, making it Florida’s most important destination and primary authority for fine craft art.   Our mission is to empower the fine craft artists of Florida, enrich the community, and engage the next generation. Visit Florida Craftsmen at 501 Central Avenue in Downtown St. Petersburg or at floridacraftsmen.net