CraftArt 2004 Coming October 30-31

The popular CraftArt Festival, enjoying six years in the University of Tampa's Plant Park, returns as the CraftArt 2004 Fine Crafts Fair in a new indoor venue at the historic Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, the weekend of October 30-31, 2004.

Deadline for artists' applications is July 1, 2004. More information and a downloadable application form are available here.

The return of CraftArt comes with unprecedented fanfare from loyal artists and art collectors alike who have supported this show since its inception in 1997.

Celebrating fine craft artists and their work, the two-day fair will exemplify the extraordinary quality and diversity of fine craft object-making produced by the top 100 participating artists working in clay, wood, fiber, metal, paper, glass and mixed media from across the U.S.

Unique to the Coliseum venue, the fair will include 70 artists exhibiting in 10x10 foot booths indoors and 30 artists showing their work in 10x10 foot spaces on facility grounds outdoors.

CraftArt 2004 is being reorganized by a passionate group of Florida Craftsmen board members and supporters dedicated to seeing the event return. CraftArt has a rich history and reputation for showcasing the finest art made by hand from contemporary craft artists nation wise, acknowledging excellence in craftsmanship, design and originality.

While attracting past exhibitors by offering artist booth outdoors, the fair will also draw artists accustomed to high-quality indoor shows, elevating patron, public and artist perception.

The fair will open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, October 30th and 31st, from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission tickets will be $5 and stamped for free return admission all weekend.

Members of Florida Craftsmen, students and children under 12 will be admitted free.

Educational craft demonstrations will complement the fair. Parking will be free and plentiful in lots downtown adjacent to the Coliseum and also in additional lots within easy walking distance.

More than $20,000 in cash and purchase awards will be selected by the fair's distinguished juror, yet to be named. The deadline to submit artist entry applications is July 1st postmark.

Calendar of Events

May 14 - June 26, 2004
Juried exhibition of artwork created by Pinellas and Hillsborough County high school students. Florida Craftsmen Gallery, St. Petersburg.

Cultivating Myths, a solo exhibit by St. Petersburg mixed media artist Celeste Simon, Florida Craftsmen Gallery, St. Petersburg.

June 11 - July 30, 2004
Florida Craftsmen's 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Traveling
Public Opening Reception: June 11. Gadsden Arts Center, Quincy. Call (850) 875-4855 for hours.

July 9 ­ August 21, 2004
Roots/Ráizes: A Harmony & Contrast in Cultures with Packard de la Vega
Felipe Packard and Ricardo de la Vega combine influences of Mexico and Florida.

Deane Kellogg: New Works
Solo exhibition by this St. Augustine sculptor in the Esther Klein Memorial Gallery.

September 10 ­ October 22, 2004
Rocky Bridges: Bridging the Art of Craft
Solo exhibition of a new series of mixed media wall pieces and objects by this acclaimed Tarpon Springs artist.

John Penrod: New Works
Solo exhibition by this Tallahassee woodturner in the Esther Klein Memorial Gallery.

November 5­ December 31, 2004
A Season of Giving: Members Holiday Show and Sale
The Holiday Exhibition is an 18-year tradition in St. Petersburg that features gifts made by hand and objects of desire by 250 Florida fine craft artists.