March 1st & 2nd, 2014

(Deadline February 15, 2014)


When & Where...


The event runs on Saturday and Sunday, March 1 & 2, from 10am-5pm. There is a $5 admission fee for adults and children, 12 and under, are free. This entrance fee allows festival guests free admission to the Save Our Seabirds Center and a $5 discount on admission to Mote Marine Aquarium on the days of the show.

Prizes & Awards...


APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR JURY: February 15, 2014.  (You must apply before February 15 to qualify for awards.)


Although wildlife art will be given precedence, other art will be considered for inclusion in the show and for awards.  Volunteers from Sarasota’s Ringling College of Art + Design, recognized as among the best and most innovative visual art college in the United States, will jury and judge the show.  Several awards will be provided including Best in Show and first prize awards.

About The Festival


This unique double event is scheduled for the first weekend in March, 2014 at Save Our Seabirds on City Island, Sarasota. Focusing on artistry and community enrichment, the event is a juried fine art exhibition limited to 80 national and well-known as well as local wildlife artists, painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers and fine craftsmen; paired with a wildlife and environmental educational symposium.

Why Enter This Festival?


Location:  Unlike most arts shows located in cityscapes, the festival is located next  to the Save Our Seabirds Wild Bird Learning Center where over 250 native Florida wild birds reside and adjacent to  Mote Marine Laboratory, a world class ocean aquarium and sea life rehabilitation facility.  This location is nestled between Lido Key and Longboat Key, two of the finest barrier keys on the Florida Gulf Coast.


Juried Exhibit:  Artists that participate in this festival are  part of one of the finest art shows in southwest Florida due to a jury process performed by volunteers from Sarasota’s Ringling College of Art + Design, recognized as among the best and most innovative visual art college in the United States. Joining the jury this year is World-renowned artist John Seerey-Lester, a distinguished wildlife and landscape artist whose works depict large mammals, birds of prey, magnificent underwater creatures and environmentally sensitive tableaus.


Philanthropy:  Proceeds from the ticket sales, sponsors and artists’ admission fees directly support Save Our Seabirds Wild Bird Learning Center and the Sarasota Rotary Foundation which provides grants to many local organizations.


Exposure:  To approximately 5000 attendees.

To quote two of the artists from last year’s show

“I look forward to your show.  You guys were great!!!  Are the applications the same as 2013?  If Not, Put my name in for sure!”            Anne Schroeder                                                                        

“Despite the weather, I really enjoyed my time this weekend.  It was well- organized and we artists felt you and the jury members respected us and our work.  It is unheard of for judges and organizers to take the time to speak with artists, ask questions about the work, and then ask for feedback about the event.  Kudos!  I felt like we all (artists, jury, charities and organizers) were all in this together.  That’s not the case at every show.  I will definitely be back next year!”  Hope Lugo





10 ft. X 10 ft. – in a beautiful setting nex to Save Our Seabirds, with views of New Pass and Sarasota Bay, near Longboat Key and the Gulf of Mexico.



$210.00 includes your booth space for two days of exhibition as well as your $35.00 non-refundable jury fee. Artists not accepted will receive a refund of the entire Exhibition Fee. Accepted artists will not receive refunds if they are unable to attend. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Rotary Club of Sarasota Foundation, providing service projects and grants to local charities, and Save Our Seabirds, Inc.


Phone: (941) 840-1193(941) 840-1193