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