Engelwood Invitational Art Show


It’s Tuesday and I have just arrived home from the January 25th-26th 2020 Engelwood Invitational Art Show in Florida. This art event starts my busy art show season for 2020. As a brief review, I would like to say there were many “art conscious” people that paused at my booth and asked about my work. It is flattering that they take their time and are interested. Sales were good on Saturday, which is wonderful as this buys me more frames and glass for my work plus pays booth fees so I am able to participate in more art shows. If you buy original art directly from an artist at a show, you are helping that artist create more work. Above, “Dancing on the Sand” Sold to the Aguiars. 

This was my first time in Engelwood, Florida. My husband Ken and I stayed at the Sun Coast Inn on McCall Road, the same road the art show was on at the Engelwood Bank. Saturday evening we attended Carroll Swayze’s Artist Party at her home. That was a special pleasure as we enjoyed food, a campfire and conversation with other artists. Carroll does the work to create the Engelwood Invitational Art Shows every year. 

“Sunset Heron”

Other original art sold were “Sunset Heron,” “Curious Robin,” “House Wren,” and “Floating Feather.” Above is “Sunset Heron” but I don’t have pictures of the other three as they are still on the camera and not processed.

Those were brand new to my show and left for homes before I could show you. 

ArtFest Stuart Florida

My next juried art event happens in Stuart, Florida at ArtsFest 2020, a hometown celebration of arts and culture since 1988. My booth number is 130 located in Memorial Park in downtown Stuart along East Ocean Boulevard. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. There is a $10 two day admission fee to attend the art show and enjoy the live musical and theater performances, hot glass blowing by Corning, special culinary arts section and childrens activity zone. The event is hosted by The Arts Foundation for Martin County. ArtFest is regarded as the Treasure Coast’s most beloved and best-attended community event. For more information, click here. Unfortunately the web page does not give the location of Memorial Park (other than it is downtown). My documents say that pets are not allowed, however, that sometimes only applies to the artisans. 

Getting Ready for Stuart

To get ready for the next show I have cleaned all the framed pieces that were covered with dust from Engelwood. Then, I decided to wood frame a few of the float-framed prints I made. What is a float-frame? Someday I’ll explain.  Next, I need to replace the 10 reproduction prints I sold at Engelwood. Here, in Janet Herman Land, we do it ourselves: photograph, Photoshop, print, wait overnight, spray with a special inkjet fixative, wait overnight, apply acrylic sealer, wait overnight, cut mats and install prints, then tag and bag them. So, you think its easy, do you? Meanwhile, there are spreadsheets to do along with some old fashioned bookkeeping. I would rather work on new textile artwork. It looks like I will need more small works but I am out of small frames. Sigh. 

We are hoping the next event is as enjoyable as the Engelwood Invitational Art Show.  A couple weeks after than I will be back on the Gulf Coast in Bradenton. More about that later. Bye! 

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