FABulous Arts Boutique_Sweater by Cheri Downie16th Annual FABulous Arts Boutique
Returns to Art Center Sarasota
Opening Reception February 28
This show of premier art and craft features works in clay, fiber, weaving, mixed-media, jewelry, shell art and more by 70 top artists representing six area fine art and craft guilds.
(Sarasota, FL) The FABulous Arts Boutique is back, March 1, 2 and 3, at Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. The event, now in its sixteenth year, features exceptional works in ceramics, decorative fiber, jewelry, wearable art, mixed-media and shell art by over 70 artists representing six area fine art and craft guilds. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Thursday, March 1, Friday, March 2, and Saturday March 3. An opening reception is Wednesday, February 28, 6:00- 8:30 p.m., for early buying, champagne and light hors d’oeuvres. Suggested donation for the reception is $10. For more information about the FABulous Arts Boutique, visit www.fabsarasota.weebly.com.
Founded in 2002, the FABulous Arts Boutique was the brainchild of Manasota Weavers Guild members Pat Fox and Kathie Hayes. “We realized that our members had limited opportunities to exhibit and sell their work so we created one,” says Hayes. The idea took off and before long members of five other fine crafts guilds were welcomed into the show, transforming it into a unique event showcasing the diverse and high-quality work of some of the area’s top artists, many of them nationally and internationally acclaimed. “One feature that sets our show apart is the unique boutique-style setup that intermingles the work of our award-winning artists in creative, mixed-media displays,” adds Hayes.
Attendees can expect to see more of the innovative and unique designs that blend traditional art and craft techniques with contemporary twists. The exhibit and sale offers wearable art, such as hand dyed silks, felted beaded handbags, and needle-woven and semi-precious strung jewelry. Other treasures, some purely decorative as well as functional, include woven baskets incorporating semi-precious stones, feathers and antlers, woven wall hangings, wire work, hand-turned wood items, handmade paper items and much more. “It’s truly a celebration of artistic endeavors and a tribute to the breadth and scope of human creativity,” says Hayes.
The six guilds represented in the show are the Manasota Weavers Guild; Florida West Coast Bead Society; Sarasota Shell Club Artisans Division; Surface Design Society of Sarasota; Southwest Art Yarn Guild; and Venetian Society of Basket weavers. For more information about the FABulous Arts Boutique and the participating guilds, visit www.fabsarasota.weebly.com.
About the FABulous Arts Boutique
Founded in 2002, the Fabulous Arts Boutique is a celebration of artistic endeavors and a tribute to the breadth and scope of human creativity. It strives to keep traditional handwork alive by encouraging excellence among participating guilds and by providing artists from our region the opportunity to sell and further market their work in a comfortable, creative and congenial environment.