For nearly three decades, the Cape Coral Festival of the Arts has introduced the public to talented artists and artisans from across the country, while helping to raise money for the community.
The event, now in its 29th year, takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday along Cape Coral Parkway, between Del Prado Boulevard South and Vincennes Boulevard. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Cape Coral, it will feature more than 300 juried exhibitors, competing in several categories.
The festival is free and open to the public, and on-site parking is also available for free.
"It just has been a tremendous success," John Jacobsen, the event's organizer, said Thursday.
Last year, an estimated 100,000 people attended the festival.
"I think we'll have that again this year easily," he said.
The following is a list of all of the artists participating in the 2014 Cape Coral Festival of the Arts, Jan. 11-12, in downtown Cape Coral. The artists are listed by name followed by category of entry and hometown.
Aasmundstad, Marcia - Fine Crafts, Binghamton, N.Y.
Abdullah, Maureen - Jewelry Amherst, Mass.
Albrecht, Fred - Mixed Media & Graphics, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Alexander, Douglas - Mixed Media & Graphics, DeLand, Fla.
Allison, Deb - Fine Crafts, Flagler Beach, Fla.
Anthony, Greta - Sculpture, Perry, Fla.
Apriletti, Linda - Painting, Miami Springs, Fla.
Ayala, Sue - Fine Crafts, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Ayers, Stephen - Fine Crafts, Hannibal, Mo.
Baeza, Christine - Painting, Cape Coral, Fla.
Bailey, Tim - Fine Crafts, Bradenton, Fla.
Balodis, Mara - Fine Crafts, Bokeelia, Fla.
Banh, Timothy - Fine Crafts, Jacksonville, Fla.
Barbour, William and Gissell - Jewelry, Sebring, Fla.
Barnes, Deborah - Jewelry Mount Dora, Fla.
Barreneche, Juan - Fine Crafts, Atlanta
Barron, Paul - Sculpture, Ada, Mich.
Bass, Kenneth - Jewelry, Mason, W.Va.
Bates, April - Fine Crafts, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Batson, Donna - Fine Crafts, Leesburg, Fla.
Becker, Jason - Mixed Media & Graphics, Bluffton, S.C.
Beetge, Peter - Fine Crafts, Sarasota, Fla.
Billman, Gregg - Painting, Gainesville, Fla.
Billman, Mark - Jewelry, Gainesville, Fla.
Blackmore, Brian - Jewelry, Gainesville, Fla.
Blekfeld, Bernard - Photography, Orlando, Fla.
Bobofchak, Gary - Jewelry, Port Sanilac, Mich.
Bodeker, Terry - Jewelry, Port Charlotte, Fla.
Bodenberg, Don - Jewelry, Cincinnati, Ohio
Bond, Angela - Painting, Decatur, Ga.
Bove, Jason - Fine Crafts, Lebanon, Ohio
Bowns, Carole - Mixed Media & Graphics, Sandy Spring, Md.
Boyce, Robert - Sculpture, Phoenix, Ariz.
Brandow, Douglas - Jewelry, Stuart, Fla.
Brawley, Deborah - Fine Crafts, Niwot, Colo.
Bridewell, Ray and Amy - Jewelry, Bellevue, Ky.
Brown, Robert - Mixed Media & Graphics, Apopka, Fla.
Callahan, Jen - Painting, Tappahannock, Va.
Camp, Pam - Fine Crafts, Panama City, Fla.
Carlson, Kim - Fine Crafts, Cape Coral, Fla.
Casseus, Cantave - Sculpture, Kissimmee, Fla.
Cech, Melanie - Fine Crafts, Spring Hill, Fla.
Cereghino Groves, Magali - Fine Crafts, Orlando, Fla.
Chalfant, Scott - Fine Crafts, Cowden, Ill.
Chandler, Brigette - Jewelry, Fort Myers, Fla.
Chandler, Christine - Jewelry, Pensacola, Fla.
Chanlatte, Andre - Painting, Odessa, Fla.
Christiansen, Diana - Jewelry, Gainesville, Fla.
Clarke, Caroline - Fine Crafts, Thomaston, Ga.
Clements, Doris - Fine Crafts, Wilmington, N.C.
Clibbon, Robert - Photography, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
Coe, Geoff - Photography, Fort Myers, Fla.
Collins, Dennis and Marjorie - Jewelry, Naples, Fla.
Colvard Oberholtzer, Kim - Painting, Cape Coral, Fla.
Copeland, Jim - Photography, Chamblee, Ga.
Crow, Evelyne - Fine Crafts, Clermont, Fla.
Danley, Michael - Photography, Fort Myers, Fla.
Dannecker, Paul - Jewelry, Troutman, N.C.
Davenport, Ruthann - Fine Crafts, Millington, Mich.
Davern, Laurel - Jewelry, Lancaster, N.Y.
Davin, Lisa - Jewelry, Hollywood, Fla.
Davis, Sheron - Fine Crafts, Decatur, Ga.
Dawald, Jeffery - Jewelry, Faribault, Minn.
Deal, Katie - Mixed Media & Graphics, Crawfordville, Fla.
Dekkers, Christine - Painting, Cape Coral, Fla.
DeMichele, Allen and Kelly - Sculpture, North Port, Fla.
Derench, Judy - Fine Crafts, Niantic, Conn.
DiCarlo, John - Fine Crafts, Fort Myers, Fla.
Dinauer, Greg - Sculpture, Madison, Wis.
Direnzo, Bill - Photography, Fort Pierce, Fla.
Dirienzo, Tess - Fine Crafts, Fort Pierce, Fla.
Dixon, Fran - Painting, Virginia Beach, Va.
Doehrman Bride, Marylou - Mixed Media & Graphics,
Spring Hill, Fla.
Dolle, Parry - Mixed Media & Graphics, Winter Springs, Fla.
Dorman, Kuei - Painting, Orlando, Fla.
Dossey, Ray and Colleen - Fine Crafts, Lakeside, Calif.
Easter, Jeff - Photography, Holly Hill, Fla.
Eastwood, Bonnie - Mixed Media & Graphics, Hudson, Fla.
Erlund, Beth - Mixed Media & Graphics, Morrison, Colo.
Ernsting, Rich - Photography, Indianapolis, Ind.
Espinosa, Josephina - Fine Crafts, Port Charlotte, Fla.
Estevez, Nicetas - Fine Crafts, Miami, Fla.
Fawkes, Dolores - Jewelry, Sandy Springs, Ga.
Feinberg, Phil - Fine Crafts, McCall, Idaho
Finton, Kathy - Jewelry, North Port, Fla.
Fisher, Fred - Mixed Media & Graphics, Quincy, Fla.
Fitzsimmons, Allison - Jewelry, Brooksville, Fla.
Flaherty, Kelly - Sculpture, Lehigh Acres, Fla.
Flora, Diana - Jewelry, Canandaigua, N.Y.
Fortenberry, Jimmy - Sculpture, Altoona, Ala.
Fuller, Erin - Jewelry, Nokomis, Fla.
Gale, Mitchel - Fine Crafts, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Gao and Chang, Wayne and Michelle - Fine Crafts,
Rowland Heights, Calif.
Garcia, Rosario - Jewelry, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Glascock, Douglas - Jewelry, Harrison, Ark.
Godfrey, Mary Lou - Fine Crafts, Cape Coral, Fla.
Good, Linda - Jewelry, Hudson, Mich.
Goolsby, Tina - Jewelry, Ormond Beach, Fla.
Graham, William - Fine Crafts, Hardy, Ark.
Grillos, Ronia - Fine Crafts, Freedom, Calif.
Grogan, Cheryll - Painting, Gulfport, Fla.
Guerra, Constance - Mixed Media & Graphics, Midland, Va.
Gurney, Chris - Jewelry, Tampa, Fla.
Gwynn, Bob - Sculpture, Greenville, S.C.
Hammes-Knopf, Sue - Jewelry, Northfield, Minn.
Hanson, Marianne - Fine Crafts, Harrison, Ark.
Hardesty, Lynn - Jewelry, Clearwater, Fla.
Harshberger, Wayne - Sculpture, Goshen, Ind.
Hartman, Linda - Fine Crafts, Safety Harbor, Fla.
Hausner, Martin - Jewelry, Alachua, Fla.
Heard, Rick - Sculpture, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Herndon, Carol - Jewelry, Tampa, Fla.
Herrmann, Dori - Fine Crafts, Fort Myers, Fla.
Herrmann, Sharon - Jewelry, Punta Gorda, Fla.
Heumann, Cindy - Jewelry, San Diego, Calif.
Heuslein, Mina - Fine Crafts, Port Orange, Fla.
Hines, Amy - Sculpture, Milton, Fla.
Hines, J. J. - Mixed Media & Graphics, Hollywood, Fla.
Hirt, Cindy - Fine Crafts, Hawthorne, Fla.
Hirt, Jenna - Jewelry, Hawthorne, Fla.
Holzbaur, Werner - Sculpture, Bradenton, Fla.
Homick, Cory and Carol - Photography, Coopersburg, Pa.
Hosack, Herbert - Painting, Cape Coral, Fla.
Howard, Jessica - Jewelry, Curtice, Ohio
Hung, Serge - Jewelry, Clermont, Fla.
Hunt, Terry - Sculpture, Hart, Mich.
Hurst, Fran and Michael - Jewelry, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Iglesias, Carlos - Fine Crafts, Miami, Fla.
Ingel, Hanan - Jewelry, Berkeley, Calif.
Iovine, Joyce - Mixed Media & Graphics, Delray Beach, Fla.
Jacobsen, Allen and Mumin - Jewelry, West Winfield, N.Y.
Jalsa, Ann - Jewelry, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
James, Amy - Jewelry, Pottstown, Pa.
James, Keith - Photography, Largo, Fla.
Jasinski, Michael - Photography, Gainesville, Fla.
Jellema, Ruth - Fine Crafts, Rockford, Mich.
Jenney, Curtis - Sculpture, Clearwater, Fla.
Johnson, Matthew - Jewelry, Carnegie, Pa.
Johnson, Sandy - Fine Crafts, Oregon, Wis.
Jones, Beth - Jewelry, Canton, Mich.
Jones, Koko - Jewelry, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Jones, Robert - Photography, Waleska, Ga.
Juul, Kari - Fine Crafts, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Kara, John - Fine Crafts, Perryopolis, Pa.
Kavosick, John - Sculpture, Rio Grande, N.J.
Kehr, Tracy - Mixed Media & Graphics, White Cloud, Mich.
Keysor, Stacy - Fine Crafts, Cape Coral, Fla.
Kim, Jinsong - Fine Crafts, Mims, Fla.
King, Jeff - Fine Crafts, Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Kohnke, Carol - Fine Crafts, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Koury, Stephen - Painting, Lakeland, Fla.
Kraft, Eric - Sculpture, Gainesville, Fla.
Kuntz, Randy - Fine Crafts, Holland, Ohio
Laine, Philippe - Fine Crafts, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Larson, Haydn - Sculpture, LaCrosse, Fla.
Lecaros, Medalit - Jewelry, Weston, Fla.
Lemoine, Ron - Sculpture, Hernando Beach, Fla.
Lensink, Jay - Jewelry, Estero, Fla.
Licht, Jenny - Jewelry, Estero, Fla.
Lilavois, Vicky - Jewelry, Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Lilienthal, Donna & Arie - Jewelry, Wellington, Fla.
Linden, Cynthia - Fine Crafts, Gulfport, Fla.
Linn, Robert - Fine Crafts, Edmond, Ok.
Liu, Nen-Chin - Fine Crafts, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Loretto, Rose - Fine Crafts, Jacksonville, Fla.
MacKellar, Hugh - Jewelry, Cape Coral, Fla.
Mackenzie, Greg and Rachel - Sculpture, North Port, Fla.
Maltsev, Gene - Fine Crafts, Chelsea, Mass.
Mandelaro, Al - Jewelry, Delray Beach, Fla.
Mann, Toni - Fine Crafts, Lake Worth, Fla.
Marchese, Deborah - Jewelry, Melbourne Beach, Fla.
Martin, David - Fine Crafts, Englewood, Fla.
Martin, Loel - Photography, Skokie, Ill.
Martin, Pam - Fine Crafts, Key Largo, Fla.
Matthews, Shoshana - Fine Crafts, Cape Coral, Fla.
Mayes, Larry - Jewelry, Venice, Fla.
Mayes, Linda - Photography, Venice, Fla.
McAdams, Linda - Photography, Mantua, N.J.
McCamish, Bill - Jewelry, Three Oaks, Mich.
McLaughlin, Michael - Jewelry, Longboat Key, Fla.
Meier, Carole - Sculpture, Grayling, Mich.
Merrill, Sherry - Fine Crafts, Hudson, Fla.
Miley, Brett - Photography, DeLand, Fla.
Miller, Bill - Mixed Media & Graphics, Naples, Fla.
Moeggenberg, Judy - Fine Crafts, Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
Moreland, Nancy - Photography, South Miami, Fla.
Mosquera, Fernando - Sculpture, Riverview, Fla.
Murphy, Elaina - Fine Crafts, Seabrook, S.C.
Murray, Jean - Fine Crafts, Anna Maria, Fla.
Nastasi, Carol - Fine Crafts, Burton, Ohio
Neal, Greg - Fine Crafts, Lebanon, Ohio
Nedobeck, Don - Painting, Deland, Fla.
Nelson, Jeffrey - Fine Crafts, New Windsor, N.Y.
Nichols, Don - Mixed Media & Graphics, Fort
Nichols, Betty - Fine Crafts, Baldwin, Ga.
Norqual, Jennifer - Fine Crafts, Naples, Fla.
Notari, Carrie - Jewelry, Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
O'Brien, Wendy - Jewelry, Lincoln, Neb.
Odmark, Gary - Painting, Holland, Mich.
Okamoto, Atsuko - Mixed Media & Graphics, Boynton
Oriold, Vicki - Painting, Boynton Beach, Fla.
Palermo, Christopher - Mixed Media & Graphics,
Pardue, Randy - Sculpture, Hawthorne, Fla.
Park, Kyoung-Joa - Fine Crafts, Rochelle Park, N.J.
Parsley, Jason - Fine Crafts, Cincinnati, Ohio
Patrick, Don - Fine Crafts, Orlando, Fla.
Pfeffer, Sandi - Jewelry, Fort Myers, Fla.
Pip, Sophia - Jewelry, Key West, Fla.
Pirkle, Linda - Painting, Atlanta, Ga.
Poole, Inna - Fine Crafts, Juno Beach, Fla.
Powell, Mary Jane - Jewelry, Groveland, Fla.
Powers, Linda J. - Fine Crafts, Toronto, Ontario
Purdy, Debra and Robert - Sculpture, Port Charlotte, Fla.
Qin, Jie - Fine Crafts, Orlando, Fla.
Rasmussen, James - Photography, Mount Prospect, Ill.
Rego-Sharpe, Rosalyn - Jewelry, Mount Airy, N.C.
Reilly, Bonnie - Fine Crafts, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Rhoads, Mindy - Mixed Media & Graphics, Marquette, Kan.
Roberts, Debbie - Fine Crafts, Capitan, N.M.
Roberts, Joan - Painting, Cape Coral, Fla.
Ross, David - Fine Crafts, Bakersville, N.C.
Ruang, Wanpen - Jewelry, Atlanta, Ga.
Rund, Laurel D - Mixed Media & Graphics, Bradenton, Fla.
Salada, Bill - Painting, Tampa, Fla.
Sall, Fatou - Fine Crafts, Capitol Heights, Md.
Santini, Joseph Dean - Fine Crafts, Vero Beach, Fla.
Schmidt, Ron - Sculpture, Tequesta, Fla.
Schneider, Ellen - Photography, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Schoeler, Inna - Fine Crafts, Orlando, Fla.
Schoenly, Peter and Stephanie - Fine Crafts, Ridge Manor, Fla.
Schofield, Jean Ann - Painting, Caledonia, N.Y.
Schwade, Michael - Jewelry, Eureka Springs, Ark.
Seder, Rufus - Mixed Media & Graphics, Waltham, Mass.
Serra, Adams - Photography, Fort Myers, Fla.
Serrano, Gretchen - Painting, Cape Coral, Fla.
Shafer, Kari - Jewelry, Clermont, Fla.
Shepard, Petty - Fine Crafts, Kingsport, Tenn.
Sher, Carol - Mixed Media & Graphics, Montgomery
Small, Gail - Jewelry, Sarasota, Fla.
Smith, Michael - Fine Crafts, Asheville, N.C.
Smith, Woody and Judy - Sculpture, Crystal Lake, Ill.
Soderquist, Linda - Painting, Englewood, Fla.
Solomon, Anne Marie - Painting, Englewood, Fla.
Sprague, Carmen - Photography, Cape Coral, Fla.
Sprigg, Charlie and Sheila - Jewelry, Lake Wales, Fla.
St. Onge and Agenbroad, Baca and Ray - Jewelry, Lyons, Colo.
Stanish, Jean - Mixed Media & Graphics, Cape Coral, Fla.
Stegmann, Rob - Photography, Fort Myers, Fla.
Steinbrecher, Knox - Fine Crafts, Marietta, Ga.
Stephens, Ellen - Sculpture, Fort Myers, Fla.
Stevens, Cheryl - Jewelry, Sault Sainte Marie, Mich.
Stirn, Amanda - Painting, Cape Coral, Fla.
Storeim, Jeanne - Fine Crafts, Riverview, Fla.
Strauss, Lisa - Fine Crafts, Hackettstown, N.J.
Strickland, Ron - Fine Crafts, Panama City Beach, Fla.
Sullivan, Ellen - Fine Crafts, Hallandale, Fla.
Sutterer, Ron - Fine Crafts, Floyd, Va.
Swift, Barbara - Jewelry, Moore Haven, Fla.
Switzenberg, Bunny - Fine Crafts, Lancaster, Pa.
Syphrit, Michael - Mixed Media & Graphics, Pompano
Taber, Karen - Fine Crafts, Wyoming, Mich.
Theodore, Celeste - Fine Crafts, Fort Myers, Fla.
Thomas, Herb - Fine Crafts, Cambridge Springs, Pa.
Thomas, Mark - Photography, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Tinney, Clay - Jewelry, Key Largo, Fla.
Traynor, Alan - Fine Crafts, Orlando, Fla.
Trewyn, Bruce - Mixed Media & Graphics, Arcadia, Fla.
Troutman, Bob - Jewelry, Asheville, N.C.
Tunnell, Jan - Jewelry, Orlando, Fla.
Tutt, Patrick - Fine Crafts, Canyon Lake, Calif.
Uloth, Linda - Fine Crafts, Venice, Fla.
Vanheynegen, Doreen - Fine Crafts, Mulberry, Fla.
Vanneman, Pam - Fine Crafts, Cape Coral, Fla.
Venghaus, Mike - Jewelry, Niceville, Fla.
Vincent, Michael - Jewelry, Feeding Hills, Mass.
Walker, Bonnie - Fine Crafts, Bullhead, Ariz.
Walsh, Geoff - Fine Crafts, Sarasota, Fla.
Waltemate, Herman - Fine Crafts, Brecksville, Ohio
Weber and Sly, Dawn and Cindylee - Fine Crafts, Cape
Weinreb, Barbara - Jewelry, Dix Hills, N.Y.
Welch, Linda - Jewelry, Venice, Fla.
Wender, Andrew - Fine Crafts, Englewood, Fla.
Wettach, Jim - Mixed Media & Graphics, St. Augustine, Fla.
Whorl, Steven and Sherry - Fine Crafts, Abell, Md.
Wickham, Claudia - Photography, Lake Mary, Fla.
Wides, Jacqueline - Jewelry, North Port, Fla.
Wilkinson, Paul and Lori - Mixed Media & Graphics,
Williams, Ian - Fine Crafts, Hernando, Fla.
Wilson, Kenneth - Fine Crafts, Delray Beach, Fla.
Wong, David PH - Painting, Chino, Calif.
Woodall, Hershell and Jodi - Sculpture, Lake Wales, Fla.
Ye, Zhiyong - Painting, Leesburg, Fla.
Zah, Monica - Painting, Fort Mill, S.C.
Zhang, Jim - Painting, Norcross, Ga.
Zoschke, Marc and Wendy - Jewelry, Springfield, Ill.
The show features a range of medians, like fine art, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, photography, metal works, mixed media and more. The Best in Show winner will receive $1,000, while first place, second place and third place awards are given in every category. The winners receive $500, $250 or $150.
"If you're looking for a museum-piece of quality art in the $5,000 to $10,000 range, you'll find that," Jacobsen said, adding that attendees can also find prints, jewelry and such in the $5 to $10 range.
"That's one of the reasons we offer the prize money, so we get a blend (of exhibitors)," he said. "We make sure that we have something for everyone."
This year's participating artists and artisans hail from throughout the country, from Arkansas, the Carolinas, Ohio and Wisconsin, to California, New York, Michigan, Oklahoma and more.
"They come from all over," Jacobsen said, adding that several of the exhibitors are from Florida.
The judge for this year's show is Henry Sinn, the director of painting and drawing and head gallery curator at the Crealde School of Art in Winter Park. With a bachelor's degree in painting from Rollins College, Sinn's work is represented in more than 20 corporate collections and he has had 15 shows.
"We look for credentials and experience at judging outdoor events," Jacobsen said, adding that the judge should also have a strong background in the arts, such as a professor at an art college.
"We want to make sure everybody is well satisfied with the judge," he said.
Sinn will judge the exhibitors on Saturday, and the ribbons will be awarded Sunday morning.
Each year, the work of one artist or artisan is selected to be featured on the event poster. "Booted Racket-Tail Hummingbirds," by photographer Mark J. Thomas, was picked to be showcased.
"The picture happens to be of two rival hummingbirds trying to get to the same flowers," Jacobsen said. "The picture itself just captivated me."
Thomas' work was also selected as a category winner in the annual "Nature's Best Photography" Windland Smith Rice International Awards Competition, and he beat out 28,000 other photographers to have his hummingbird image appear in the Smithsonian Museum of National History until 2015.
Along with the exhibitors, the festival will feature food and fun for the whole family. An area of the event is set aside for children's activities, to include a bungee cord ride and rock climbing wall.
Restaurants and fast-food eateries are available on site, along with traditional festival fare.
"It's just fun to come and experience," Jacobsen said. "It's a great chance to get out of the house."
He recommended that attendees wear good walking shoes for the day.
"The weather's going to be perfect," Jacobsen said. "There's a chance to explore downtown and the merchants downtown - it's a wonderful community event."
Attendees get to meet all of the exhibitors in person and can discuss their work.
"It's a chance for people to see art and enjoy art in a non-threatening manner," he said.
Each year, the festival raises between $50,000 and $75,000 for the Rotary Club.
"It is our biggest fundraiser," Jacobsen said. "We do wonderful things with the money."
Some of the funds go to the Rotary's international scholarships, but most stays within the Cape.
Jacobson noted that the money helps fund additions to Rotary Park.
"That's a project that never ends," he said.
It helps provide youth with scholarships to Edison State College and Florida Gulf Coast University, as well as supports charities like the Cape Coral Community Foundation and Cape Coral Caring Center.
For the full list of exhibitors, see pages 6-7B in today's edition of the Cape Coral Breeze.
For more information about the Cape Coral Festival of the Arts, visit: www.capecoralfestival.com/.