Information compiled and written by Nathan Wertheimer
Orlando, FL – The winter and spring season of arts and crafts shows has already begun. Central Florida has some great art shows around. These shows are a great way to met the artist and get to know personally before you buy one or more of his or her works of art. All of these art shows are free to browse with no obligation to buy any of their artwork. Most of the artists make their living selling their works of art. Help support your local fine arts community.
Before going to one of these art shows it is recommended to plan your day right. Start by checking out the website of the art show you’re visiting. They will have important information such as available parking areas, artists, map of event, and vendors.
Once arriving at any numbers of art shows, Saturday’s are one of the best days to buy work of art early because the artist is showcasing their best work on display for the judges. While your looking around, you might spot a judging committee walking around too by visiting all the artists’ booths with their work. These judges have been hand picked by the art show committee. Many of these judges have an art background in education, gallery owners, and art career.
Here are some tips on looking for artwork at any art show. Before buying any artwork you must extremely love the artists work. There are no returns if you don’t like it. Most of the artwork is one of a kind, which is rare to find reproductions at an art show. There are small works of art that are reproductions such as postcards, photos, and prints. Many of the works range from $5.00 and the up thousands of dollars. When purchasing works of art most professional artist take credit cards. Just look for the credit logos hanging around the artist’s cash register.
Here is a list art show with dates and websites:
Images – A Festival of the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Jan 24-26, 2020
Mount Dora Arts Festival, Feb 1 & 2, 2020
Uptown Art Expo / Celebration of Art, Cranes Roost Park, Altamonte Springs, Feb 28 – Mar 1, 2020
The Lake Mary Heathrow Festival of the Arts, Mar 7 & 8, 2020
Leesburg Fine Arts Festival, Downtown Leesburg, Mar 14 & 15, 2020 – CANCELLED
Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Mar 20-22, 2019 – CANCELLED
DeLand Outdoor Art Festival, Earl Brown Park, Mar 28 & 29, 2020 – CANCELLED
Apopka Art and Foliage Festival, Mar 28 & 29, 2020 – POSTPONED
St. Johns River Festival of the Arts, May 2 & 3, 2020 – CANCELLED
Please come out and support our local art shows and festivals. With you it would not be possible to continue the arts in Central Florida.
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Source of information: First hand experience