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Crafters flock to St. Pete Beach
20th annual Corey Area Craft Festival is Jan. 18-19
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Robin Short’s fiber crafts are among those expected at the 20th annual St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival Jan. 18-19.
ST. PETE BEACH – The 20th annual St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival is Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18-19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Corey Avenue and Gulf Boulevard in downtown St. Pete Beach.

Presented by American Craft Endeavors, the festival is free and open to the public.

The finest crafters in the country will return to St. Pete Beach for the event. This two-day juried event features a wide variety of handmade art and crafts as well as affordable gift items. There will be many local and regional exhibitors as well artists from as many as 30 different states.

This juried outdoor craft showcase will present a wide variety of original crafts, handmade in America. Shoppers will find prices set to suit all budgets, ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000. The crafters have been hand-selected from hundreds of applicants. All crafters will be on site for duration of festival.

Attendees will discover a vast array of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused wax and glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft and stained glass.

One of the expected artist is Gulfport’s Robin Short, who has been quilting and sewing for most of her life and has been inspired by her mother, Ellen Plankey, who is a well-known award winning artist.

Short loves putting together great fabrics, colors and high quality products to create usable, and

unique items for her customers. A lot of her ideas come from customers who can't find exactly what they are looking for. She then goes home, develops a pattern that will be useful and fun. She has been working with American Craft Endeavors for just over four years and truly enjoys working with them and the customers they bring out to the craft fairs.

Richard D. Wise is a nature photographer based in Northeastern Ohio.

Wise has been in the photographic business for 40 years in one form or another. He was a Navy photographer in Vietnam. He served as an aerial photographer in the Pacific and in Washington, D.C.

Wise photographed former President Nixon’s inaugural and other political events in the Washington, D.C. area. He worked as a photographic technician for NASA in Greenbelt, Md. He has worked at numerous studios, producing images for advertising, model’s portfolios, weddings, and portraits.

At times, looking for refuge from the pressures of everyday commercial work, Wise would step lightly into the quiet world of photo art. Working with still lifes and nudes, he found relief from the routine of commercial work. Although he enjoyed his work, he was searching for photographic satisfaction on a higher level. Because of his lifelong outdoor background, he gravitated to the world of nature photography.

Wise’s photographs have been published in magazines, calendars, and have earned high honors in regional photography competitions.

For more information, visit www.a­rtfes­tival­.com.
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