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Crafters coming to Main Street Dunedin
Annual juried outdoor show includes several local crafters
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Finny Lazarus creates functional art in the form of jewelry. The crafter will participate in the 12th annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival, set for June 28-29.
DUNEDIN – Craft enthusiasts will flock to the 12th annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival, set for Saturday and Sunday, June 28-29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Main Street in downtown Dunedin.

Presented by American Craft Endeavors, the Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival returns to Main Street this summer with another first-rate craft showcase featuring a unique blend of contemporary, original works at affordable prices.

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the art of 100 local and national crafters from 30 different states. The city of Dunedin sponsors the festival. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

The festival will feature a vast array of craft media such as folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused wax & glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft and stained glass. Prices are set to suit all budgets, with items ranging from as little as $3 to as much as $3,000. All participating crafters remain on site for the duration of the festival, offering craft enthusiasts an opportunity to learn about the creative process.

The juried outdoor craft showcase features original crafts, handmade in America. The show boasts unique and affordable gift items, with selections from around 100 crafters hailing from 30 different states. Many participating crafters come from Florida, including several from the Tampa Bay area.

Finny Lazarus of Boca Raton began creating functional art in the form of jewelry 15 years ago.

“I started working mainly with Swarovski crystals, but quickly moved on to fresh water pearls and semi-precious stones,” said Lazarus in a press release promoting the event provided by American Craft Endeavors. “Most of my stones are hand drilled by me and my pearls are individually hand knotted.”

The crafter’s work consists of unique creations of fine, elegant jewelry.

“All of my pieces start out on my design board in my studio, where I let my artistic imagination take over,” he said. “Simple pearls become two or three strands of twisted toursades, some are left with a classic elegance, where others have accent pieces added. Along with pearls, I work with amethyst, peridot, citrine and many natural stones including fossils.”

Also scheduled to take part in this year’s festival is children’s author Julie Woik of Sarasota.

Woik will have the entire Lilly the Lash series available for purchase at the festival – and, she looks forward to meeting new fans and greeting existing fans. She will be personally signing all of the books as well.

Her children's book series teaches life lessons through character building messages while promoting literacy. Her newest book, the fourth in the series, “The Life and Times of Lilly the Lash: The Kacklin' Kitchen,” tells a story and teaches the life lesson of respect through main character.

Woik is a freelance writer and poet. Having worked with young children as a teacher’s aide, as well as in the field of psychiatry, she recognized early on the importance of strong self-esteem. Armed with a contagiously dynamic personality, she has a unique way of acquainting others with the tremendous value of self-worth.

Joe Weinstein of Clearwater is one of several Tampa Bay area crafters participating in the festival. Since 1984, this Florida fountain artist has refined the art of creating beautiful water features that resemble naturally eroded coquina rock. The sight and sound of sculpted stone and moving water, accented with tropical foliage, bring a feeling of soothing relaxation to both the home and office.

"Creating these unique waterfalls fulfills my artistic mission to bring a touch of tropical paradise to your surroundings,” Weinstein says on his professional website. “Whether they are displayed inside the home on a table, in the foyer or in an atrium, or placed outside, by the pool or spa, on the patio or lanai, or as part of the landscape, these creations evoke feelings of a tropical paradise.”

For information on the festival, visit www.a­rtfes­tival­.com.

Partial list of participating vendors

• Steve and Judy Archbold of Ossian, Indiana – Wood

• Gissell and William Barbour of Sebring – Jewelry

• Mickey D. and Mike Bradham of Homosassa – Ceramics

• Randy Brooks of Fort White – Sculpture

• Kaysea and Matthew Bruce of Gainesville – Pet accessories

• Janet Campagna of South Orleans, Massachusetts – Clothing

• Walter Catts of Palmetto – Furniture

• Melanie Cech of Spring Hill – Glass

• Dennis Collins of Naples – Jewelry

• Lucie Davis of Oakland Park – Fiber

• Jessica Elwood of Bradenton – Painting

• Carol Generoso of Osprey – Jewelry

• Randy Giamporcaro of Tampa – Jewelry

• Segundo (Luis) Gomez of Miami – Jewelry

• Annette and Gerry Kapfer of St. Pete Beach – Jewelry

• Sindi Karman of Melbourne – Home goods

• Peter Lakiotis of Clearwater – Pet accessories

• Cynthia Linden of Gulfport – Mixed media

• Lorrie Mason of Tampa – Jewelry

• Andres Medina of St. Petersburg – Fiber

• Malinda Ratliff of West Palm Beach – Home goods

• John Roessler of Brooksville – Jewelry

• Rasa Saldaitis of Pinellas Park – Painting

• Robin Short of Gulfport – Fiber

• Denise Smith of Weirsdale – Jewelry

• Trae Stokes of Pinellas Park – Food

• Lora and Bob Thomas of Sarasota – Pottery

• Miriam Valido of Lutz – Miscellaneous

• Marina Vega of Kissimmee – Jewelry

• Joe Weinstein of Clearwater – Stone

• Richard Wise of Lady Lake – Photography

• Barrie Wolfson (West) of Seminole – Home goods
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