Annette and Gerry Kapfer of St. Pete Beach, artists who will participate in the 20th annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival, create kiln-fused dichroic glass jewelry.
DUNEDIN Believe it or not, the holidays are just around the corner which means its time to start thinking about making lists and shopping for gifts.
Just in time, Howard Alan Events will offer shoppers an opportunity to take advantage of Floridas beautiful fall weather at the 20th annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival, running Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17-18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Main Street in downtown Dunedin.
This two-day juried gallery-style outdoor event will showcase original handmade crafts and gift items priced to suit all budgets. The annual festival also presents holiday shoppers with a head start on holiday shopping and an alternative to crowded malls.
This years show will feature the work of 100 of the finest local and national crafters who will line their booths along Main Street in downtown Dunedin. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet some of the participating crafters. Work will include botanical hotplates, ceramic planters, functional pottery, hair accessories and handmade jewelry pieces. All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants by American Craft Endeavors, producers of some of the top outdoor craft festivals in the country.
A green market will offer festival-goers a broad selection of exotic plants, as well as dips and other gourmet items.
Following is a list of crafters scheduled to participate in the Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival:
Chris and Nancy Adamo, jewelry
Mike Awalt, copper
Tim Bailey, clothing
Gissell and William Barbour, jewelry and ear cuffs
Laurel Barnhart, boot accessories
Hil-Dee Bates, functional pottery
Carole Brown and Barbara Elsner, pet products
Janet Campagna, kids clothing
Robin Cardona, cloth purses
Kathy Carnevale, jewelry
Walter Catts, furniture
Lynn and Steve Cebula, wood sculpture
Melanie Cech, jewelry and glass sculpture
Judith Dam, kids embroidered clothing
Lisa Davin, jewelry
Steve and Linda Dinwiddie, wood
Sherry Fennessy, glass jewelry
Deborah Fitzgerald, painted furniture and boxes
Steve Gill, acrylic
Segundo Gomez, beaded jewelry
William Graham, metal
Rob Grant, painting
Carolyn Guenter, hats
M. Hakima, painting
Elizabeth Haughton and Michel Tsouris, jewelry
Jim and Nancy Holley, stained glass
Karen and Jerry Hull, glass jewelry
Carol Hurless, bamboo
Annette and Gerry Kapfer, jewelry
Sidney and Lee Klein, coin jewelry
Gilbert Lage, jewelry
Peter Lakiotis, pet products and leashes
Richard Lamson, painting
Debra Larson, jewelry, beads and crystal
Gary Lawrence, green market
Helene Lawrence, night lights
David and Louise Levy, tablecloths
Donna Lilienthal, jewelry
Robert Linn, wood
Rhonda Little, fabric design
Vasile Loznianu, art glass
Nancy Mann, oil blends
Zack Marksz, jewelry
Nena Martin, jewelry
Linda Mayes, photography
Joann McCall, clothing
Michael McLaughlin, jewelry
Florence McNeill, clothing or glass
Jan Mulberry, clothing
Craig Noriega, floral
Lori Kay Olling, jewelry
Liz Pierce, fiber
Janet Plitt, jewelry cushions
Robert Ramaglia, jewelry
Yanira Ramirez, beaded jewelry
Rosalind Rich, clothing
David Romanovsky, dog accessories
Kathy and Ken Rosenberger, beaded jewelry
Karl and Wendy Sandgren, clothing
Mazhar and Sabera Sardharwalla, jewelry
Anne Schieber, flakes
Ellen Schneider, photography and greeting cards
Robin Short, fiber quilts
Michelle Siggins, jewelry
Laurie Spindler, photo art
Jeanne Storeim, beaded utensils
James and Avra Thomas, jewelry
Greg and Gail Tower, clothing
Suzanne Trask, painted glass
Linda Uloth, beaded utensils
Patti Van Tonder, hair accessories
Patricia Van Voorhis and Kathy Marks, beaded utensils
Miriam Vigoa, olive oil
Nancy Walsh, jewelry
Robert and Kerry Waltz, metal and ceramic lamps
Jean Weidinger, jewelry
Joe Weinstein, fountains
Pat West, prepackaged garlic foods
Don and Cristina Williams, raku
Jeff Zoellner, jewelry
Annette Kapfer of St. Pete Beach creates kiln-fused dichroic glass artwork which is then creatively patch-worked, affecting three-dimensional views of natures art objects.
Though the technique is time-consuming, the results are aesthetically pleasing and readily appreciated. Festival-goers will find an extensive selection of Kapfers stunning earrings and pendants on display and available for purchase.
Kapfer grew up just outside of Oslo, Norway, but relocated to Florida. Already a collector of glass objects, she discovered the seemingly magical properties of dichroic glass, which she uses in her studio to capture the spirit of the restless ocean.
Lake County resident Mike Awalt worked for three decades in the refrigeration industry before realizing his dream of producing art with
copper. Life in Florida has influenced his work. Awalt has created artistic impressions of herons, palm trees, lighthouses and mangroves.
Candyce Moreland specializes in handcrafted jewelry for professional women.
Our traditional and contemporary designs elegantly accessorize both your office and casual wardrobes, according to the artists website. Our goal is to create beautiful, well crafted jewelry at affordable prices. Because each piece is handcrafted by the artist, many of the designs are one-of-a-kind creations and cannot be duplicated.
Like many of Floridas seasonal residents, Chris Adamo splits his time between his home in Cape Cod and his winter escape in Sarasota. Together with his wife Nancy, Chris creates and sells unique handcrafted jewelry. But the Adamos idea of running a business didnt include the brick and mortar model. Instead, they opted to sell their creations online and at local craft and artisan fairs.
The result is inspired, distinctive jewelry crafted from the finest gemstones, crystals and silver.
We take our inspiration from the beautiful coastal areas where we live, Chris says on his website, but, also in the beauty and spirituality of the natural world around us.
Walter Catts has been exhibiting his work at Howard Alan Events around Florida for years. Catts is from Palmetto where he owns a Catts Carpentry Inc. He hand-makes beautiful furniture which he creates from old shutters. His work has a palpably Florida feel to it.
The annual event is free and open to the public and it helps support both the arts community and the local economy.
Howard Alan Events will host additional shows in the coming months in the Tampa Bay area, including:
The Madeira Beach Thanksgiving Weekend Craft Festival, Nov. 24-25
16th annual Downtown Dunedin Art Festival, Jan. 12-13
10th annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival, Jan. 26-27