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Crafters take over Dunedin Main Street
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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 it’s 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 Florida’s 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 year’s 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 nature’s art objects.

Though the technique is time-consuming, the results are aesthetically pleasing and readily appreciated. Festival-goers will find an extensive selection of Kapfer’s 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 artist’s 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 Florida’s 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 didn’t 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

For information, visit www.a­rtfes­tival­.com.
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