d-BCH-craftfest112918-3-Isaac Brooks - Fort White -  Driftwood Fish

Fort White’s Isaac Brooks carves and paints vivid ocean fish from driftwood.

ST. PETE BEACH – Need a break from the crowds at the malls after Black Friday?

American Craft Endeavors will offer shoppers an opportunity to take advantage of Florida’s beautiful fall weather at the St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival, set for Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Corey Avenue in downtown St. Pete Beach.

The first of four craft festivals in the St. Pete Beach Corey area this season, the December festival returns for its 24th year with thousands of handcrafted, made-in-the-U.S.A. artisan-created pottery, jewelry, paintings, and more. Featuring more than 100 Florida-based craft artisans, this two-day free event offers shoppers a variety of unique and affordable gift items in time for the holiday season.

The popular, outdoor craft festival offers a chance for residents to peruse and shop for practical and whimsical works of quality, handmade art in one outdoor showcase. This time of year, any opportunity to bypass the mall and do some shopping is a welcome reprieve.

Attendees can peruse thousands of unique, customizable and creative gift ideas. Pets on leashes are always welcome to join their human companions as they stroll through the festival, which includes a full greenmarket of live plants, handmade soaps, delicious edibles and more. Adding to the pleasure of the outing, patrons can meet the artisans behind the works and discover the techniques and inspirations behind each creation.

The annual festival helps St. Pete Beach businesses and the local economy by attracting new visitors to the city. In addition, proceeds from the December, January, March and June shows all benefit the Corey Avenue Merchants Association.

For information, visit www.artfestival.com.

Following is a list of some of this year’s festival exhibitors:

  • Terry Andrews – Glass
  • Judy Archbold & Angie McDougall – Name Verses
  • Tim Bailey – Clothing
  • Alan Barbour – Gyotaku
  • Gissell and William Barbour – Jewelry
  • Gabriela Baumgartner – Jewelry
  • Donna Berry & Richard DeSimone – Dip/sauces
  • Mark Billman – Jewelry
  • Peter and Pam Birtolo – Soap/lotion
  • Adriana Bottary – Handbags
  • Mickey D. and Mike Bradham – Ceramics
  • Isaac Brooks – Sculpture
  • Barbara Brown – Glass
  • Robert and Kathleen Brown – Painting
  • Tracie Brown – Mixed Media
  • Scott Burford – Plants
  • Janet Campagna – Clothing
  • Dale Cantrell – Mixed Media
  • Walter Catts – Furniture
  • Jimmy Chadsey – Photography
  • Geoff Coe – Photography
  • Dennis Collins – Jewelry
  • Christy Conkel – Glass
  • Laurie Copeland – Jewelry
  • Ryan Curran – Mixed Media
  • John Dicarlo – Glass
  • Marc Ferguson & Suzanna Dimarco – Jewelry
  • Shanna Ferris – Digital
  • Brenda Flynn – Mixed Media
  • Carol Generoso – Jewelry
  • Jeff Godfrey – Hats
  • Christine and David Goshorn – Jewelry
  • Lori Green & Kerry Demeria – Jewelry
  • Gordon and Joan Gregory – Stone
  • Susan Griffith & Patricia Reid – Jewelry
  • Sherrye Hester – Paper Art
  • Terri Hester – Wood
  • Jean Houndsome – Jewelry
  • Paulette Jones – Fiber
  • Gail Jordan – Glass
  • Annette and Gerry Kapfer – Jewelry
  • Sindi & Philip Karman – Home Goods
  • Julie Krueger – Glass
  • Gilbert Lage – Jewelry
  • Peter Lakiotis – Pet Accessories
  • Finny Lazarus – Jewelry
  • Ellen Leigha Gottfried – Mixed Media
  • Ronald and Liz Lemoine – Metal Art
  • Cynthia Linden – Mixed Media
  • Lori Lippard – Mixed Media
  • Denise and Tony Lucia – Mixed Media
  • Bob and Tina Lutz – Home Goods
  • Sandy and Robert MacNeill – Wood
  • Haley Marguerite – Books
  • John McCaffrey – Pvc
  • Robert McCoy & Christian McCoy – Mixed Media
  • Rick and Barbara Mills – Wood
  • Lori Kay Olling – Jewelry
  • Nelson Perez – Painting
  • Liz Pierce – Fiber
  • Peng Qi – Painting
  • Valerie Quinlan – Accessories
  • Shannon Raday – Food
  • Rosalind Rich – Clothing
  • Kevin Ritter & John Ryner – Mixed Media
  • Molly Rohrer – Jewelry
  • Ken Rosenberger – Jewelry
  • Kevin Rouwhorst – Wood
  • Megan Rowland – Mixed Media
  • Magda Samson – Jewelry
  • Mazhar and Sabera Sardharwalla – Jewelry
  • Robin Short – Fabric
  • David Sigel – Painting
  • Rosa and Greg Sollecito – Soap/lotion
  • Warren Speck – Painting
  • Gloria Stacholy – Jewelry
  • Robert Stadnycki – Clothing
  • Marsha and Paul Stamatakis – Photography
  • Kathy and Bill Toledo – Fabric
  • Patricia and Ray and Ashley Truitt – Mixed Media
  • Miriam Valido – Green Market
  • Patti Van Tonder – Hair Accessories
  • Steve Vaughn – Photography
  • Marina Vega – Jewelry
  • Mary Ann White – Jewelry
  • Tim Wistrom – Painting
  • Julie Woik – Books

Terry Andrews of Ocala will take part in this year’s St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival.

The award-winning glass sculptor uses copper and fused glass to create his unique and oftentimes whimsical sculptures. His work can be seen in private collections around the world and graces the permanent collections of the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as the Carrolton Museum of Contemporary Art in Carrolton, Georgia.

Andrews also participates in juried fine art festivals across the country. This Florida native is also an accomplished musician. Originally from the Tampa area, he pursued a career in music until 1994. Always having an interest in glass, Andrews dabbled with the medium, first with blown glass and lamp work, heavy flat and carved glass sculpture.

His work has now evolved to include copper and fused glass sculptures. The fusing work is done in a kiln.

Gulfport’s Robin Short 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.

Annette and Gerry Kapfer of St. Pete Beach have become regular exhibitors at American Craft Endeavors shows.

According to her website, Annette spent most of her childhood and early teenage years just outside of Oslo, Norway, where she fell in love with nature and the ever-changing oceans.

“Long summer days on the water was spent digging by the shore and exploring sea life,” Annette said in her artist biography. “After college and marriage, my husband and I decided city life was no longer on top of our list. I missed the sounds and smell of salt water and could not really get used to New York City. We packed up and left New York for Florida and St. Pete Beach.”

Already a longtime collector of glass objects, it was a natural transition for Annette to create her own aquariums in her studio using dichroic glass.

“The magical properties of this glass with its bright colors and intense reflective qualities are the perfect palette for capturing the spirit of the restless ocean and its communities of colorful sea creatures,” she said. “My kiln-fused dichroic glass is creatively patch-worked, almost quilted, creating 3D views of nature’s art.”

Each piece is signed, individually handmade and completely unique. Using only the highest quality art glass, Annette creates each piece using a technique similar to that of a mosaic artist. “Each piece is fired and carefully annealed to eliminate stress in the glass and to ensure strength and durability so your customers can consider them heirloom quality,” she explained. “While my technique is time consuming, the results are appreciated as stunning earrings and pendants are admired by jewelry collectors and nature lovers alike.”

Tampa-based jewelry designer Lori Kay Olling’s work features a mix of clean, simple lines and contemporary designs.

A metalsmith, Olling uses all precious metals. She has expanded her repertoire recently, becoming a lapidary and utilizing semi-precious stones in her work.

Also taking part will be 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.

Dunedin resident Ken Rosenberger is the presence behind Blue Moon Silver. He has been working in silver with semi-precious gemstones for over a decade, having initially learned his artful craft at the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts in Young Harris, Georgia. For information about Blue Moon Silver, visit bluemoonsilver.com

American Craft Endeavors produces some of the nation’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida’s vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations. The group’s founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of original handmade crafts.

For information, visit www.artfestival.com.