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Spring Arts Festival   2015.

Crowd on Saturday
Crowd on Saturday
The Spring Arts Festival generally coincides just prior to the start of the "snowbirds" departure to the cooler climates but for this weekend short sleeves and summer clothes were the "fashion" for the whole weekend.
As I mentioned in my blog, this year I could not help but notice the increase in the number of "NO PHOTOGRAPHS" signs and the number of vendors who denied my request to use pictures on this site. I understand their concern for plagiarism having to deal with it myself at times, so there are fewer pictures this year and fewer credits for their work.
Sandhill Cranes
One of my favorite artist is a local Englewood resident who does stunning work on Florida wildlife. For those driving around the area you most probably have seen signs warning you to look out for the Sandhill Cranes. Some may have been lucky enough to see a family of the birds in a neighborhood, Ben sees them in their natural habitat, shown in the painting on the right.

To see more of his amazing work check out his website at http://www.benwessenburg.com/
Fish sculpture

Ben Essenburg.

James Sears.

Another local artist with amazing talent, this time as a sculptor specializing in bronze, but also does wood carving. his website can be reached by following the following link.

Pauline Fawcett

Pauline Fawcett
Pauline Fawcett art
Award winner
Pauline is also a full time resident of Englewood and she specializes in floral art. She will soon be extending her skills to other areas, such as beach scenes,

With her attention to detail, I am looking forward to seeing some of her new work.

To see more of her work, visit her site at: http://www.paulinefawcett.com/

The piece on the left recently won Pauline 1st. place in an international competition on flowers at www.art-competition.net

Debra & Robert Purdy

Debra & Robert Purdy
The Purdy's hail from Port Charlotte and display their work in copper sculptures and repousse.

Frequent visitors to the Art Festival scene, it is always good to stop in their booth and see what new art they have created,

You can view their website at:

Copper Creations.

Copper creations
Imaginative sculpture by Lee  Murrell has shown his work in arts and craft shows in the Southeast, Northeast and Midwest since 1970.

Copper along with touches of fired porcelain enamels and touches of brass are used to interpret their original designs.

Randy Pardue
Randy, shown here with one of his scuptures, with his dog on his lap.

Randy lives in Hawthorn, Florida, and draws his inspiration from his art from his studio on Lake McMeeken.

You can check out more of his work at:

Randy Pardue

Man's best friend
2 dogs
Another dog to play with.
Many visitors were accompanied by their "best friends".  I could have filled up a few pages of their photographs.

A vendor, below, has a unique gator headdress.
Gator head