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The 22nd Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival

November 2, 2009

First-Class Art Event Returns To Downtown Venice

annual-downtown-venice-art-festivalVenice, Florida – Downtown Venice comes alive as this charming historic area is transformed into an outdoor art gallery for the 22nd Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival on Saturday,November 7, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday, November 8, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm 2009 at West Venice Avenue in Downtown Venice, 219 W. Venice Avenue, Venice, FL  34285 Admission is free and open to the public.

Despite its humble beginnings 22 years ago, with just 30 artists and 30 crafters, the festival has grown with the community’s support into a highly

anticipated annual tradition in Venice. Today, this two-day event brings together 150 of the nation’s most talented artists who will collectively display over $15 million in artwork. The artists were juried by an independent panel of expert judges, and hand-selected from hundreds of applicants based on quality and diversity. All of their artwork is original and handmade in America.

Howard Alan Events, the festival’s promoter, stipulates that all artists are required to be on-site for the entire duration of the show. Artists and their professional white-tented display booths will be located along the tree-lined streets of this historic downtown area. The public can meet and talk with the artists personally, asking questions about their art and inspirations. The artistic media represented include paintings, sculptures, photos, glass, wood, jewelry, collage, and ceramics.

The 22nd Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival makes the arts accessible to a broad audience. Prices range from $25 hand-designed earrings to $20,000 metal sculptures. The event appeals to family and friends as a free and fun weekend activity, as well as serious art buyers looking to add to their collections. . Howard Alan comments, “In spite of today’s economy people are still investing in art because art heals, art soothes; this is art that is handmade in America.”

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