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Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals


February 6 & 7, 2016

Downtown Fort Myers, FL

9 am to 5 pm

215 Artists

Option to participate in Opening Night - February 5, 2016

Deadline:  September 14, 2015


ArtFest Fort Myers works year-round to produce the best fine art festival in Southwest Florida and many artists agree that this fine art festival puts all the right components together to create a very successful weekend for artists!


Ask the artists - - -


"ArtFest Fort Myers was, by far, one of the top shows we have done in the past several years." Debo Groover, a MM2D artist who participated in ArtFest Fort Myers 2015. 


ArtFest Fort Myers has a comprehensive marketing campaign targeting art buyers throughout Southwest Florida and beyond.  Between TV, radio, newsprint, billboards, glossy magazines, ads in theatre & symphony programs, as well as a vigorous social media presence, they concentrate on bringing art savvy, motivated patrons to you.  Their web site is mobile friendly and the on-line Artist Gallery gives buyers a sneak peak at your work, in anticipation of your arrival!


"Thanks for hosting a terrific show - I have done your show five times, and this year was my best ever. What a great way to start a new year." Michael Brown, a digital artist from the 2015 festival. 


The ArtFest Fort Myers professional staff works year-round to create a community-based event, free to the public, with an established reputation for bringing the best-of-the-best arts to all.  An environment that includes a wide boulevard with ease of patron flow of artist booths, flanked by a beautiful riverfront park and yacht basin is just the beginning. 


The on site art-related activities are designed to bring an income appropriate, broad aged range audience - an audience that is encouraged to linger, spend the day, be engaged and buy more art.  The loyal base of VIP's, patrons and sponsors wait all year to support this fine art festival and it's distinctive artists.


"This was one of the most well organized art shows I've had the pleasure to be involved with." Greg Turco, a photographer who participated in ArtFest 2015. 


The ArtFest Fort Myers staff joins forces with a great volunteer Steering Committee of community "movers and shakers" who oversees the weekend, insuring that artist needs come first:  

  • drive up access for staggered Friday set up
  • a great complimentary artist breakfast that includes eggs, yogurt, fresh fruit & juice, muffins and coffee/tea
  • reserved artist parking, discounted hotel rates, weekend booth sitters and indoor restrooms 
  • your every comfort is considered, so you can concentrate on sales 
These wonderful amenities are one of the reasons that so many experienced artists want to be a part of this event - and isn't it fitting to be surrounded by artists with the caliber of work that you want to be associated with?


"I was absolutely thrilled when Sharon McAllister told me that I had been selected," said Ellen Negley about her 2015 experience. "The Poster Unveiling Party began a month of great exposure to a Fort Myers community that truly sustains the arts! Between robust coverage in the media, a supportive festival committee and a very busy festival weekend, I feel incredibly lucky to represent ArtFest Fort Myers!"

Additional opportunity: Submit your work for the 2016 ArtFest Fort Myers Poster/T-shirt Competition.  The winner will be featured in a broad range of advertisements plus have a free booth space at the 2016 festival, a complimentary weekend stay at the host hotel and so much more! Click here for the details.


Apply now for ArtFest Fort Myers, through ZAPPlication, to make ArtFest Fort Myers a key part of your successful winter season in Florida!  A true community event, ArtFest Fort Myers is free to the public andincludes art related activities to attract the best audience in a wide age range. Plan now to be a part of this fabulous Fort Myers art experience!  

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Comment by Renee Davis on September 3, 2015 at 11:28am

Thank you for your comments!

Comment by geri a. wegner on September 2, 2015 at 9:45pm

I don't know how good it is but they are great about posting things on Facebook.  They pop up in my feeds at least every couple of weeks.  

Comment by Barrie Lynn Bryant on September 2, 2015 at 9:29pm


Also, search this site for additional stuff in the search field at the top right of AFI website. I think Nels Johnson wrote a blog review about it this year. THere's plenty info if you just search and read. WOOHOO!

Comment by Barrie Lynn Bryant on September 2, 2015 at 9:21pm

This show ROCKS based on everything I know about it. That's what I have on it. If I went to Florida in February, I'd be doing it. I'd do all three days. GO GET 'EM! WOOHOO!

Comment by Renee Davis on September 2, 2015 at 2:47pm

Does anyone have any input on this show?  I was thinking about applying.

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