October 19, 2014
5th Annual Sarasota Craft Show
Returns to Robarts Arena
December 5-7, 2014
This juried show of premier craft and fine art features works in clay, wood, glass, fiber, mixed-media, jewelry and more by more than 100 of the nation’s top artists.
(Sarasota, FL) The Sarasota Craft Show returns to Sarasota, December 5-7, 2014, at Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd., in Sarasota. The event, now in its fifth year, features exceptional works in ceramics, decorative fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed-media, paper, wearable art, wood, painting, photography and sculpture by more than 100 of the nation’s top artists. Tickets are $10 per day; $9 for seniors; $5 for students; and $12 for a three-day pass. Children under 10 are admitted free. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, December 5, and Saturday, December 6, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, December 7. For directions or information about the venue, please call 941-365-0818. For more information about the artists and the event, please call 800-834-9437, or visit www.sarasotacraftshow.com.
Hailed by artists nationwide as one of the more innovative promoters empowering artists and artisans working in the fine arts and crafts industry, Richard Rothbard and his wife Joanna took over management of the event (formerly the American Craft Show Sarasota) five years ago. Their firm, American Art Marketing, has produced annual fine art and crafts events in the northeast for more than 30 years, including the celebrated Berkshires Arts Festival and the American Fine Craft Shows at the Brooklyn Museum, the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, and the Monmouth Museum in Lincroft, New Jersey. The Rothbards also own and operate An American Craftsman Galleries in New York City, Savannah, Georgia, and Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Last year, the Sarasota Craft Show, which relocated to Robarts Arena in 2012, attracted more than 5,000 visitors over the three-day event. Continuing to build on that success, Rothbard and his team have been busy with their rigorous process of selecting the 100+ artists and artisans for the Sarasota show.
“Our artists consider the Sarasota region to be a prime market for their work,” says Rothbard. “With that reputation, some of the best artists in the nation, including many from Sarasota’s own arts community, look forward to this show every year.” Area artists who will be featured at this year’s show include ceramist Geoff Walsh; jewelers Pam Fox, Katherine Kaya and John and Linda Whitney; glass artists Esther Jensen and Galina Chehirian; and mixed-media artist Su Griggs.
“We are always excited to see the high caliber of work being produced by the participating artists from this area,” says Rothbard, adding that, “we’re still accepting applications for certain categories and we invite other area artists to contact us about booth opportunities.” Interested artists should visit www.sarasotacraftshow.com to apply.
For more information about the Sarasota Craft Show, call 800-834-9437 or visit www.sarasotacraftshow.com. To learn more about Richard Rothbard, visit www.boxology.com or email [email protected].