ARTFEST 2020 — 20th ANNIVERSARY — IS NOW A WRAP! SAVE THE DATE FOR NEXT YEAR: FEBRUARY 5, 6 & 7, 2021

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HOSTED BY

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2020 INSTALLATION SNEAK PEEK

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Donald Gialanella, our 2019 artist from St. Petersburg, Florida, returns with Globus.

His earth-shaped body slowly filling with trash symbolizes how our planet is being inundated with materials that could otherwise be recycled. It’s an interactive community participation sculpture that focuses attention on the importance of recycling using a humorous visual analogy.

Jessica Moon Bernstein from Colorado is making a sea turtle for us, sitting on a sand scuplture nest surrounded by caution tape to convey the issue of endangered turtles.

The creation of an inflatable creature created with discarded plastic bags. So many bags -- do you really need one every time you go shopping?

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Aleksandr Razin from New York is creating the thought-provoking Sneaker.

The environmental sculpture "Sneaker” is from found objects and recycled materials such as plastic auto parts. Sneaker acts as a transformer, representing interaction between environment and individuals. However, it is clear that the environment has an impact on individuals who are surrounded by it.

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Steven Gutierrez from Ohio challenges us to think about the global impact of waste.

Each day recycleables and trash that USA used to sell around the world more and more is no longer being accepted by other countries. Imagine a package being sent back to us, and making us realize we cannot make our waste someone else’s problem.

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TAKE A LOOK AT THE 2019 INSTALLATION

International Festival & Events Association
2019 Gold Award Winner for
Best Program to Benefit a Cause

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Florida Festival & Events Association
2019 Gold Award Winner for
Best Green Program

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WHAT CAN AN ARTIST DO WITH A PILE OF "TRASH"? COME AND SEE FOR YOURSELF!

WHAT CAN AN ARTIST DO WITH A PILE OF "TRASH"? COME AND SEE FOR YOURSELF!

WHAT? A high-impact sculpture — made from re-purposed, discarded and cast-off materials — that sends an important message: “As a country we are overflowing with trash and recyclables.”

WHY? You'll be inspired to re-think what you throw away. Is it really "trash"? Or could it be recycled, or maybe even repurposed? (Art can inspire creative solutions!)

WHO? Lee County Solid Waste had a vision: To use the power of art to show how important it is to conserve our limited natural resources ... and to inspire re-use and upcycling. ArtFest Fort Myers is honored to have been asked to create and install We Are Overflowing for the inspiration of our community. (Learn about the artist below.)

WHERE? ArtFest Fort Myers, Edwards Dr. in downtown Fort Myers, Florida. (Here's a handy map.)

WHEN? "We Are Overflowing" will be on display throughout the ArtFest Fort Myers 2020 art festival weekend. Admission is free.

  • Opening Night is Friday, January 31, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.
  • The festival continues Saturday February 1, 10:00AM to 5:00PM and Sunday, February 2, 10:00AM to 4:00PM.

SPECIAL EXHIBIT: RECYCLED-ART SCULPTURES BY STUDENT ARTISTS FROM LEE COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOLS

Students from eight Lee County middle schools, coordinated by their art teachers, were invited to be a part of We Are Overflowing.

Students will create a sculpture from repurposed, discarded and cast-off materials for display at ArtFest Fort Myers – January 31-February 2, 2020. Participating art teachers will also receive classroom materials on the importance of recycling.

Awards will be given to all participating schools, with funds going to the classroom that created the sculptures.

  • Best of Show - $250
  • Best Art to Convey the Message of RETHINK WASTE - $150
  • Best Creative Use of Materials - $150
  • People’s Choice - $150
  • Participation Award - $50 to other schools to recognize their involvement

The middle school exhibit is presented by a special Environmental Grant from LCEC.

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A COLLABORATIVE PROJECT OF

Hosted by ArtFest Fort Myers, Southwest Florida's Premier Art Festival

Supported by

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2019 Gold Award: Best Green Program
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Gold Award: Best Program to Benefit a Cause
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#1 Favorite Small Town Art Fairs
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SAVE THE DATE FOR 2021!

Saturday and Sunday, February 6 & 7, 2021
10 am - 5 pm
On the waterfront in historic downtown Fort Myers

Opening Night: Friday, February 5, 2021 • 6 - 9 pm

Phone: 239-768-3602

Email: info@artfestfortmyers.com