The Fort Myers Art Walk Saturday Art Fair opens its 2011-2012 season this Saturday, October 8, in the downtown Fort Myers River District. The fair starts at 11 a.m and runs until 4:00 p.m.
Where: This year, the Saturday Art Fair will take place along First, Dean, Lee and Jackson Streets in the completely refurbished and restored downtown Fort Myers River District. These bricked thoroughfares with wide sidewalks are dotted by some of the River District’s best galleries and boutiques, including Coloring the World Gallery (on Dean, right), Savvy on First, Arts for ACT Gallery and the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (all on First Street), and In One Instant Gallery of Photography (on Jackson).
Arts for ACT is located in the front of the century-old Arcade Building (left) where inventors and industry pioneers Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone once watched early motion pictures with their spouses and friends. Today, Arts for ACT shares the Arcade Building with the Florida Repertory Theatre. And just steps to the east is the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, which occupies the nearly 80-year-old neoclassic revival edifice that some call the Fort Myers Parthenon.
During or following the fair, art lovers have numerous dining choices including French Connection, Red Rock Saloon, Twisted Vine, Morgan House Restaurant (in Patio de Leon, right) and the Veranda.
What: Dozens of accomplished artists participate in the Saturday Art Fair, treating River District art lovers to affordable new original works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, prints, photography, metal sculpture, ceramics, hand-crafted jewelry, designer wear and unique artsy gifts of all kinds. The downtown galleries will be open, with many offering “Make and Take” art projects for both children or adults.
Cost: Attendance if free.
Parking: There is ample free parking within walking distance.
Organizer: The Saturday Art Fair is organized by the Fort Myers Art Walk Committee.
Director: Claudia Goode, Curator at Arts for ACT Gallery, is director of the Saturday Art Fair.
- This is the Saturday Art Fair’s third full season. (It started in 2009)
- The Saturday Art Fair takes place a mere two blocks from the Bay Street entrance to Fort Myers’ historic Centennial Park.
- Centennial Park is home to two of Fort Myers’ most notable public art installations, a fountain and sculpture dedicated to Uncommon Friends Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone and a memorial to the 2nd Regiment of the United States Colored Troops, who repelled an attack by Confederate troops on Fort Myers in the southernmost battle of the Civil War on February 20, 1865.
- Centennial Park will also soon be home to another public art piece, a 30-foot tall all-red modern art sculpture called Fire Dance which is being installed in the fall.
- Other works included in the City of Fort Myers’ public art collection are also close by, such as Parallel Park and the Barbara Jo Revelle ceramic tile mural, and the Jim Sanborn light sculpture,Caloosahatchee Manuscripts, is on the sidewalk on First Street in front of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.