Scenes from Art Fest Naples in 2016 at Fleischmann Park in Naples.
Donna Brilen, left, and her husband, James, both of Punta Gorda walk by the work of David Goldhagen Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 at the bi-annual Art Show at the Miramar Outlet Mall in Estero, Fla. The two-day show drew thousands as they perused paintings, photos, sculpture, mixed media, jewelry, clothing and other artistic mediums. (Corey Perrine/Staff)(Photo: Corey Perrine, Corey Perrine)
Out-of-state license plates aren't the only signs that season has arrived in Southwest Florida.
Artists flock to the region, and Collier and Lee county residents look to buy their wares at numerous art festivals throughout the region. Over the next few months, city streets and shopping center parking lots transform into colorful tapestries of artistic goods and crafts, from ceramic soap dispensers to frame-worthy watercolor paintings.
What's nice is that Southwest Florida offers a variety, from high-end, pricey works to affordable art. And even if you're not ready to buy anything, it's a good time to enjoy the outdoors and people watch.
More: Your guide to art festivals in Naples, Bonita Springs and Fort Myers
Patty Jasper, right, of Carmel, Ind. tries on a bracelet from Striewski Design as friend Karen Walters of Bonita Springs looks on Sunday, Nov. 16, at the bi-annual Estero Fine Art Show at Miromar Outlets in Estero. Corey Perrine/Staff (Photo: Corey Perrine, Corey Perrine)
Here's a list of upcoming shows throughout Southwest Florida:
Saturday-Sunday — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day: Naples New Year Art Show, Fifth Avenue South, downtown Naples. Artists and artisans line the avenue for this annual Naples Art Association-sponsored show featuring 250-plus professional artists from around the country in categories ranging from original oils and acrylics to watercolors, mixed media,prints, photography, digital art, sculpture, wood carvings, ceramics, hand-crafted jewelry, leather works and more. Free. Naplesart.org
Saturday-Sunday – 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday: 21st Bi-Annual Estero Fine Art Show, Gulf Coast Town Center, 9903 Gulf Coast Main St., Fort Myers, next to Bass Pro Shop on the east side of the shopping complex. Original paintings, drawings, pastels, photography, ceramics, clay, glass, sculpture, wood working and carvings, fiber art and art jewelry from the ateliers, studios and workshops of some 120 local and national artists. Free. Hotworks.org
Submitted by the City of Naples (Photo: Scan2Net Technology)
Saturday-Sunday — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day: Art League of Marco Island Craft Show, 1010 Winterbery Drive, Marco Island
Jan: 13-14 — 10 a..m.-5 p.m. both days: Bonita Springs National Art Festival, 10450 Reynolds Street (Riverside Park, off Old 41 Road), artcenterbonita.org/artfest/; and Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival, 331 Sullivan Street. artfestival.com/cities/punta-gorda
Jan. 20-21 — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days: Art Fest Naples, 1600 Fleischmann Blvd., Fleischmann Park, Naples. artfestnaples.com/
Dana Shirley of Fort Myers shapes sterling silver into a flamingo for jewelry Sunday, Nov. 16, at the bi-annual Estero Fine Art Show at Miromar Outlets in Estero. Corey Perrine/Staff (Photo: Corey Perrine, Corey Perrine)
Feb. 3-4 — 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Art League of Marco Island Craft Show, 1010 Winterbery Drive, Marco Island. kraftfairs.com/art.html; and ArtFest Fort Myers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. artfestfortmyers.com/
Feb. 10-11 — 10 a..m.-5 p.m. both days: Bonita Springs National Art Festival, 10450 Reynolds Street (Riverside Park, off Old 41 Road), artcenterbonita.org/artfest/
March 3-4 — 10 a..m.-5 p.m. both days: Bonita Springs National Art Festival, 10450 Reynolds Street (Riverside Park, off Old 41 Road), artcenterbonita.org/artfest/; and Art League of Marco Island Craft Show, 1010 Winterbery Drive, Marco Island. kraftfairs.com/art.html
March 18-19 — 10 to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts, along Fifth Avenue South. naplesart.org/events/downtown-naples-festival-of-the-arts/
Art goers stroll 5th Ave. South during the 19th annual downtown Naples New Year's Art Fair on January 4, 2015, in Fla. Art vendors, local and international, filled the streets with their work for attendees of the event to look at or buy. (Dania Maxwell/Staff) (Photo: Dania Maxwell, Dania Maxwell)
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