Islamorada 24th Annual Island Fest
Founders Park, Islamorada
Will be held on March 28 & 29, 2015
The work of Big Pine Key painter, Noel Skiba, is featured on the poster for the 24th Annual Island Fest, entitled "Palm Sunset in Paradise". "Islamorada is one of my favorite places to capture in paint on canvas and it was the first place in the Keys where I painted", says Skiba who specializes in water colors, oils and acrylics in a variety of styles and subjects. This year's Annual Island Fest Commemorative Poster depicts a seaside sunset scene typical of Islamorada with Noel's trademark lush and colorful brushstrokes. Skiba is just one of many virtuosos whose works will be on display at Island Fest. The juried Arts & Crafts show will feature between 80 and 100 local and national artists whose creations run the gamut from paintings and sculptures to jewelry and photography.
Orlando-based photographer, Steve Vaughn, will be making his fifth trip to Island Fest this year, where he'll display his collection of tropical images, including numerous Florida Keys photos. Bright, deep colors are prominent in many of Vaughn's pieces.Bill Dickson will also travel from his home in Vero Beach to Island Fest this year. His unique acrylic painting techniques, including airbrush on paper, evoke a feeling of calm inspired by sea breezes and beach scenes. His past life as a surfer comes through in his vivid acrylic oceanscapes that are often mistaken for oil paintings.
For "Sumthin' Fishy" stroll over to Ed Hendrix' booth and check out his handmade tropical artwork and furniture made from recycled, distressed wood. Coming to us from Punta Gorda, Ed's funky wall hangings, tables and chests are adorned with colorful images of the sea.
Then step back into "Old Florida" as you enter Mike Williams' booth. This amazing Tampa Bay artist was recognized as last year's "Best of Show" artist at Island Fest for his vintage illustrations of times past, when boats flew and fish stories were true. Mike spends countless hours, building up layers of fine lines with a pen, on each of his original drawings. Once the drawing is completed he then applies washes of color using pastels.And you are sure to crack a smile in Kevin Doyle's booth, where his whimsical recycled muffler art makes you appreciate the normal everyday things that can be turned into art. Doyle was last year's "Most Creative Artisan" award winner at Island Fest.
Other festivities include live music, a vintage car show, the "What Floats Your Boat" contest, the Taste of Islamorada, sand letter sculpting, and lots of activities for kids. It all happens at Founders Park on Saturday and Sunday, March 28 & 29 from 10am until 5pm both days.