Islamorada 25th Annual Island Fest
Founders Park, Islamorada
April 9 & 10, 2016
Tropical Impressionist Gets
25th Anniversary Island Fest Honor
Amanda Johnson — "Tarpon Leap"
Keys tropical impressionist painter Amanda Johnson has been honored as poster artist for the 25th annual Island Fest.
Presented by the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce, the two-day festival will offer live music, gourmet cuisine, vintage cars and plenty of fine art. The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, April 9th and 10th, 2016, at Founders Park.
"I work a lot with a palette knife so it is really thick in texture," Johnson said of her cover poster, "Tarpon Leap". "There's a lot of movement and energy that gets captured in that technique. So it's an action packed painting."
Johnson is just one of approximately 100 artists whose works will be on display at Island Fest. The juried Arts & Crafts show will feature local and national artists whose creations run the gamut from paintings and sculptures to jewelry and photography.
William Cantwell — "Hookers with Crabs"
To get the feeling of the Caribbean, stop by William Cantwell's booth, whose works are inspired by trips to the Bahamas and The Virgin Islands.
"The works aren't meant to depict anything real, they're meant to evoke the feeling of a Caribbean island," Cantwell said. "A good work of art will have all kinds of things working in it. You'll have color, design, attitude, and maybe it gives a lift or a feeling to the person looking at it."
Steve Nesius — "Midnight at the Oasis"
Steve Nesius, a photojournalist, will be making his first appearance at Island Fest. He will be showcasing outdoor Florida photography augmented by handcrafted frames made from salvage wood.
The Arts & Crafts Show is just one of Island Fest's many offerings. Other festivities include live music, a vintage car show, over-the-water adventures, a homemade boat race, the popular Taste of Islamorada competition and plenty of activities for children.
It all happens at Founders Park, MM 87, bayside on Saturday and Sunday, April 9th and 10th, 2016. Show times are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to Island Fest is free and on-site parking is available for a $5 donation. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets for a comfortable fun-filled day. Events will take place rain or shine. For more information, call the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce at 305.664.4503.