Islamorada 23rd Annual Island Festival
Founders Park, Islamorada
April 5 & April 6, 2014
Fort Myers Painter Gets Island Fest Honor
The work of Fort Myers painter Nancy Tome adorns the commemorative poster for the 23rd Annual Florida Keys Island Fest, presented by the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce. The two-day festival, offering live music, gourmet cuisine, vintage cars and plenty of fine art, will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6, at Founders Park.
"It's a great honor," said Tome, who specializes in creating detailed scenes of birds and other animal life with acrylics. "I wanted to create a piece that relates to the feel and the mentality of Islamorada."
The 10th Annual Island Fest Commemorative Poster, which Tome has dubbed "Fishing Buddies," depicts three pelicans perched on a wooden fence beneath a soft blue sky. In the background, sawgrass stalks gently blow in the breeze. Tome said the pelicans are an allegory for fishermen hamming it up after a day on the water.
Tome 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.
For a hint of the surreal, drop by the booth of Virginia-based marine life painter Jen Callahan. She adds bright, otherworldly colors to otherwise lifelike depictions of sea life in motion. "I'm real interested in movement," Callahan said. "And I have always seen things in color. I just kind of see it that way."
Movement is also a strong focus of the work of Fort Myers-based jeweler Anisa Stewart, who will make her third trip to Island Fest this year. Using sterling silver and bronze, Stewart has created a collection of earrings and pendants that evoke waves. She also crafts marine life jewelry. "When I make my jewelry I am thinking of all the people who are into fishing, diving and snorkeling," Stewart said.
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, 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 5 and 6. Show times are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and admission is free. For more information, call the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce at 305.664.4503.