Islamorada 22nd Annual Island Festival
Founders Park, Islamorada
April 13 & April 14, 2013
Tavernier Painter Gets Island Fest Honor
The work of Tavernier painter Cynthia Ré Robbins, known professionally as C Ré, is featured on the commemorative poster for the 22nd 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 13 and 14, at Founders Park.
"I'm very excited. I've never done Island Fest before," said Ré, whose works combine elements of the natural world and the mystical one. "If a person looks at one of my paintings and says, 'I want to go there,' then I've done my job."
The 9th Annual Island Fest Commemorative Poster depicts a Great Egret wading in an Eden-like tidal basin, surrounded by mangroves, palms and bright tropical flowers. Ré says she hopes the audience will feel as if they are in their own private piece of paradise as they take-in the painting. "We all have these places," she said, "special places we go to."
Ré 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 something ornate, drop by the booth of Hobe Sound sculptor and Island Fest regular Scot Buccina, who chisels stunning marine life pieces out of hard stone. "People are amazed that I'm carving these fish out of onyx, marble and alabaster," Buccina said.
Orlando-based photographer Steve Vaughn will be making his fourth 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. "To most people, my work represents escape," Vaughn 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 13 and 14. 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.