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Art in the field – AMI Sun

Shoppers stop by to check out local arts and crafts at the Invitational Fine Art and Craft Show at Holmes Beach. -Jason Schaffer | Sun

HOLMES BEACH – Arts and crafts enthusiasts flocked to City Field over the weekend for the annual invitational Fine Arts and Crafts Show, which featured everything from bespoke furniture to jewelry handcrafted.

“We’ve been here since March from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and just stumbled across it,” said Nora Young. “My husband and I decorate our porch at home with island artwork. We’ve already picked up some good stuff here and we still have some money left over. The prices are really fair and the quality is there. »

Apart from a few love bugs, who also seem to enjoy fine arts and crafts, it was the perfect weekend as the sun shone on a whole field of artistic treasures. While many vendors are regulars at fairs and events on the island, some were here for the first time.

“I create custom pet portraits,” said Jeanelle Demers, a Maine resident who now spends the winter months here in Florida hoping to expand her business. “It’s acrylic on canvas. My goal is to capture the animal’s personality and bring it to life on canvas. Animals are very special, and I love bringing them to life with colors and turning them into a work of art.

The art in the field
Jeanelle Demers with her pet at the Invitational Fine Art and Craft Show at Holmes Beach. –Jason Schaffer | Sun

This is one of many events taking place at City Field throughout the year. Keep an eye on The Sun’s weekly events schedule for more to come.

Sun correspondent Jason Schaffer covers tourism, the arts, Anna Maria Elementary School, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and Cortez. E-mail