Artists hope fine art show in Fort Myers will help them rebound amid the pandemic

Posted at 7:06 AM, Jan 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-01 10:54:12-05

FORT MYERS, Fla-- Setup is underway for Hot Works’ 24th Estero ‘Open Air’ Fine Art Show at JetBlue Park.

The event will kick off the Florida Art Show Season and offer Southwest Floridians a fun and safe way to ring in the New Year. The show is running Saturday through Sunday.

A number of changes have been implemented to keep people safe at the show amid the pandemic. The event will be held outdoors, all booths will be placed at least six feet apart, there will be sanitizing stations, and face coverings are recommended.

This is a juried fine art and fine craft show.

The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days. There is free admission. Parking costs $5 and supports Institute for the Arts & Education, Inc. The nonprofit focuses on visual arts, community enrichment, cultural diversity, and fostering art education among youth.

The following presentations are also planned:

  1. Sat Jan 2, 3:00 p.m. ‘ Prize Patrol’ – $1,500 Professional Artist Awards based on technique/execution, originality, and booth appearance
  2. Sun, Jan 3, 3:00 p.m. – ‘Youth Art Competition’ $250 awards presented – this unique and one-of-a-kind program encourages students in grades K-8 or ages 5-13 to enter his/her original and personally handmade art into the Youth Art Competition integrated within the art show - students are exposed to the rules and entrepreneurship opportunity doing art shows for a living