One of Cape Coral's oldest and most anticipated events is coming back next weekend.
The Rotary Club of Cape Coral will hold its 28th annual Cape Coral Festival of the Arts Saturday, Jan. 12, and Sunday, Jan. 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Cape Coral Parkway, between Del Prado and Vincennes boulevards.
The festival is expected to bring in as many as 100,000 people downtown, which means a huge boon for businesses at or near the festival area.
The event, which started in 1985 at Jaycee Park with 150 artists, has grown into one of Southwest Florida's largest art shows, showcasing the works of more than 300 juried artists and artisans featuring fine art, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, photography, metal works, mixed media and more.
John Jacobsen, who has organized the arts festival for the Rotary Club since its inception, said it has mushroomed since moving it downtown, which was a monumental challenge at the time, as there were no festivals and the thought of closing Cape Coral Parkway downtown was unheard of.
"One of the best ways of getting people to know an event is going on is to put the event on Main Street," Jacobsen said. "We went from getting 15,000 to 20,000 people to 100,000."
Artists participating in Festival of the Arts
The following is a list of all of the artists participating in the 2013 Cape Coral Festival of the Arts, Jan. 12-13, in downtown Cape Coral. The artists are listed by name followed by category of entry and hometown.
Aasmundstad, Marcia - Fine Crafts, Binghamton, N.Y.
Abdullah, Maureen - Jewelry, Amherst, Mass.
Ajanaku, Obayana - Jewelry, Decatur, Ga.
Albrecht, Fred - Mixed Media & Graphics, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Alessi, Rosario - Fine Crafts, Lake Placid, Fla.
Allen, Larry - Fine Crafts, Leeds, Ala.
Anthony, Greta - Sculpture, Okeechobee, Fla.
Apriletti, Linda - Painting, Miami Springs, Fla.
Arena, Lorie - Mixed Media & Graphics, Jupiter, Fla.
Aronson, Robin - Jewelry, Jacksonville, Fla.
Aunchman, Kenneth F. - Painting, Buford, Ga.
Ayala, Sue - Fine Crafts, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Ayers, Stephen - Fine Crafts, Hannibal, Mo.
Bailey, Tim - Fine Crafts, Bradenton, Fla.
Balodis, Mara - Fine Crafts, Bokeelia, Fla.
Barnes, Deborah - Jewelry, Mount Dora, Fla.
Baron, Javier - Jewelry, St. Augustine, Fla.
Barreneche, Juan - Mixed Media & Graphics, Atlanta, Ga.
Bass, Kenneth - Jewelry, Mason, West Va.
Bates, April - Fine Crafts, St. PetersburgFla.
Batson, Donna - Fine Crafts, Leesburg, Fla.
Baum, Debbie - Fine Crafts, Fort Myers, Fla.
Beaupre, Richard & Judith, Mixed Media & Graphics, North Port, Fla.
Beauton, Sandy - Fine Crafts, Derby, Conn.
Beetge, Peter - Fine Crafts, Sarasota, Fla.
Billman, Mark - Jewelry, Gainesville, Fla.
Blackmore, Brian - Jewelry, Gainesville, Fla.
Bladen, Ed - Mixed Media & Graphics, Madison, Ind.
Blekfeld, Bernard - Photography, Orlando, Fla.
Bodeker, Terry - Jewelry, Port Charlotte, Fla.
Bodenberg, Don - Jewelry, Cincinnati, Ohio
Borland, Lee-Margaret - Photography, Jacksonville, Fla.
Bove, Jason - Fine Crafts, Oregonia, Ohio
Bowns, Carole - Mixed Media & Graphics, Sandy Spring, Md.
Boyce, Robert - Sculpture, Phoenix, Ariz
Brandow, Douglas - Jewelry, Stuart, Fla.
Brawley, Deborah - Fine Crafts, Niwot, Colo.
Bridewell, Ray & Amy - Jewelry, Bellevue, Ky.
Brown, Robert - Mixed Media & Graphics, Apopka, Fla.
Callahan, Jen - Painting, Tappahannock, Va.
Carbonaro, John - Fine Crafts, Woodbridge, N.J.
Casseus, Cantave - Mixed Media & Graphics, Kissimmee, Fla.
Causey Garofalo, Chappell - Fine Crafts, Fort Myers, Fla.
Cech, Melanie - Sculpture, Spring Hill, Fla.
Chandler, Brigette - Jewelry, Fort Myers, Fla.
Christiansen, Diana - Jewelry, Gainesville, Fla.
Clibbon, Robert - Photography, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
Coe, Geoff - Photography, Fort Myers, Fla.
Colby, Henry - Fine Crafts, Ellenword, Ga.
Collins, Dennis & Marjorie - Jewelry, Naples, Fla.
Collison, Richard - Fine Crafts, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
Conrader, Charlie - Painting, North Port, Fla.
Copeland, Jim - Photography, Chamblee, Ga.
Cornman, Robert - Mixed Media & Graphics, Sunset Hills, Mo.
Dannecker, Paul - Jewelry, Troutman, N.C.
Davern, Laurel - Jewelry, Lancaster, N.Y.
Davin, Lisa - Jewelry, Hollywood, Fla.
Davis, Sheron - Fine Crafts, Decatur, Ga.
DeMichele, Allen & Kelly - Sculpture, North Port, Fla.
Derench, Judy - Fine Crafts, Niantic, Conn.
DiCarlo, John - Fine Crafts, Fort Myers, Fla.
Dickson, William - Painting, Vero Beach,Fla.
DiMarzo, Dean - Painting, Bristol, N.H.
Dinauer, Greg - Sculpture, Madison, Wis.
Dinka, Dianna J. - Jewelry, Tamarac, Fla.
Dirienzo, Bill - Photography, Fort Pierce, Fla.
Dirienzo, Tess - Fine Crafts, Fort Pierce, Fla.
Dixon, Fran - Painting, Virginia Beach, Va.
Doehrman Bride, Marylou - Mixed Media & Graphics, Spring Hill, Fla.
Dolle, Parry - Mixed Media & Graphics, Winter Springs, Fla.
Dorman, Kuei - Painting, Orlando, Fla.
Dossey, Ray and Colleen - Fine Crafts, Lakeside, Calif.
Easter, Jeff - Photography, Holly Hill, Fla.
Eastwood, Bonnie - Mixed Media & Graphics,Hudson, Fla.
Emig, Paul - Painting, Virginia Beach, Va.
Erlund, Beth - Mixed Media & Graphics, Morrison, Colo.
Espinosa, Josephina - Fine Crafts, Port Charlotte, Fla.
Falk, Pat - Fine Crafts, Owatonna, Minn.
Finton, Kathy - Jewelry, North Port, Fla.
Fisher, Fred - Mixed Media & Graphics, Quincy, Fla.
Fitzsimmons, Allison - Jewelry, Brooksville, Fla.
Flaherty, Kelly - Sculpture, Lehigh Acres, Fla.
Floyd, Tammi - Mixed Media & Graphics, Racine, Wis.
Frasier, Hope - Fine Crafts, Fort Myers, Fla.
Gabriel, Lucy - Fine Crafts, Hollywood, Fla.
Gale, Mitchel - Fine Crafts, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Gallegos, Jill - Fine Crafts, Savannah, Ga.
Gao & Chang, Wayne & Michelle - Fine Crafts, Rowland Heights, Calif.
Garcia, Rosario - Jewelry, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Gillish, Susan - Jewelry, Punta Gorda, Fla.
Glascock, Douglas - Fine Crafts, Harrison, Ark.
Godfrey, Mary Lou - Fine Crafts, Cape Coral, Fla.
Good, Linda - Jewelry, HudsonMich.
Graham, William - Fine Crafts, Hardy, Ark.
Grant, Kim - Jewelry, Indianapolis, Ind.
Grimes, Jennifer - Jewelry, Cape Coral, S.C.
Grimsley, Joseph - Fine Crafts, Canadian Lakes, Mich.
Grogan, Cheryll - Painting, Gulfport, Fla.
Groves, Magali - Fine Crafts, Orlando, Fla.
Guerra, Constance - Mixed Media & Graphics, Midland, Va.
Gwynn, Bob - Sculpturem Greenville, S.C.
Hammes-Knopf, Sue - Jewelry, Northfield, Minn.
Hanson, Marianne - Jewelry, Harrison, Ark.
Hardesty, Lynn - Jewelry, Clearwater, Fla.
Hartman, Linda - Mixed Media & Graphics, Safety Harbor, Fla.
Harwood, Daryl - Fine Crafts, Arnaudville, La.
Hausner, Martin - Jewelry, Alachua, Fla.
Heard, Rick - Sculpture, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Herrmann, Sharon - Jewelry, Punta Gorda, Fla.
Heumann, Cindy - Jewelry, San Diego, Calif.
Heuslein, Mina - Fine Crafts, Port Orange, Fla.
Hines, Amy - Sculpture, Milton, Fla.
Hines, J. J. - Mixed Media & Graphics, Hollywood, Fla.
Hirt, Cindy - Fine Crafts, Hawthorne, Fla.
Hirt, Jenna - Jewelry, Hawthorne, Fla.
Holzbaur, Werner - Sculpture, Bradenton, Fla.
Homick, Cory & Carol - Photography, Coopersburg, Pa.
Hornbaker, Scott - Fine Crafts, Saint Marys, Ga.
Hunt, Terry - Sculpture, Hart, Mich.
Hurst, Fran and Michael - Jewelry, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Iovine, Joyce - Mixed Media & Graphics, Delray Beach, Fla.
Jacobs, Arthur - Fine Crafts, North Port, Fla.
Jacobsen, Allen & Mumin - Jewelry, West Winfield, N.Y.
Jalsa, Ann - Jewelry, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
James, Amy - Jewelry, Pottstown, Pa.
Jamison, Leah - Mixed Media & Graphics, Winter Garden, Fla.
Jasinski, Michael - Photography, Gainesville, Fla.
Jenney, Curtis - Sculpture, Clearwater, Fla.
Johnson, Jane - Painting, Marengo, Ill.
Johnson, Nels - Photography, Ybor City, Fla.
Johnson, Sandy - Mixed Media & Graphics, Oregon, Wis.
Jones, Robert - Photography, Waleska, Ga.
Kara, John - Fine Crafts, Perryopolis, Pa.
Kausalik, Richard - Fine Crafts, Maumelle, Ark.
Kavosick, John - Sculpture, Rio Grande, N.J.
Kehr, Tracy - Mixed Media & Graphics, White Cloud, Mich.
Kelly, Brad - Photography, Winder, Ga.
Khari, Sankofa - Fine Crafts, St. Petersburg, Fla.
King, David - Painting, Fort Myers, Fla.
King, Jeff - Fine Crafts, Cape Canaveral, Fla.
King, Renee' - Painting, Melbourne, Fla.
King, Sheila - Fine Crafts, Fort Myers, Fla.
Klinger, James - Sculpture, Yellow Springs, Ohio
Kohnke, Carol - Fine Crafts, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Kotzen, Stan - Mixed Media & Graphics, Moorestown, N.J.
Kou, Godwin - Painting, Alpharetta, Ga.
Kraft, Eric - Sculpture, Gainesville, Fla.
Krysinsky, Tony - Mixed Media & Graphics, Pensacola, Fla.
Kuntz, Randy - Sculpture, Holland, Ohio
Laine, Philippe - Fine Crafts, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Larimore, Debra - Fine Crafts, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Larson, Haydn - Sculpture, LaCrosse, Fla.
Laukaitis, John - Photography, N. Charleston, S.C.
Lazar, Jennifer - Jewelry, Lake Mary, Fla.
Lee, Juan - Mixed Media & Graphics, West Lafayette, Ind.
Lemoine, Ron - Sculpture, Hernando Beach, Fla.
Lensink, Jay - Jewelry, Estero, Fla.
Lilienthal, Donna & arie - Jewelry, Wellington, Fla.
Linn, Robert - Fine Crafts, Edmond, Okla.
Liu, Nen-Chin - Fine Crafts, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Loretto, Rose - Fine Crafts, Miami, Fla.
MacKellar, Hugh - Jewelry, Cape Coral, Fla.
Majewski, Marek - Jewelry, Cape Coral, Fla.
Mallery, Kay - Jewelry, Peoria, Ill.
Maltsev, Gene - Fine Crafts, Chelsea, Mass.
Mandelaro, Al - Jewelry, Delray Beach, Fla.
Mann, Toni - Fine Crafts, Lake Worth, Fla.
Martin, David - Fine Crafts, Englewood, Fla.
Martin, Deborah - Fine Crafts, Carrollton, Ga.
Martin, Loel - Photography, Skokie, Ill.
Matthews, Shoshana - Fine Crafts, Cape Coral, Fla.
Matus, Bobbie - Fine Crafts, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
McAdams, Linda - Photography, Mantua, N.J.
McAFee, Josanne - Fine Crafts, Fort Myers, Fla.
McCaffrey, Bill and Shirley - Jewelry, Naples, Fla.
McCamish, Bill - Jewelry, Three Oaks, Mich.
McCollum, Richard - Fine Crafts, Bryn Athyn, Pa.
McLaughlin, Michael - Jewelry, Longboat Key, Fla.
McMillin, Craig - Fine Crafts, Folsom, La.
Meier, Carole - Sculpture, Grayling, Mich.
Menaker, Igor - Photography, Grayslake, Ill.
Merrill, Sherry - Fine Crafts, Hudson, Fla.
Miller, Bill - Mixed Media & Graphics, Naples, Fla.
Minnery, Phyllis - Jewelry, Louisville, Ky.
Moeggenberg, Judy - Fine Crafts, Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
Moore, Zechariah and Angela - Sculpture, Amherst, Wis.
Mosquera, Fernando - Sculpture, Riverview, Fla.
Murphy, Elaina - Fine Crafts, Seabrook, S.C.
Murray, Jean - Sculpture, Anna Maria, Fla.
Neal, Greg - Fine Crafts, Lebanon, Ohio
Nedobeck, Don - Painting, Deland, Fla.
Nelson, Jeffrey - Fine Crafts, New Windsor, N.Y.
Nichols, Betty - Fine Crafts, Baldwin, Ga.
Nichols, Don - Fine Crafts, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Northup, Jennifer - Jewelry, Signal Hill, Calif.
O'Brien, Wendy - Jewelry, Lincoln, Neb.
Oppenberg, Jerome - Fine Crafts, Marco Island, Fla.
Oriold, Vicki - Painting, Boynton Beach, Fla.
Pace, Kyle - Jewelry, Alcoa, Tenn.
Palermo, Christopher - Fine Crafts, Matlacha, Fla.
Pardue, Randy - Sculpture, Hawthorne, Fla.
Park, Kyoung-Joa - Fine Crafts, Rochelle Park, N.J.
Parker, Janet - Jewelry, Mayslick, Ky.
Parsley, Jason - Fine Crafts, Cincinnati, Ohio
Patrick, Don - Fine Crafts, Orlando, Fla.
Peebles, Leslie - Mixed Media & Graphics, Alachua, Fla.
Peltier, Gilles - Sculpture, Naples, Fla.
Phillips, Lynette - Fine Crafts, Dacula, Ga.
Poole, Inna - Fine Crafts, Juno Beach, Fla.
Powers, Linda - Fine Crafts, Toronto, Ontario
Purdy, Debra & Robert - Mixed Media & Graphics, Port Charlotte, Fla.
Ramaglia, Robert - Jewelry, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Reali, Marlene - Jewelry, Scarborough, Maine
Rego-Sharpe, Rosalyn - Jewelry, Mt. Airy, N.C.
Reilly, Bonnie - Fine Crafts, St Petersburg, Fla.
Rhoads, Mindy - Mixed Media & Graphics, Marquette, Kan.
Rhodes, George - Photography, Plantation, Fla.
Ricciardiello, Gregory - Fine Crafts, Fillmore, N.Y.
Roberts, Jim - Mixed Media & Graphics, Sarasota, Fla.
Roberts, Joan - Painting, Cape Coral, Fla.
Rosenbarker, Clay - Fine Crafts, East Petersburg, Pa.
Ruang, Wanpen - Jewelry, Atlanta, Ga.
Rudd, Tammy - Jewelry, Holly Hill, S.C.
Rund, Laurel D - Mixed Media & Graphics, Bradenton, Fla.
Sabo, Gina - Fine Crafts, Tinley Park, Ill.
Salada, Bill - Mixed Media & Graphics, Tampa,, Fla.
Schapley, Joan - Jewelry, Indianapolis, Ind.
Schmidt, Ron - Sculpture, Tequesta, Fla.
Schneider, Ellen - Photography, St Petesburg, Fla.
Schoeler, Inna - Fine Crafts, Celebration, Fla.
Schofield, Jean Ann - Fine Crafts, Caledonia, N.Y.
Schwade, Michael - Jewelry, Eureka Springs, Ark.
Serra, Adams - Photography, Fort Myers, Fla.
Serrano, Gretchen - Painting, Cape Cora, Fla.
Shafer, Forrest - Jewelry, Lakewood, Pa.
Shi, Eric - Mixed Media & Graphics, San Jose, Calif.
Shields, Ken - Fine Crafts, Sarasota, Fla.
Smith, Brian - Photography, Carpentersville, Ill.
Smith, Woody and Judy - Fine Crafts, Crystal Lake, Ill.
Snyder, Beverly - Mixed Media & Graphics, Casselberry, Fla.
Solomon, Anne Marie - Painting, Englewood, Fla.
Song, Jinsheng - Painting, Fort Mccoy, Fla.
Sprague, Carmen - Photography, Cape Coral, Fla.
Spry, Sharon & Bob - Jewelry, Merritt Island, Fla.
St. Onge & Agenbroad, Baca & Ray - Jewelry, Lyons, Colo.
Steinbrecher, Knox - Fine Crafts, Marietta, Ga.
Stevens, Cheryl - Jewelry, Sault Sainte Marie, Mich.
Stevens, Judie - Painting, North Fort Myers, Fla.
Stewart, Anisa - Jewelry, Fort Myers, Fla.
Strickland, Ron - Mixed Media & Graphics, Panama City Beach, Fla.
Strohman, Paul - Painting, Marshfield, Wis.
Sullivan, Ellen - Fine Crafts, Hallandale, Fla.
Sunshine, Karen - Mixed Media & Graphics, Barefoot Bay, Fla.
Switzenberg, Bunny - Fine Crafts, Lancaster, Pa.
Syphrit, Michael - Fine Crafts, Pompano Beach, Fla.
Taber, Karen - Fine Crafts, Wyoming, Mich.
Theodore, Celeste - Fine Crafts, Fort Myers, Fla.
Thomas, Herb - Fine Crafts, Cambridge Springs, Pa.
Thomas, Mark - Photography, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Tinney, Clay - Jewelry, Key Largo, Fla.
Troutman, Bob - Jewelry, Asheville, N.C.
Tung, Hua-Yao - Painting, Valrico, Fla.
Vaillancourt, Marilyn - Jewelry, Weeki Wachee, Fla.
Vance, Brian - Photography, Okemos, Mich.
Vance, Myra - Fine Crafts, Cape Coral, Fla.
Vanneman, Pam - Fine Crafts, Cape Coral, Fla.
Veit, Tanya - Fine Crafts, Cape Coral, Fla.
Vincent, Michael - Jewelry, Feeding Hills, Mass.
Walker, Bonnie - Fine Crafts, Bullhead, Ariz.
Waltemate, Herman - Fine Crafts, Brecksville, Ohio
Waltz, Kerry - Fine Crafts, Greenwood, Fla.
Weaver, Jan - Fine Crafts, Summerville, S.C.
Weber and Sly, Dawn and Cindylee - Fine, CraftsCape Coral, Fla.
Welch, Linda - Jewelry, Venice, Fla.
Welsch, Harry - Fine Crafts, Lutz, Fla.
Whitlock, Steve - Mixed Media & Graphics, Sarasota, Fla.
Wickham, Claudia - Photography, Lake Mary, Fla.
Wilbur, Doris - Painting, Willet, N.Y.
Wilkinson, Paul & Lori - Mixed Media & Graphics, Marshville, N.C.
Wilson, Carol - Jewelry, Sebastian, Fla.
Wilson, Kenneth - Fine Crafts, Delray Beach, Fla.
Wong, David PH - Painting, Chino, Calif.
Woodall, Jodi - Sculpture, Lake Wales, Fla.
Yao, Jean - Fine Crafts, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Yoo, Youngjoo - Jewelry, Coralville, Iowa
Yuan, David - Painting, Virginia Beach, Va.
Zavala, Juan - Fine Crafts, Escondido, Calif.
Zinsmeister, Shari - Jewelry, North Port, Fla.Zoschke, Marc & Wendy - Jewelry, Springfield, Ill.
Zumwalt, Eric - Fine Crafts, Green Castle, Mo.
With the increased foot traffic on Cape Coral Parkway, those businesses in and around the festival area stand to benefit tremendously, especially the restaurants and boutiques.
"What I'd love to see during the event is the many visitors who come say they had no idea there were so many great businesses in South Cape," said CRA Economic Development Director Helen Ramey. "Residents will find more than 60 dining and entertainment establishments within a short walking distance."
"This gives businesses a shot in the arm and get other businesses to move in and hopefully put on events like this and more," Jacobsen said.
For those businesses at or near the festival, especially the locally owned ones, this is the equivalent of Black Friday. Most of them, particularly the restaurants, prepare for months to be ready for the weekend, Ramey said.
"Many of the restaurants offer outside seating and prepare extra things to make sure they can handle the crowd situation," Ramey said. "The antique shops take out their statues, their bronzes and put them in front of their store. It's their busiest days of the year."
For businesses such as Zak's Jewelers, there is more of a residual effect from the Arts Festival.
"It gives you an opportunity to meet more people in a shorter amount of time," said Zak's owner Thomas Rosanio. "We see people that come back after the festival because we were so busy then."
Jacobsen said one of the big reasons the arts festival has been so successful is that it has something for the whole family.
"We have things for the kids and for families so they can look, learn and enjoy the arts," Jacobsen said. "There's something for everybody. It doesn't cost anything and it brings something badly needed down here and that's the arts."
For more information on the Art Festival, call 699-7942 or visit www.capecoralfestival.com