Semi-Monthly Fernandina Beach Arts Market

Arts Market in Fernandina BeachAside from the enchanting art boutiques we have on Amelia Island, there are over 20 vendors that gather two Saturdays a month in historic Fernandina Beach to show off their arts and crafts. This is NOT a flea market!

On the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, you can find intricate jewelry, hand carved wooden bowls, unique glassware and pottery, hand-painted textiles, custom furniture, decorative accents, mixed-media creations, pillows, aprons, whimsical decor’ and more – nothing is mass produced!

The Fernandina Beach Arts Market is FREE to attend and will be open from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on August 23, 2014, and is located adjacent to the popular farmers market found on N. 7th Street in historic, Fernandina Beach.

New artists arrive at every market and your favorite vendors keep returning! Expect a lively atmosphere and great music, suitable for all ages.

Please visit FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com or call Joe at (904) 557-8229 for more information or booth space availability.

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Leaves, Lather, and Leather at Local Arts Market

Leaves, Lather, and Leather at Local Arts MarketThe Fernandina Beach Arts Market will be open in historic, downtown on August 9, 2014, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Support your neighbors and friends as they show off their talents in this market full of unique arts and crafts.

Meet Jewel, one of our new vendors who makes concrete waterfall and bird baths. Jewel’s Leaves uses a real split-leaf philodendron to produce the mold.

People’s Leather is owned by local artists Byron and Shirley Raper. Their high quality leather wallets, bags, key fobs and gifts are made to last and they stand behind all of their products. They also do leather repairs. With the holiday shopping season soon upon us, now is the time to start thinking about your special order gifts that may require personalization, too.

Jake and Sarah Harlow don’t miss a Saturday in downtown Fernandina and they bring their full line of spa, beauty and personal care, all natural products to the Arts Market on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month. Jake studied natural science at UNF and holds a BS in bio-chemistry which comes in handy when creating new products and understanding the effects of ingredients and if they could be hormone or endocrine disrupters. People who are interested in healthy living seek body products made with natural ingredients. Harlow’s two biggest summertime sellers are their deodorant and bug spray. Made from coconut oil, beeswax, baking soda, zinc oxide and essential oils, their deodorants come in four different scents and contains no aluminum or parabens. Harlow’s All Natural Bug Spray contains no harsh chemicals, just distilled water, lemongrass, cypress, cedar and eucalyptus essential oils. This particular scent was created by them to keep bugs and pests at bay.

Join these three and other interesting vendors at the Arts Market located adjacent to the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market, on N. 7th Street, between Centre and Alachua Streets.

For more information or booth space availability, please like us on facebook, visit our website at FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com, or call Joe at (904) 557-8229 for more information.

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Amelia Island’s Art Market Returns July 26th

Amelia Island's Art Market Returns July 26thJuly 26, 2014 is the 4th Saturday of the month and that means the Fernandina Beach Arts Market will be open in the historic, downtown area of Amelia Island.

Dozens of local artists converge downtown to display the area’s newest art fair. You will find a wide range of works that are unique in both craft and value. Beautiful pottery, fine jewelry, visual art, garden art, wood furniture, lamps, soaps, pet accessories, photography, glass, apparel, and more can be found from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, just north of Centre Street, between N. 7th and N. 8th Streets in Fernandina.

Newer vendors include Dot Updegraff and her husband George, who have been crafting for over 15 years. Retirement left them in a position to follow their hearts, and as Crafting From Our Hearts these lovebirds enjoy traveling and meeting people at different art shows while they show off their wooden, hand cut items like yard signs, wall plaques and more. Hand painted messages are often patriotic, spiritual, or inspirational, but they are always as fun and colorful as the pair that design them!

Red Wolf Custom Crafts, a regular at the Arts Market, brings a truck and trailer loaded with custom built furniture from Blackshear, Georgia. Ben Smitt, III, designs wooden boxes, lawn chairs and occasional tables that are truly unique. Some of the most popular pieces include artistically painted redfish or perhaps a couple of shrimp that make every item a unique work of art, perfect as a conversation starter for the home or as a treasured gift.

Fernandina Beach is a community that truly supports a shop local economy, and interacting with the producer of your purchases is a bonus! You can find out more about the quality of a product, the creative process of the artist, sourcing of materials, or perhaps make a new friend. By having designers and artists from our area, all in one downtown location, you have a variety of one-of-a-kind specialty goods available in a single Saturday morning stop. Find us adjacent to the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market, within walking distance of fabulous restaurants and the quaint shops of Amelia Island’s Victorian seaside village, Fernandina Beach.

For more information, please visit FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com, find us on facebook, or call Joe at (904) 557-8229.

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Photo Walk 17 at Big Talbot and Blackrock Beach

Photo Walk 17 at Big Talbot and Blackrock Beach Photo by Scott Moore, organizer of the Photo Walks near Amelia Island, Florida.

Photo Walk #17 is a trip to Big Talbot Island and then a 1/2 mile walk to Blackrock Beach. I hear wonderful stories from those who participate in these photo walks and this is a great opportunity to meet others in our community who love photography.

This walk is early and designed for your to capture trees turned to driftwood and black mud/rock like scuptures at sunrise. The walk is one mile, round trip, with rough footing on beach. It takes about ten minutes to walk to the beach from the parking area.

A barrier island on the Atlantic Coast between Amelia Island and Little Talbot Island, Big Talbot Island is best known for its unusual rocky shoreline called Blackrock Beach. One step on this beach leaves you incredible views overlooking a sweep of dark rocks, saw palmetto on the bluffs, and the bleached bones of live oaks turned to giant driftwood along the shore.

See Link below for details of area:
http://floridahikes.com/big-talbot-blackrock-beach

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Sand Sculpting and Music Coming to Main Beach

Sand Sculpting and Music Coming to Main BeachOn August 16, 2014, prior to the Dunes and Tunes Music Festival, there will be an amateur sand sculpting competition at Main Beach from 12pm -3pm. The sculpting is open to all ages and skill levels.

This fun event will be monitored by the professional sculpting group, The Sand Lovers. Registration begins at 11:00am the day of the event.

Sculpting fees are:
$10 solo, 12 and under
$15 solo, 13 and up
$30.00/team

UPDATE: Fees have been waived for the sculpting teams.

The Goin Coastal Music Series, from 3:00 to 11:00 PM on August 16th, is proud to present Zach Deputy and close the summer in Fernandina Beach in style. This time he is bringing BIG Something, S.P.O.R.E, Parker Urban Band and others.

The event will also showcase live painting and several water attractions to make this a splashing good time.

Tickets to the music festival are $20.00 and children under 12 are admitted for free.

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Another Bright Face on Island’s Creative Canvas

5724157Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach is blessed with an oversized contingent of great musicians, writers and visual artists, not unusual for an island beach community. What is unusual however, is that this creative community is so multi-layered in technique, medium and commercial adaptability that all artists have outlets for their creative productions. One such mixed media artist is Sarah Bash, another bright face on Amelia Island’s Creative Palette.

Sarah Bash and her family moved to Fernandina Beach two years ago from St. Simons Island Georgia, where she had established herself as a juried artist and instructor at the Glynn Art Association.
Her love for art came at a young age, from the day she started learning to read and write but it wasn’t until after the birth of her daughter in 2006 that she took on the courage to follow her dream of becoming an artist as a full time career.

One thing I wanted to teach my daughter is that if you want to pursue something you must give it your BEST and never give up.  It was then that I decided to give illustrating children’s books a whirl. Moreover, I worked at networking through JacketFlap.com and other social marketing sites.  In 2009, I published stories in a magazine that a fellow graphic designer and I created titled, Dream Chasers Magazine.”

Over the years Bash has diligently worked on developing a network of artists and authors around the globe, which among others resulted in a collaboration with Australia’s premier children book author J.R. Poulter, illustrating the title ‘At the Beach with Bucket & Spade’. Sarah’s whimsical, upbeat, colorful style had caught the publishing company’s eye, as they were producing stories for on the go parents via iPhone and iPad formats.

“As an artist I fell in love with Fernandina”, says Sarah Bash. “I always imagined living on the ocean and following my dream of painting and creating art that people would admire and appreciate. After an chapter of publishing and writing, I’ve decided to get back into painting and creating larger pieces of art, as well as wearable whimsical works of art.” 

sarahebash-Sarah_Photo_MagIn that respect she was especially delighted to meet Cindy Johnson from Bijoux Amelia a while back, who she credits with a keen eye for design and couture.  “Cindy motivates me to keep creating and painting. She has a deep appreciation of arts and fashion and inspires me to try creative expressions on fashion accessories such as tote bags, beach bags and beach towels.” In addition to some original artwork offered at this year’s the Shrimp Festival celebration, Sarah is excited to take her art to the next level and create more work such as murals for houses and businesses as well as larger commissioned canvas pieces.

Check out Sarah’s website at http://www.sarahbashillustrations.com

Fernandina Arts Market Open July 12th

Fernandina Arts Market Open July 12thThe Fernandina Beach Arts Market has rapidly gained traction on Amelia Island. Local artists and designers set up their booths on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month with a wide assortment of arts and crafts.

Featured this week are three unique vendors; one works with Italian marble and tile, another has found a practical way to re-purposed wine bottles and the third is a family that works together creating hand crafted pottery.

Artist Tricia Fanelli of Giulia’s Treasures blames her Italian heritage for her love of tile and marble. She creates coasters, match boxes, frames, custom tile, cheese plates, tile servers, trivets and more with seaside decorations like mermaids, seahorses and shells. Her lovely beach inspired nightlights and wreaths are decorated using locally sourced materials.

Uncorked Lighted Bottles are designed by Joyce who re-purposes used wine and liquor bottles into unique, practical and effective, electric lighting options. These beautiful pieces are works of art that make great gifts as well as a perfect center pieces for your next special event!

Fernandina Clay is a family-operated pottery business based in Fernandina Beach, Florida. They make pottery and prints that celebrate coastal life. Their creations are pleas, calls to their users to slow down and notice the details that make life precious. The family makes art because, “We think there is beauty in the most mundane of things and we encourage everyone to find it.”

Other booths at the Arts Market include fine jewelry, wood crafts and signage, photography, apparel, aprons, hand crafted soap products, pet accessories, and more.

The Fernandina Beach Arts Market will be open from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on July 12, 2014, and is located adjacent to the popular farmers market found on N. 7th Street in historic, Fernandina Beach.

Please visit FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com or call Joe at (904) 557-8229 for more information or booth space availability.

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Fernandina has a Wonderful Arts Market

Fernandina has a Wonderful Arts MarketFernandina Beach is home to a wonderful Arts Market that takes place on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.

June 28th brings together over 20 local artists who will fill their booths with their photographs, garden art, paintings, crafts, wood work, jewelry, apparel, aprons, scarves, glassworks, dog accessories, etched glassware and more!

From 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, adjacent to the weekly farmers market on N. 7th Street, you can meet the creators of these original masterpieces.

Some of the newer vendors to the Fernandina Beach Arts Market include hand-crafted 3-way aprons, wooden bowls that are amazing works of art, and Pawsitively Purrfect Pet Accessories.

yoyo-girl-apronsKatie Scarlett Royal, of Yo Yo Girl Aprons, has created aprons that can be worn three different ways. One is a full front coverage apron. Add a simple fold and the apron ties at the waist to covering just your lower half. Tuck in the apron strings and fold the apron again and you half a roomy shoulder purse!

Kangee Graham and her father use an old wood lathe from Church Street Station to creating exquisite bowls from amazing woods found near her sister’s Texas home including elm, pecan and Texas Mesquite. What started as a hobby shared by father and daughter has turned into a business in the arts. These bowls are a MUST SEE – Florida wood used include hickory, sycamore, China berry, orange tree, camphor and swamp bay. All pieces are marked with the type of wood they are created from and signed by the artist.

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Pawsitively Purrfect Pet Accessories create adorable home sewn dog collars, harnesses, Martingale collars, leashes, bows and doggie waste bag holders. You can pick up a full set in matching or color-coordinated colors, and they make wonderful gifts, too!

The Fernandina Beach Arts Market is still accepting applications for new vendors, so if you have a unique talent for arts and crafts, please visit our website at FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com or call (904) 557-8229.

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Father’s Day Weekend Arts Market in Fernandina

Father's Day Weekend Arts Market in FernandinaOn the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, the Fernandina Beach Arts Market sets up a friendly little market adjacent to the farmers’ market located in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Just in time for Father’s Day shopping you are sure to find the perfect gift among the booths filled with local artists presenting their mixed media artworks, photography, ceramics, digital art, sculptures, wood, paintings, glass, fiber, jewelry, textiles and more.

Will’s Wood Works offers handcrafted wood creations like small tables, dining tables, bars and stools, head and foot boards, bird houses, bat houses and fish carvings. Are you looking for something custom? No problem, show Will Grant a picture and he will re-create it for you.

One regular vendor of the Arts Market is Jillows. Jill brings her unique purses and pillows to the market from a wide variety of popular styles including modern maritime motifs, your favorite sports-team colors, and 2014’s popular trend towards chameleon decor where you can easily change the look of a room using big-impact accent pillows.

If you are looking for something a little more personal then The Mermaid’s Walk jewelry booth is a must-see. Carrying custom jewelry, glass art, beads and sterling silver charms these artists specialize in metalworking and creating one-of-a-kind pieces.

The Fernandina Beach Arts Market is open from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on June 14, 2014; we hope to see you there! For more visit FerandinaBeachArtsMarket.com.

For more information, please visit FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com or call Joe at (904) 557-8229 for more information or booth space availability.

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Sailors Charged with Art Burlary in Fernandina

Sailors Charged with Art Burlary in FernandinaThe following is a press release we received from the Fernandina Beach Police Department:

Fernandina Beach, FL – The Fernandina Beach Police Department has charged two King’s Bay sailors with the May 6th burglary of the Island Art Association, wherein five pieces of art were stolen from the gallery after the offenders kicked in the back door to gain entry.

A break in the case occurred when a witness overheard one suspect bragging about kicking down the door and stealing the works of art. According to the witness, the offender said that (they) had been drinking earlier in the evening and further claimed that the art was currently hanging on his apartment wall. All five pieces of artwork have since been recovered by the Fernandina Beach Police Department and will be returned to the owners as soon as possible. At least one of the items was damaged “beyond repair.”

Detectives coordinated with agents from NCIS at King’s Bay in order to interview those involved and those with knowledge of the incident. Jonathan Ibrahim and Nathan Mendoza will be charged with one count of burglary, one count of grand theft, and one count of criminal mischief, and will also face disciplinary action by the United States Navy.

Ibrahim and Mendoza both confessed to the burglary, stating that they were intoxicated and walking to their parked vehicle when they decided to break into the gallery to steal artwork for their apartment. Ibrahim also offered an apology for his behavior to members of the Island Art Association on Facebook.

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Memorial Day Weekend Arts and Farmers Markets

Memorial Day Weekend Arts and Farmers MarketsThe May 24, 2014 Fernandina Beach Market Place and Fernandina Beach Arts Market are shaping up to be one huge event! Located on N. 7th Street in historic downtown Amelia Island, the Market Place farmers’ market brings over 30 all natural food and product vendors each and every Saturday, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, rain or shine. The Arts Market, located adjacent to the farmers market, adds another 20 vendors on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month showing off their handmade arts and crafts.

Joining the farmers market will be Olive My Pickle. Shai, owner of Olive My Pickle will be bringing pickles, made from fresh and local cucumbers, stuffed olives, fabulous hummus flavors, stuffed grape leaves, baby ganoush and the oh-so-popular Pickle on a Stick.

image - bokchoyAnother weekly vendor, A Natural Wave Soap, is having a huge clearance sale offering all products at 25% off! If you spend $50.00 you will receive a FREE gift set valued at $14.00. Also, her wash cloths are regularly $4.50 each and they are on sale this week for $4.00 or 3 for $10.00. Scrub or bath salt spoons are now $4.00 each or two for $7.50 AND you still get the 25% off on top of these sale prices!

Moore Pigs will return with their fresh pork made from happy pigs. I recently had the opportunity to visit this lovely young family and their 50 acre farm. The Moore’s never give steroids or antibiotics to their pigs, Berkshires and Herefords, and they take great pride in treating them humanely by not restricting their natural rooting ability with rings in their noses or clipped teeth. They are fed a diet of non-medicated, locally milled grains, planted pasture, and acorns, and they grow fruits and vegetables for the pigs to eat as well. The pigs graze, forage and play in the mud. A rotational grazing system is used to ensure their Heritage breeds are always on fresh ground.

See the Moore Pigs farm in this video:

These are just three of the amazing friends we have joining us this Saturday in the farmers’ market, and in the Arts Market you’ll find stained glass, pottery, apparel, fine jewelry, art, photography, knitted scarves and so much more.

image - peachesMusic by Hambone will fill the market area; having played private and corporate events together for over three years, Hambone’s musicians are inspired by the Beatles, Joe Cocker and Eric Clapton, and this will be a real treat for market attendees because the band has just recently begun playing at public events.

Boxer Rescue will be our featured non-profit, and Kayak Amelia will be joining us as our featured Brick-and-Mortar to show off their Stand Up Paddleboards, Segways and Kayaks.

For more information, please visit either website, FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com or FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com, or call Joe at (904) 557-8229.

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Mother’s Day Shopping is Great at the Arts Market

Mother's Day Shopping is Great at the Arts MarketThe Fernandina Beach Arts Market continues on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month in historic Fernandina Beach. Open from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, the Arts Market offers a wide variety of handmade crafts and fine art from folks in and around the Fernandina Beach community.

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11, 2014, so you’ll want to meet some of our vendors who may offer the perfect Mother’s Day gifts for those special Moms in your life.

At Fernandina Clay you will find beautiful pottery. Taylor’s Treats, our popular dog treat vendor at the farmers’ market, joins the Arts Market May 10th so she can sell her handcrafted dog and cat bowls.

Giulia’s Treasures bring an amazing display of home decor, stone coasters, matchboxes, trivets, trays and frames. And you can’t go wrong shopping at Fernandina Finds, where locals Nancy Douglas and Sharon Sylvester take vintage jewelry and thrown away windows and re-purpose them with a modern flair.

You’ll also find handcrafted pillows and handbags, glass jewelry, fine jewelry, art, photography, apparel, pet accessories, wooden furniture, light fixtures, stained glass and so much more.

Located adjacent to the North 7th Street Fernandina Beach Market Place farmer’s market, entertainment for both markets will be provided by talented musician, Larry Lemier.

The Fernandina Beach Arts Market is still accepting applications, so if you have a unique talent for arts and crafts, please visit FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com, or call (904) 557-8229 for more information.

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Kindness Queen is Coming to Fernandina

Kindness Queen is Coming to FernandinaThe Fernandina Beach Arts Market is held the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month in downtown, historic Fernandina Beach, adjacent to the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market and there is plenty to see April 26, 2014.

Twice as Nice is a local artist making their inaugural appearance on the 26th with re-purposed shells. Check out her oyster shell chandelier, shell covered baskets, lamps with burlap bow shades, sea glass picture frames and wreaths, and drift wood candle holders.

Joel Vindetti of Tie Dyed Threads will be joining the Arts Market once again and he has been making unique tie dyed apparel since 1986. He makes T-shirts, beach throws, Onesies for the toddlers, wall-hangings and interesting tapestries. Joel also offers silk screenings and corporate discounts.

The Kindness Queen will be making a royal appearance at the Arts Market and will be reading from her children’s book, Kitty Kitty’s Unusual Fishing Trip. The Kindness Queen is a character created by a former elementary school resource teacher and she dresses in character to promote the concept of “noblesse oblige” to remind people of all ages the power of making noble choices. Noblesse oblige is a French phrase that is translated in English as noble obligation or nobility obligates and it is defined as: the use of kind, responsible, honorable and generous behavior associated with nobility. The Kindness Queen believes that if you are 4 or 104 years old, YOU CAN make a positive impact in your family, classroom, corporation or community.

Open from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, there is still room for a few more vendors, so if you are interested in showing off your talented creations visit www.FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com and fill out an application, or call Joe at (904) 557-8229 for more information.

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Fernandina Beach Arts Market Open April 12, 2014

Fernandina Beach Arts Market Open April 12, 2014The Fernandina Beach Arts Market is now open on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month in historic Fernandina Beach.

Open from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, the Arts Market provides a place for your talented neighbors, friends and family members to sell their handcrafted items, including fine jewelry and exquisite art.

“Re-cycle, re-purpose and re-use” is a chant heard around the Arts Market with vendors like Fun Gems, who makes unique jewelry pieces from the pull tabs of aluminum cans. Fernandina Finds turns thrown out window panels into creative works of art, and Beeing Crafty makes lovely hanging candle holders from recycled wine bottles.

Beautiful purses, pillows, plastic bag holders, dog collars and leashes, table runners and golf seat covers make wonderful gifts, and they are beautifully designed by creative exhibitors like Jillows, Finishing Touches, Mary Ann Bator-Gray, and Pawsitively Purrfect Pet Accessories.

Knitted collars, beach cover-ups and scarves are created by hand by Knit 1 Merle 2 and Sonia C Designs, and after requesting special orders from each of these lovely ladies, I have only rave reviews!

Located adjacent to the North 7th Street Fernandina Beach Market Place farmer’s market, entertainment for both markets will be provided by local and very talented musician, Jennifer Burns.

The Fernandina Beach Arts Market still has space for a few more vendors, so if you know someone with a unique talent, please invite them to visit FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com, or call (904) 557-8229 for more information.

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Fernandina’s Arts Market Returns March 22, 2014

Fernandina's Arts Market Returns March 22, 2014Fernandina Beach, FL – One of Amelia Island’s newest events is the Fernandina Beach Arts Market. Open the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, you can find us between N. 7th and 8th Streets in historic, Fernandina Beach, next door to the downtown farmers market.

Local artists show off their crafts at this wonderful, outdoor Arts Market. Come see what your neighbors are creating with their talents in fine jewelry making, hand crafted furniture, stained glass, pillows, purses, tie dyed apparel and other custom designed fabrics. You will find pet treats, dishes and accessories, as well as home made soaps and candles, photography, framed art, note cards and so much more.

Unique vendors attending on March 22, 2014, include Riplaces, a shoelace alternative that permits you to say, “No to the bow.” Assorted elastic straps and ornamental stops hold your sneakers and other lace up shoes firmly in place. If you have an active lifestyle, or have trouble tying your shoes, this booth is a must see!

John Mateer is a local artist who specializes in glass fusion art. Using creative painting techniques and melting glass in a kiln under extreme temperatures lets him create individual works of art, recycled from used glass that are made into spoon rests, serving dishes, bowls, jewelry and more.

Another popular exhibitor is a wood crafter who designs lovely outdoor furniture pieces painted with decorative wildlife scenes or vivid colors. You will also find creative frames surrounded in seashells and other natural products. Every piece is a unique work of art that will start conversations in your home for years to come.

The Fernandina Beach Arts Market still has room for more vendors, so if you are interested in sharing your local talent and showing off your creations, please contact us at (904) 557-8229 or visit our website at www.FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com

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