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When you attend the Delray Beach 16th Annual Craft Festival you will certainly see a diversity of styles, not only within the wall art and wearable art, but jewelry as well.  The Rickie Report hopes you will look for Jan Esposito’s booth and try on her simple yet elegant jewelry.  We’re certain you will not leave disappointed!

 

 

  16th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival

Saturday February 2 and Sunday February  3  

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Intersection of 4th Avenue and Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach    

Free Admission                                                                                                                

 

Support the Arts, the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority and the Local Economy!

 

 

The Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival returns February 2 – 3, 2013 with 100 of the finest crafters transforming 4th Avenue, North and South of Atlantic Avenue, into an outdoor gallery with affordable original crafts.  The timing is perfect for those looking for unique gift items for Valentine’s Day gifts. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority.  Admission is free and open to the public.

 

This annual tradition, produced by American Craft Endeavors, Florida’s largest producer of first class craft fairs, features an eclectic mix of the nation’s most talented crafters including leading local and regional talent. In order to ensure a superior event with a wide array of quality affordable original crafts, all of the crafters have been hand-selected from hundreds of applicants.

011One of the artists who will be showing her handmade jewelry is Jan Esposito, from Deerfield Beach, FL.   The Rickie Report asked Jan how she started.  “My mother used to say I was born loving jewelry.  I have always been crafty. When I became allergic to metal I found I could only wear sterling silver and gold.  I love color, and the unusual, so I started making what I wanted to wear”, she says.

 

Jan uses many natural stones as well as crystals.  She orders most of my silver and crystals on line but for stones she goes to the local bead shows and picks them out individually. We asked how she develops her designs and Jan shares, “I usually have an idea of what I’m designing when I sit down but it is subject to change as I get started.  I only design what I like and would wear.  I don’t like jewelry to take over an outfit but to compliment it.  I have a love for color and the unusual, natural stones excite me.”

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She goes on to divulge that ” sometimes I have an idea that will just pop into my head when I’m driving to work.  It’s kinda weird how I think of things sometimes.  I can look at a picture, flower arrangement, almost anything and I’ll get an idea.  Other times I will just lay out some pieces on my desk and it could take a while to think of something.  I am always hyped about making jewelry.”
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We not only like Jan’s designs and materials, but also appreciate her integrity.  “In the beginning some people used to say you need to make bigger or use a material that I didn’t.  I have found I need to be true to me.  I design what I like and would wear and it seems to be working.”
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When asked to advise other artists who are just starting out, Jan shares, ” To be creative at making jewelry I think you have to have a real passion for it.  I absolutely love every aspect of making jewelry, from purchasing the materials, designing and doing the craft shows.  I love jewelry and people so this business is perfect for me.”  Simply stated – like her appealing jewelry!

 

 The Delray Crafts Festival appeals to people of all ages including families, shoppers looking for unique and affordable gifts, as well as craft enthusiasts. A full spectrum of craft art media will be on display and for sale including folk art, pottery, handmade jewelry, paintings, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, scented soaps and body products, with prices ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000.

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All of the crafters will be on site for the duration of the festival available to discuss their art, techniques and inspiration. This Craft showcase offers a vast array  of mediums, including:  Folk art,  Pottery,  Handmade jewelry, Paintings, Personalized gifts,    Handmade clothing,  Scented soaps, Body products and much more.

 

American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the nation’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida’s vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations including the Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival (Fort Lauderdale, FL), the Holiday Craft Festival on the Ocean (Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL), the Downtown Stuart Craft Fairs (Stuart, FL), the Siesta Fiesta Craft Festival (Sarasota, FL) and the Downtown Sarasota Craft Festivals (Sarasota, FL) among others. The group’s founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals.  

 

For additional information on the 16th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival and other American Craft Endeavors craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

 

 

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

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