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18th Annual Lauderdale By The Sea Craft Festival

Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival returns September 12 – 13, 2015 with 100 of the finest artist and skilled crafters in the country. Eclectic displays of original handcrafted art including decorative and functional pieces as well as affordable gift items will be set up along A1A and Commercial Boulevard, just a short distance from the beach.  The Kiwanis Club of Lauderdale by the Sea hosts this two-day annual tradition.  Admission is free and open to the public.  American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the nation’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in Florida.  The Rickie Report introduces you to two of the exhibitors and shares the details about this show.

 

 

 

18th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival

September 12 – 13

Saturday & Sunday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

A1A and Commercial Boulevard
Navigational Address: 4400 North Ocean Drive, Lauderdale By Sea, FL 33308

Support the Arts and the Local Community

Free and open to the public

 

 

 Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival returns September 12 – 13, 2015 with 100 of the finest artist and skilled crafters in the country. Eclectic displays of original handcrafted art including decorative and functional pieces as well as affordable gift items will be set up along A1A and Commercial Boulevard, just a short distance from the beach. The Kiwanis Club of Lauderdale by the Sea hosts this two-day annual tradition. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

Hand Made Wood Box by Donald Boudreau

          Hand Made Wood Box by Donald Boudreau

 

New England wood artisan, Donald Boudreau started his life’s dream in 1992 when he and his wife Carol sold everything and moved aboard their 49 foot sailboat “Domicile” and started an around the world cruise. During their many adventures, one thing in particular captivated Don. It was the beauty and unique qualities of the tropical hardwoods, which he found in Central & South America and the South Pacific.

 

 

 

Handmade Wood Box by Donald Boudreau

                  Handmade Wood Box by Donald Boudreau

 

Six years and 25,000 miles later, they found themselves in New Zealand with an extensive wood collection and a yearning for shore life.  After settling in South Florida, Don started building boxes using some of the woods he encountered on their adventure.

 

Handmade Wood Box by Donald Boudreau

        Handmade Wood Box by Donald Boudreau

 

 

No dyes or stains are used, only the beauty of the wood is visible through the hand buffed oil and wax finish. Since box making has endless possibilities, Don is constantly searching for new and exotic woods to incorporate into new designs. Don was invited to show his work at the prestigious Smithsonian Craft Show.  Many of Don’s boxes have won Awards at Art and Craft Shows.  Don is a member and past president of the South Florida Woodworking Guild.

For more information, please contact Donald at: Www.Boxesbyboudreau.com

 

 

Bonsai Tree courtesy of Paul Cortez

              Bonsai Tree courtesy of Paul Cortez

 

 

Paul Cortez tells us about his love of Bonsai.  Initially, with no previous experience, he has moved a long way from novice to professional.  His colorful stories about his experiences are reason enough to stop by his booth!  Learning from mentor, Bob Horvath, Paul is ready to share his knowledge with you.  Take a Bonsai home and enjoy!

 

 

 

Bonsai Trees Courtesy of Paul Cortez

                Bonsai Trees Courtesy of Paul Cortez

 

Cortez says, “My most important piece of advice to beginners is EDUCATE YOUR SELF ABOUT YOUR BONSAI TREE. Your going to here me say that a lot in other articles I’ve written. A tree is Alive. In my world it represents life. Treat your Bonsai with respect; it depends on you for everything”.

 

For more information please contact Paul Cortez:

http://bonsaioperations.com

 

 

 

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:

  • Juried outdoor craft showcase
  • Original crafts
  •  Handmade in America
  • Unique and affordable gift items 
  • 100 crafters from 30 different states
  • Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000
  • Crafters hand-selected from hundreds of applicants
  • The exhibitors, chosen from among hundreds of applicants for their top quality work. 
  • All crafters on site for duration of festival
  • Vast array of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused wax & glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft and stained glass

 

 

About American Craft Endeavors:

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.  All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of original handmade crafts.

 

 

For additional information on the 18th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea 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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