MEDIA PREVIEW AND PHOTO OP:
6th Annual Coconut Point Art Festival & $20,000 Art Festival Shopping Spree Fundraiser to Benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Southwest Florida Takes Place This Weekend
WHAT: Festival Set Up In preparation for the 6th Annual Coconut Point Art Festival (Estero, FL)
WHO: Artists will be available for interviews as they set up their exhibits and prepare for the $20,000 Art Festival Shopping Spree Fundraiser
WHEN: Friday, February 10, 2012
Noon to 5 pm
WHERE: Parking fields of Coconut Point - just north of Panera Bread and East of Highway 41)
Navigational Address: 23130 Fashion Drive, Estero, FL 33928
MEDIA CONTACT ON SITE: Helayne Stillings, Show Coordinator, Howard Alan Events - 813-600-7688
ESTERO, FLORIDA (February 9, 2012) – The media is welcome on Friday, February 10th, during festival set up for early access to the artists and to preview their work. Almost half of the 300 artists exhibiting at the show this weekend have generously donated $20,000 for the Art Festival Shopping Spree Chance Giveaway Fundraiser to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Southwest Florida. 75% of the money raised will provide services and support to those battling breast cancer in Southwest Florida, the other 25% will go to help research the devastating disease. The artists, some of whom have battled with cancer themselves or helped family and friends struggle through the ordeal will be available for interviews during set up on Friday. The media will have full access to the artists as well as representatives of Howard Alan Events and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Southwest Florida. Interviews as well as live shots can be coordinated in advance, please contact AnaBelle Dweck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FESTIVAL INFORMATION AT-A-GLANCE:
WHAT: 6th Annual Coconut Point Art Festival (Estero)
WHEN: February 11 - 12, Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
WHERE: Coconut Point, Estero, FL (in the parking fields of Coconut Point - just north of Panera Bread and East of Highway 41) Navigational Address: 23130 Fashion Drive, Estero, FL 33928
WHY: To Support the Arts, the Local Community and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Southwest Florida
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public
• Largest juried outdoor art showcase in Southwest Florida
• Original Art - Handmade in America
• 250 artists from 30 different states
• Prices set to suit all budgets - ranging from as little as $25 to $30,000
• Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
• All artists on site for duration of festival
• Vast array of artistic media:
o Life Size Sculptures
o Handmade jewelry
o Mixed Media
Estero, Florida (February 1, 2012) - Howard Alan Events and Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Southwest Florida are working together during the upcoming 6th Annual Coconut Point Art Festival, February 11 – 12, to raise awareness for breast cancer. Many participating artists have generously donated gift certificates for the $20,000 Art Festival Shopping Spree Chance Giveaway fundraiser. Tickets for the Art Festival Shopping Spree fundraiser will be available at the Susan G. Komen for the Cure booth during the art show and online at komenswfl.org for a suggested donation of $15.00 for one ticket and $25 for two tickets. You do not need to be present to win. Six lucky winners will be drawn throughout the weekend and will redeem the gift certificates toward the purchase of artwork from specific artists participating in the event. The average Shopping Spree for each winner is $2500.
All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and help to further its vision, A World Without Breast Cancer.
The parking fields of Coconut Point will come to life with the bold, vibrant and whimsical art of 250 of the country’s leading artists during this two-day juried outdoor art showcase, the largest in Southwest Florida. The artistic media represented include paintings, sculptures, photography, glass, wood, jewelry, collage, and ceramics with prices set to suit all budgets. The spacious isles allow festival-goers to comfortably explore the original artwork and meet the artists who will be present for the duration of the art show. Admission is free and open to the public.
“Our jury process is very selective, this is how we ensure a diverse and eclectic mix of styles and media that appeal to a broad variety of art enthusiasts and collectors,”
Also taking part in the festival is Keep Lee County Beautiful, a civic organization dedicated to protecting the environment and improving the quality of life in Lee County. Volunteers will provide information and answer questions about Lee County’s award winning recycling program as well as provide tips on how to Keep Lee County Beautiful.
Howard Alan of Howard Alan Events, founder and producer of the original Downtown Naples Art Fair on 5th Avenue, moved his show to Coconut Point after more than two decades where it continues to draw record crowds and leading artists from around the country. The Coconut Point Art Festivals have become welcome events at this popular dining and retail destination.
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Additional information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure Southwest Florida:
• 75% of every dollar raised by the Southwest Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen stays in the 5 county service area to fund vital breast cancer screening, treatment and educational programs.
• 25% is contributed to the Susan G. Komen National Award and Research Grant Program to fund ground breaking breast cancer research to help find the cures.
For additional information on the 6th Annual Coconut Point Art Festival (Estero) and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or 561-746-6615.
· Festival promoter Howard Alan and participating artists are available for interviews prior to the festival and images of artwork and festival photographs are available upon request.
· Please submit requests for interviews and images to AnaBelle Dweck at email@example.com or 954-592-8500.