Englewood Bank & Trust Invitational Art Festival this weekend

January 29, 2016
By Marcy Shortuse

Art by Bill Cantwell
Art by Bill Cantwell

The 30th Annual Englewood Bank & Trust Invitational Art Festival is this Saturday & Sunday, January 30-31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of Englewood Bank & Trust’s main branch at 1111 S. McCall Road in Englewood.
Well-known local artist, Carroll Swayze is the coordinator of the Art Festival and spends a great deal of time every year searching for new and innovative original artwork to be included in the show.
“This is the time of year when I change hats from making art in my studio to being an art festival director,” said Carroll recently. “I am very fortunate to have Englewood Bank & Trust as our host. I am proud of this event because it is the culmination of a years worth of hard work. The Art Show is invitational and as the director it is my goal to find the best quality original art that I can to present to our community each year. Not only do I have to find them, but I have to convince these artists to travel from wherever they live to the Englewood/Boca Grande area to participate in the show. The weather is usually a selling point for me, but what really draws the artists here is our community of educated art lovers that we are fortunate to have in this area.”
The Englewood Bank & Trust Invitational is a small high quality boutique style art show with an impressive list of artists. Sixty of the nation’s top award winning fine artists and craftsmen will be featured in this world class art event and every media will be represented. Painting, sculpture, fine jewelry, glass, printmaking, clay, drawing, metal, collage, and any media you can imagine.
This year’s showcase has something for everyone, from hand made clothing to large original paintings. Everything from colorful oil painting to fine furniture, from printmaking to beautiful jewelry, from glassblowing to hand made paper, acrylics, pottery, photography and sculpture. All artwork in the show is handmade by the artist who creates it which makes the Englewood Bank & Trust Invitational Art Festival very special and different from many of the festivals during the year.
The Englewood Bank & Trust Invitational Art Festival is a premiere art collecting opportunity for local homeowners and visitors as well as being a great way to spend a day relaxing and enjoying art in a casual setting. Delicious food and refreshments will be available and Englewood Bank & Trust will provide plenty of free parking.
The hours of the art show are from 10 am to 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday, January 30 – 31 and the public is invited to enjoy a day with fine artists and craftsmen from around the world.
For directions and more information about the show call Carroll Swayze at (941)266-6434.