The Cape Coral Art Festival & Market Place, presented by the Rotary Club of Cape Coral, has announced the list of artists and exhibitors taking part in the 37th annual event set for Jan. 8 and 9 on Cape Coral Parkway.
A strong lineup of juried artists and crafters from across the country will be joined by new and returning exhibitors. While ‘Art on the Parkway’ will showcase the work of K-12 student art submissions across the county.
Two of the festival’s featured artists this year include Craig Dietrich of Oceans & Africa photography and Scott Macklin of Fantasy Jewelry. This year’s poster artist is Girard J. Moravcik of Colorful Creations By GJM.
Moravcik is a full-time resident of Cape Coral and a part-time resident of Medina, Ohio. He is the father of two and grandfather of four. Moravcik has been in the printing industry for more than 40 years, specializing in color theory, and is the owner of a digital imaging company in Sharon Center Ohio supplying printers across the country. He has patents on special screening to bring vibrant photos to the dry-offset printing industry such as aerosol cans and plastic containers.
When the COVID pandemic started, Moravcik found himself confined at the house and decided to start creating tropical images from the photography and images he had purchased. He utilized artistic techniques, surrealistic techniques, specialized lighting and color retouching to create unique and extremely vivid images with a unique depth of field. With his knowledge of color theory, he was able to combine massive amounts of pigmentation and print contrast on unique substrates to create unparalleled vibrancy. Moravcik’s goal is to create unique images that come to life with depth and extremely vivid color.
Dietrich served as a Naval photographer during the Gulf War where his thirst for adventure was born when he was given the opportunity to travel. After leaving the Navy, Dietrich became a scuba instructor and later put together his two great loves of photography and scuba by venturing into the world of underwater photography.
Recently Dietrich returned to his roots of topside photography and in 2020, after his first trip to Africa, introduced his “Safari Collection”. Dietrich’s photography has won multiple awards and has been sold in upscale galleries from Carmel, California to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Collectors from around the globe are counted among Craig’s clientele, and each piece is presented in the unique medium of high-quality aluminum, creating unmatched vibrancy and mastery, making them a worthy addition to any collection. Craig lives in South Florida with his wife Julie.
Macklin is a professional artist who started his career in 1977. All of Macklin’s pieces are original designs that are hand sculpted in wax then centrifugally cast using the lost wax method in either sterling silver, 14ct gold, or jewelers’ bronze. Once that is complete the custom piece is antiqued and then hand polished to show its beauty and detail.
There are several nonprofit exhibitors who will also be participating in this year’s event, including the Alzheimer’s Association, Artway on the Parkway, Cape Coral Art Center, Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife, Cape Coral Lions Club, Cape Coral Mayors Scholarship, Cape Coral Rotary Foundation, Cape Coral Social Club, EHL Fragile X Foundation Inc., Faith Generation, Fellowship of Christian Farmers International, Invest in America’s Veterans Foundation-Florida, Inc., Leading Latina Inc., Miracles in Action, Inc., New Resident Club of Cape Coral, Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library, Inc., Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, The Brotherhood of Heroes Resource Center & Museum
The Cape Coral Art Festival & Marketplace is sponsored by Waste Pro, Downtowner Car Wash, City of Cape Coral, Premiere Plus Realty – Stoutenburgh Group, Experience Real Estate Group, Destination Boat Club, NBC-2, Direct Impressions, Intergraphic 2.0, Lamar, Happenings Magazine and Arthur’s Printing.
The fest is 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day.
Due to some last-minute cancellations, there are booth spaces still available. For more information, please email [email protected]
For 36 years the Rotary Club of Cape Coral has been proud to bring this event to the community. For more information, visit www.capecoralfestival.com.