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Hot Works art show Jan. 29-30 at JetBlue

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Hot Works 27th Estero Fine Art Show returns to JetBlue Park in Fort Myers on Jan. 29 & 30.
This boutique-style art shows features quality juried fine art and fine craft artists with all discipline for sale – paintings, clay, glass, sculpture, fiber, wood, jewelry and more. All artwork is original and personally handmade by the artist who is present at the show. There is something for everyone, in all price ranges.
A total of $1,500 in professional artist awards will be presented with criteria based on technique/execution, originality and booth appearance.
Institute for the Arts & Education is the associated 501c3 non-profit organization with focus on visual arts, cultural diversity, community enrichment and fostering art education among youth.
COVID safety precautions will be in place. With the art show held outdoors, there is plenty of room for social distancing.
While at the show be sure to visit metal artist Ron Schmidt of Tequesta, Fla. Ron creates his work from ordinary steel cut nails as well as hand-painted lawn and plant sculptures made from brass and copper. He uses a welding/cutting torch and brazing alloys such as nickel silver and silicone bronze in creating both of these types of sculptures. The pieces are then finished with a multiple step process utilizing fine glass beads, high air pressure and wire brushing. The finish is then protected by several layers of a metal coating preservative that prohibits tarnish or corrosion. The result is a finish that is maintenance free.
As part of the commitment to bring art education into the community, Hot Works integrates a Youth Art Competition or Budding Artist Competition within the art shows. This unique and one-of-a-kind program encourages students for ages 5-13/9-19 or grades K-8/6-12 to enter his/her original art that is publicly displayed in the art show the entire weekend. On Sunday at 3 p.m., $250 Youth Art Awards wil be presented at the show as young artists are exposed to the rules and entrepreneurship of doing art shows for a living. Each youth art winner also receives the same, two-foot long colorful gorgeous ribbon that the professional artists receive.
Event hours are Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Great food from local area restaurants and music add to the ambiance of this beautiful show. There is free admission; $5 parking supports IA&E. Find more information at


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