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20th Annual Sarasota Craft Show

Date: December 2, 2012Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location:  Show map Robarts Arena
3000 Ringling Blvd
Sarasota, FL
Phone: 800-834-9437

The 20th Annual Sarasota Craft Show is


November 30-December 2, 2012


This celebrated juried show features works in clay, wood, glass, fiber, mixed-media, jewelry, sculpture, photography, and painting by more than 125 of the nation’s top craft and fine artists.




Show organizers invite area artists and artisans to participate.


Application deadline for booth space is October 10, 2012.



(Sarasota, FL) The Sarasota Craft Show returns to Sarasota, November 30-December 2, 2012, at Robarts Arena. The event, now in its 20th year, features outstanding works in ceramics, decorative fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed-media, paper, wearable art, wood, painting, photography and sculpture by more than 125 of the nation’s top craft and fine artists. Tickets are $9 per day for regular admittance; $8 for seniors; $5 for students; and $12 for a three-day pass. Children under 10 are admitted free. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, November 30, and Saturday, December 1; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, December 2. Robarts Arena is located at 3000 Ringling Blvd., in Sarasota. All parking is free. For directions or information about the venue, please call 941-355-9161. For more information about this event, please call 800-834-9437 or visit


Richard Rothbard, a New York-based artist and gallery owner, and his wife, Joanna Rothbard, took over management of the event three years ago. The couple manages fine crafts events in the northeast, including The Berkshires Arts Festival, through their firm, American Art Marketing. They also own and operate An American Craftsman Galleries in New York City, Savannah, Georgia, and Stockbridge, Massachusetts.


Rothbard says that festival coordinators hand-select the nation’s top craft artists, emphasizing technical skill, quality of workmanship, and originality of design. According to Rothbard, the Sarasota-Manatee region is home to a wealth of first-rate artists and artisans.


“We’re very impressed with the depth and scope of the area arts community,” says Rothbard. “More regional artists are participating—and we invite others to contact us about booth opportunities. Space is limited but if they get to us soon, we'll do our best to make room." Interested artists should visit to apply. Application deadline for booth space is October 10, 2012.


Rothbard says this year's show will include a strong showing of work by the nation's most sought-after jewelry artists.


"We'll be exhibiting the best collection of one-of-a-kind jewelry ever presented in Florida," says Rothbard, adding that patrons will find "original works ranging from $50 to more than $1,000. They can interact with artists and purchase distinctive gifts, knowing the money goes directly to support independent artists. What can be better than that?”


For more information about the Sarasota Craft Show, call 800-834-9437 or visit To learn more about Richard Rothbard, visit or email

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