​Sebastian Riverfront Fine Art Featured Hundreds Of Artists

Sebastian Riverfront Fine Art
Author: Rob AdamsBy:
Staff Reporter
Jan. 28, 2016

SEBASTIAN — Thousands of art lovers lit up the night skies at the 15th annual Sebastian Riverfront Fine Art and Music Festival on Jan. 16 and 17 along Indian River Drive and Sebastian Boulevard, near Riverview Park in Sebastian, Florida.

“In the art world, this show is highly regarded,” said founder Lisanne Robinson. “The patrons are coming, the artists are coming and the venue along the Indian River couldn’t be more spectacular.”

More than 130 artists, plenty of live music and an array of refreshments will be featured at the festival, Robinson said. Three of the artists are classified as “emerging artists” and include Patty Nelson of Palm City, Diana Woodward of Vero Beach and Tommy Bartocci of Moore Haven.

“These are three very talented people who have never done a professional art show before,” Robinson said. “We wanted to give these artists the experience of what it is like to be an artist displaying right on the street.”

Artists at the festival will display a variety of works in different price ranges. Each artist was accepted in the show based on the quality of their work and design. Jewelry, ceramics, painting, wood carving, glass blowing, photography, pottery metalwork will be on display.

New this year will be a live glassblowing demonstration by artist Richard Fizer, who will fire up his portable kiln throughout the festival. The kiln will be set up near the food court to allow plenty of space for visitors to watch as Fizer shows off his skills in glass production.

Live music also helped set the festival scene. Entertainment was provided by Locals Only, the Cheyenne Band and Betty Fox. Zion Quest and Duffy Bishop also performed.

“The music will be just great,” Robinson said. “There is a wide range of music represented including country, blues and reggae.”

There also will be food and beverages available, and many of the food vendors are from local nonprofit groups. The festival will go on rain or shine, and is co-sponsored by the city of Sebastian.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the art program at each of Sebastian’s elementary schools, along with the Sebastian Charter Junior High School.

“I think art is so important in this community,” Robinson said. “But it’s not just about the aesthetics; it is also about the creative process.”


Share this article