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The Palm Island Art Festival  -  2008


The Art In The Palms event was held on November 8, 2008 on 
Palm Island, on SW Florida's coast.  This was only a one day event, but there was quite a crowd that showed up to look at all the fine art and collectibles.  I was only there for a few hours, but managed to get some great pictures of some of the art and the artists that create it.  Enjoy :)

The trip starts as is always does.. with a short ride on the Katie B Barge across the Intracoastal Waterway from Cape Haze to Palm Island.
vehicles load first and pedestrians go on second

Once across the channel, you were free to roam the festival. 
Below are some of the many artists that I had the pleasure to meet.   Enjoy :)

James Sears Bronze Sculpture
The first artist at the entrance to the festival is James Sears.  He creates these magnificent bronze sculptures.  You can more of Jim's work on his web site at

Paul Raczka of Wooden Wonders
Englewood Artist and wood carver Paul Raczka of Wooden Wonders carves these exotic underwater scenes as well as many different fish and bird shapes from solid wood.  You can find lots more of Paul's work on his photo website at
Paul Raczka of Wooden Wonders

North Port Artists Janette Leland paints gourds and other things... 
You can find her at (941) 429-4244

Englewood Artist Penny Raikes makes these incredible 3D images
You can find more of her work at

The band Impulse was playing their wonderful island music
to keep the show festive

Don Pedro artist Deborah Dawn Cooper creates these very detailed Aquatic Sculptures
You can find more of Deborah's work on her photo web site at

Englewood Artist Angelika Gallant creates these Tree Spirit Sculptures.
Tree Spirits are thought to be friendly entities residing in trees with the noble purpose of aiding in personal development by spiritual enlightenment.

Angelika also paints with watercolors.  You can contact her at or call 474-3436 for more information

Anne Marie paints watercolors in sharp detail... and does commission work for others.  You can find her at

Port Charlotte Artist Frank Bauer is a multi-media wood turner that creates lots of different wooden shapes and objects.  You can find Frank at 

As I wondered the festival I found this booth with 3 kids telling me that everything they painted was "On Sale" at Island Time Treasures.  So I asked for prices and asked for names and got Mom's approval to show them here.   I like to see the kids taking an interest so thought I'd give them a few seconds of fame.  Left to right: 

Palm Island Artists:   Trevor -  Whitney  -  Gracie 

This unfinished Octopus Painting is by Englewood Artist  Kelly Reark.
Kelly said she plans to add a colorful reef to the picture when she finds the time.  I'll look forward to seeing it.  You can find Kelly's artwork at

Englewood Artist Perry James likes to do Black & White Photography
You can learn more about him on his website at www.perryjamesphotography,net

Last but not least I visited with Sebring and Boca Grande Florida Artist 
Alice Hansen  who paints with watercolors.   (941) 697-4015


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