Important Information for Artists

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Annual Sanibel Island Arts and Crafts Festival! We are making some exciting changes to the fair layout to assist with the flow of attendees throughout the grounds.

The Annual Sanibel Island Arts and Crafts Festival will take place over President’s Day weekend in February at the Sanibel Community House (2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957). President’s Day weekend is the pinnacle of our busy winter tourist season. Visitors from all over the world crowd Sanibel’s internationally famous pristine white sand beaches, including the affluent, sophisticated art buyers you will meet at the Art Fair. This is a great opportunity to share your art with folks who will truly value and treasure it for years to come.

This highly regarded festival offers you the opportunity to present your fine art and fine crafts in an idyllic setting during the busiest time of the winter season. The Sanibel-Captiva Islands rank among the nation’s top destinations for upper-income visitors and seasonal residents. The consistently high quality of the work exhibited at the Art Festival attracts knowledgeable art lovers and buyers. This festival has all the characteristics for success: location, venue, audience and ambiance equal to the top-ranked outdoor shows nationwide!

We also award cash prizes to artists in several categories, and we treat our artists like royalty! Refreshments, booth sitters, special artist parking, and unparalleled other amenities.  More detailed information is available in the application and files below.

In order to preserve the quality of our show and ensure the best possible art buying experience for the Festival's visitors, we limit the amount of artists we accept based on available space. We feature a juried exhibition process to which we welcome your submission. We look forward to seeing your work!


Awards Will Be Given In Three Categories

2-Dimensional, 3- Dimensional, and Creative Crafts

1st— Ribbon + $400.00 + Unjuried entry to the subsequent show

2nd — Ribbon + $235.00 + Unjuried entry to the subsequent show

3rd — Ribbon + $115.00 + Unjuried entry to subsequent show

2 Honorable Mention — Ribbons + Unjuried entry to subsequent show



The panel will be made up of local judges with expertise in the various categories of art.



Show Dates & Schedule

Saturday & Sunday February 15th & 16th, 2020

Friday, Feb 14th: 12:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. — Registration/ set-up time

Saturday, Feb 15th: 6:30 A.M. - 8:00 A.M. — Late Registration / set-up

9:00 A.M. — Area cleared of all vehicles

10:00A.M. — Judging

10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. — OPEN TO PUBLIC

Sunday, Feb 16th: 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. — OPEN TO PUBLIC


Entry Requirements

1. Fees

A. Jury fee: $35.00 (includes sales tax) for each entry.

B. Exhibition fee: $395.00 for each entry (includes sales tax), $790 for a double booth if available.

C. You may show only in the category in which you are accepted.

D. Jury fee(s) is non-refundable.

E. Make all checks payable to Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club.

2. Samples of Work

A. 4 current high-resolution digital images in JPG, PNG OR PDF including 1 of display booth as set up.

B. Application materials must reference applicant’s name, and category.

C. Decisions of the Selection Jury are final.

3. Deadlines

A. Applications will not be accepted that are received after 11:59 pm EST on November 1, 2019.

B. Notice of acceptance will be e-mailed on or before December 1st and published on our website.

When accepted, your name and artwork will be posted on our web site


How to Register

  • Entry Fee: $35.00

  • Booth Fee: $395.00

  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2019

Please review the Artist Standards and Rules, and then use our quick and easy online application system to register for the 2020 Fair.

Questions?  Send an email to

I show at over 20 Art Fairs a year up and down the East Coast and across Florida.

Have done the Sanibel Rotary Art show for 18 years and it’s consistently one of my top three shows of the year.

Well run, high quality, enthusiastic buyers, beautiful setting. They don’t come any better than this! What I wouldn’t give for a dozen more shows like this.

Tim Bailey