Highlights from the Art Festival at Temple Beth-El 2016

My year of jewelry show tours has officially begun. Mid January found me at the American Made wholesale show at the Washington Convention Center, and just two weeks ago, I enjoyed my time as a vendor at the always incredible Art Festival at Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg, Florida.

It was such a pleasure to be invited back to this show. I’ve been twice before and between the warm weather of Florida, breath-taking exhibits, and crowds of interesting people, it’s always a good time. This show features some amazing high quality artwork, and this year was no exception.

When I arrived in St. Petersburg, I checked into The Hollander, a quaint boutique hotel not too far from Beach Drive. Every day I visited a beautiful park right by the ocean, where I ended up walking for about five miles along the waterfront.

There was also a fantastic Chihuly Collection that was also within walking distance of my hotel.

From there, I scoped out the selection of restaurants around the hotel. I really enjoyed The Canopy Rooftop Lounge for a few cocktails by the ocean—and of course O’Bistro for breakfast.

After that, I was in gluten-free heaven. Right next door to O’Bistro was Craft Kafé, which features all gluten-free, organic, and vegetarian foods. Even The Hollander has some of the best gluten-free pizza I’ve ever tasted. And they offer four different types of gluten-free desserts—not to mention some really good drinks.

Fueled by so much healthy food, I was more than ready to take on my days in the exhibit space.

The show itself was a ten out of ten. The halls were filled with all kinds of interesting sculptures and 2D art. 

Crowds browsing the art. Photo courtesy of Art Festival Beth-El Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/artfestivalbethel/

Crowds browsing the art. Photo courtesy of Art Festival Beth-El Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/artfestivalbethel/

Some large crowds passed through the exhibits, and my booth had a ton of traffic.

Sculptures on display. Photo courtesy of Art Festival Beth-El Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/artfestivalbethel/

Sculptures on display. Photo courtesy of Art Festival Beth-El Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/artfestivalbethel/

I made a new jewelry contact who wants to partner on some projects, which I’m really looking forward to. Also, two galleries in Florida will now be carrying some of my handmade jewelry. Look for LoriMeg Designs at SydEntel Galleries in Safety Harbor and Michele Tuegel Contemporary in St. Petersberg.

Showcasing my jewelry, surrounded by beautiful art. Photo courtesy of Art Festival Beth-El Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/artfestivalbethel/

Showcasing my jewelry, surrounded by beautiful art. Photo courtesy of Art Festival Beth-El Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/artfestivalbethel/

Overall, The Art Festival at Temple Bethel was a lovely show. I got to catch up with the ladies who run the event, including Barbara Sterensis, who was wearing the very first necklace she bought from me during my very first show! I love spending time with these ladies who were (and still are!) my biggest supporters. They were my very first customers, and they’re still finding new things to buy every year. I can’t even begin to express how appreciative I am for them and this show. I am already looking forward to the next time I’m invited to attend.

So, while the warm weather, incredible artwork, and familiar faces were nice to see, I do have to admit that I’m happy to be back home in the Baltimore area. I am busy gearing up for The American Craft Council Baltimore Show next week – see you there!

Lori Gottlieb