Saturday January 11, 2020 through Sunday January 12, 2020 Location:
Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce
1960 NE Jensen Beach Blvd, Jensen Beach, FL, 34957
Arts / Exhibits
The Jensen Beach Fine Art & Craft Show has been held for
more than a decade in Historic Downtown Jensen Beach,
Florida, and is the areas first fine art and craft show of the
new year. Over the years, the outdoor show has maintained
a popular authentic art show atmosphere that is warm and
friendly. Featuring unique art galleries, boutiques and fine
restaurants, Historic Downtown Jensen Beach is the ideal
place for one of the top local art shows of the season.
A Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce Event
In 1966, local art patron and Chamber of Commerce board
member, Dr. Richard Pennick, wanted to showcase local
artists by featuring them in a local art show. With the help of
the Chamber and local art advocates, they joined together to
make it happen. The first Festival of the Arts was held on the
Jensen Beach Causeway in March during the height of the
tourist season. The festival was a juried show and awarded
cash prizes. The event successfully continued until 1988.
The Festival of the Arts name was changed to the Sunshine
State Art & Craft Show in March 1989. The show continued
to be held in March. For the first time, the show invited fine
crafters to participate and display their hand-crafted artwork
including glass, photography, mixed media, textiles, jewelry
and much more. The show was also held on the Jensen
Beach Causeway. A highlight of the Sunshine State Art &
Craft Show was the flying of the Mount Rushmore American
Flag over the event in 1991.
The Sunshine State Art & Craft Show ended in 1994. For the
remainder of that decade, and until the Frank A. Wacha, Sr.
Bridge construction on the Jensen Beach Causeway was
completed in 2006, the Jensen Beach Art League organized
several local art shows. In the early 2000s, a South Florida
promotion company held an art show on Ricou Terrace in
downtown Jensen Beach.
Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce, President CEO,
Ronald Rose felt there was a need for the return of an
authentic art show to downtown Jensen Beach. The Jensen
Beach Fine Art & Craft Show first began in January 2007,
officially kicking off the local art show season.
Rose credits several artists from the Sebastian Riverfront
Fine Art & Music Festival in helping launch the rebirth of an
annual Jensen Beach outdoor fine art event.