The second annual Santa Monica Arts Festival will kick off at noon Friday, February 22nd, and run through Sunday, February 24th, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St.

The festival will feature 15,000 original works of fine art, sculpture, photography, contemporary crafts, woodwork, personal adornment, and fashion and accessories, according to show producer Warren Cook.

“A person can come down and find almost anything they want,” he says.

Cook also says that the show is juried and that from several hundred applicants, only 200 will appear at the festival.

Exhibitors are from the local area as well as from other parts of the country, including New York, Connecticut and Texas.

Cook adds that this event stands out from other Santa Monica art shows because artists and craftspeople are the exhibitors rather than galleries.

“[One] can come and actually talk to the painter, sculptor, ceramic maker, jeweler or the clothing maker that made the work,” he says. “That makes it a much closer, warmer experience.”

What’s more, the festival will include continuous musical entertainment with harpist Carol Tatum and jazz, blues and world music groups.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 seniors, and children under 12 are free. An on-line coupon for $1 off is also available.

Information, www.american artfestivals.com/.

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