Crowds Turn Out to View Gamut of Art, Stroll Lake Morton

“It sprinkled just slightly, enough to cool everything down just enough,” MayFaire coordinator Brenda Friedman said. “We had a big crowd. We could hardly drive through (on golf carts) most of the day.”

This year, MayFaire is showcasing nearly every facet of visual art in just about any medium imaginable, with everything from realism paintings to large-scale metal and wood sculpĀ­ture.

Sandy Horan, public relations and marketing manager for the sponsoring Polk Museum of Art, said this spread across the gamut results in part from MayFaire organizers switching up the application process, allowing artists to submit their work online for consideration.

This new process led to 300 submissions and an eventual 165 artists from across the country descending on the shores of Lake Morton to strut their stuff, many for the first time.

Zaki Knapp, who is originally from Belgium but now lives in Lehigh Acres, was among the first-timers.

Knapp said he

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