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Artists Say Coconut Grove Arts Festival Brings Largest Commission Of The Year

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Coconut Grove Arts Festival ended its three-day event Monday. The 52nd annual festival drew an estimated 100,000 people-- offering international art, plants and music. Some Florida artists say their displays here generate the top sales of the year for them. 

"So in Coconut Grove you're going to get a lot of artists who are going to congregate here during the winter because they cannot show anywhere else," said Michael Kuseske, a painter exhibiting from Royal Palm Beach. He's participated for about eight years. 

Doug Cavanah, a photographer from Auburndale, argees with Kuseske. 

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Doug Cavanah is a photographer from Auburndale, Fla. who shoots panoramic landscape photographs.

"I have a great following here,"  says Cavanah, a seven-year vet to the festival.  "This is typically my best show of the year, and it looks like it will be this year also." 

Kuseske, the painter, says he sold seven large pieces at last year's festival. 

"Last year was the top selling show of the year for me, and usually it's up near the top," he said. He goes to about 20 art shows a year-- 10 in Florida and 10 in the Midwest, he says.

Teri Causey is a mixed media artist from Fort Myers. This was her first time selling her work at the event. 

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Teri Causey, mixed media artist from Fort Myers, Fla., is a first-time exhibitor at this year's festival.

"Yesterday is the best one day I've ever had at an art show," she said about opening day on Saturday. "This is the the best show in Florida... and maybe in the country."

More than 100 artists from Florida displayed their pieces at this year’s festival.