Mayfaire-by-the-Lake is an outdoor art festival held annually on Mother’s Day weekend on the shores of Lake Morton in Lakeland, Florida. It began as a small crafts festival in 1972, sponsored by the Polk Museum of Art and held on the lawn of the Lakeland Public Library. The first Mayfaire attracted fewer than 30 artists, all of whom fit comfortably on the Library lawn facing Lake Morton.
Now more than 160 artists display their works along Lake Morton Drive at what is one of larges outdoor art festivals in Central Florida. It attracts some 75,000 visitors during its two day run. And though it is still sponsored by the Polk Museum, it has also attracted considerable corporate sponsorship to assist in defraying the costs of running a major art festival.
Every year about a month before Mayfaire begins, colorful posters heralding its arrival begin to appear at locations all over the city. The posters often include examples of the art work to be displayed. We have scanned a small sample of those posters for your enjoyment.