I am always up for a juried art show with free admission, so yesterday I attended Winterfest at Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island. Winterfest along the Gulf Coast does not require mittens, boots, or a heated indoor venue like art shows up north.
Instead I threw on my flip flops, splurged on a strawberry ice cream cone, and wandered around a lush park to check out the various booths. There were many to choose from: earthenware, silver and gold jewelry, ponchos that turned into scarves, wood working, oil paints, water colors, furniture, and more — all hand made by artisans both local and from as far away as Seattle.
Ray Figg from Punta Gorda sold me a beautiful hand-crafted cutting board which I will use as a Christmas gift. I purchased a hand-glazed mermaid tile from Carol Dean of Whidbey Island, Washington, and it’s hanging in my bathroom next to another piece by Dean purchased years ago in Seattle.
I tried on larimar necklaces, admired whimsical birds painted in a riot of reds and yellows, and sat in a comfy porch swing. It was a lovely way to while away a lazy afternoon and get started on my holiday shopping. Oh, and the extra vitamin D didn’t hurt one bit. 🙂
The Sarasota Spectator
Our Sarasota Spectator is Betsy Miller, a retired high school teacher and college professor. Originally from Columbus, Betsy has fallen in love with the Gulf Coast of Florida, especially Sarasota. Blogging about the area has been a creative outlet for the writer, opening up an avenue of exploration. You may find the bon vivant enjoying happy hour at a tiki bar, shopping on historic Main Street, or seated at a concert or show at a local theater. Chances are you also might find her buried in a book on one of our beautiful beaches. Asked to give one word about her feelings for Sarasota, Betsy replied, “Smitten.”