Sarasota Architectural Salvage

Yesterday afternoon we had errands to run and one of our stops was Sarasota Architectural Salvage. This is one of my favorite places to look for treasure (it’s one of those “ultimate shopping experience” kind of places – everything is cool), and I’ve included photos of the things we found yesterday. I was especially excited to find the drawers (pictured above) and can’t wait to use them to create art. The oversized numbers will probably also be used for art. The other things we found were simply too cool to leave behind – they had to come home with us.

Jesse, the owner of the business, and his awesome crew have created a truly amazing space filled with everything you can imagine. And they are not only a really great group of guys doing really great business, they also host multiple charity events throughout the busy time of the year and do a lot for our community. In my opinion, you can’t ask for a better combination. So if you are in the Sarasota area and have not been to this cool place, you MUST go… And if you have been to SAS, make sure you go again – there is always something new to see.

Sarasota Architectural Salvage is located at 1093 Central Avenue, Sarasota, FL. Check out their website for hours, photos and more information.

Paying Attention

Today I’ve been working on a new piece of art for my next art show. I had to cut a wood back for the piece so I had been outside… I had to come in the house for something in my studio and walked by this little vintage window. For some reason I felt compelled to stop and look at it – I guess it sort of spoke to me. In that moment I knew I needed to cut a wood back for the window as well.

I’ve had this window for a really long time, not knowing what to do with it. But I liked it so much I knew I had to hang on to it. I’m glad I did, and I’m glad I paid attention to it when it spoke. Although I don’t know exactly what its complete evolution will be, I do know it will become a new piece of art that will go to my next show…

 

Mother Nature

I am fascinated by weather. So when I saw these dark, heavy clouds hanging across the bay over Longboat Key as I was driving home, I had to pull over and take a couple of photos… You just never know what Mother Nature is going to dish out (my theory is that weather really cannot be predicted), and this weekend Florida is in a “wait and see” weather mode. Nothing like a good tropical system to start the summer off right! At the very least it should be a nice rainy weekend which I love (although I’m hoping we’ll do without flooding or power outages). Mostly it feels like a great time to stay in and work on art… Hope everyone stays safe and enjoys this weekend as much as I will!!

Folkfest St. Pete 2012 Confirmed!

I’m happy to say that I’ll be participating in Folkfest again this year. I’ve participated in this show since it began in 2007, and, thanks to the wonderful crew at Creative Clay, it just keeps getting better and better! I love this show – it is always an amazing weekend filled with good art, good music and good people.

Folkfest St. Pete 2012 is Creative Clay’s 6th annual folk art and music festival and will be held on October 6 & 7. The location is in downtown St. Pete on Central Avenue between 11th and 13th Streets North in front of Creative Clay Cultural Arts Center. The expressed mission of the festival is to draw as many people to Creative Clay’s front door step as possible to bring exposure and awareness to 16 years of creativity, passion and art-making at their center. Creative Clay receives all proceeds from the festival to assist the organization in serving hundreds of community members with a variety of obstacles to accessing the arts.

Mark your calendars now and watch for more details!!

For more information about Creative Clay, www.creativeclay.org