BRADENTON, FL—It’s that time of year again! Every third Saturday, from October to May, the downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market hosts Mainly Art, a showcase of local artists, artisans and craftspeople displaying and selling their creations, including paintings, jewelry, baskets, glassware, photography, painted furniture, woodworks, glass/plant hangings, children’s clothing and more. The event also features live music and “Art Of” demonstrations. This month’s Mainly Art is October 19, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Fourth Avenue West in downtown Bradenton. To learn more about Mainly Art, visit bradentonfarmersmarket.com.
“We’re very excited about this season’s line-up of artists, performers, and demonstrators,” says Peg Haynes, who coordinates Mainly Art through Realize Bradenton. “We’re offering a new initiative we’re calling the ‘Art Of’ series, which features an area-based expert demonstrating the art of how things are made and how they work.” Haynes says that the first demonstration, on October 19, will be The Art of Boat Building, with John Beale, the education and volunteer coordinator at the Florida Maritime Museum. Beale will demonstrate small boat building for people with very little experience working with basic tools. According to Beale, “the purpose of this demonstration is not to build people to build heirlooms of seasoned white oak and clenched copper rivets, but rather to serve as an entry to boatbuilding. The driving goal is to build skills, confidence, coordination and ultimately a boat of your very own.” The two following “Art Of” demonstrations feature Brandon Scott of Brandon Scott Artworks demonstrating the art of Da Vinci’s machines (November 16); and Joey Long of Keeton’s Office and Art Supplies demonstrating the art of gelli printing (December 21).
Haynes adds that award-winning percussionist Scott Blum will lend his unique sounds to the festivities at the October 19 Mainly Art event. Blum has performed with a wide range of artists, including Archie Shepp and Esteban. A Florida Teaching Artist for the Arts Alliance of Sarasota County, Blum also facilitates area workshops to “bring rhythm, drumming and movement to the community.”
Area artists and craftspeople are gearing up to meet the public and not only show off their creations but to show the thinking and passion behind it.
“A handmade object carries within it the energy of the maker and imprints a piece of the artist’s soul,” says Cheryl Hall of C-Shaw Designs. “When someone purchases a piece of my jewelry, I hope they find the joy and love put into each step of its creation. For me, Mainly Art is a way for me to share my soul-satisfying work with those who stop by my booth, even if they come just to browse or visit,”
For more information about Mainly Art or the Bradenton Farmers’ Market, visit www.bradentonfarmersmarket.com. Prospective vendors can apply by completing an online application form.
About the Bradenton Farmer’s Market
Supported by the Downtown Development Authority, the Bradenton Farmers’ Market features more than 40 vendors who offer locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, prepared foods, and the work of local artists and craftspeople. Live music, demonstrations by local chefs, and free family activities are also part of the fun. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parking is free and dogs on leashes are welcome. For more information, visit: www.bradentonfarmersmarket.com.
About Realize Bradenton
Realize Bradenton is a non-profit organization that builds community and promotes economic development through collaborative events, strategic partnerships, and interactive strategies. We help make downtown Bradenton one of the best riverfront communities in the country. For more information, visit: www.RealizeBradenton.com.