Gulfport, FL: On Saturday, July 19, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm., visitors can meet and purchase the works of talented independent artisans, craftsmen, authors and entertainers, stretched over a half-mile up and down scenic Beach Boulevard.
The event features new artists every week and includes several different sculpture and paint mediums, jewelry, photography, fish rubbings, upcycled items, handmade/designed clothing and accessories, body products and more. Art Walk’s Collective Soulz component brings to Gulfport new and emerging artists, whose talents range from photography to pottery and from drawing to music, giving them the opportunity to see if they can succeed as a working artist at street fairs. You’ll find the collective Soulz Artists set up in front of the Historic Peninsula Inn and Spa. The Industrial Art Center of Gulfport offers step-by-step classes and instruction in specialized areas such as glass casting, glass fusing, sculptural welding and forged steel for students age 5-85.
Live musicians appear at several venues throughout the waterfront district, including the Double M Band, Henry Ashwood, Jay Pritchard, and Paul Anthony to name a few.
While browsing the art and craft booths, don’t miss Gulfport’s unique shops, boutiques and galleries and enjoy dinner at one of over a dozen fine restaurants within the area. This week’s “Meet the Artist” reception, at Domain Home Accessories will feature the newly arrived work of ceramic artist Peggy Wollins. Peggy Wollins creates whimsical fish, or more specifically, fish heads. From her Maymeep Studio in Centreville, Virginia, she depicts imaginary, one-of-a-kind marine life from clay. According to Wollins, “As a lifelong art junkie, doodler and animal lover my subject matter makes sense. I worked in the art gallery industry for ten years, stopping when I had kids. I started taking a pottery wheel class, and was quickly smitten.” Her pieces are wheel-thrown, then altered and augmented using found objects. She uses a variety of ceramic firing methods and also some post fired finishes, including hand applied gold, silver and copper leaf. Old typewriters, sewing machines, stereo components and other simple machinery yield a treasure trove of small components for the final quirky twist in each art work.
There is no admission fee for visitors and complimentary parking is available nearby with courtesy trolley rides available from off-site parking areas. Gulfport events are pet and family friendly. Experience a dining, shopping and cultural experience unlike any other. The event is located near the surrounding area of 3129 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707.