Village of the Arts

hello! since returning from visiting my parents, i have made it back into my studio and even created a few things, but this time, 'mums the word' until they reach their final destinations! : ) instead, i thought i would share a bit with you about my trip to Florida. Below, you'll see a lovely view of Ware's Creek in downtown Bradenton. I ventured here to this spot to look at a house for sale across the street from this creek, on my way to visit the Village of the Arts. This is a community of about 30 or so artists that live and/or work in a 42 acre area located near Ware's Creek, in downtown Bradenton. I had heard about this community and then read about it online, but i had never visited until last week. You can read more about it here. The businesses, studios and homes in this village are painted very colorfully and the people i met were friendly and welcoming. There are a few places for sale, so i made sure i took a peek!

The first place within the village that i stopped in to see was the Village Bookshop, which is for sale (8/09). I had read extensively about this building online, viewed photos, and even visited the blog of the shop's owner, poet Doug Knowlton. So it was a truly interesting experience to walk into his shop, recognize him from photos and then speak with him. Kind of like when you have a friend you have only known via email & photos, and then one day you meet in person! Doug was very friendly & helpful, giving me a tour of the rooms in his bookshop and the beautiful grounds with a separate artists studio. I also browsed the books and found a choice book of poems by various American poets which i bought. When I left, Doug gave me a volume of his own poetry. i later found he had inscribed a note to me on the inside cover. On a hot, off-season August day in Florida, Doug said i had made his day! (and he mine)

This is looking into what once was the kitchen, it could be returned to that . . . .

A photo of the separate studio out back . . .


The studio viewed from the other side, which is located in a beautiful, tropical garden . . .

A few more Village of the Arts photos . . .
Below is the work of sculptor Jo-Ellen Gorris. I met Jo-Ellen in her studio that day while she was painting one of her awesome pieces. Everyone i met made me feel so very welcome!

This was where i had a most wonderful salad for lunch - Bonni Bakes Edible Art! I hope to participate in Bonni's event, "Making Strides with ARTSY UNDIES" -A Breast Cancer Fundraiser, featuring uniquely decorated bras and panties! Out of town entries are welcome.




All in all, a great day! Although Steven & I don't know where we will end up living yet when we move to Bradenton, it is so great to get acquainted with this fabulous resource and community. I did look at a few other homes with my parent's friend and real estate agent, Bob Grant, mainly to just check things out. I did see one very interesting home. In fact, Bob said it was the most interesting home he had seen in 5 years -and he meant that in a good way! : )


We still have our home here in CT to sell and we are working on that . . . . so this home i like is simply bookmarked until then, if it lasts. My mom & dad were glad to see me and we had such a lovely visit. Dad is undergoing chemotherapy again for liver cancer at a lower dose this time, which is better - less problems for him. He was feeling well enough that we went out to dinner 3 times, I think! So for what he is going through, he is really doing okay -he is a very strong guy. The time i spent there whizzed right by. We talked, hung out, watched movies, and i swam and swam and swam, to my delight! : ) that's all for now, this is probably one of my longest posts I've ever written! xo lenna young andrews, august 28, 2009