You can thank the folks at the Historic Sanford Welcome Center for both of the parties that happen on the second Thursday and the fourth Friday of each month. Which explains why they’re a bit tuckered out and take a break over the summer from hosting Fourth Fridays.
For the season closer this week, the theme is “It’s All About People” and is traditionally their most popular show. The juried show draws a large crowd of art fans that spill into the streets hungry for more art and a good meal. Lucky for us, Sanford has plenty of both to offer.
While the crowds for Fourth Fridays haven’t yet rivaled the Alive After 5 attendance, it is steadily growing in popularity and appeal.
To piggyback on the Fourth Fridays event, several downtown merchants host the Sanford Art Walk. Seven venues host art events and stay open late, encouraging patrons to crisscross the cultural corridor and leave a little currency in their wake. It’s another example of how the arts stimulate the economy.
When the welcome center takes the summer off, the Sanford Art Walk continues. In 2010, the art walk occurred each month, re-scheduling for a different week when Christmas fell on the fourth Friday.
The ripple effect is getting bigger, as the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center now offers free family movies on the fourth Friday of the month. Do we live in a great town or what?
The welcome center Fourth Fridays is a free event that showcases local artists and features live music and light fare. It runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at 230 E. 1st St.
Sanford Art Walk
This month’s art walk is no pedestrian affair. It includes live models showing off wearable floral creations and a show whose subject matter might just get you arrested. Seven venues will offer fresh, original art along with opportunities to meet visiting artists.
All venues are within walking distance of one another and will be open late for patrons to stroll the downtown district and enjoy art and refreshments.
The Sanford Flower Shop, at 209 E. Commercial St., will feature the wearable floral art creations of designers Tim Donahoe and Jane Myers. A model will be strolling between the flower shop and the Welcome Center, showing off a collection of pieces. In addition, wildlife sculptor Johanna Drummond will share her original clay sculptures along with seven other artists. For more information, call 407-322-1822.
Jeanine Taylor Folk Art, at 211 E. 1st St., will feature new works by Georgia artist Ken Gentle, also known as “Blacktop.” He chose this moniker in reference to the tar that he layers underneath the painted surface. He draws his inspiration from his rural roots and the civil rights movement of the Deep South that he grew up witnessing. For more information, call 407-323-2774.
Gallery on First, at 211 E. 1st St., will host the 2nd Extreme Art Show, “100 4 $100.” The 10 studio artists have marshaled their talent for this highly anticipated event and will offer 100 pieces of art for $100 or less. A variety of media will be available from both emerging and established artists. For more information, call 407-323-2774.
Riverhouse Pottery and Art Center, at 118 S. Palmetto Ave., will be joining with Framing 508 Gallery and the Sanford Wine Company to create a “Piazza on Palmetto” with live artists’ demos and music. During the event, there will be selected one-of-a-kind jewelry on sale. For more information, call 407-323-9272.
Framing 508 Gallery, at 116 S. Palmetto Ave., will showcase the creative jewelry of “Parts of Art” by Sandy Walker and as always there will be delicious things to eat and drink including Alfredo’s famous Sangria Deliciosa. For more information, call 407-324-1577.
Art Affair Gallery, at 301 E. 1st St., will host a Bohemian Art Night and feature studio artists at work in front of the gallery. Fresh works of art will be available for the discerning buyer who has a slim budget. Sangria, fondue, and salsa are on the menu. For more information, call 407-466-6365.
Little fish HUGE pond, at 309 E. 1st St., will host “The 420 – 2 Show” featuring the art of Steve Robert and Earl Funk of Trinity Tattoo. Their art will shed some light on a subject that draws fire: marijuana. For more information, call 407-221-1499.
Return to the Ritz
Getting into the spirit of celebrating the arts, the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center will offer free family movies on the fourth Friday of the month.
This week’s movie is the musical “West Side Story,” and showtime is 8 p.m., so you have time to do the stroll before you buy your popcorn.
“We welcomed approximately 200 new faces to the theater for our inaugural movie last month. We are able to offer an opportunity to celebrate our history, while building new memories”, says Jo Alaniz, executive director. “It is so exciting to see the community coming together in celebration of friends, family and art.”
The theater is at 201 S. Magnolia Ave. For additional information, contact Jo Alaniz at 407-321-8111 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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