During the summer months, when the Welcome Center takes a break from their Fourth Fridays Celebration of the Arts, the downtown merchants continue to host the Art Walk. With great places to eat and a variety of live music gigs on tap at nearby establishments, there are plenty of reasons to get out and perambulate in the cultural corridor.
The lineup this month includes a feast for the senses, from fused glass to salvaged wood assemblages, and a series of paintings inspired by a dear friend whose life was cut short. Following is a list of what’s happening where.
little fish HUGE pond, at 309 E. 1st St., will present a rare glimpse of an artist’s vision in progress. Resident artist Liz Watkins shares her latest project, “An Illustrated Narrative.” The paintings in this collection each come with a brief story inspired by the artist reacting to her own unfolding work, and with surprising results. For more information, call 407-221-1499.
Jeanine Taylor Folk Art, at 211 E. 1st St., will feature new works by Tennessee native and Sanford transplant, Ab the Flagman. He constructs flags and other enduring American patriotic symbols from salvaged wood. Meet Ab in person and find out the surprising way he got his start as a folk artist. For more information, call 407-323-2774.
Gallery on First, at 211 E. 1st St., will feature studio artist Stan Surman, a self-taught artist who specializes in commissioned portraits. With painstaking detail, he also creates breathtaking waterscapes and landscapes. For more information, call 407-323-2774.
Art Affair Gallery, at 301 E. 1st St., will present “Entwinings,” a solo exhibition of new works by Ronda Richley, proprietor and curator of the gallery. This is a personal show that includes the Angel series, inspired by gallery assistant and closest friend, the late Jackie Miller, whose spirit remains entwined around those she touched. For more information, call 407-466-6365.
Riverhouse Pottery and Art Center, at 118 S. Palmetto Ave., will be featuring glass artist Marilyn Catlow. Her new series of “coral reefs” are colorful 3D sculptures in fused glass. Stop into Riverhouse and cool off with a summer treat! For more information, call 407-323-9272.
Framing 508 Gallery, at 116 S. Palmetto Ave., will join their neighbors to create Sanford’s own “Piazza on Palmetto” with artists demonstrating their talents in paint, clay and music. Framing 508 Gallery will be in full bloom with “A Garden of Art” and as always there will be Alfredo’s famous sangria. For more information, call 407-324-1577.
The Sanford Flower Shop, at 209 E. Commercial St., will feature work by Teresa Campbell of Souls Edge Artistic Creations. Her wreaths, birds’ nests, crosses, signs, magnets, wall hangings and paintings are mostly organic materials. Eight other artists will also have work on view and refreshments will be served. For more information, call 407-322-1822.
Return to Ritz Movie Night
For a little family fun on Art Walk night, head to the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center for a free movie. Yes, free! You don't hear that often, so please show your support for a local legend – The Ritz has been around since 1923.
This Friday’s movie “Despicable Me” is an animated feature that is voiced by an all-star cast including Steve Carell and Julie Andrews. It’s a blockbuster hit that tells the story of a criminal mastermind who uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme. As the story unfolds, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better.
If you’re due for a little PG entertainment and you don’t want to pay mega-theater prices, like $6 for a miniscule bag of popcorn, then head to Magnolia and 2nd for a night of hometown fun.
Parking is a bit tricky with the road-improvement project, so allow some walking time in your schedule. The show starts at 8 p.m and concessions will be available. The theater is at 201 S. Magnolia Ave.
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