A rainy Saturday afternoon usually makes for a good day to visit an art gallery, and that’s what many in Bradenton did.
Toting umbrellas, streams of people walked in and out of galleries, shops and restaurants for the monthly Art Walk event in the Village of the Arts in Bradenton.
“It’s going great,” said Jean G. Farmer, owner and artist at the Fun Girl Art gallery.
Business had been exceptionally steady for the monthly art walk event, she said, especially for the month of July, when things in Bradenton typically slow down.
Farmer proudly showed some visitors a photo of a piece of artwork that had left one of the prominent walls of the gallery earlier that day.
“This piece just went to its forever home today,” Farmer said as one woman ooed in amazement.
The art piece features a mermaid, but as she pointed out, the image was covered in bottle caps coinciding with the colors of the painting. Farmer had actually sold the piece in March to a local couple, but their home was not ready. So, they asked if she would continue to display it, and Farmer gladly did.
Leaning against the same wall on Saturday afternoon was a canvas painting of an ocean wave, which Farmer had plans to cover in bottle caps also, she explained. In another room of the gallery, Farmer’s first bottle cap piece hung, “Brother Rob.” But that piece, depicting her brother-in-law, was not for sale. Instead, Farmer has plans to seal it so it can be hung outside for arriving patrons.
Business had been good on Friday night during Art Walk, Farmer said.
“Friday night is awesome, like a party, which is great,” she said.
Over at the Village Mystic, owner Dawn Collins said business had been extremely busy Friday night, staying open almost an hour later than scheduled.
“It was by far the latest art walk we’ve ever had, which for summer was pleasantly surprising,” Collins said.
And there was no sign of it slowing down on Saturday despite the summer showers.
“We’ve probably gone through 20 gemstone mining buckets,” Collins said.
Kaylyn Borg, 21, came into the shop to buy her fiance’s birthday gift and left with something that she knew would be better than anything bought at a mall. Her fiance had taken up meditation a year and a half ago, which inspired her to get him a more meaningful gift.
“We’ve never been here before, but a friend who meditates told me about it,” Borg said.
Since her fiance began practicing meditation, he has drastically changed for the better, she said. Three years ago, before their twin girls were born, she never could have pictured him meditating, she said.
“He’s a calmer person, more in-tuned with himself,” Borg said smiling.
She too is now beginning to practice meditation now.
“I will definitely be bringing him back here,” Borg said.