A drizzly day dampened attendance at this year’s Artwalk.
A number of artists bowed out to protect delicate artwork or because they were hesitant to travel to what might be a rained out event. Several dozen artists did attend. Some moved inside. Others braved the elements.
Most artists on site reported good sales. Painter Mershell Sherman said, although there were fewer shoppers, his sales had matched last year’s by early afternoon.
Phillip Campbell of The Fifth Digit pottery and copper said, “Just before it seems like its going to storm, People seem to go into a frenzy and start buying things as if they want to be sure they get what they want.”
Local creative icon Kristin Anderson displayed a stunning, new creation in the Grady Mart courtyard. Her massive necklace and four accompanying earrings in silver, enamel and precious stones, pays tribute to the four seasons and the changing aspects of day and night.
Some other Franklin County artists created lots of interest at the affair.
Katie McFarland worked on one of her whimsical ceramic murals throughout the afternoon.
The Bowery Gallery had a bevy of artists on hand.
LG Duniston of Lanark Village brought a gorgeous display of Gyotaku to Artwalk.
This is the ancient Japanese art of fish printing. Each print is taken from a dead fish that has been thoroughly washed with mild dish soap. Absorbent material is packed behind gills and inside the mouth. Then dry, high quality acrylic paint is applied directly to the surface of the fish. Special interest is devoted to preserving the personality of the specimen, and creating an image that will serve as an artifact. Finally, veil-thin rice paper or cotton canvas is laid across the fish, and the surface is delicately rubbed by hand. The result is wonderfully lifelike and stylized at the same time.
Joe Kotzman of Carrabelle displayed his fantastic watercolors, a rare treat. Kotzman has painted in both the United States and abroad. He said folk tales learned from his mother are the basis of much of his work. He is an active member and past president of the Carrabelle Artists Club.
Barbara Rosen of Alligator Point brought both visual and literary creations to the show.
She presented an assortment of pine needle baskets, many with ceramic or wooden bases and inserts but Rosen also brought along a half dozen short works of poetry on all manner of subjects. She distributed her wise little books to passersby asking only that they make a contribution to the Humane Society if they enjoyed her verse.
Another creative duo that has become a fixture of local art viewings is “The Fifth Digit,” Patti and Phillip Campbell. The duo displayed new works in ceramics, metal and found materials like seashells.
Phillip Campbell said, "It’s nice to have somebody to collaborate with. I engineer the stuff and she does the pottery.”
An interesting face that is new on the local horizon was Jennifer Odom of Live Oak Island near Crawfordville. Odom’s work consists of whimsical animals with large eyes reminiscent of religious icons. Odom said she left 20 years of residence in Santa Fe to experience the lifestyle of rural Florida and has found the change inspiring.