Old Homosassa Art and Farmers Market
Occasionally a little house on Yulee Drive in Old Homosassa shows up with a real estate sign and I point it out to Terry and tell him what a perfect place for my art gallery. I’ll paint it pink and put a big porch on the front with rocking chairs and there will be a little coffee shop with cake and muffins. A lovely garden with benches and bistro tables and twinkling lights will be in the back. I’ll work with local artists on consignment and on opening nights have some of my acoustic friends play music and we’ll serve wine and cheese.
Terry chuckles and rolls his eyes whenever I come up with these crazy ideas. I’ve had many of them, but this one is my favorite and I’ve been playing with it in my head since we moved here. But I’m pretty sure it’s not going to happen. First, I’m not an artist, I certainly don’t need a gallery for my nonexistent talent. Second, where am I getting all of that investment money? And third, do I really want to work that hard?
But a girl can dream. And wouldn’t it be great if Old Homosassa was known for its art colony rather than its scallops and bars?
Fortunately, we do have artist shops here in Old Homosassa and this Friday, March 2nd, is the 18th annual Luminary Art Night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. This year the walk includes the Olde Mill House Gallery with owner Jim Anderson, Pepper Creek Pottery with pottery artists Angela Davis and Martha Ann Brunsink, the Glass Garage with Louise Whitney, Lori Lenoir, and Alicia Lowe, and Riverworks Art Studio with copper artist Kevin Jenkins. Always a fun night in Old Homosassa!
But what I really want to tell you about is the upcoming Old Homosassa Art and Farmers Market.
Way back in October 2014 I first met Gil and Wendy Watson. I was writing for my own little blog, Just a Slice of Life in Perfect, and I stopped by their art gallery that had just opened that summer to see what I could see. Since then I’ve taken a few of their art classes and posted about them and their gallery numerous times. They recently moved to a new location so they would have more room for their 3-D painting and wood carving classes so will not be in the Luminary Night this year.
Gil and Wendy quickly became very valuable members of our community. Besides both being active members of the Homosassa Civic Club, Gil has done the artwork for the t-shirt and poster for the Homosassa Arts, Crafts, and Seafood Festival for the past three years. And not only for that event–he has also done the artwork for two of the t-shirts for the Old Homosassa Heritage Council and the posters for the Homosassa River Restoration Project.
When Gil and Wendy approached the Homosassa Civic Club with the idea of starting a Farmers Market in Old Homosassa, the board listened and thought it was a great idea. It would occur one Saturday every month and include fresh produce and cottage industry goods, plus local arts and crafts.
Now we have a date for the very first inaugural OLD HOMOSASSA ART AND FARMERS MARKET!
Starting April 7, 2018, the Old Homosassa Art and Farmers Market will take place the first Saturday of every month!!!!
The booth fee is only $20 in 2018 and the market will be held on the festival grounds of the Homosassa Civic Club–the same location that the Homosassa Arts, Crafts, and Seafood Festival is held the second weekend of November. The address is 5530 South Mason Creek Drive, Homosassa.
The first market day will coincide with the Second Annual Old Homosassa Community Day (which I will tell you more about in weeks to come!)
Applications for the market can be downloaded by clicking here!
Another fun event sponsored by the Homosassa Civic Club.