We're bringing back Jeanine's popular Folk Art Pumpkin Auction just in the nick of time for fall! Jeanine has invited folk artists to decorate non-perishable art pumpkins that will be available by silent auction on Saturday, October 15 during the Sanford Art Walk.
Each artist has decorated a pumpkin in their disctinctive style: Butch Anthony's features a pompadour portrait, Cornbread's has guinea hens, Melissa Menzer has a vampy Halloween Hottie, Jane Theis is all about the witches, and Laurie Popp has created a plush felted beauty.
In the main gallery, we'll set the mood of autumn with a multi-artist show featuring subject matter reflecting the turn of seasons.
Silent auction takes place on Saturday, Oct. 15 during Sanford Art Walk. Pumpkins will be on display starting at noon. Bidding commences at 5pm and closes at 8pm. Proceeds will be donated to Sanford's Folk Life Play, Celery Soup.
Folk Art in the Punkin Patch will run through October 30.
Self-taught artist Trent Manning will bring his provocative menagerie to the gallery for a brief pop-up show. Manning is a self-described “disillusioned cynic with an odd sense of humor who still clings tightly to his inner child.” His sculptures are assembled from cast off materials and found objects that find new life in his hands. With a twist of irony, his child like figures suggest both whimsy and edginess.
Opening reception: Saturday, Nov. 5, 6 – 8pm
Dive into an imaginative wonderland of one-of-a-kind art, gifts, and trees festooned with distinctive ornaments. Feel the retro flair as you walk and shop among the vignettes that harken back to the days of shirt-waist dresses and faux trees of sparkling aluminum. Small delights abound and the spirit is merry. Show runs through December 31, 2016.
Master Bearmaker Darlene Allen will showcase her new collection of exquisitely made bears and other furry friends. Using imported wool mohair, Allen fastidiously constructs articulated animals with lots of personality and dresses them for the holidays. Each one is an heirloom.
Florida folk artist Melissa Menzer puts a witty spin on the holidays with her antique assemblages made from clay and rescued vintage treasures. Her dazzling elegant birds are adorned with jewelry from days gone by. Mink fur hats on red-cheeked Santas and lots of baubles and bling will put you in the holiday mood. Her acrylic paintings in vintage frames will showcase the odd characters that populate her imagination.
Friday, December 2, 2016, 2-6pm and Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10am-4pm.