It’s Fall y’all! And we’re hoping that the temps drop a few degrees for this month’s Sanford Art Walk. If it’s true that “Autumn paints in colors that Summer has never seen” then we are 100% ready for a change of season!
On the third Saturday of every month, the brick lined streets of Historic Downtown Sanford are humming with art lovers, date-nighters, families, pooches, and foodies. It’s a recurring event (and free!) that falls on the same night as the Food Truck Fiesta, so you can fuel up before you ramble. Art Walk is from 6 to 9pm and the food trucks are set up from 5 to 8pm at the corner of Palmetto and 2nd Street.
Here’s what’s in store for you October 20:
At Jeanine Taylor Folk Art, you’ll be able to visit the Rise and Fly show with wood carvings by LaVon Williams, Jr. If you missed the opening reception last month, your second chance awaits. His scenes of jazz club dancers, lively musicians, and athletic basketball players are full of energy and stories.
If you’re a fan of the Bob Ross painting method (think happy little trees), you’ll enjoy meeting David Brancato at Gallery on First. He is a certified Bob Ross landscape painting instructor. Stop by Studio 4 and enjoy David’s incredible attention to detail in his wet-in-wet oil paintings.
Across the street, visit the Arts Courtyard at The Welcome Center and you’ll have to watch your step – the place will be full of pumpkins for the Sanford Pumpkin Fest and 2nd Annual Children’s Craft and Fall Festival. The family can groove to the spooky tunes of Dr. FrankenDJ, MD, while the kids enjoy a variety of crafts, pumpkin painting and a face painter. You can pick the perfect pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. It’s free to attend, with hands on activities ranging from $1.00 to $3.00 with pumpkins priced by size. Come pick up your Halloween pumpkins while your kids enjoy the arts, crafts and fun!
Continue your stroll down First Street to the Albritton Gallery where owners Garry and Margaret will welcome you into their world of tropical whimsy. Located at 104 East First Street, the gallery is also an active studio for Margaret, so you may catch her red-handed as she creates hand colored etchings, silk paintings, or designs computer graphics. Garry adds clay work, acrylic paintings and diva flamingos to the mix. All of his work is whimsical and fun.
Looking ahead, I invite you to save a chunk of your calendar in November for our town wide celebration of Small Business Saturday on November 24. We’ll kick off the morning with a complimentary breakfast and end the day with a raffle for a swag bag full of goodies. When you visit Historic Downtown Sanford, you won’t see a chain store. You’ll see plenty of hardworking visionaries who are creating a destination district for shopping, dining, and entertainment.
Our thriving small businesses are waiting to welcome you. Join us!