SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
From left, John Sargent and Amy Betz are artists in
residence and Susan Street is the owner of The Salamagundi.
By Louise Bolger
sun staff writer
Do you have The Salmagundi spirit? You do if you have
a creative nature, enjoy art, literature, performing arts,
are spontaneous and have an interest in community-related
endeavors. If this sounds like you, a visit to The Salmagundi
should be at the top of your list.
The Salmagundi is one of the distinctive art galleries
that have bloomed in downtown Bradentons Village
of the Arts. Started a year ago by Susan Street, her mission
was to bring together an eclectic mix of artists for the
purpose of displaying their works, performing their artistry
and meshing with the community. In fact, the name Salmagundi
translates to "what you got stew," a pirate
word for a mixture of food.
Susans parents, Fred and Ruth Hess, owned two Village
of the Arts bungalows built in the early 1920s. One is
now home to The Salmagundi and the one next door is in
the process of being converted into another gallery and
artist residence. The adjoining property has an outdoor
stage, primarily for musical performances as well as comedy
shows, poetry readings, plays and just great get togethers.
Susan Streets concept is to create an art compound
for both artists and art lovers to enjoy.
Amy Betz and John Sargent are the artists-in-residence
at The Salmagundi, where their art as well as other artists
works are on display. The Salmagundi offers leased gallery
space without additional commission to artists with The
Salmagundi spirit who want to participate in a variety
of Village of the Arts events.
Street, Betz and Sargent encourage a diverse blend of
art disciplines and feature artists who work with acrylics,
ceramics, glass, pastels, soapstone, driftwood, oils,
conte pencil and pen and ink sketches, design jewelry
and create pregnancy life casts and life masks. Some of
the artists affiliated with The Salmagundi, in addition
to Betz and Saregent, are Robin Ann Allee, Richard Thompson,
Stan Terryll, Geneva B. Sims and Anne Stiles.
Village of the Arts Artwalks, sponsored by the Artist
Guild of Manatee County, are the first weekend of every
month, and October 6th will be a gala Artwalk opening
the new season. You can stroll through the streets of
the village, and visit the galleries and businesses displaying
the works of well over 100 artists. Also, watch for announcements
from The Salmagundi with their expanded hours for the
fall season as well as more musical and literary events
at their location.
We should all consider ourselves lucky to have access
to a community encouraging and promoting all nature of
artistic accomplishments. The Salmagundi and its advocate
Susan Street has helped to create an "artist stew"
for the betterment of everyone in Manatee County. Stop
in and taste the stew at The Salmagundi for a truly unique
The Salamagundi (pronunciation: salmu-gunde)
Village of the Arts
1003 12th St. W.
Open Friday and Saturday
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Artwalks and by appointment