Call issued for ‘Seahorses’ artists

Turtles served as the theme for the inaugural public art project in 2015-16. - Joe Hendricks | Sun

The Bridge Street Merchants in Bradenton Beach are issuing a call to artists for the Third Annual Bridge Street Public Art Project, and this year’s theme is “Seahorses.”

Affiliated with the 11th annual artsHOP festival, the merchants’ public art project provides artistic folks an opportunity to create themed artwork to be displayed and bid on in early 2018.

As was the case for the Mermaids and Turtles art projects in previous years, the 2017-18 project is open to artists and art-lovers of all ages and skill levels who live on or off Anna Maria Island.

The plywood seahorse templates used to create the one-of-a-kind artworks will first be available for pickup at Sea-renity Beach Spa & Boutique during the artsHOP Art Walk on Saturday, Nov. 11, from noon to 5 p.m. Any remaining templates will be available afterwards in limited quantities.

The $30 template fee is refundable to those who later enter their completed seahorses in the walk-able art show in January. Completed seahorses are to be submitted by Jan. 11.

Island Lumber in Holmes Beach is again donating the plywood templates and the Anna Maria Island Sun is again serving as an art project sponsor. For more details, contact Amanda Escobio at 941-896-2222.