Art lives on in the heat of summer

Art lives on in the heat of summer
Adina and Lida Dicus at Restless Natives sold pottery that buyers colored in front of the store. - Tom Vaught | Sun

On the heels of the Fourth of July’s fireworks, Holmes Beach’s art community proved Friday that they could draw a crowd with an out-of-season Art Walk.

With Hurricane Barry bearing down on Louisiana and warm humid weather on Anna Maria Island, three of the seven regular art outlets opened their doors and soon their stores were bustling with people.

Art Walks are normally held the second Fridays of the month from January through April, but in May the Artist’s Guild of Anna Maria Island announced it would continue the walks through the summer and other participants were invited to join in. Island Gallery West and Restless Natives joined in.

Art Walk Island Gallery West
Island Gallery West drew a good crowd as the customers had an opportunity to speak to the gallery’s artist of the month, Patrick O’Neill. – Tom Vaught | Sun

Lyda Dicus of Restless Natives decided to take it a step further, putting tables and chairs out front so people could paint pottery and there were a lot of promising artists participating.

“I think it’s a success because it got a lot of people out participating,” she said. “I think I’m going to do it again at the next Art Walk.”

If the event continues to draw large numbers of interested people the Art Walks might become a year ‘round event.

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