Amidst our weekend visitors, Bruce and I managed to steal a bit of time for ourselves to go support the 19th Annual Sarasota Festival of the Arts. Yup, we braved the bone chilling winds and temperatures to walk around the art booths. I am so glad we did! Not only did I get some much appreciated alone time with my husband, but we saw some wonderful art work. What I seemed to be most drawn to out of all the work was the whimsical and the witty... bright colors and a sense of joy and humor about the work.
Something that instantly made me giggle was this little guy (yes, he came home with me!)
He just looked like my artist muse/frog fairy begging to come home with me! I keep wanting to call him Wilbert, but I'm not sure yet... What do you think? The artist's name is Mary-Ann Collins, and she is based out of Raleigh, NC. The brightly colored, glow-in-the-dark frogs, lizards, blowfish and various bugs were just too fun to pass without going and saying hi! My mood was instantaneously 150% better. And I wasn't in a bad mood to begin with!
The second booth that I just couldn't resist was the Wonderful Wacky Women! If you go check out Suzy Toronto's fabulous work, you'll understand why. I just "had to" buy two of her "Wacky Women" for my girlfriends.
They are called "She who Has Arrived' and "She who Seeks a Better Way". All of these amazing women come with stories that make them even more fabulous. Suzy's work reminds me a bit of Brian Andreas' Story People. The styles are different, but the spirit is the same. Both inspire me to have more whimsy in my life. And both make me want to be creative myself. It's an on-going call of a tiny voice somewhere deep within me that is steadily getting louder...