December Artwalk Features A Village Wonderland
It’s beginning to look a lot like wonderland in the Village of the Arts as the community prepares for December’s First Friday Artwalk weekend. This year’s holiday Artwalk is titled “A Village Wonderland”, and artists and merchants throughout the Village are busy working on their plans to celebrate the best of the season.
Galleries, shops and restaurants will be open for A Village Wonderland on Friday, December 1 from 6-9:30 pm and Saturday, December 2 from 11am-4pm. Santa will be on hand greeting visitors at The Village Mystic Friday evening. Luminaries will light the way at Divine Excess. Photo opportunities will abound at Firestone Gallery with a sleigh, seven festive Christmas trees, a Nutcracker collection, and Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
Visitors can enjoy live music with a range of musical sounds and styles. Two singing groups, the Bowery Boys Barbershop Quartet, and the Southeast High School Choral Group, will be strolling up and down the Village streets on Friday evening singing traditional holiday carols. No Pants Maurice, a rock band from Palmetto, will perform at Jerk Dog Records on Friday at 8pm. The sounds of the season also include the Salvation Army Kettle and Bell Ringers on Friday and Saturday at Alcover Massage, with donations benefiting Salvation Army programs.
Artists and authors will be on hand to debut new offerings and demonstrate their art in the galleries and studios throughout the weekend. You can bring your pet to the Dancing Crane Gallery on Friday from 5-9pm for pet sketches by Marie Garafano. Connie Buckler-Gill will be offering a new line of prayer beads at Studio C. Artist and author Frona Farrelly will be at Little Swamp Studio on Friday evening signing her children’s book, “The Story of Rocky and Salty Paws”. Divine Excess will host “A Down Home Southern Christmas with Grandma”, featuring new works by folk artist Missionary Mary Proctor. Tour the living space at the Dude and Mary’s Art of Life and Music on Saturday from 12-4 and get a glimpse of how artists live and work in the Village. Swing by 14th Avenue West Studio on Saturday to see metal artist Gene Tenery at work on outdoor metal sculptures (weather permitting).
Delicious eats and treats will be available throughout the Village at the restaurants and inside the galleries. Don’t miss the holiday selection of gluten-free sweets at Retrobaked on Friday, like the Peppermint Mocha Fudge cupcake pictured here. Or try the hand crafted ice cream at Atomic Cat. All the restaurants will be open and serving their award-winning fare on Friday and Saturday. As visitors explore the Village, they can also enjoy eggnog, cookies and other seasonal treats offered in individual galleries and shops.
A comprehensive list of activities can be found on the Village Wonderland event page.