It's Friday Finds and I found the best Arts Festival in the country.
I toured a cool old house in Mobile Alabama last week and met a lady that tipped me off that the best arts festival in the southeast was happening in Pensacola the very next day. I still had another day and half to myself and I had considered driving the 60 miles to Pensacola just to say I'd been there and see a Florida beach. This was tempting enough to google about the show, and my mind was made up. It was outdoors and just two blocks from the beach. Another perk was an old cemetery just two blocks in the opposite direction.
The drive along the interstate proved gorgeous. Red and gold trees were scattered through out the pines along the way. I even pulled over a couple times. (I don't really recommend that on an Interstate Highway.)
I found some amazing food…. Shrimp on a stick, gumbo, calypso chicken, beans and rice, grits, fish tacos, deep fried bread pudding. A bakery served up the best looking baked goods. I stopped there first and before I left to get something to go.
The first artist to catch my attention was David Curles, who did mixed media. I studied each piece and he was happy to let me take a few photos. davidcurles.com He also does metalwork, images transfers on brass.
Another man who did mixed media. His pieces were quite large compared to the photograph beside them. They were all of real people from the area, extremely interesting work.
I also got more 'street' photography done there than anywhere else on my whole trip.
There were even beer and wine booths scattered throughout the festival. The men serving wore tuxedos in one both, very classy.
Some artists were working on their craft in one area. Metal work, spinning yarn, weaving, grinding grits (I'm not sure how that fit into the art thing…)
My best find of all was a leather journal made by Teresa Merriman of Mind's Eye Journals out of Colorado. I've actually written in it three times. (Journalling is so hard for me to stick with.)
I almost missed her booth but saw it on my way to the car, hands full of 'to go' pastries. My argument was that if spend this much money it will guilt me into writing or drawing in it. :)
Linking up with Kim for Friday Finds.