Free Summer Art Market returns to Englewood Art Center

“Turtle,” watercolor by Susan Soderquist COURTESY PHOTOS

Summer can be hot, but there’s an indoor, family-friendly event featuring cool artwork from local artists and artisans, artist demonstrations, live music, food trucks and activities for young and old.

The Englewood Art Center, a division of Ringling College of Art and Design, offers visitors and residents the opportunity to come out of the summer heat and enjoy the cool ambiance of original artworks created by nearly 20 artists from the region. The EAC Summer Art Market takes place on Friday July 15 and Saturday July 16 at the center’s Loranger Gallery, 350 S. McCall Road, Englewood. This free event showcases original artwork in a variety of media, including paintings, glass mosaics, ceramics, leatherwork, bone jewelry and sculpture. The two-day event also includes artist demonstrations, live music by the NeptuneZ, great food from the Smokin’ Pot food truck on Friday and the In A Pickle food truck on Saturday, and activities for young and old, including the creation of beach glass sun catchers.

In a Pickle food truck

In a Pickle food truck

According to Samantha Parkinson, Director of EAC, her team is looking forward to bringing the art market back to the community after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. “There has been a huge influx of people, especially artists, into the area over the past two years,” says Parkinson. “This event offers residents and visitors a chance to see great art and meet local artists – and it gives local artists the opportunity to exhibit over the summer.”

The EAC offers exhibitions, courses and special events. In addition to four exhibit galleries, the center houses two well-equipped 2D studio classrooms, a pottery studio, a digital media studio and a lending library.

The center also offers a variety of art classes during the summer months for children and adults. For more information or to register, visit www.ringling.edu/ EAC or call 941-474-5548.

For 89 years, Ringling College of Art and Design has cultivated creative spirit in students around the world. The private, non-profit, fully accredited college offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 11 disciplines, a Bachelor of Arts in two. The college’s rigorous curriculum uses the studio teaching model and immediately engages students through a comprehensive first-year curriculum that is both specific to the major of study and focused on the liberal arts. Ringling College’s teaching model ultimately molds students into highly employable, globally aware artists and designers.

Bone Botic

Bone Botic

For more information, see www.ringling.edu. ¦

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