The Hernando County arts scene just expanded--spilling out beautifully across the golden shores of Hernando Beach.
The Lazy Lizard Hernando Beach will host the Hernando Beach Art & Farmers Market, 3192 Shoal Line Blvd, Hernando Beach, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10. This outdoor Sunday Funday Market will feature more than 20 vendors who include artists, crafters, and farmers.
Their offerings are diverse, including live art (with plants and greenery included), resin art, metalwork, signage, portraits, wearable art, edible art, soaps, etc. Yet all of these fine goods, despite their diversity, share two vital links.
"All are handmade," said Nikki Hart, owner of The Lazy Lizard Hernando Beach Restaurant and Bar (https://www.facebook.com/thelazylizardhb/). "And all are locally made."
In opening The Lazy Lizard last year, Hart wanted to provide more than a spot for folks to dine and enjoy live music, but also supply a rare forum for the arts in Hernando Beach.
"I see so many art shows in Brooksville, but nothing in Hernando Beach," she said. "In addition to giving my business exposure, I wanted to give local artists exposure."
After debuting last month to great success, the Hernando Beach Art and Farmers Market is now conducted on the second Sunday of each month. Admission is free to the public, and no vendor set up fees are charged. Live music is performed, with Bruce Cole performing 2-6 p.m. Jan. 10. And the full Lazy Lizard food and drink menu is available for sale throughout the event.
"I am so thankful to The Lazy Lizard for allowing us the opportunity to share our work! Word of mouth, especially here in Florida, is imperative to the success of a small business!" said Jody Selch, owner of show exhibitor Dream Creations of Jody. "I just love to create! My heart and soul go into the things I create. I love being able to take someone’s ideas and make something for them that has special meaning."
Dream Creations of Jody offers handpainted hats, canvases, ornaments, jewelry, bags, fall decor, and more.
"I can’t thank The Lazy Lizard enough for this opportunity, as well as all the people that have come out to share in this awesome experience!" said Selch. "There have been some amazing artisans that have come to join us! I love being able to get special gifts for people that are handcrafted here in the USA!"
Paul V Karasiewicz agrees. He is the co-owner of market vendor Elsa's Special Treats, which produces mustard preserves, baked goods, and very special and wholesome doggie treats, agrees.
"Over the past year, we have all witnessed the shellacking small businesses and talented artists & craftspeople have taken. Some have struggled greatly to stay afloat, most have withered, crashed, and then burned. Most tragically is the loss of true local "flavor" for (for lack of a better word) with big box stores, internet, shopping, etc.," he said. "We as a community are suffering in ways that are hard to name. Ask yourself how fresh is fresh, why does it matter, how local is local, are we helping each other make ends meet, or are we helping someone far and away buy a third vacation home?"
"Are you on a first-name basis with your neighbor?" he asked. "How does he or she support their family? How do you make a difference? We believe that each of us needs to be the community we want to live in, so we produce local, eat local, shop local, and support small businesses."
Kimberly Dennis, the owner of KD Art Designs, sees the market as an enjoyable and beneficial experience for both artists and art enthusiasts.
"We have such a great community in Hernando Beach and Weeki Wachee," said Dennis, who specializes in the creation of paintings and murals, handcrafted farmhouse, vintage style wood signs, canvas paintings, and more. " The event at Lazy Lizard is a great way for residents to meet local artisans face to face. In addition, you can enjoy some great local food and listen to live music before or after you shop," said Dennis.
Julia Sietsema, owner of the market vendor J’s Sweet Tooth Confections also feels that the Hernando Beach Arts and Farmers Market is a well-timed and highly relevant happening.
"The show means a lot, not only to support local, get your name and what you do and love out there, but especially in these times," said Sietsema, who specializes in chocolate-dipped items and other sweets, and catering. "It opens up new avenues for continuous business, gets you out in the community, all while supporting one another. These times are tough, and it’s amazing to see people coming together and trying new things to make some success for themselves and others."
For more information about the Hernando Beach Art & Farmers Market, call 352-293-3307.