Monday, April 23, 2018

Meet an artist while you shop Dunedin, a new makers market and USF’s plant festival

Shop and Stroll: Dunedin's Second Friday
To call downtown Dunedin charming is an understatement. The shops and galleries offer such a wide range of unique items, it's great that they have a monthly event where they stay open later and have special happenings. The Clay and Paper Gallery of Art uses this opportunity to feature different artists, and this Friday it's watercolorist Amanda Fullerton, whose art is pictured. Fullerton paints on Yupo, a slick, nonporous surface that allows her to build up the layers of paint, resulting in more intense pigments. Meet her and check out her work. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday. 362 Main St., Dunedin. claypaper.com.

The fox and Crow paper Co. will have their wares for sale at the Sudio@620's Makers Market. [Courtesy of Coralette Damme, marketing manager, Studio@620]
The fox and Crow paper Co. will have their wares for sale at the [email protected]’s Makers Market.
[Courtesy of Coralette Damme, marketing manager, [email protected]]
Sunny Days: Spring Makers Market
If you loved and miss the recently closed St. Petersburg boutique Strands of Sunshine, then you’ll definitely want to hit up the Spring Makers Market at [email protected] on Sunday. Many of the makers that were featured there will have goods for sale, as well as other local favorites. Or you might find a new vendor to become obsessed with. This market is presented by the St. Pete Craft Heroes, who bring the popular and fun Holizaar and Hauntizaar events to the studio.
While you’re there, also check out “Made in Florida,” a showcase of work from members of Florida Artists Group Area IV. Noon-4 p.m. Sunday. 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. thestudioat620.org.

Go Green: USF Spring Plant Festival
How could you not be inspired to get in your garden right now? The weather is gorgeous and so many plants are in bloom. Luckily the Spring Plant Festival returns to USF's Botanical Gardens this Saturday and Sunday. More than 70 growers and garden clubs offer an array of landscape and flowering plants, ground covers, herbs, easy-care native plants and, most importantly, advice. Kids will be entertained by a children's craft area. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa. $5; 12 and younger, and members, free. (813) 974-2329. gardens.usf.edu.

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