The company that brings seasonal farmers’ markets to Sanibel and Captiva, as well as others to Lee County, will host its first seasonal art-focused event for the islands this week.
Organized by Local Roots, co-owned by islanders Jean Baer and Betsy Ventura, the Captiva Holiday Art and Food Walk will be held on December 31 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the entrance to the South Seas Island Resort. The event will feature an array of local artisans and craftspeople, along with their products.
This is the fourth season that they will host two of the art-centric events.
“We do it for artists and craftspeople – we try to focus more on them” Ventura said, adding that the events provide another venue for participating vendors to sell their work to the community.
“The farmers’ market is more food-oriented with a few crafts, while the art exhibit is more art-oriented with a few food vendors,” she said. âThe art exhibition only takes place twice a season, compared to the weekly farmers market. “
Like the market, the art walk will be open to the public.
“There will probably be 30 sellers” Ventura said.
Participants will find watercolor artists and furniture painters, jewelers and a candle maker.
âWe have hand-woven napkins, and we also have hats from Madagascar. We have handmade Columbia bags â, she said. “And these are all made by the artists who will be there.”
Some of the vendors will include A Work of Heart, Donna Elias Studios, Holi Cow, Linnell Line Jewelry, Lula, Madagascar Hats, Pepper Street Studio, Southern Conch Designs, and The Fouta Spa.
The event will also feature food artisans and ready-to-eat meals.
Ventura noted that there will be Mediterranean and Greek, barbecue and more.
Some vendors will include Daily Delice, Dream Earth Bowls, Dynasty Guacamole, Flying Eagle Kombucha, Molly Malone Seafood, My Exotic Fruit, Painted Lady Desserts, The Licorice Guy, and Twila Mae’s Chicken Salad.
The event accepts pets, so owners are encouraged to bring them.
Limited parking is available on site.
“We encourage people to drive a golf cart, walk or cycle if they are in the area,” she said.
The public is invited to stop by and discover it.
“To be able to support local purchasing and to be able to buy a unique gift that is not mass produced”, Ventura said. âYou buy directly from the person who actually makes it. “
The second Captiva Holiday Art and Food Walk will take place on April 15th.
The Captiva Island Farmers’ Market is held Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the resort.
For more information, visit buylocallee.com.
The South Seas Island Resort is located at 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva.
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Captiva Art and Food Walk
Dec 31 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
South Seas Island Resort, 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva
Free and open to the community