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Celebration Celebrates the Arts

Celebration, FL - Local artist showcases his work and technique at the Art & Wine Stroll (Photo by M. Rachlin)

Celebration, FL – Local artist showcases his work and technique at the Art & Wine Stroll
(Photo by M. Rachlin)

CELEBRATION, Florida – On Saturday May 11, 2013, the Artists of Celebration hosted their popular Art & Wine Stroll.  A casual and festive event where participating businesses offer their wines for purchase while patrons are invited to sip and enjoy perusing artists’ booths.  Live musical performances filled the air as artists warmly opened their spaces, inviting onlookers to watch as they created oil paintings, charcoal sketches, watercolor, jewelry, knitted textile and more.

Celebration, a town modeled right out of a Norman Rockwell painting, offers picturesque tree lined streets, pristine sidewalks, and well-manicured lawns. Its downtown district situated along a wide promenade circling a lake, offers quaint shops for every taste. In autumn, leaf-shaped confetti shoots out of the lamp posts on Market Street to simulate falling leaves. During the holiday season, suds pour out of the lamp posts to replicate snow while Christmas music streams from the sidewalks.

The Artists of Celebration is a Celebration community group formed by those with an appreciation for the arts.  Over the years the event has expanded to include a special kids area designated to promote creativity with hands-on projects.   Art students from Celebration High School have also been present to showcase their developing talent.

This is a wonderful and intimate event which is a favorite of the folks in Celebration. The Stroll offers a fun evening out for families while art truly brings people together. The affordably priced artwork is a bonus!” says Meryl Rachlin, President of Artists of Celebration and organizer of the Celebration Art & Wine Stroll.

All art on the premises is available for purchase as well as inquiries on commissions.  Proceeds flow back into the event in order to broaden its reach and participants.  Many regional artists have been able to reach customers they would not have been able to without events such as this.

For more information, on upcoming events, contact merylsmurals@comcast.net. or follow on Celebration’s events on Twitter @celebrationtown.

Celebration’s Art & Wine Stroll (Photos courtesy of M. Rachlin)

Native American Pow Wow Offers Hope – Sets Humanitarian Example for All

Grand entry dance by Native American at the annual Thunder On The Beach Pow Wow at Vero Beach Florida Photo by Alisande Caraballo

Grand entry dance by Native American at the annual Thunder On The Beach Pow Wow at Vero Beach Florida
Photo by Alisande Caraballo

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VERO BEACH, FL is home to the annual Thunder on the Beach Pow Wow where a number of Native American tribes come together to celebrate their heritage. Here people meet, dance, sing, socialize, and honor American Indian culture.  Thunder on the Beach’s President Jody Swiss and Vice President, Donna Chesser offer a unique perspective to the modern day Pow Wow.  Their mission: to educate future generations of this rich culture before it is lost forever.  They offer a place to share their stories, talent and crafts to the general public.

Melody Sauceda of Monarch Creations offers handmade works of silver, turquoise and other semi-precious stones.

Handmade Native American Jewelry by Melody Sauceda (Photo by Alisande Caraballo)

Handmade Native American Jewelry by Melody Sauceda (Photo by Alisande Caraballo)

Kim Cruickshank of Mermaid in the Mountains displays her handmade leather goods created in the rugged style of the old west.

Handmade leather bags, messenger bags and journals by Kim Cruickshank (Photo by Alisande Caraballo)

Handmade leather bags, messenger bags and journals by Kim Cruickshank (Photo by Alisande Caraballo)

Rodney Rose of Trail Seeker Jewelry exhibits his handmade pieces created from precious stones, silver and shells.

Handmade Native American Jewelry by Rodney Rose (Photo by Alisande Caraballo)

Handmade Native American Jewelry by Rodney Rose (Photo by Alisande Caraballo)

JJ Kent, guest performer and member of the Lakota Nation offers words of wisdom to all with the time to listen. Not willing to dwell in the past, many at Thunder Beach wish to teach a celebration of life and encourage tribal ties for all nations.

While there is no dispute the injustices inflicted on this great people they are still here – strong, patient and willing to educate those who will take a moment from their every day lives and appreciate what is around us, that more often than not, goes unnoticed.

 

 

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