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Things To Do On Siesta Key

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Things To Do On Siesta Key! Siesta Key is an eight-mile-long barrier island off the coast of Sarasota, Florida,
that features a tropical atmosphere such as white sands, and several waterfront hotels, resorts and condos. Siesta Key is a wonderful find, such a great beach, great weather and wonderful people to meet.

Like most of the vacationers to the Key you will definitely want to check out the Siesta Key Beaches including the world famous Siesta Key Public Beach, rated as the 2nd best beach in all of Florida by cable-TV’s “The Travel Channel.” There are over 100 boutiques, A - Siesta Key Beach #1cafes, restaurants and bars in the Siesta Key Village. Siesta Key Village is not overly large to navigate by walking. It all lies within a 3 to 4 block area.

Types of Activities:

There are several water sports rental places, several boat tours and fishing charter businesses, Point of Rocks for shore shelling, scuba & snorkeling, gear rentals, kayaking & canoeing, parasailing & paragliding, dolphin & whale watching, fishing charters & tours, water skiing & jet skiing and much more.

Many activities in Siesta Key take place right on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Visitors can enjoy sunbathing, boating, sailing, beach volleyball, nature walks, swimming, cave exploring, watching street performers, bird watching and wildlife viewing. Siesta Key is home to several state-owned parks, and many offer beach access. These parks are idyllic destinations for picnicking, camping and hiking.

Events:

1_-_Siesta_Key_Farmers_Market_-_Village_CafeSiesta Key Farmers Market a best kept secret operates every Sunday morning in the Village. A great way to spend a vacation, seeing local artists and local businesses selling their products. It goes from 8am to 1pm  and most are closing up at 1pm so come early and hangout and listen to the live music!

A super way to spend Sunday morning! Have a tasty breakfast at one of the many restaurant choices in the village. Then visit the market before heading to the beach.

The market is located in the parking lot of the Davidson’s Pharmacy at the 5100 block of Ocean Blvd. The market includes many vendors such as fresh fruits and veggies by Yum Yum Tree, Fouta Spa towels, hand made pottery, Vinsoy hand made candles by Kim Johnson.

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In addition Tropical silk paintings by Rita Van Gorder, plant varieties of bromeliads by Jason Mellica, photography by Mike Lee Beck and renowned artist Lloyd Dobson Artist exhibiting tropical beach themed oil paintings with FREE shipping to the lower US 48 & Canada and many more vendors including live music.

After walking the beach come into the Village and check out some 1_-_the_hub_baja_grill_at_night_-_templateof the restaurants, bars and boutiques. One of my favorites is The Hub Baja Grill located at the stop sign. Pan-Latin fare & margaritas are the draws at this festive, tropical-themed eatery with live music.

Another favorite is The Cottage. The staff are friendly, you feel like 1_-_siesta_key_the_cottage_-_templatethey could be family. They have a couple of nice sitting options, I.e. front porch to watch the people walking by, inside if it’s too hot and the inner courtyard which has some great island music. The food is above average with some Asian and other influences. Great spot to meet folks.

If late night is your thing then The Beach Club is the place to go for late night dancing and socializing.

My Favorite Sunday “Funday” afternoon schedule is the following:

1) Breakfast sandwich from Alex’s Village Cafe booth at the Siesta Key Farmers Market.

2) Selling my paintings at the the Siesta Key Farmers Market.

3) Going to The Hub for a great lunch, island live music and adult beverages after leaving the Siesta Key Farmers Market.
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4) Late afternoon for reggae music by Desi Adams and great food at Gilligan Island Bar.1 - Desi Adams Playing At Gilligans

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Art On Siesta Key Florida

1_-_Siesta_Key_Farmers_Market_-_And_Additional_Vendors Art On Siesta Key, Florida by Lloyd Dobson Artist  is located on the beautiful west coast of Florida, Siesta Key is a little piece of paradise. Siesta Key is home to Sunny beaches with crystal-white, powdery sand that stretch for miles. Shops from the chic and elegant to the hip and funky with all sorts of fashion and a diverse collection of restaurants and eateries.

Every Sunday morning from 8am to 1pm you can find Lloyd 1_-_Siesta_Key_Farmers_Market_Booth_-_Me_PointingDobson’s tropical beach themed oil paintings at the Siesta Key Farmers Market located at 5104 Ocean Blvd in the Siesta Key Village. Lloyd ships FREE to the lower US 48 and Canada, which makes it convenient for the vacationers who want to have an original painting by a local artist hanging on their wall at home or office.

1_-_Siesta_Key_Farmers_Market_-_Crowds_If you are in the area February 25th and 26th, 2017, the 23rd Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival returns. You can take in the sand and the sea along Ocean Boulevard and Beach Road as you discover wonderful creations from more than 100 crafters exhibiting and selling their work in an outdoor gallery. From photography, paintings, sculpture, jewelry and more showcased from local and traveling crafters, your visit to Siesta Key is promised to be a feast for the senses. This spectacular weekend festival is not to be missed. The hours are 10am to 5pm both days.

Oil Paintings by Lloyd Dobson Artist. One of the most popular Art_-_#145516_-_Beach_Access_-_26x34themes for decorating a bedroom, den or bathroom is the beach. Because most people associate the surf, sand and sunshine with happy days, it’s a natural interior decor motif. Lloyd Dobson’s paintings hang in hundreds of private collections throughout the United States, Canada, the UK and Switzerland. If you have a favorite vacation, cruise or photo contact Lloyd Dobson Artist for a free quote and have him commissioned to recreate that memorable moment of joy and happiness. A PAINTING LAST FOREVER!

For additional information concerning Lloyd Dobson Artist you may visit www.LloydDobsonArtist.com where in addition to his gallery of available paintings you will find digital printed products of his paintings on items such as Gilcee, Canvas Prints, Prints, Shower Curtains, Throw Pillows, Coffee Mugs, Cell Phone Cases, Beach Towels, Tote Bags and much more.

Testimonials For Florida Artist Lloyd Dobson. Since moving to the Siesta Key – Sarasota, Florida area 10 years ago, Lloyd Dobson’s beach themed oil paintings hang in hundreds of homes and offices throughout the US, Canada,the UK and Switzerland. Collectors are talking about their experience with Lloyd Dobson Artist … take a look!

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Things To Do On Siesta Key Florida

a-siesta-key-signThings To Do On Siesta Key, Florida are plentiful. Siesta Key is a wonderful find, such a great beach, great weather and wonderful people to meet. The accommodations are wonderful and varied, you can find anything you are looking for from inner coastal rentals to beach side, at most price ranges.

You can walk for miles on the beach, check out the local restaurants and stores and enjoy awesome weather… a must visit.1_-_siesta_key_public_beach_-_template What a great beach! Soft sugar white sand and beautiful sunsets! Love walking here and you will have no problem biking with your beach cruisers! You can find quieter parts of this beach if you walk a bit further away from the main area where the shops and food stations are. Just take in the sea breeze!

There are several water sports rental places, several boat tours and fishing charter businesses, Point of Rocks for shore shelling, scuba & snorkeling, gear rentals, kayaking & canoeing, parasailing & paragliding, dolphin & whale watching, fishing charters & tours, water skiing & jet skiing and much more.

1_-_iesta_key_market__-_side_view_of_boothSiesta Key Farmers Market a best kept secret operates every Sunday morning in the Village. A great way to spend a vacation, seeing local artists and local businesses selling their products. It goes from 8am to 1pm  and most are closing up at 1:00pm so come early and hangout and listen to the live music!

A super way to spend Sunday morning! Have a tasty breakfast at one of the many restaurant choices in the village. Then visit the1_-_siesta_key_farmers_market_booth_-_me_pointing Siesta Key Farmers Market before heading to the beach.  A number of local artists display their work including renowned local artist Lloyd Dobson with his affordable beach themed Oil paintings, photography by Mike Lee Beck and his Siesta Images, shell art, ceramics, metal art, clothing, batik, candles, jewelry, plus fruits and vegetables and other food items. Health and beauty items as well. Again they have live music every week for your listening enjoyment. Its a great way to get in the local groove!

After walking the beach come into the Siesta Key Village and check out some 1_-_the_hub_baja_grill_at_night_-_templateof the restaurants, bars and boutiques. One of my favorites is The Hub Baja Grill located at the stop sign. Pan-Latin fare & margaritas are the draws at this festive, tropical-themed eatery with live music.

1_-_siesta_key_the_cottage_-_templateAnother favorite is The Cottage. The staff are friendly, you feel like they could be family. They have a couple of nice sitting options, I.e. front porch to watch the people walking by, inside if it’s too hot and the inner courtyard which has some great island music. The food is above average with some Asian and other influences. Great spot to meet folks.

My Favorite Sunday Funday afternoon restaurant pub on the Key for reggae music by Desi Adams and great food is Gilligan Island 1_-_siesta_key_gilligans_island_bar_-_templateBar.

You can find Lloyd Dobson Artist and his paintings every Sunday from 8am to 1pm at the Siesta Key Farmers Market in the Village at 5104 Ocean Blvd. Siesta Key, Florida. Come by and say hello.

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Art On Siesta Key

art_-_145516_-_beach_access_-_26x34 Art On Siesta Key by Lloyd Dobson Artist. Siesta Key  is located on the beautiful west coast of Florida, Siesta Key is a little piece of paradise. Siesta Key is home to Sunny beaches with crystal-white, powdery sand that stretch for miles. Shops from the chic and elegant to the hip and funky with all sorts of fashion and a diverse collection of restaurants and eateries.

Every Sunday morning from 8am to 1pm you can find Lloyd Dobson’s tropical beach themed oil paintings at the Siesta Key Farmers Market located at 5104 Ocean Blvd in the Siesta Key 1_-_siesta_key_farmers_market_booth_-_me_pointingVillage. Lloyd ships FREE to the lower US 48 and Canada, which makes it convenient for the vacationers who want to have an original painting by a local artist hanging on their wall at home or office.

If you are in the area February 25th and 26th, 2017, the 23rd Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival returns. You can take in the sand and the sea along Ocean Boulevard and Beach Road as you discover wonderful creations from more than 100 crafters exhibiting and selling their work in an outdoor gallery. From photography, paintings, sculpture, jewelry and more showcased from local and traveling crafters, your visit to Siesta Key is promised to be a feast for the senses. This spectacular weekend festival is not to be missed. The hours are 10am to 5pm both days.

Oil Paintings by Lloyd Dobson Artist. One of the most popular themes for decorating a bedroom, den or bathroom is the beach. Because most people associate the surf, sand and sunshine with happy days, it’s a natural as an interior decor motif. Lloyd Dobson’s paintings hang in hundreds of private collections throughout the United States, Canada, the UK and Switzerland.

If you have a favorite vacation, cruise or photo contact Lloyd Dobson Artist for a free quote and have him commissioned to recreate that memorable moment of joy and happiness.  A PAINTING LAST FOREVER!

In addition to Lloyd Dobson Artist gallery of available paintings you will find digital printed products of paintings on items such as Gilcee, Canvas Prints, Prints, Shower Curtains, Throw Pillows, Coffee Mugs, Cell Phone Cases, Beach Towels, Tote Bags, Weekender Bags, Apparel and much more.

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Talented Siesta Key – Sarasota Beach Artist

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Talented Siesta Key – Sarasota Beach Artist, Lloyd Dobson can help you beautify a room with affordable original beach theme oil paintings.

One of the most popular themes for decorating a bedroom, den or bathroom is the beach. Because most people associate the surf, sand and sunshine with happy days, it’s a natural as an interior decor motif.

No matter the room though, you should also consider adding beach-themed artwork. The pictures on your wall will be immediately visible to anyone entering the space and will set the tone for the decor.Art_-_#140116_-_Green_Lifeguard_On_SK_-_16x20

Beach artwork offers many fun and attractive options. If you’re decorating on a budget, you’ll want to shy away from original artwork in most cases, however Lloyd Dobson Artist paintings are at an affordable price. Authentic original is great, the cost often makes it impractical with some artwork. If you are on that tight budget, you might instead, consider reproductions of his original paintings available as high-quality prints, canvas prints and posters.

1_-_Why_Not_Siesta_Key_-_PrintThe key difference between original art and print reproductions is affordability. The gap between them can be significant in most cases. Whereas the sky is the limit on original art, most prints cost just $20-$40. For that price, you can probably afford more than one! Although Lloyd Dobson’s paintings are very affordable plus he ships free to the lower US 48 and Canada.

Why not an affordable original oil painting by Siesta Key – Sarasota artist Lloyd Dobson capturing Florida and Caribbean beach scenes? You can find Lloyd Dobson Artist on the island of Siesta Key, Florida every Sunday. Come by and say hello. It is a Sunday morning tradition since 2008 from 8am to 1pm, the Siesta Key Farmers Market located in the Siesta Village at 5104 Ocean Blvd.

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Affordable Oil Paintings With a Florida Beach Theme

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Affordable Oil Paintings With a Florida Beach Theme by Lloyd Dobson Artist.
Many people do not think of art when they think of Florida, but art exists, especially in the Siesta Key – Sarasota area. Anyone who visits this part of Florida can find plenty. A couple locations is the Siesta Key Farmers Market held every Sunday from 8:00am to 2:00pm and the Lakewood Ranch Farmers Market held the 4th Saturday of every month from 8:00am to 12:00noon.

Siesta Key Farmers Market - Lloyd Dobson Artist
Siesta Key Farmers Market – Lloyd Dobson Artist

Some of the art you can find are the vibrant beach scenes by Siesta Key – Sarasota artist Lloyd Dobson. Lloyd’s paintings help make art happy and fun for everyone. His paintings shine a spotlight on the beauty of God’s palette that he sees and he is always pushing himself to hone in and evolve his artistic skills to create art that is fresh, original and a

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genuine expression of his personal view and connection with his beautiful surroundings here in paradise.

While many people consider Florida for the beaches and the well known theme parks, others are discovering a more natural beauty on this Siesta Key island and surrounding Sarasota area. The island not only features the original art of Lloyd Dobson’s paintings at the Siesta Key Market, but also is a haven for those who are thinking of creating art. There is more than enough inspiring scenery on the island, especially with the wildlife refuge, to help any artist find their muse.

Make the most of the tropical and subtropical climates in Florida when taking an America holiday and visit either of these two locations Siesta Key or Sarasota, which are perfect for family vacations, breaks with a partner or trips with friends alike.

If you enjoy combining time on the beach with getting to know an area’s culture, taking a Sarasota holiday can deliver on both counts. Situated on Florida’s south-western coast, the city boasts award-winning beaches as well as an array of activities and attractions.

The striking location is a treat for the eyes with its lush greenery and coastal scenery. Here you’ll find all kinds of places to visit, from art galleries and museums to the theatre and golf courses.

Once you’ve made yourself at home in your accommodation, venture outdoors and explore the area. As well as sunbathing on the beach or taking a dip in the sea, you might enjoy shell collecting, bird watching or make use of the boating opportunities available.

The city of Sarasota is a haven for sea-inspired art, as you’ll notice when you catch sight of the lavender seashell-design Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Call in at the Dali Museum and pay a visit to the historic Ca d’Zan building, built by American circus owner John Ringling in the Mediterranean revival style.

If you enjoy music you’re sure to find something to your taste in Sarasota, which has its own blues society, concert band and jazz club.

But if you’re looking to kick back and relax, visit the many beaches in the city and enjoy whiling away the hours in the warm sun.

For additional information and Tropical Art In Florida paintings go to the following website of Lloyd Dobson Artist: http://www.LloydDobsonArtist.com

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Art In Florida

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Affordable Art in Florida can be found in some of the most unusual spots. Many people do not think of art when they think of Florida, but art exists, especially in the Siesta Key – Sarasota area. Anyone who visits this part of Florida can find plenty. A couple locations is the Siesta Key Farmers Market held every Sunday from 8:00am to 2:00pm and the Lakewood Ranch Farmers Market held the 4th Saturday of every month from 8:00am to 12:00noon.

Some of the art you can find are the vibrant beach scenes by Siesta Key – Sarasota artist Lloyd Dobson. Lloyd’s paintings help make art happy and fun for everyone. His paintings

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shine a spotlight on the beauty of God’s palette that he sees and he is always pushing himself to hone in and evolve his artistic skills to create art that is fresh, original and a genuine expression of his personal view and connection with his beautiful surroundings here in paradise.

While many people consider Florida for the beaches and the well known theme parks, others are discovering a more natural beauty on this Siesta Key island and surrounding Sarasota area. The island not only features the original art of Lloyd Dobson’s paintings at the Siesta Key Market, but also is a haven for those who are thinking of creating art. There is more than enough inspiring scenery on the island, especially with the wildlife refuge, to help any artist find their muse.

Make the most of the tropical and subtropical climates in Florida when taking an America holiday and visit either of these two locations Siesta Key or Sarasota, which are A - Siesta Key Beach #1perfect for family vacations, breaks with a partner or trips with friends alike.

If you enjoy combining time on the beach with getting to know an area’s culture, taking a Sarasota holiday can deliver on both counts. Situated on Florida’s south-western coast, the city boasts award-winning beaches as well as an array of activities and attractions.

The striking location is a treat for the eyes with its lush greenery and coastal scenery. Here you’ll find all kinds of places to visit, from art galleries and museums to the theater and golf courses.

Once you’ve made yourself at home in your accommodation, venture outdoors and explore the area. As well as sunbathing on the beach or taking a dip in the sea, you might enjoy shell collecting, bird watching or make use of the boating opportunities available.

The city of Sarasota is a haven for sea-inspired art, as you’ll notice when you catch sight of the lavender seashell-design Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Call in at the Dali Museum and pay a visit to the historic Ca d’Zan building, built by American circus owner John Ringling in the Mediterranean revival style.

If you enjoy music you’re sure to find something to your taste in Sarasota, which has its own blues society, concert band and jazz club.

But if you’re looking to kick back and relax, visit the many beaches in the city and enjoy whiling away the hours in the warm sun.

For additional information and pictures of Siesta Key – Sarasota artist Lloyd Dobson visit: www.LloydDobsonArtist.com

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Affordable Art To Decorate Your Home

Affordable Art  To Decorate Your Home  is easy. Decorating your new home with art doesn’t have to mean an expensive trip to your local gallery. Collecting art can be an expensive habit, but these days there are plenty of places to get amazing original art for a great price. Whether you like prints, fine art oil paintings or abstract collage, we’ve got a source for you.

The Siesta Key Farmers Market is a Sunday morning tradition sinceSiesta_Key_Farmers_Market_Sign 2008 from 8am to 2pm, the Siesta Key Farmers Market offers a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, fine art by artist Vanessa Simonard and Lloyd Dobson, Jamaican prepared foods and pastries, hot breakfast, organic green tea, local plants, Italian olive oils, artisan breads, organic skin care products, clothing, jewelry, photography, pottery, and live music.

For additional affordable art visit the following online website galleries:

www.LloydDobsonArtist.com

www.VanessaSarasota.blogspot.com

Below are some additional ideas. The key to decorating on a budget is to think laterally. This guide aims to give you some ideas.

1) Family Frame

Sometimes it helps to think outside the frame. We turned this divided Blog_-_Door_Family_Pictures_#1window into a frame perfectly scaled for over the sofa. Sand, prime, and repaint a salvage-yard window, then fit a precut mat and a favorite photo into each opening. Keep them in place with framer’s glazing points (find them at crafts stores). We added a vintage knob to give our new artwork old-fashioned character.

2) Curate Your Blooms

Blog_-_Curate_Your_Blooms_#2You’d be surprised how beautiful close-up photos of flowers can be–even the snapshots you take with your own digital camera. Take your favorite flower images to your local photo center. Have them enlarged to enhance the details, and ask that they be printed on canvas, rather than photo paper. Crisp white frames make these pretty petals pop, but you could simply stretch the canvases over frames for a modern edge.

3) Measure Up

You can scoop up old rulers–some with cool retro logos–for a few Blog_-_Measure_Up_#3bucks. These bird prints, cut from the pages of a dime-store book, match the old-fashioned vibe. We used wood glue to affix the rulers to cheap wooden frames. The rulers are applied differently on each frame to keep things interesting.

4) Magnetic Attraction

Blog_-_Magnetic_Attraction_#4A message center can be a lifesaver for on-the-go families. This project takes that concept a step further. Rather than one boring bulletin board, the entire wall is coated in four coats of magnetic primer and a top coat of yellow. This way the even the littlest members of the family can contribute artwork and special notes.

DIY Tip: We love this idea for a work space or crafts room, as well. Instead of an inspiration board for your latest projects, you could have an entire wall of inspiration!

5) Jewel Box

If jewelry looks dazzling on you, it makes sense that it could dress upBlog_-_Jewel_Box_#4 walls, too. We bought cheap thrift-store frames and backed them with fiberboard covered in pretty paper. We used old cabinet knobs and pushpins to hang necklaces and bracelets. For earrings, we secured two lengths of ribbon horizontally across a frame, using thumbtacks to reinforce it. Earrings dangle from the ribbon. Even brooches and pins have a home here. We backed one frame with corkboard, so pins slide in easily. No more digging through cluttered drawers for the pearls–it’s grab and go.

5) Natural Instincts

Blog_-_Natural_Instincts_#5These are not your 4-year-old’s sun-catchers. Our sophisticated project brings refined outside style to inside spaces. We plucked single leaves from a hosta, fern, caladium, and palm, then sandwiched them between framed panels of glass. (You can find the frames at crafts stores.) Cup hooks screw inconspicuously to the window trim, and the frames dangle from eye hooks via thin chains.

DIY Tip: Swap out the leaves every few weeks when they begin to brown. For a long-lasting display, use dried leaves coated with acrylic artist’s spray to prevent discoloration.

We invite you to stop by the Siesta Key Farmers Market and say hello or visit our website at www.SiestaKeyBlueWave.com for the latest happening on Siesta Key.

Siesta Key Art For Sale
Siesta Key Art For Sale

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Why Buy From Siesta Key Florida Artist?

Siesta Key Farmers Market 003Why Buy From Siesta Key Florida Artist?  Well for a couple of great reasons: For love and money!  Just because you can’t afford an original Monet or Picasso doesn’t mean you have to settle for bare walls or cheap reproductions. Local art is affordable, and you may be surprised by the wealth of talent that exists in your own city.

On Siesta Key, Florida it is a Sunday morning tradition since 2008 from 8am to 2pm, the Siesta Key Farmers Market offers a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, fine art by artist Vanessa Simonard and Lloyd Dobson, Jamaican prepared foods and pastries, hot breakfast, organic green tea, local plants, Italian olive oils, artisan breads, organic skin care products, clothing, jewelry, photography, pottery, and live music.

If you need a bit of encouragement, here are six reasons to “buy local”:

1)  Original works are alive

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Abandon Boat
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Direct from the artist’s hand, an original painting or sculpture may be more expensive than a copy, but it’s alive with the artist’s spirit and vision! Nothing mass produced by an anonymous person or machine can come close to the sense of vitality that emanates from an original work of art.

Why fill your home with machine-made kitsch when you can own original and affordable works of art created by respected local artists? If your budget is tight, you can ask the artist or gallery about leasing work, paying by layaway, or buying sketches rather than a fully finished work.

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Siesta Key Aqua
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by Vanessa Simonard

2)  Meet the artist

It’s rare that we ever get to meet the people who create the products we buy and use daily. Buying local—from food to wine to art—is popular for a range of economic and social reasons. When you buy from local artists, you can learn their backgrounds, follow their careers, and even arrange a studio visit to see where and how the magic happens. Sure, buying local helps the local economy, but more important, it builds relationships that can last a lifetime.

3)  Choose your scene

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Local artists often paint familiar scenes, capturing the beauty and uniqueness of neighborhoods, farms, and local rivers, lakes and mountains. Artists also accept commission work. If there’s a scene that holds particular fascination for you, or that relates to your life in a special way, ask a local artist to capture it on canvas.

4)  Enhance your well-being

Like meditation and yoga, art can be a relaxing and spiritual force in your life, whether you practice it or simple look at it. Surrounding yourself with local art that is unique and meaningful provides a sense of comfort you can’t find in commercially manufactured products.

5)  Become a collector

Have you ever collected coins or stamps? Most avid collectors are attracted by the beauty and rarity of these treasures. Original art work is unique—one of a kind. You’ll never walk into someone else’s home and see your art on their walls. True collectors buy art for love, not money. They take pleasure in being surrounded by beauty, knowing that there is special meaning in the art they have personally chosen or commissioned.

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Siesta Key Beach
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Since much local art is affordable and collectable, whether you collect by artist, genre, medium or style, you’re likely to find what you want right in your own backyard. If you’d like to start collecting art but aren’t sure how to judge “good” art from “bad” art, contact an art consultant or take a class to build your confidence. But remember, even the critics and historians don’t always agree on what’s good or bad art. Buy a piece of art because you love it, and let your own sensibility and intuition be the best guides.

6)  Art as an investment

If you agree with Andy Warhol that “Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art,” then you’re likely to focus on the investment potential of art. There’s no denying that some forms of art have become a commodity whose prices are dictated by dealers, auctions and market forces. The national and international art markets are generally geared toward works whose prices can range into the millions, whereas local art market prices usually run from $100 to $5000.

Siesta Key Farmers Market - Lloyd Dobson Artist
Siesta Key Farmers Market – Lloyd Dobson Artist

But, even if you believe that art should be primarily about investment, you can still benefit from buying local. Many local artists are early- to mid-career artists, which means their work is still affordable and will likely increase in value as their artistic skills mature. You have the advantage of buying these early works, and watching the artist’s reputation—and your investment—grow.

For additional information concerning artist Vanessa Simonard and Lloyd Dobson you may visit the following websites:

http://www.LloydDobsonArtist.com

http://www.SiestaKeyBlueWave.com

We also invite you to come by and see us every Sunday from 8:00am to 2:00pm at the Siesta Key Farmers Market located in the Siesta Key Village,

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