A few blocks from Indian Mound Park we found the Artscape Sculpture Garden. It's a small park tucked into a quiet neighborhood, kinda quirky and very cool. Artscape Sculpture Garden is a joint effort by the artists of the Art Alliance of Lemon Bay and other community groups. Artscape Sculpture Garden is located at 460 W. Green Street in "old" Englewood, Florida.
Artscape Sculpture Garden
Jason & I are interested in all forms of artistic expression. Of course, not everything fits our personal taste and we don't always understand the message. (Abstract art is usually above my head.) This sculpture garden contained several interesting works but two pieces really spoke to us.
"Catch of the Day"
Created by Nichole Moranda
Catch of the Day - Crab traps filled with the garbage collected from the ocean. The majority is made of plastic. Some items were lost but most of it is discarded trash. This piece isn't pretty. There's nothing attractive about it but it does makes you think. Hopefully, it inspires people to clean up their act.
"A New Generation Races for the Surf"
Created by Sherry O'Connell
A New Generation Races for the Surf was my favorite piece. I love pottery and who doesn't love sea turtles? I really liked the informational panels around the bottom of the sculpture. Loggerhead Turtles are amazing creatures.
We left the sculpture garden & headed for Dearborn Street. There are several nice artsy-type shops on Dearborn. One had an art studio inside. We popped into all of the stores that were open & grabbed a great cup of joe at Culture Coffee. From there we wandered down the block to Rehab on Dearborn Vintage Gallery. Wow! Rehab is our kind of shop!
Rehab on Dearborn is a cool, funky shop filled to the brim with art, lawn decor, antiques, up cycled/recycled & salvaged treasures. The owners, Les & Teri, are super nice people. Cool & funky just like their shop. We had a nice conversation with them as we browsed. They relayed the background of the pieces that caught our eye and shared several interesting stories of their own.
Check out Teri's cool car! Yep, she drove it to work.
We visited Rehab on Dearborn twice and found things we'd missed the first time around. We left with treasures for ourselves & Grandma Pillywiggin both times. It's a good thing we had the big ol' Roadmaster Wagon! I bought a 3-1/2 foot tall hand-carved wooden statue, 2 metal signs and the fun mermaid prints below by artist Elizabeth James. Artists cards behind the matting say James was born in Poland in 1948 and currently resides in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
If you're in the area, stop in & browse Rehab on Dearborn and check out their Facebook page. Be sure mention the Pillywiggins sent you. Tell them we said hello. We'll be back to shop again next winter!
We'll be exploring the surrounding areas next so hop in & buckle up!
The ol' wagon is headed to Venice, Sanibel & Captiva Islands.
Greetings! My name is Julie. I'm a bookkeeper by trade, an artisan by choice & the author of this blog by default. :)