The Venice Art Walk, birthed in Collectors’ Gallery and Framery in downtown Venice, began a third successful season on January 5th according to Leah Sherman, proprietor of Collectors’ Gallery & Framery.

Sherman attributes the success of the Venice Art Walk to the entire community that comes together for the event. Ten local galleries and artists participated this year including Clyde Butcher Venice Gallery, Island Abstracts, Karen Ann Hitt, Venice Art Center, Stillpoint Studio, Tangi & Jess, Grey Fox Gallery, Nautical Sand Sculptures, and Mary Erickson Fine Paintings.

Sherman attributes her own Gallery’s successful 2018 debut to the support provided by so many.  “The entrepreneurial axiom, ‘customers are golden and should be treated as such’, is true says Sherman but adds that the Gallery’s customers, friends and family are a special kind of “GOLD” due to their commitment and contributions to the Gallery.

Family members and friends “catered” the first event, making and serving many tasty munchies and beverages for Gallery visitors to enjoy. Different regional artists are featured in Collectors’ Gallery each month and are frequently hosted while in Venice by Gallery patrons.

Especially generous in welcoming visiting artists into their Venice homes during Art Walk have been Bea Holt and Larry and Tracy Ivey who will host Mai Yap for the upcoming February 1 Art Walk. “There are already collectors of Mai’s work in Venice and there is no doubt that her appearance this season will garner her many more”, according to Sherman.

The March 1 Art Walk will find the work of the Florida Highwaymen featured in Collectors’ Gallery.  “The art of generous local collectors will be on loan to the Gallery and displayed during the Art Walk,” says Sherman.

On April 5, the last Art Walk for the season Collectors’ Gallery will feature the work of local artist, Deb Wicks whose expressive, contemporary style is refreshing and a crowd pleaser!

The Venice Art Walk is held on the first Thursday of each month, January through April.

Below are featured two paintings by Yap.  (top) Meditations #40, Palette Knife oil on Canvas and (bottom) Cloudscape #36, Palette Knife oil on Canvas