Gifford Lane: An Art Stroll That Actually Has Some Heart
Once a year, the thousands who flock to this sun-dappled corner of Coconut Grove gather at a street tented under a canopy of leaves for an experience that transports visitors to the old-fangled vibe the funky nabe was once famous for.
Now in its 14th edition, the spunky event will feature the arts and crafts of close to seventy area talents. And you won't have to deal with the elbowing hordes of Wynwood or the snippy Euro trash that can make the hoity toity December art fairs a drag.
Instead, the free hootenanny, taking place this Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. on the sleepy stretch of Gifford Lane between Oak and Day Avenues (3200 block), boasts a laid back bazaar environment featuring stuff you can actually afford.<
Collins says newbies to the Grove's "other art festival" can expect to encounter sculpture, portraits, sea and landscapes paintings, tile mosaics, large abstract works, photography, mixed media, jewelry, and "several art forms that as yet have no name."
Oh, and let's not forget Gifford Lane's famous Cucumber Punch that draws fans of the savory concoction to the cool little art party in droves.
"We are famous for the punch but also have live music nonstop all afternoon," chimes Collins. "This year our headliner is Josh Rowand, 'The Pit Bull of Blues,' the Sam Sims Trio and folk and rock tunesmiths, the Solar Dogs," Collins adds.
"The Art Stroll gives away all of the profit taken in from the sale of cucumber punch, broiled burgers, hot dogs, grilled shrimp, wonderful ribs and, of course, tons of art," Collins says. "Over the years, the Stroll has donated more than $40,000 to two Grove charities -- the St. Stephen's AIDS Ministry and the St. Alban's Child Enrichment Center in the Grove Village West."
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