It Takes A Village…

Help them build the dream…

Todd and Kiaralinda want to infuse our community with more artistic expression. They had a vision of a place where people could get immerse in the creative process, whether it be art, spoken word, music…any medium that gets the imagination running amok. That’s what SHAMc– which stands for Safety Harbor Art & Music Center–is all about. They entered and won a $50,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Program along with a $55,000 anonymous donation to get this building started however, more is needed to to complete the future SHAMc.

So, this whimsical couple came up with a most brilliant idea to raise more money for this endevor. HELP “PICKET” THE SHAMc is the name…using the “F” word…FENCING–FUNDRAISING–FUN is the game.

Here’s how this works…purchase panels…put some paint clothes on and…EXPRESS YOURSELF!!! These panels will be used to enclose the construction site, and will be incorporated at the center once it is built. WHAT A GREAT TEAM BUILDING EXERCISE FOR BUSINESSES OR GROUPS!!! Really anyone would benefit from spending the afternoon painting with a purpose…leaving a small jesture of support for the arts and for the community.

My experience was a total blast, and it made me feel like a kid again. We gathered together…talked about a general idea, and then let our imaginations rule. After we completed our panels, we stepped back and were truly amazed by our original artwork, and if you pass by the community garden in the village you will see our creation. It’s our contribution to this future work of art–known as SHAMc.

Please visit the website listed below for upcoming “Picket” events, or just to find out how it took a village to bring this project to fruition.

AND…maybe some of my readers who live far, far away would be interested in purchasing some panels????????? Todd and Kiaralinda have artists on hand ready to take care of commissioned works. So, if delving into a gallon of paint does not seem like fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon, or there are no travel plans for visiting Safety Harbor…artists are available to create a vision for you.

Help build the dream!!!

This is Safety Harbor, Florida and this is my village…


Lois and Joe…

Sometimes, it can be quite a challenge maintaining a relationship–keeping all those qualities thriving through the years. Let’s call it…being a successful couple. It’s how some people are able to go through all the ups and downs of life and still have the glow and lightness of young love…it’s Lois and it’s Joe.

They are pictured here with two of Joe’s Bonsai Trees– which was my original idea for this post– but after meeting them, I decided to go in another direction…it’s Joe and it’s Lois being a successful couple.

I arrived at my scheduled time to meet with them. Joe was already hard at work in his art studio, so he gave me a tour and explained what OPEN FIRE Enameling process was and how he developed it in the mid 60’s. He showed me some of the artwork and jewelry that he created; he was also working with a student that was interested in learning his craft.

Lois arrived and we all strolled over to the garden area for the pic. They both spoke of moving to Safety Harbor in 1981, and the opening of Spencer Art Studio and Safety Harbor Antiques and Collectables–which is next door. They also commented on how the city has evolved to what it is today, and credited local individuals and groups that work tirelessly to keep that change happening.

I didn’t ask them about being a successful couple…didn’t have to. They are both in their 80’s, and they still go to work…Lois, in her antique store…Joe, in his art studio. They have maintained their independence within their relationship…the level of respect they have for one another is clearly obvious…AND…take a close look at the pic and what you’ll see is the gift of true love.

(By the way, the next sentence was the deciding factor in changing this post!!!)

When Lois arrived to take the pic that day, Joe smiled at her–grinning from ear to ear–and proclaimed, “there’s Ms. America!” The expression on his face made my heart melt. And so, what you see here is a very special couple that has continued to keep–THE GLOW.

Oh yeah! Just to let you know, the Bonsai Trees are 35 years old, and they are STUNNING!! If you walk down Main Street by their shops, you can see them. BUT…why not stop in…shop and engage in conversation with one of Safety Harbor’s most successful couples.

Spencer Art Studio
111 5th Avenue, North
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Safety Harbor Antiques & Collectibles
505 Main Street
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

This is Safety Harbor, Florida and this is my village…