Celebrating Independent Gainesville
What a fun-filled 24 hours we’ve had in Gainesville.
Congratulations on a job well done, AG, and what a great space you have now, with so much natural light. Natural light at night? We’ve been caught: more than a handful of us actually ended up trekking back to the Guild today to purchase something for our home.
While the Grand Re-Opening of the Artisans’ Guild was a main attraction, every art exhibit/show was great.
It was delightful to see so many of you downtown, partaking in the traditional last Friday of the month Art Walk. All of us ran into old friends, from middle-school classmates to people with whom we currently volunteer for various causes.
We think there was a good turn out last night, Gainesville, which means you turned out en masse to support local artists. We find this enthusiastic support delightful, exciting, and refreshing. It may have been warm and humid, but the weather didn’t stop you from celebrating our community.
Discussion of how great all things Art Walk was will only cover last night, and we did say the past 24 hours have been fun-filled for us (and hopefully for you).
Several of us attended the Monthly Craft Fair at The Doris off Main Street. We couldn’t find a time for all of us to go together, so we opted to trickle in separately throughout the afternoon.
From handmade soaps to dancing/hooping instruction and jewelry, photography to locally grown and prepared meals, locally (and lovingly) made jams and jelly to the best damn kombucha in Gainesville–and maybe the entire eastern side of the Mississippi (more on the state of Kombucha in a post to come very soon), from hand-spun yarns to upcycled clothing saved from the most unlikely place, this craft fair has a little of everything.
Plan on going to this event next month, bring your cash, and be prepared to have a fun afternoon with friends, family, and meet members of the community whose dedication is inspirational. You do have a Monthly Challenge, after all.
Only one of us noticed it was on the smaller side. But doesn’t quality make up for quantity?
Indeed! Quality is far more important than quantity when we’re talking indie Gainesville, and the August Monthly Craft Fair affirmed that quality is key to the people who lovingly work and sweat over their products. We admire your dedication and love you for sharing your work with the community. You truly enrich (and in some cases, nourish) us.
Local artists and retailers, in general, seem to understand that quality of goods or services offered matters far more than quantity; and this is just one more another reason why local Gainesville indie-businesses rock.