A local neighborhood extravaganza, the Gifford Lane Art Stroll is laid-back and dog-friendly, unlike larger and more formal shows such as Art Basel Miami Beach, , Art Wynwood, and the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, that exclude dogs.
The winter weather for which South Floridians had been waiting all winter finally arrived that weekend, bringing bright sun and temperatures in the 50ºs F. Everyone dressed for the occasion – humans in seldom-worn jackets, sweaters, and turtle-necks; dogs in overcoats, tutus, and whatever.
A mix of artists
Some 70 participating artists displayed their work in clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting/drawing, photography, sculpture, and wood. Members of the Coconut Grove Juggling Exchange offered free lessons. For young children, a bounce house at one end of the block provided entertainment.
Back by popular demand was David and Trina Collins’ world-famous inebriating cucumber punch. Strollers also consumed various other beverages, and a variety of comfort foods, including arepas, conch fritters, Cuban pastries, and sweet potato pies.
The Art Stroll benefits two local charities: the St. Stephen's AIDS Ministry and the St. Alban's Day Care Center in the Village West.
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