Friday, December 10, 2010
This weekend, tents will fill Chadwick’s Square with Captiva business owners selling their wares and services in a festive, three-day Captiva Holiday Marketplace experience, accentuated by various events, programs and art exhibits going on all over the island.
“The idea germinated from the concept of a European holiday marketplace like they have in Germany, France and Switzerland,” said South Seas Island Resort Retail Manager Michael Brosy. “We’re bringing together a group of product and service people in a concentrated area to make it really easy on the shopper.”
Twenty-five local merchants will be participating, Brosy said, including gift shops, restaurants, a florist, marinas, service providers, two spas and many local artisans and craftspeople.
“We have a very interesting array but it’s all uniquely Captiva — and pretty much everyone on Captiva is participating. It was a tremendous turnout of support for this marketplace, which is very Captiva-centric. That’s the flavor of this event — all things Captiva.”
Merchant tents will fill Chadwick’s Square, and many additional events will be going on simultaneously with the marketplace, including a fashion show, Leoma Lovegrove’s “Painting Out Loud,” and demonstrations in fine dining, holiday cocktails and floral arranging.
“2 Islands Gallery will also be hosting a plein air event, where a group of artists will be painting during the weekend, ending with an exhibit, awards and an auction at the Marketplace,” Brosy said, noting that South Seas will also be hosting the Skimboard Art Show exhibit, held in conjunction with the Captiva Holiday Skim Jam going on throughout the weekend.
Perry Thompson of 2 Islands Gallery said he is glad to be coordinating the plein air event for local artists — though he’s also been keeping busy as one of the Captiva Holiday Village’s lead marketing organizer.
“Getting involved in the Captiva Holiday Village has been great for me — I ended up getting to meet all the other Captiva businesses owners and people involved with those business. It’s really brought the community closer together, and as I kept getting more involved, we started developing this plein air art show concept,” Thompson said. “I’ve been going to many art studios and art leagues all over dropping off information for interested artists. This whole show is about painting Captiva — anywhere from Blind Pass up to South Seas.”
The artists that take first and second place will receive prizes and all artists will have the opportunity to put their work up for auction.
For more information about the Captiva Holiday Marketplace, go towww.CaptivaHolidayVillage.com.