Tara O’Neill, award-winning artist, community activist, and devout Floridian, is hosting her 13th annual home-grown art extravaganza, Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, from 1-4 PM, at Little Bar Restaurant, 205 Harbor Place, in the historically-significant fishing village of Goodland. This year O’Neill will be joined by guest artist, renowned photographer Jim Freeman.
Recognized as the 2015 Artist of the Year by Marco Island Foundation for the Arts, O’Neill enjoys thinking ‘outside the gallery’ and invites all to enjoy fine art and fine fare in a venue like no other. The Bozicnik family, owners of the famous waterfront restaurant for almost 40 years, continue their support of the arts in Goodland by opening their antique-rich dining rooms, breezy screened porch, tree-canopied patio, and brick-paved sculpture garden, to showcase the artists’ works.
“My work may be collected internationally, but I live locally,’’ explains O’Neill,“I owe a great deal to the unfailing encouragement, support, and inspiration I’ve received from this tiny village over many decades.’’ A village she describes as “a community living not just by the sea, but from it; a place of history and mystery, of juicy flowers and candy-colored cottages.”
The event, always scheduled mid-late April, also serves as an end-of-season celebration, allowing the area’s busy denizens the chance to slow down and reconnect with each other while enjoying the atmosphere of camaraderie that art can enhance. Jim Freeman, a Goodland resident, is well-known for his ability to capture the haunting beauty of the Ten Thousand Island region as well as the charm and color of everyday village life. They are both founding members of the Goodland Arts Alliance, a 501(c)3 corporation.
Tara O’Neill 13th Annual
When: 1 to 4 p.m.
Sat-Sun, April 16-17, 2016
Where: Little Bar
205 Harbor Place