Arts show­cased at Sail­boat Bend

Event high­lights di­verse artists’ space

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - COMMUNITY - BY HELEN WOLT Staff writer Helen Wolt can be reached at [email protected]

The first Sail­boat Bend Arts Fes­ti­val show­cased Fort Laud­erdale’s bur­geon­ing arts scene. Scores of ven­dors sold hand­crafted wares. Per­form­ers de­lighted the crowd through mu­sic and spo­ken­word.

In­side the Sail­boat Bend Artists Lofts many stu­dio doors were open. The pub­lic could visit with the artists in their homes and get a look into their cre­ative process. Res­i­dents of the live and­work space span all gen­res, in­clud­ing ac­tors, painters, pho­tog­ra­phers, mu­si­cians and graphic de­sign­ers.

The event was the grass­roots ef­fort of loft dweller Joshua Tik­tin, a pain­ter and mu­si­cian. He said he sawthe arts com­plex as the per­fect place to host a gather­ing.

“My thought was to do some­thing that rep­re­sents Sail­boat Bend and the neigh­bor­hood,” Tik­tin said. It sprung fromthe vibe of art­walks where like-minded cre­ative types can get to­gether, he said.

More im­por­tantly, Tik­tin said he hoped to draw at­ten­tion to the work of the Sail­boat Bend ten­ants. The sub­si­dized, low-in­come hous­ing pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties to col­lab­o­rate on projects and is a boon to their in­di­vid­ual busi­nesses.

Five-year house­holder Philip Michael Curtis said liv­ing in the stu­dios helps him reach cus­tomers. And it’s a con­ve­nient set­ting to con­fer with clients.

Niko Yulis, art pro­fes­sor at Broward Com­mu­nity Col­lege, has called the artists’ abode home for nearly three years. It has en­riched his craft in many ways. The in-house gal­leries give him the free­dom to ex­hibit in a range of dis­ci­plines un­like shows that re­strict en­tries.

“Gal­leries are spe­cific to a style. This al­lows any style and di­ver­sity with ma­te­ri­als. It’s not lim­ited,” Yulis said. He knows he’ll have a place to dis­play his work whether it’s paint, draw­ing or ce­ram­ics.

Neigh­bors in the close-knit colony are al­ways will­ing to help out with pet sit­ting or share any of their tal­ents, Yulis said. If he needs a photographer there is one down­the hall.

“It cre­ates a sense of com­mu­nity, and that needs to growin Florida,” Yulis said.

Turnout at the af­ter­noon fes­ti­val ex­ceeded Tik­tin’s ex­pec­ta­tions and drew an es­ti­mated 1,500 at­ten­dees.

“Alot of art­was sold in the gallery and two food trucks sold out,” Tik­tin said. “I knew if a fes­ti­val was here and the weather was beau­ti­ful peo­ple would have a great time, and that’s what hap­pened.”

ANNA COLLINS/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Brother-and-sis­ter band Anas­ta­sia Max per­forms dur­ing the Sail­boat Bend Art Fes­ti­val, a free event that took place in a three-story gallery fea­tur­ing more than 20 artists. The Fort Laud­erdale fest in­cluded live mu­si­cal per­for­mances, DJs, a com­edy...

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