Arts showcased at Sailboat Bend
Event highlights diverse artists’ space
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.”
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...