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Fishing Rodeo and Fine Art

Fishing Rodeo and Fine Art

What do fishing and art have in common?

Yep, I wondered that one, too!  I don’t do craft shows, or seafood festivals…I DO FINE ARTS FESTIVALS….juried ones… I wanted people walking around with one purpose in mind…buying art!  But, for every rule, there is an exception!

I met an artist at ArtsQuest in Sandestin this year…Johnny Townsend..an amazing bronze sculptor. He was so enthusiastic and engaging, that he actually talked me into attending a fishing rodeo in Gulf Breeze FL.  It had three elements that I am a proponent of: kids, art, and fundraising.

So, a couple of hot Saturdays ago, I loaded up my art and my kids and headed west to the 26th Annual Sertoma Fishing Rodeo.  Sertoma stands for Service To Many and 100% of the money raised goes to children’s charities in their area.

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I set up my tent, hung up my art and sent my kids to the “Learn to Cast” booth. All the kids got a brand new fishing pole, tackle box, and great instruction on how to fish!  We had a blast! They learned about different fish species, how to tie knots, and my daughter’s fave: a marine touch pool!  My art got rave reviews, the fishing rodeo was exciting, and the food was awesome!

I hope the folks there raised a ton of money for some great causes!  The best part!?  We ALL caught some fish!  Thank you for hosting us Johnny!!

http://familyfishingrodeo.com/

http://www.marinesculptures.com/turtle-bronze-sculptures/