Florida Tour - Jan 2019 – Silks by Tonya

Florida Tour - Jan 2019

January 2019 - Fort Lauderdale FL, Boca Raton FL, Delray Beach FL & New Smyrna Beach After a short visit home to create more beautiful silk designs, I headed back to Fort Lauderdale Florida for the 31st annual Las Olas Art Fair Part 1. This was an exciting show and a great introduction to Fort Lauderdale. I arrived at the show early so that I could take a look around and hit the beach. It had warmed up since my last visit. YAY! I made my way to the ocean and an incredible little spot to take a break and grab some lunch. You must visit the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co located on the beach in Las Olas. You will not believe how good it is. Then off to Boca Raton for the 32nd annual Boca Fest Art Show. Lovely show! During my stay this week in Boca I found this awesome sea turtle conservation center called Gumbo Limbo. At the time of my visit there were several sea turtles in for care. I was lucky enough to get to meet a few of them and learn about them. I was especially taken by a special guest at the center named "Ollivander". A Loggerhead weighing in at 98lbs and roughly 15 - 20 years old. Ollivander was rescued Dec 26th, '18 - emaciated and very weak, floating, covered in barnacles and algae. Olli was treated with fluids and antibiotics and showing improvement and beginning to eat again. The care takers are hopeful that Olli will be well enough for release in the Spring of 2019. You can help this wonderful organization and adopt a sea turtle. - and that brings me back to Delray for the 30th annual Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts. After Delray I headed to Titusville to spend a few days with my family. I was sad to hear that one of my favorite places was closed due to the government shut down "Playalinda Beach" This has to be one of the most beautiful and peaceful places I have ever been. A must see! Then off to New Smyrna Beach for Images: A Festival of the Arts. The show was good, but got rained out and the show closed early Sunday morning. But I hope to be back next year. Now I'm off to spend a few weeks with my family and create some exciting new silk pieces.

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