Bohemian gallery draws curious at Winthrop festival
Mishou Sanchez of Carrollwood stands inside her Modern Bohemian Gallery, which is made out of large steel shipping containers. LAURA CONE/STAFF
By LAURA CONE The Brandon News
Published: March 27, 2013
Updated: March 28, 2013 at 11:31 AM
Mishou Sanchez of Carrollwood created makeshift art gallery spaces out of two recycled steel shipping containers for the annual Winthrop Arts Festival. Sanchez, an artist and architect, said her Modern Bohemian Gallery is an experiment in recycling the containers – that are large enough to stand inside – as affordable and portable retail spaces. “Americans are consumers, not producers anymore,” she said. “When companies from China ship things we buy, it comes over in these steel shipping containers. It’s cheaper for China to dump them here and they are starting to pile up.” Sanchez and hundreds of other artists and art enthusiasts came out for the festival Saturday and Sunday that included a juried art show, artwork by students and demonstrations by the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.
Nacole Revette, a public relations officer for the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, said reserve responders brought out their fire truck and set up an obstacle course for children. Meanwhile, vendors such as Karin Lovering of Valrico showed off their goods for sale. Lovering and her husband, Don, hand paint wine bottles that have been repurposed as wind chimes and candle holders. “I like the recycling part of it and coming up with different ideas for the colors,” Lovering said. Sofia Johnson, 9, tried making sand art castles with her sister, Marissa Johnson, 7, at the Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association’s booth. “We get the T-shirts and do all the little crafts,” Sofia said. “We see all they have and we like making the sand art castles.” Lisa Rodriguez of Brandon, the marketing director for the Center Place, said she likes the festival because it showcases local talent and exposes children to the arts. “When kids do art it opens a new world for them and enriches their lives,” Rodriguez said. Abigail Markov of Riverview, an artist who led an interactive painting booth, brought her three children to the festival. She also had an abstract painting on display in the Modern Bohemian Gallery set up on the south side of the Times Building. “We invited anyone who wanted to come out and get paint on their jeans or on the canvas,” Markov said. “It’s hands-on art.”