Florida Artists in Their Element

By: Jodi Mailander Farrell


Multi-media artist Elizabeth Esther Kelly weaving beautiful scarves and wraps on a four-harness wooden loom and glass artist Raida Disbrow creating small works of art for her handmade jewelry are among the Florida artists that visitors can watch in action at the Fish House Art Center, just five miles south of downtown Stuart. 

Located on the site of one of the last operating commercial fish houses on Florida's east coast, in the scenic Manatee Pocket of the historic fishing village of Port Salerno, the waterfront center is home to eight resident artists' studios. Along with Kelly and Disbrow, there are fine art painters and silk artists who create wearable art.

The resident artists work year-round in their studios, where the public is welcome to watch them work and purchase their creations. Visitors can also take classes with some of the artists. 

Art Gumbo, a fine art and craft gallery at the front of the Fish House, features other local artists’ works in painting, sculpture, glass, textiles, pottery, photography, jewelry, and giftware.  

Info: 772-210-2950; www.fishhouseartcenter.com

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