Things'll be great when you're downtown... everything's waiting for you. Remember that Petula Clark song? Well, we took her advice this week and things were great downtown in Ocala, Florida. The purpose of the visit was to see the wonderful exhibit of hand-dyed tapestries and quilts created by Kay Koeper Sorensen of Quilts + Color. Kay's exhibit, Florida Ice, is on display until April 26, at the City Hall. Should you happen to be able to visit, you can get further details at Kay's blog.
Every piece just glows from within! Quite mesmerizing.
And Kay points out that each one is a treat for her to discover as her process goes along.
You can't pick a favorite because every one is so beautiful. And this is just a sampling.
Kay has included a bio, an artist statement, and a very interesting explanation of her process. I thought it would be particularly helpful to those visitors who may be unfamiliar with ice dyeing and wondering how she makes these beautiful pieces.
"Maybe you know some little places to go... downtown." We do! One of them is Harry's on the Square. New Orleans style with excellent food make it a popular restaurant. Mardi Gras all the time.
It's complete with interesting wall art.
Delicious food- I had the crab cakes. Yummy.
And more art on the historic brick walls. The building itself is old and nicely preserved, so the ambience is very appealing.
Ocala has a quaint downtown with attractive shops fronting on the historic square. Isn't this inviting?
The center of the square has this bandstand where music events, art walks, and other gatherings are held.
And there are a couple of Horse Fever horses painted or finished creatively by local artists on display. Ocala is in the heart of Horse Country, rivaling Kentucky for the number of thoroughbred horses along with many other breeds such as Gypsy Vanners, Paso Finos, Quarter Horses, mini horses, and more. There's more to Florida than theme parks, and Ocala is in the center of a beautiful rural area.
The Olive Oil Market on the square not only offers tastings of oils and balsamic vinegar, but also has this striking display of salt lamps. They have such a warm glow and offer some health benefits, too. We brought one home.
So, maybe I'll see you there... we can forget all our troubles, forget all our cares, and go downtown!