The outdoor gallery of vendor tents featured arts and crafts for every taste.
Just in time for Mother’s Day, the 45th Art in the Park at Rockefeller Gardens featured original art and craft work -- all perfect ideas for a gift for mom. The event was co-sponsored by Ormond Beach Leisure Services and the Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens.
Woodworker John Cohoe hadn’t planned on being a part of the show until after Hurricane Matthew last October.
His family owned a lumberyard and even as a child he created things out of wood. The hobby had gone dormant since he and his wife moved to Ormond Beach three years ago from Omaha, Nebraska. In October the Cohoes experienced their first hurricane and upon returning to Ormond Beach after the storm saw piles and piles of wood, from downed fences and docks, lining the streets.
“My wife told me it was time to get back into wood,” he said. “So I went out and bought a couple new saws and got busy.”
Cohoe started creating clocks and trays and wooden accent pieces and engraved the storm name, year and his name on the back. One of his most popular items at the art show was a Harley Davidson clock, though he also had Florida State and the University of Florida.
Around the bend from Cohoe, Lori Becker’s booth, The Crystal Garden, was in glorious glass bloom. Her garden art was created from various glass plates, candle holders and cups, each its own “flower” mounted on rebar to withstand the Florida weather.
The two-day affair included every type of art one could imagine, from jewelry to oil paintings, homemade items for dogs, and pottery.
For Tom and Robbie Zarske the “catch of the day” was a turquoise fish created from a palm frond that will be used to decorate the back yard fence.