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  • Writer's pictureKim Livengood

Meet Mable, Our Art Car

For the past year, The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime’s artists have been turning a 1940s Ford Panel Van with rusted sides and demolished interior into a work of art. On Thursday, March 3rd from 5-7 pm, please join them as they celebrate the completion of Mable, their art car who sits proudly in the middle of The Bazaar.

Mable is a topography-inspired look at what makes Sarasota special. You will recognize familiar landmarks such as Ringling Bridge and Ca d’ Zan. The cultural side of Sarasota shines with all the theatres represented. Of course, it wouldn’t be Sarasota without our beautiful beaches and the creme de la creme…. the Ringling Circus. When you peek inside the back of the van see all the hand-painted spectators watching the three-ring circus.

The talent to create this vision was led by Teresa Stone and involved Jackie Bartonlini-Banike, Bob Mohr, Laura Stiefel, Suzy Kalin, Sharon Owens, Barbara Winner, Heather Scarpinato, Cauleen Denman, Deana Haley, and Chris Schroeder. Many other Bazaar family members donated items and ideas to make this a reality.

The Bazaar owner, Judy Alexander, always dreamed of having an art car. When she saw the 40s Ford in the Limelight District, she knew she found the perfect vehicle for the artists to transform.

“One of the things we pride ourselves on at The Bazaar is the ability to repurpose,” Alexander said. “When I saw this truck without an engine and headed for the dump, I just knew it needed to be saved.”

You can see Mable, the art car, when The Bazaar is open Thursday - Saturday 10-3 at 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. The ribbon-cutting and dedication with live music and free champagne is Thursday, March 3rd from 5-7 pm. Please come join the celebration!

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