Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Coquina Beach Sunday Market: Music, Art & Food





Located on the southern end of Anna Maria Island on Florida's Gulf Coast and lined with tall pines, Coquina Beach is home to a popular outdoor Sunday market featuring local artists, fresh produce, arts and crafts, jewelry, pottery, quirky collectibles and live entertainment by local musicians, the Anna Maria Island String Band. One of the best discoveries we made were the vibrant fish and beachscape paintings of local Bradenton artist Mike Parrott who uses reclaimed boards as the 'canvas' for his work. A lovely friendly fellow, Mike was a joy to talk to about his art and made our visit to Coquina Market a more special visit.



Looking through Australian Pines which line Coquina Beach, home to a popular Sunday Market

Nautilus Soap Company sells hand-crafted, detergent and preservative-free bath soaps

 Sharlee's Front Porch Cakes, a local home-based baker from Bradenton specializes in 
custom cake designs and cupcakes

Local Bradenton artist Mike Parrott paints local sea life and beach scenes on reclaimed pallet board

More of Mike's colourful paintings

Mike Parrott crab painting we purchased from him at the market 

Anna Maria Island String Band plays each Sunday at the Coquina Beach Market

'She Paints on Glass' stall at the market features painted wine glasses, vases and mason jars

Fresh local produce 

Plump local beets

Sandy white Coquina Beach