State27Homes Spotlight: Nokomis part 2

The State27Homes blogging team recently spent a day exploring Nokomis in southwest Florida, and we’re excited to share some highlights from our trip.

You can read part 1 here where we covered Nokomis beach, drum circles and more!

Art in Nokomis

Picture of the Cottage Art Gallery Nokomis Florida

If you’re looking to support the local art scene in Nokomis, a visit to the Cottage Art Gallery is a must. This quaint mixed art gallery is cooperatively owned by a few local artists that came together to share their works with the Nokomis community.

The gallery is curated and managed by local celebrity, Judi Light, author and illustrator of the book series, “The Magical World of Twigshire.” Her books showcase her amazing talent with watercolor art, while also including short life lesson and poems that are favorites with readers of all ages.

Judi is down-to-earth and friendly, and she’ll tour you through the cottage while explaining the art pieces and sharing information about the artist. Her artwork and books are also displayed in the gallery.

Image of Magical World of Twighsire Vol 3 cover

Inside photo of Magical World of Twigshire

My favorites inside the gallery were the metal art and the glass jewelry.

All art in the Cottage Art Gallery, as well as Judi’s book series, is available for purchase. The gallery is located directly behind Café Evergreen where you can grab the Evergreen Club Sandwich we mention in part 1 of our Nokomis Spotlight.

Antiques in Nokomis

image of Rum Runner's Antigues

Located on the same property as the Cottage Art Gallery is Rum Runner’s Antiques Village. It’s one of the three antique shops in Nokomis that make up the Nokomis Antiques Triangle. The other two are: Eugenie’s Antiques and Don Elder’s Antiques. All three shops are located within a three block area in Nokomis.

My visit to Rum Runner’s introduced me to the works of the Florida Highwaymen – a group of African American artists that painted Florida landscape scenes during the 1950’s through the 1980’s. During their time, they sold their art alongside highways to individuals, businesses and hotels. In those times their art would typically sell for $25 a piece, today an original Florida Highwaymen painting can sell for thousands. Collectors will enjoy a large selection of original Florida Highwaymen pieces for sale at Rum Runner’s.

Highwaymen Art Rum Runner's Nokomis
Florida Highwaymen Original Artwork
Willie Daniels Art Florida Highwaymen Rum Runner's
Willie Daniels Florida Highwaymen Original Art Selling for $1200

 

Outside of artwork, Rum Runner’s has a little of everything for everyone from furniture, figurines, historical period pieces and silverware.

Home-cooked Eating and Nutritious Drinking

While in the area, I ate at the Breakfast Cottage, which funny enough, resembled the outside of the Cottage Art Gallery.

the breakfast cottage menu

I also couldn’t help but try the Evergreen Smoothie at Café Evergreen — I mean who passes up a smoothie with kale, spinach, ginger, moringa, coconut water and a bunch of other healthy ingredients?

Evergreen Smoothie

If the Nokomis area seems like a place you’d like to call home we’ve got you covered!

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Natashia Ford
Blogger & Social Media Manager for State27Homes.com Originally from New Jersey, Natashia enjoys discovering Florida by way of road trips and staycations. She’d pick the Florida sun over the winters of up north any day. A great weekend for her typically involves a farmers’ market, gardening, or anything outdoors with her kids. She thinks rainy Florida days are invitations to visit a library for a couple hours or sit on the patio with a cup of mint tea.

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    Sounds like a great place.