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Meet the artists behind one of the most creative hubs in Florida

When most people think of Florida, images of stunning beaches, a laid back lifestyle, or endless days in the sun come to mind, but many forget that Florida also has a thriving art scene! We were so enamored by the artists and creative culture in Flagler Village, home to The Edge by Common, that we knew this installment of our Local Art in Action program was going to be unique.

Our main Local Artist in Action, Ingrid Schindall, partnered with us to feature her art at The Edge by Common, and also gave us a rockstar list of local artists to incorporate into our program. Keep reading to hear more about their favorite local spots, where they gather inspiration, and tips to unwinding in the sunshine state. 

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Ingrid Schindall, Print Maker and Founder of @isprojects

Favorite local spot to gather inspiration and unwind:

The most inspiring place for me is the beach. It’s where I can focus my mind and think deeper than the day to day stresses and triumphs. I usually park near the Bonnet House on Sunrise and walk up to lifeguard station number 17 and back. The Bonnet House itself is a fantastic place to go and be inspired by not only the beauty of the grounds but also the incredible artistic output of Frederick Bartlett if you’re looking for something less beachy. 

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(Ingrid’s work featured at The Edge by Common)

What I love most about living in Flagler Village:

I love the energy in Flagler Village. It’s been 6 years since I’ve moved here and there is always some new cool place opening or a friend tipping me off to an incredible hole-in-the-wall spot that I need to check out. My favorite way of getting insight into what’s going on is the Flagler Village Artwalk so I can’t wait for it to resume because that has been such an amazing way to meet people in the neighborhood, hear about new things going on, and enjoy the vitality of the village. 

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Leah Brown, Sculptor and Installation Artist @leahbrownart

Favorite local spot to gather inspiration and unwind:

My favorite local spot to grab a moment to myself and a delicious cup of coffee is C&I Brew in FATVillage. The vibe is so eclectic, creative, and magical. My go-to drink is a Lavender and Honey Latte. Yum!

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What I love most about living in Flagler Village:

What I love most about Flagler Village and the Greater Fort Lauderdale area is the sense of community and how culture is being created on a daily basis through art. FATVillage is where the behind-the-scenes creation happens that shapes Fort Lauderdale’s unique aesthetic. Our monthly last-Saturday Artwalk is the perfect chance to see that process in action and become part of it. There is a real welcoming of ideas and talent here. The art exhibitions are world-class in really interesting alternative and industrial spaces that inspire the imagination.

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Christian Feneck, Painter, Muralist, and Installation Artist @christianfeneck

Favorite local spot to gather inspiration and unwind:

One of my favorite local spots is Wells Coffee. They have fantastic coffee and a chill atmosphere. It’s even better if you pick up one of the decadent cookies from Batch to have with it!  But, without a doubt, the place that inspires and rejuvenates me the most is the beach.  I go as often as I can and couldn’t imagine living away from such a sublime treasure.

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What I love most about living in Flagler Village:

I have lived in Fort Lauderdale since 2004 and in that time I have seen it grow bigger and brighter.  As an artist, much of what I do revolves around Flagler Village because of its art culture. With the art walks, murals, galleries, and public art, the area is a constant source of inspiration and motivation.

Jen Clay, Multimedia Artist @jenlynnclay

Art makes me be brave, it helps me face fears head-on and lets me connect with other people in ways I can’t on my own. I’ve been quilting mostly since the quarantine, making figures out of textiles which are essentially cozy blankets. This work I call Fruiting Bodies which are influenced by stories like “The Space-Eaters” by Frank Belknap Long written in 1928 and “The Color out of Space” by HP Lovecraft written in 1927. In the end, I’m just trying to make my own uncertainty and fears comfortable and inviting through cozy textiles so I don’t turn away from fear.  It’s convoluted I know but that’s what I’m compelled to do. 

Peter Symons, Sculpture and Installation Artist, @pasymons

Favorite local spot to gather inspiration and unwind:

Before the pandemic, I really appreciated unwinding in some of the unique local bars such as Funky Buddha, Laser Wolf, Invasive Species, or Glitch. Obviously, as a father of two in the midst of a global pandemic, that part of my life has been put on hold for right now. 

For inspiration, I find a lot of it in the natural world, specifically in the strangeness of the flora and fauna in Florida, and the ocean is always a  great place to gather one’s thoughts.

What I love most about living in Flagler Village:

I think what I appreciate the most about living in Fort Lauderdale is the light and color of the surrounding nature. The way the light here changes so drastically, especially around sunset and sunrise when the air seems to glow pink and purple fully captivates me. 

Thinking about moving to the Sunshine State? 

Whether or not you want to pursue your artistic passions, Flagler Village and the Greater Fort Lauderdale area is a great place to nurture your creativity. With spacious layouts, incredible amenities, and beautiful design, The Edge by Common could be the perfect place to call home! Visit our site today to book a tour.

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