Placida Market featured Artist of the Week

PLACIDA — Punta Gorda resident Randi Fullerton is an eclectic artist skilled at everything from painting furniture to molding clay, but her real passion is papier-mâché.

Originally from Michigan, Fullerton grew up with artist parents.

Randi Fullerton

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“I was looking for something different,” Fullerton said. “I’m creating things with personality.”

Fullerton makes a variety of bowls and land and sea animals.

“My best-sellers are fish with big lips and lizards,” she said.

Fullerton started tweaking her animals by adding big lips.

“I sketched one like a Cheshire Cat,” she said. “I’m easy to get inspired.”

The tweak worked better than she imagined.

“My work makes people smile, which is my biggest enjoyment,” she said. “I had one ask me to do a big iguana with a big smile.”

Two standout requests from customers were a purple armadillo and a shark piece where she created the head and tail as to create the illusion of a shark through a wall.

Fullerton said she is fond of the opportunities the Fishery area in Placida offers since she’s been selling her creations for more than eight years at the Hatch Gallery on 13060 Fishery Road and at the Saturday Arts and Crafts Market for over three. Items cost anywhere from $12 to $150.

“I adore Placida,” she said. “I fell in love with it. I love the company/ artists there. We’ve become a family. We feed off of each other. The market brings everyone out. There’s a lot of tourists and business there.”

Maria Szax Bone, a friend and artist, has many of Fullerton’s works.

“She’s been doing shows with me for three years now,” she said. “She’s very creative and her work is whimsical. She did a sea turtle for me and it came out beautiful.”

For more information on her work, go to randisbeachart.com   or visit Randi’s Beach Art on Facebook.

The Placida Saturday Arts and Crafts Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 9, and almost every other Saturday through April on the grounds of the Fishery Restaurant, 13000 Fishery Road, Placida. Parking and admission are free, and artists can display their work there for free. For market information, call 941-697-2451.

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About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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