The debut season of the Brigantine Art Walks this summer proved so successful that founder Connie Pyatt didn't want them to end as summer weather disappeared in the rear-view mirror.
So they won't. Not yet.
Enter the Brigantine Indoor Art Walk, to be held 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 22 and Nov. 12 in the gym at the Community Center.
Like the summertime art walks held throughout the island on Friday nights, artists will display and sell their work. And musicians will add a festive air to the proceedings.
"People and artists enjoyed the outdoor art walk during the summer,” Pyatt said. “I thought it would be great to offer the local artists a chance to showcase their work during the fall also. With the holidays coming up, the public could also look for one-of-a-kind items while at the same time hear some great music."
Pyatt expects a minimum of 25 artists for each date.
"There will be artists that participated during the summer plus some new artists," she said.
Julie Watkins, who holds a minor in art from the University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia, will be in the house for the indoor versions. Watkins participated in a majority of the summer art walks.
"Every art walk was different. For me, meeting people, especially other artists, was the highlight of every walk,” she said.
New connections resulted in her art being displayed in the 2016 Fine Arts Festival and the Brigantine Historical Museum Art Show.
“This coming month, I will be featured as the Brigantine Beach Cultural Arts Commission Artist of the Month for November,” Watkins said.
Watkins paints with acrylics on canvas, and makes jewelry as well as collages.
"Art is a hobby that I am very passionate about,” she said. “Creating new art from old items leads to interesting pieces of work.”
She plans to display both art and jewelry.
"I’ve created fun fall and Halloween jewelry as well as a few breast cancer awareness pieces,” she said.
Pyatt anticipates two or three musicians, mostly participating in an informal music circle between noon and 3:30 p.m.
"We are looking for anyone who can play an instrument."
At the summer walks, visitors and artists contributed to a local charity each week, including Elephant in the Room for autism, the Field of Dreams ball field for the disabled and the Veterans Memorial Park.
The charity chosen as the beneficiary of the two indoor sessions will be the Community FoodBank of New Jersey Southern Branch.
Visitors are asked to bring canned goods and other nonperishable food to donate.