What's going on at The Franklin Shops
ART WALK Friday, April 6, 6–10pm
Students' Protest Performance "Am I Next?"
Students of the Media Exploration class of Florida Southwestern State College will stage a performance at the Franklin Shop and at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center during Art Walk. Their conceptual protest piece Am I Next? was originally performed at the “March for our Lives” protest in Centennial Park. “This performance reflects the collaborative ideas of the artists involved—in hopes of sending a message of solidarity with those pushing for common sense gun laws in the wake of continuous mass shootings,” the students explain. The group that conceived this work is comprised of responsible gun owners and non-gun owners alike. The body bags represent the innocent lives already lost to violence and suggest that they are waiting to welcome the next victims. The student’s shirts pose the question “Am I Next?”—a question asked by many Americans today, especially children who feel unsafe at school and their parents.
Meet Mystery Author Ron Base
Need a good read? The Franklin Shops got it. During Art Walk, book lovers have the opportunity to meet author Ron Base and get a personally signed copy of their favorite new detective novel. The local mystery writer will present the newest book in his bestselling Detective Series: The Dame with the Sanibel Sunset Detective. Ron Base’s entertaining murder mysteries all take place on Sanibel, which isn’t as idyllic and safe as you might think… See you at The Franklin Shops on Friday night!