Sarasota Magazine Q+A

A life-threatening medical condition inspired Bernhard to start her line of cotton textiles emblazoned with mindful messages.

A new local brand—with oh-so-soft cotton textiles imported from Turkey—was born from a life-threatening challenge that turned into a lifestyle choice.  The Art Guy Workshop designs and creates functional daily accessories, from towels to bags to ponchos for kids, all with gentle reminders to live in the moment. 

Valerie Bernhard is the woman behind the brand; here’s what inspired her to start it.

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