The Animals Become Art Critics

It was a bright and sunny day on the Rype & Readi Farm Market. Though, perhaps even more than that, it was a beautiful and perfect day; a day where the light hit everything just right, bringing out the colors of life and making everyone and everything everywhere appreciate the beauty of the world.

This sense of appreciation was felt particularly well at the Farm Market, on account of one of the latest additions the establishment had made to its repertoire: the sale of art.

Indeed, all along the walls of the newly-opened market area, there were pieces of art hung and displayed for customers to observe, appreciate, and even purchase!

Currently, however, the residents of the Farm Market were settling for the prior two options.

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Of particular note at the moment was Paprika, who was scrutinizing a picture of an open field.

“Enjoying the piece?”

The chicken was brought out of her contemplation by Drake waddling up next to her. Paprika ruffled her feathers slightly at the attention she found herself under for a moment… before coming to a decision and holding her head high with pride.

“Yes, yes I am,” she clucked primly. “In fact, I find the piece to be quite avant-garde.”

Drake raised an eyebrow at her. “Really now.”

“Oh yes, quite, quite,” Paprika nodded, gesturing at the image. “See how the lines draw your eye to the horizon? It’s all very… very baroque, yes.”

“Hmm…” the duck hummed noncommittally as he followed her wing. “Yes, well… I suppose art is up to the viewer’s interpretation after all.”

Paprika ruffled herself intently. “Oh, is that so? Well then what do you say about this piece here, hm?” she indicated a nearby photograph of a horse.

Drake waddled over and gave the image a brief once over before raising his beak with a proud sniff. “Clearly a post-modern classical work. See how the colors contrast with one another?”

“…all I see is black and white,” Paprika stated flatly.

“As I said! Contrast! Ahhh, but really, if you want a true masterpiece, you must look over… there!” Drake swung his wing out dramatically… and faltered as he realized that he’d pointed at a section of wall that didn’t have a picture, but rather something painted directly on the wall, some kind of array of browns. “Uh…”

“Ah…” Paprika was momentarily caught flat-footed herself, but she swiftly rallied and nodded with pride. “A-ah yes, I see what you mean! Clearly an… an abstract piece of work, yes? With… with cubist tendencies?”

Drake hesitated only a moment before nodding swiftly and joining the chicken. “Y-yes indeed, absolutely! And it obviously takes cues from all the greats: Picasso, Da Vinci, Warhol-!”

“‘Scu-u-use me.”

“Wha-?”/ “Hey!” Paprika and Drake barely had time to protest as Gomez – a particularly mud-splattered Gomez at that – walked between them.

“So-o-o-orry, won’t take but a minute,” he apologized, sidling up to the wall. “Just nee-e-e-ed to… the-e-e-ere we go,” the goat sighed in relief as he scratched his hide against the wall, rubbing off the excess muck. “Mu-u-u-uch better… alright, I’m done, carry on with whate-e-e-ever you were doin’.” And with that the goat trotted off, leaving the two birds speechless.

“…were… were we just complimenting-?” Drake started weakly.

“Let us simply walk away, with what little dignity we have left” Paprika stated solemnly. “And never speak of this again.”


And so that is what they did.


Editor’s Note: Stop by and check out all the art pieces at the Downtown Farm Market!

by Baxter Balick, Rype & Readi contributing author and Flagler College Sophomore

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Dear Friends, Family and Valued Patrons of Rype & Readi

As we close 2018 and look forward to our 5th year, we once again welcome and will be challenged by change.


As many of you know, we took a calculated risk in opening at the Colee Stables downtown.
Property ownership had been disputed and litigated for the last 9 years. Finally resolved, we were regrettably unable to come to reasonable terms with the new owner and our lease ends on the 31st of December. This was complicated in part by a commitment we had made to expand our market operations downtown beginning next fall, adjacent to a well known, well trafficked anchor.
Rest assured Rype & Readi will have a downtown presence again. But for the immediate near term, we are consolidating operation to our St. John’s Golf Club facility where we will focus on catering, prepared foods, dinner events, cooking classes and, of course, a market for fresh local fine foods.
Please be sure to keep in contact with our social media on Facebook, Instagram, our website & newsletter to follow our happenings and special offerings.
Our location at the St. John’s Golf Club is a diamond in the rough. In addition to having a full restaurant and bar, we have a magnificent patio overlooking acres of manicured greens, gorgeous in the daylight and tranquil in the evenings when the golfer’s day is done.
With plenty of space on the terrace and adjacent properties (including parking for several hundred cars) this venue, at the intersection of State Road 207 and I-95 promises to host some creative, exciting and delightful family events throughout the coming year.
We fondly wish you all a festive and memorable holiday season and thank you for your continued support. Please let us know if there is any event, occasion or opportunity to help you celebrate life though a special event with great food and smiling faces.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
With Profound Appreciation,
Your friends at Rype & Readi