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 St. Pete’s Annual SHINE Festival

St. Pete’s Annual SHINE Festival

Visual Arts

Published 9/16/21

SPAA is proud to announce the artists for this year’s SHINE Mural Festival; two international, six national, and eleven local artists adding 19 new murals to the art districts of St. Pete. Of the 19 new murals, three are community “Bright Spot” projects created to engage and inspire. For artist bios, the 2021 map of murals and full event details, visit www.stpeteartsalliance.org/shine-2021.International Artists:Case Maclaim- GermanyGleo- ColombiaNational Artists:Greg Mike- AtlantaRicky Watts- San FranciscoMwanel Pierre-Louis- MiamiEmily Ding- Houston, TXBakpak Durden- DetroitWoes Martin- Los AngelesNicole Salgar- Miami, FLLocal Artists:Jenipher Chandley- St. PetersburgJared Wright- Tampa BayJason Harvin- Tampa BayMiss Crit- St. PetersburgMichael Fatutoa- TampaReid Jenkins- St. PetersburgAurailieus Artist (Open Call winner)- St. PetersburgBright Spot Projects to Engage & Inspire:Jujmo with the Shirley Proctor Puller Foundation- Tampa artist Jujmo will lead a week-long mural …

 Fairgrounds St. Pete: Immersive Experience

Fairgrounds St. Pete: Immersive Experience

Visual Arts

Published 8/12/21

Fairgrounds St. Pete invites visitors to explore an immersive world created by artists with a narrative that celebrates weird, wacky and wonderful Florida. Combining innovative tech and original artworks to convey original stories, Fairgrounds St. Pete builds upon Florida lore to inspire new legends and encourage guests to become part of the story. Guests are invited to immerse themselves in both the installations and narrative; Fairgrounds St. Pete has countless paths for everyone to experience a creative adventure.“We are thrilled to have tickets go on sale for Fairgrounds St. Pete’s debut installation!” said Olivia Mansion, Fairgrounds St. Pete Director of Communications and Artist Relations. “Putting together an immersive experience of this scale has truly been a labor of love, and we are excited to share it with Tampa bay."With 60+ artists in Fairgrounds St. Pete's inaugural installation, a core tenant of the Fairgrounds St. Pete philosophy is that art should be inclusive, …

Into the Fold: Collaborative Book Arts in South Florida

Into the Fold: Collaborative Book Arts in South Florida

Visual Arts

Published 6/22/21

Viewers can get up close and personal with handmade, limited-edition artists’ books and gain an in-depth view of how artists working in varied media take on the challenge of manifesting their concepts and visual language into a book form.Existent Books is a semi-annual publishing initiative established in 2015, which brings artists to IS Projects to experience fine art printmaking, letterpress printing and fine book binding. These artists then design an artists’ book that IS Projects’ staff produces by hand, taking inspiration from all the techniques that the studio has come to offer: screen printing, relief, intaglio, letterpress, foil stamping, die-cutting, pop-ups, and more. Existent Books is unique in that it specifically publishes limited edition handmade artists’ books produced with traditional printing and binding techniques. With a mission focused on building awareness and breaking down barriers to entry in artists’ book publishing and collecting, the Existent Books …

Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Prepares for “The Obama Portraits Tour”

Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Prepares for “The Obama Portraits Tour”

Visual Arts

Published 5/18/21

“The Obama Portraits Tour” will commence in Chicago June 18th and will continue across the United States through May 30, 2022, before returning to Washington. This is one of several national initiatives set by the Portrait Gallery to engage communities in the power of portraiture. Visitors hoping for a last look at the portrait of Michelle Obama before its departure can view the painting, alongside the featured gown designed by Michelle Smith’s label Milly, through May 23 as part of the special exhibition “Every Eye Is Upon Me: First Ladies of the United States.” Free, timed-entry passes for all ages in accordance with social-distancing policies can be reserved at si.edu/visit/passes. Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of former President Barack Obama is no longer on display and will be next exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago when the tour begins.From the moment of their unveiling in February 2018, the Portrait Gallery’s commissioned portraits of the Obamas have inspired …

 Shepard Fairey Mural at the Morean Arts Center

Shepard Fairey Mural at the Morean Arts Center

Visual Arts

Published 4/30/21

As part of a nationwide campaign called Power to the Patients, local legends, The Vitale Bros, were tapped to paint Obey's artwork here locally. Power to the Patients advocates for patients' rights in terms of health care costs, asserting that health care prices should be clear, consistent and understood prior to services being rendered. Renowned artist and activist, Shepard Fairey, explains why real healthcare prices are needed now: “Patients deserve to know the prices of the procedures that they need ahead of time. They need to have the power to make good choices. The ability to be an informed consumer around some of the most unpleasant situations people encounter in their lives, as they have health problems, is extremely important. It’s enough stress to be in need of healthcare, we don’t need to add to that stress with hidden costs.” Power to the Patients murals are popping up around the country and St. Pete is on the map! The Obey mural is located at the …

CULTUREOWL IS LANDING IN ITS FOURTH LOCATION

CULTUREOWL IS LANDING IN ITS FOURTH LOCATION

Visual Arts

Published 4/23/21

CultureOwl launched Atlanta as its fourth location on April 26th, 2021. Atlanta joins Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and Tampa/St. Pete in unleashing a world of culture to its followers! 14 other locations are in the works including Boston, Detroit and San Diego. The company first launched its franchise opportunity in 2020 from its headquarters in Miami. “our vision is to spread across the country in the next 3 years, bringing quality cultural programming and news to cities nationwide,” stated Amy Sherit, Owner and Founder of CultureOwl.The expansion is based on a franchising model, enabling business owners with a love for culture and business acumen to do something they love while building a thriving business.No CultureOwl in your locale? Be the change and bring CultureOwl to your town through this affordable and lucrative franchise opportunity. Visit www.cultureowl.com/franchising for more information. 

Fantasy Fest 2021 Poster & T-Shirt Artwork Contest

Fantasy Fest 2021 Poster & T-Shirt Artwork Contest

Visual Arts

Published 4/19/21

The winning selections that best represent the 2021 theme will become the official Fantasy Fest poster OR the official T-shirt. Artwork that creatively and graphically reflects the theme, characteristics, flavor and the whimsy of Key West will be reviewed by a selection committee and selected artists will each receive $750, a signing party and recognition as the official Poster/T-shirt for Fantasy Fest 2021! This is your opportunity to join the revered ranks of artists whose creations have been seen by over 70,000 party revelers!Artists may submit up to three (3) different images online for consideration. Posters may be horizontal or vertical, with a preferred finished size of 18" x 24". The Key West Tourist Development Association may ask artists to make modifications to artwork proposals. Artists are asked to include the words “Fantasy Fest” and the 2021 theme words “All A Daze for a Holiday”. The artwork will be the sole property of Fantasy Fest upon selection and payment to …

Fairgrounds St. Pete Announces Partnership with Creative Clay

Fairgrounds St. Pete Announces Partnership with Creative Clay

Visual Arts

Published 4/7/21

The exhibit will be in place when Fairgrounds St. Pete opens later this spring. The Fairgrounds St. Pete Community Room is an initiative to highlight local arts and community organizations. Through a series of temporary exhibitions and programming, the space offers organizations an opportunity within Fairgrounds St. Pete to educate the public about their good works. Creative Clay has curated a selection of 11 paintings and 64 painted records for the debut Community Room exhibit.“Supporting the local arts community is at the heart of what Fairgrounds St. Pete is all about,” said Liz Dimmitt, Fairgrounds CEO/Co-Founder, “so for our first Community Room exhibit, partnering with Creative Clay was a natural fit. Their mission to help people with disabilities achieve full and inclusive lives through art embodies Fairgrounds’ motto ‘Art for All, Play for All, Joy for All,’ and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the artwork of their talented artists.”Since …

Jim Rolston Memorial Professional Development Grant Application is Now Open!

Jim Rolston Memorial Professional Development Grant Application is Now Open!

Visual Arts

Published 3/31/21

An accomplished artist and sculptor, Jim Rolston was a founding board member of the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. He truly found his artistic voice when he was able to devote all of his time to his art after retiring. Continually working to develop his talent, he was committed to arts education and training. Jim’s family and friends established this fund in his memory, feeling that it is a fitting tribute to his belief that an artist’s journey is never over – there is always more to experience and learn.  This grant for Visual, Literary or Performing Arts provides an established artist the opportunity to transform their talents and interpret their experiences with the world around them. Past award recipients include:2020: Gloria Munoz – Literary2019: Wendy Durand – Visual (sculptor)2018: Beth Reynolds – Visual (photographer)The application deadline is April 16th at 5pm. For more information and to apply, click here.

John Douglas’ “High-Performance” Fine Art Tour

John Douglas’ “High-Performance” Fine Art Tour

Visual Arts

Published 3/24/21

Fresh off drumming with Aerosmith at the Grammy’s and performing at the prestigious MusicCares where Aerosmith was honored as the Person of the Year. John Douglas has been getting ready to continue his 2021 North American Art Tour and what better place than Tampa! Not only is John Douglas’ artwork of rock and roll icons some of the most famous and highly collected among celebrities and art enthusiasts around the world, but Douglas has toured the globe with multi-platinum musicians including ZZ Top, Slash, Van Halen and Bon Jovi. He is back from playing the Grammy’s and MusicCares with Aerosmith, and is currently on tour with Aerosmith in their Las Vegas Residency.Along the way, he has created one-of-a-kind masterpieces of rock and roll icons including Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Stevie Nicks, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Bono (U2) and The Rolling Stones. These original works of art (several signed by both Douglas and the Rockstar subject) are extraordinary.Douglas will be at …

CultureOwl Adds Two New Locations to its Network

CultureOwl Adds Two New Locations to its Network

Visual Arts

Published 2/9/21

The two newest territories are to begin development in Palm Beach and Tampa/St. Pete, Florida. The company first launched its franchise opportunity in 2020 from its headquarters in Miami. “I am thrilled that we are not only selling franchises, but keeping the love for the arts alive and well,” stated Amy Sherit, Owner and Founder of CultureOwl.The company is dedicated to propelling thriving cultural communities. Culture lovers can register through the website or download the app, and follow on social media to stay informed.“We are providing cultural organizations with a platform to showcase their events while empowering culture lovers to experience culture on their own terms. There is so much talent out there and so many things to experience and do, but sadly most people who don’t follow CultureOwl have no idea they are happening,” stated Sherit. “We are excited to continue our expansion and see where CultureOwl flies to next.”The company is seeking to continue expansion …

Virtual Art Auction for Kids' Cancer

Virtual Art Auction for Kids' Cancer

Visual Arts

Published 8/20/20

Their biggest fundraising event of the year, Chefs for Kids’ Cancer Gala in New York City, was postponed due to COVID-19. It's a magical night which features a robust art auction that sees a lot of competitive bidding to score bragging rights for a new piece of art.Typically, the auction almost raises enough money to fund an entire pediatric research grant! Because of COVID-19, they are pulling more than 70 pieces of art that would have been featured at the gala out of storage to create their very first online art auction!Check out some of the featured artists:Katy Hirschfeld Leinoff, a Miami resident, is one of over 70 artists who have donated pieces to the first event online Art In August auction to benefit Cookies For Kids’ Cancer.Peter Tunney's work, which frequently mixes and varies in media, functions as relics of the constant performance that is his life. His work is a part of a bigger story, one that has taken him across every inch of the globe, seen him tackle Wall …

Top 10  Frescos  & murals You Must Travel to See

Top 10 Frescos & murals You Must Travel to See

Visual Arts

Published 4/2/19

Pan American Unity Artist: Diego RiveraLocation: San Francisco, CaliforniaThe great Mexican muralist Diego Rivera’s iconic creation is incredibly grand and mesmerizing in its sweeping depiction of humanity. Spanning a 22-foot high and 74-foot wide wall and covering nearly 1,800 square feet, it is Rivera’s largest masterpiece. Its full name is more than befitting of the interconnected galaxies of human faiths, which the mural encompasses – The Marriage of the Artistic Expression of the North and of the South on the Continent, the continent being North America. Created in 1940, this mural is basically a vivid history map replete with symbolism. It recreates some of the most defining moments in the history of North America that have made it the fascinating mixture of cultures know today.Sistine Chapel CeilingArtist: MichelangeloLocation: VaticanThe Sistine Chapel’s ceiling was painted between 1508 and 1512. Hired by Pope Julius II, Michelangelo was scoffed at by …

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