Art Squeeze

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Bolts are calling all Tampa Bay artists

Posted By on Tue, Jul 9, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Sacred Heart Church by last years first place winner Nicole Abbett
  • Nicole Abbett
  • "Sacred Heart Church," last year's first place winner in the Lightning arts competition.

The Tampa Bay Times Forum and the Tampa Bay Lightning are hosting their second annual arts competition with another open call to artists.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Landmark victory: American Journey has arrived

Not only does it best Ikea as the coolest thing on Adamo Drive, the mural is the largest of its kind in Florida.

Posted By on Tue, May 21, 2013 at 9:43 PM

LANDMARK VICTORY: <i>American Journey</i> gives passersby an eyeful on Adamo Drive.
  • Nicole Abbett
  • LANDMARK VICTORY: American Journey gives passersby an eyeful on Adamo Drive.

Despite the sweltering heat, more than 100 people showed up to the dedication of the Adamo Drive Mural, American Journey, joining Mayor Bob Buckhorn and mural artist Michael Parker in a dedication ceremony to celebrate its official unobstructed view, allowing all a glimpse of Ybor City’s rich history.

Members of the Ybor City Development Council, the Hillsborough County Arts Council and the Tampa community came out to show support at Adamo Drive Mural dedication.
  • Nicole Abbett
  • Members of the Ybor City Development Council, the Hillsborough County Arts Council and the Tampa community came out to show support at Adamo Drive Mural dedication.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Adamo Drive Mural ready to be unveiled

It'll be the largest outdoor original artwork in Florida, in Ybor City between 17th and 19th streets.

Posted By on Mon, May 20, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Join Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Tampa community leaders this Tuesday, May 21, to celebrate the newly finished Adamo Drive Mural. The dedication is taking place at 2 p.m. which will include a preliminary session with the artist, Michael Parker, and a reception afterward.

Mural artist Mike Parker in action.
  • Mural artist Mike Parker in action.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Ramblin' Rose moves in with Star Booty Salon

Posted By on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Rosey Williams and partner Kaitlin Crockett outside their shop, Ramblin Rose. Next month, they'll take over the front retail space at Star Booty.
  • Ramblin' Rose
  • Rosey Williams and partner Kaitlin Crockett outside their shop, Ramblin' Rose. Next month, they'll take over the front retail space at Star Booty.

Two years ago, Rosey Williams' store Ramblin' Rose Upcycle was an overflowing gypsy's closet at the end of the Crislip Arcade on the 600 block in St. Petersburg. Now, Williams and co-owner Kaitlin Crockett are joining forces with Star Booty Salon (681 Central Ave.), taking over the front retail space at the punk rock hair salon owned by Mimi Reilly.

"It was a super emotional decision [to move] but it is really good," Williams said Monday. "The opportunity came up and we decided it would be perfect."

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Ask Dream Momma: A hairy situation

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 9:52 AM

“Dear Dream Momma, In my dream I feel a hair in my mouth, and I begin to remove it, but it turns into a never-ending cord of hair. There are usually between maybe ten strands and, oh, two dozen of them. I pull it out of my mouth with both hands, alternating them like a magician with scarves. I'm puzzled and slightly distressed: I'm aware it's ODD. I've never been able to find the end of the hair, because I wake up.”

Dear Dreamer,
The dream is conveying an important element of your self-identity and that is your untapped creativity. The mouth is connected to life forces and energy. The throat symbolizes conception and is linked to the Muse of Poetry. Hair represents energy too, also magical power.

So let’s put all of these symbols and connections together. Dream Momma believes you are in the process of pulling up your creative life force, which of course, is never-ending. The dream is telling you there is a great deal of unconscious energy about this as you don’t stop or slow down. The number 24 is a lucky number so she also believes you will eventually succeed in your goal that may be connected to poetry in some fashion.

Dream Momma, aka Velva Lee Heraty
Author, “The Dream Belongs to the Dreamer: A How-to, Hands-on, Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding Your Dreams” (Coming soon)

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Set your DVR: Seminole Heights Bicycle Club on TV

Posted By on Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Pedal America TV, a national PBS TV show about bicycle riding, spotlighted a Tampa neighborhood bicycle club last December and dispatched the show's host Ira David to the historic residential district of Central Tampa.

It will be aired this morning on Monday at 9 a.m. on PBS station WEDU Plus (605 on Bright House, 203 on Comcast, 137 on Knology and 475).Visit bike activist Alan Snel's blog for more info or Pedal America's site.

We'll keep you posted on future dates or when a video comes available.

Here's a promo of the show:

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Tampa Artist Emporium celebrates two years

Posted By on Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 9:44 AM



Customers browse at the Tampa Artist Emporium in South Tampa. Pictured below: Boggs stands behind the Emporium's front desk.

Two years ago, Tampa photographer Shelby Boggs took a gamble. Inspired by the Kress Emporium, an historic building in Asheville, NC, that serves as a marketplace for more than 80 regional artists and craftspeople, she set out to create something similar (if smaller) in Tampa. Using some money she’d pocketed after flipping a house in the once-hot real estate market, she snagged a favorable lease in Hyde Park Village.

Boggs dubbed the location, once occupied by retailer Ann Taylor, the Tampa Artist Emporium and soon began renting wall and shelf space to local artists, who displayed their work. Monthly mixers and an open-door policy during the shopping district’s popular outdoor art fair led to sales. In relatively short order, Boggs’ pie-in-the-sky idea didn’t look so crazy after all.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Twitter Art Show taps online relationships

Posted By on Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 6:36 PM



Sheree Rensel. Twingo. Copper and mixed media on wood. 11-3/4" x 11-3/4" x 3". Artist's statement: "Twingo" is the unique and original tweet language of Twitter Tweople. Bio: BFA, MFA, Detroit artist born, NOW living and loving my art life in the real and virtual Universe.

If you’re following St. Petersburg artist Sheree Rensel on Twitter—that’s to say, if you’ve signed up to read her "tweets" or 140-character updates throughout the day—you can pretty much count on receiving a smile-inducing greeting routinely at around 9 a.m. It goes something like this:

“Good morning ART Tweople!”

(For those not already fluent in Twitterspeak, tweople—or tweeple—is a blend of “Twitter” and “people” used to refer to other users of the service. To learn more Twitterisms, consider consulting a twictionary like this one.)

A self-described “hyperactive” early adopter, Rensel has taught visual art to emotionally and developmentally disabled kids at a public school in Gulfport for 17 years, incorporating digital projects like photo portfolios and basic animation into the curriculum when possible. A mixed media artist by practice, Rensel—who describes her age as 50-something—uses Twitter mainly to keep up with other artists whose work she admires.

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Artsqueeze Weekend Roundup, July 16-19

Posted By on Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 9:20 AM


Ricardo de la Vega and Felipe Packard. Strolling in the Park. Mixed media, 2007. Image courtesy Morean Arts Center.


5-7 p.m. – Opening reception for Green: the Primary Color, featuring environmentally-themed art by Florida artists, at Art Center Sarasota.

5:30-7:30 p.m. – One Wild Night networking event, in conjunction with Wild Spirits exhibition at the Morean Arts Center. $10 admission includes interactive activities with the artists, heavy hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. RSVP to Lara Shelton at 727-822-7872 x15 or e-mail lara[at]

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

C. Emerson Fine Arts to exhibit at Aqua Art Miami 2009

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 8:51 AM



Aqua Wynwood 2007: Rusted wheelbarrows cut with lace-like patterns by Cal Lane at New York’s Foley Gallery. Photo by Megan Voeller.

Since reports (like this one) surfaced that collectors were actually buying earlier this summer at Art Basel in Switzerland, the international art fair circuit has managed at least partially to shake its recent image as a victim of the economy.

In December, when Art Basel Miami Beach arrives in Florida, St. Petersburg’s C. Emerson Fine Arts will take part in Aqua Art Miami, one of the popular satellite fairs that orbit around the larger showcase. Aqua, which plans to ditch its original venue (the Aqua Hotel on Miami Beach) and set up shop only in the Wynwood gallery district, has a reputation as one of the stronger satellites. It typically includes galleries from around the US along with a smattering of international participants.

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