CL's yearly Spring Arts Preview is now live, and with it we are also reviving another annual tradition: the CL Visions Photo & Video Contest.
We are now accepting submissions at cltampa.com/visions, continuing through Thurs., Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. ($5 an entry, three entries per person per contest). The theme is “Local,” which you can interpret any way you like: Local colors, flavors, heroes, legends. Local artists, shops, scandals, headlines. Local lingo, flora, fauna. Or none of the above: Just take a picture that says what “local” means to you.
Judges, who include such local lights as Tampa Photographer Laureate Ric Savid, award-winning filmmaker Victoria Jorgensen, and University of Tampa digital media maven Santiago Echeverry, will select top 10s and award $300 prizes to the winners. Readers can vote for their favorites beginning Wed., Feb. 20 at 9 a.m. through Thurs., Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. The top 10 judges’ selections and the top three readers’ choices will be printed in our Photo Issue on March 21 and shown in a gallery exhibition at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, with the winners announced at an awards reception March 21 at the museum. The video finalists will also be listed in the March 21 issue, and their work will be screened and the winners announced during the Gasparilla International Film Festival on Fri., March 22.
Surprisingly, the work of a young spirit, unhindered by strict rules and structure of professional work, can sometimes move you in such a more powerful and authentic way.
Before Tampa was invaded by the Imperial National Convention, Orlando, was taken over by Star Wars Celebration VI. The 7 million square-foot Orange County Convention Center was filled with shopping, trading, screenings, cosplayers, educational panels, laser tag, speed dating and Legos ... everything a fan could want, with the added bonus of lots of chicks in gold bikinis.
Not only does the video capture the stunning views of downtown and the Hillsborough River but includes some shots of people along the bank, the UT rowing crew and weather changes that complete a picture of Tampa in the summer. Abbett's friends Jared Fager and Sean Birdsell helped her put the finishing touches on it.
As card-carrying members of the 99%, we can identify with the latest work of artists Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese. The New York-based duo plans to install a 2,000-pound ice sculpture of the words “middle class” in downtown Tampa’s Lykes Gaslight Square Park on Monday, Aug. 27, the opening day of the Republican National Convention.
You can bet your bottom dollar that their handiwork will melt quickly in Tampa’s late summer heat— and that’s exactly what the artists intend. After unveiling the 4-ft. tall by 15-ft. wide ice sculpture, Ligorano and Reese will stick around to videotape its slow disintegration, letter by letter, which they estimate could take anywhere from six to 24 hours.
“[The sculptures] may disappear even faster than usual,” Ligorano said in a press release. “It’s a tossup whether that’s due to economic or climatic conditions.”
Or are you just itching to make a political statement?
Satisfy both urges by entering the Poster Art Show at Cafe Hey late August. The event is scheduled to coincide with the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
The open call to artists in the U.S. and abroad solicits those who wish to express their views to RNC leaders, the media, and others inside the convention zone. Handmade, preprinted and digital posters are welcome. Deadline for submissions is Aug. 15.
The spot for an irreverent, political art show is ideal; Cafe Hey is located just outside of the perimeter of the RNC event zone, on the line dividing the convention's insiders from the larger public.
The cafe will display all submissions in and outside the cafe starting on Aug. 25 and extending to the end of the RNC on Aug. 30. Find out about more at thepostershow.com.
One evening a few months ago, I came to a complete halt on my bicycle when I discovered that the iconic mural was gone. I was thinking "what have they done?!" All remained was a blank, concrete colored rectangle. I immediately posted a photo of the giant blank rectangle on facebook in attempt to find out what happened. Thanks to the powers of the internet, I found out within minutes that it was being restored. Whew!
The reception with art, DJ, food and beverage for the public is 7-10 p.m