Visual Arts

Sunday, July 7, 2013

In living color: Community Stepping Stones' Beautiful Beasties

Posted By on Sun, Jul 7, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek called microorganisms “beasties” when they first wiggled under his microscope in 1654. His catchphrase inspired the title of a new art show, Beautiful Beasties, coordinated by Community Stepping Stones, a Sulphur Springs-based nonprofit that provides at-risk youth with arts, culture and creative educational opportunies — such as USF microbiologist Dr. Bridgette Froschke teaching teens about phytoplankton, photosynthesis and other micro wonders.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Picture time! Carousel, a slideshow by the pros

Posted By on Wed, May 29, 2013 at 1:29 PM

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Inspired by the bygone family tradition of gathering around the ol’ slide projector, the Carousel photography series showcases work by prominent, (mostly) local photographers — not your drunk dad commanding you to stay in your chair and shut up while he fumbles through yet another round of vacation snapshots. (Ohhhh, that was just my family — my bad.)

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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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Thursday, January 24, 2013

CL Visions Photo & Video contests now accepting submissions

Enter CL's annual photo and video contests, impress your friends and win cash!

Posted By on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 11:25 AM

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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.

Good luck!

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

A fountain of youthful inspiration: Midtown and Beyond

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Swingin’: Latavia Nelson, eighth grader at John Hopkins Middle, plays with her son, J’aire George. ”It changed my life in a lot of ways,” she said about giving birth to her son at 14.
  • LATAVIA NELSON
  • Swingin’: Latavia Nelson, eighth grader at John Hopkins Middle, plays with her son, J’aire George. ”It changed my life in a lot of ways,” she said about giving birth to her son at 14.
Seeing the world through the eyes of a professional journalist or photographer is one thing, while seeing it through the eyes of an elementary, middle or high school amateur can evoke very different emotions.

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.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Force was with us at Star Wars Celebration VI

Posted By on Tue, Sep 11, 2012 at 12:29 PM

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.

Attendees from all over the world were greeted by a looming AT-AT Walker and some of their favorite characters decked out in beads while R2D2 took a Myspace-style group shot.
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  • Attendees from all over the world were greeted by a looming AT-AT Walker.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Nicole Abbett captures downtown Tampa "City Lights" in a time lapse

Posted By on Sat, Aug 18, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Abbett treads the banks of the Hillsborough, setting up for her time lapse photo shoot.
  • Jared Fager
  • Abbett treads the banks of the Hillsborough, setting up for her time lapse photo shoot.
Last week, when artist Tracey Dear illuminated five Tampa bridges in a project titled Agua Luces, photographer Nicole Abbett — struck by inspiration and a surge in her wellspring of hometown pride — decided to embark on a weeklong project that involved working long sweaty hours outside by the Hillsborough River, shooting meticulously and editing images for a time lapse video called "City Lights" (embedded below).

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.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Artists to melt "middle class"

Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese send a chilly message to the delegates during the RNC.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 8, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Ice sculpture by Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese
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  • Ice sculpture by Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese

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.”

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Call to artists issued for Cafe Hey poster art show during RNC

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Though this poster is funny, please refrain from the Shepard Fairey knock-offs. Thanks.
  • Azraelangel
  • Though this poster is funny, please refrain from the Shepherd Fairey knock-offs. Thanks.

Are you an artist or always wanted to be one?

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.

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