ART AT BAY is Two Years Old!

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One of the past year’s many highlights: Hanging out with Tampa artists Kimberly Meadows, Neil Bender, and Justin Nelson at Aqua Art Miami

Two years ago I wrote the first blog post for ART AT BAY and today I write the 159th.  A lot has happened in the past two years with the blog generally and me personally.  The blog is still here, and I’m now joined by three other writers.  We’re slated to release the first print issue of ART AT BAY next month.  My wife gave birth to our first child, a daughter.  I became a contributor for Hi-Fructose Magazine and exhibited once as an artist.

I’ve spoken with many awesome artists, gallerists, writers, and art lovers over the past year.  Reflecting on it all, I find myself more optimistic than I was when I wrote this post last year.  Tampa Bay seems poised to not only take its place as a significant art community, but more importantly it seems ready to accept itself.  I’m continually seeing more collaboration span the Bay.  I see people in our little art scenes lend a hand, some money, some time, some hard work, some resources for the sake of art and what it does locally.  I’ve seen it done for me.  It’s nice to witness our favorite artists mature and new artists gearing up to get involved.  Some awesome things are going to happen in our little art world on the Bay.  I hope you continue to stick with me and ART AT BAY as we provide a forum to talk about it and give it some attention.

Thank you.  Please believe me as sincere when I say, you guys are awesome, seriously awesome.

-Danny Olda

ART AT BAY is Two Years Old!

Art@Bay on ARTICULATE: A Party is in Order at the Venture Compound

Rad Block Party at the Venture Compound and Black Valley Collective

A year’s worth of wonderfully weird and powerfully progressive programming has come and gone at the Venture Compound. Jesse Thelonious Vance, the mind at work behind the Compound curtain, had made the most of the past 52 weeks. He’s filled the venue with noise fests, yoga classes, art exhibits, and even found time to win the FEAST arts grant. Now a party is in order.

 

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Art@Bay on ARTICULATE: A Party is in Order at the Venture Compound

Happy Anniversary, Blue Bird!

This Saturday a small group gathered at Seminole Heights’ Mermaid Tavern to celebrate the first anniversary of Mitzi Gordon’s Blue Bird Books Bus.  It’s hard to believe the little bus has been hopping around town spreading the joy of words and art for so long now.  The bus was the subject of my very first art blog post.  You can check it out here.  Here’s to the first of many, Blue Bird!

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Happy Anniversary, Blue Bird!