Before We Get Started …

Ol’ Blackrims looking unto the bright future that is the next art season!

I was going to write a really sentimental piece on this past art season.  It totally would’ve made you cry.  No time, though.

You’re likely putting finishing touches on your latest masterpiece, tying up loose ends before the next exhibit, taking care of the last edits on your preview blog post, or just totally hyped for the art to get going again.  Now that I’ve got my first art season as a blogger under my belt (sort of – I got started half way through) I’m looking forward to my second.

A lot has happened in our little art world over the course of the last year.  Specifically, I feel like a few developments have changed or clarified the role Art at Bay should play.  With the goal of keeping you informed on Tampa Bay art, I thought I’d let you in on what I’ve been thinking.

The Tampa Bay art scene blogosphere (admittedly, a very specific sphere) has blown up this year along with the rest of the Bay area art world.  Alright, maybe “blown up” is overstating it a bit.  In regards to finding words on our art scene now, here’s where I go for what:

So, doing a quick look-over of the local blogosphere and my blog I’ve come up with a couple of conclusions:

  1. With local art information aplenty I should offer less this season – there isn’t exactly a shortage of it.  Assuming, we’re all informed, its time to begin talking about how we feel on issues unique to our scene and act on it.
  2. Though Art at Bay may have comparatively few readers – looking over the FB ‘like’ list you guys seem to be our art world who’s-who: each of you appear to have some sort of hand on the wheel steering this crazy thing.  I intend for Art at Bay to focus more on the conversation of how and where it should be steered.

Anyhow, I hope you stick with me for the upcoming season.  More importantly, I hope you join the conversation.

Before We Get Started …

Art@Bay at Sarasota Visual Art: Tempus for The Spring and Us for Each Other

It’s sad in a way – like homeless people lending each other money; the current economic climate impelling the underfunded to fund each other.  My wife reminds me that I’ve been an especially cranky critic lately.  This would be why.  However, these days marked by austerity seem to be shifting into days marked by crowdsourcing, a trend to which Tampa Bay has warmed up quickly.  Indeed, around here crowdsourced funds appear to nearly outpace great ideas needing a kick-start.  In a way, it’s promising.  Tempus for the Spring illustrated this promise well enough to oblige me to begin to uncrank.

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Art@Bay at Sarasota Visual Art: Tempus for The Spring and Us for Each Other

Look! Tempus for The Spring

Need an alibi for your whereabouts last night?  If you’re a Bay area art-worlder you were likely here, Tempus for the Spring.  Look for a proper review soon and enjoy these photos meanwhile.

The courtyard near the CL Space

Theo Wujcik, Arts Grip, Acrylic on canvas, 2011

Art by George Anderton (five pieces on the left) and Justin Nelson (one piece on the right)

Video work by Kurt Piazza in the background
Look! Tempus for The Spring

Warm Up the Skinny Jeans, Kids – Art to Check out This Weekend! 2/17-2/19

If you’ve read the recent post “How to Take Brooding to the Max“, you know I’ve been brooding over active engagement.  I’m aware “active engagement” sounds like a left over from a PTA meeting.  But because you’re too awesome to sit idly and let the art happen to you, this weekend is your chance to engage actively to the max.

Studio@620 – Contribute: A Community Based Event   Sat 2/18  7pm-10pm     $10 (suggested donation)

I understand this may seem to be a strange recommendation given that Contribute isn’t exactly an art event.  If you’re worried about not getting your art fix (either because your fresh out of methadone or you just like checking out art every weekend) don’t stress: you’re not missing much.  The only reception I could find going on this weekend (USF Centre Gallery) had little information a lot of man cleavage.

Contribute is a public forum on community action: a panel discussion!  I love panel discussions.  For fun I call having dinner with my wife a panel discussion.  My dog enjoys it because he gets to be the moderator.  Anyhow, Contribute specifically addresses community action and participation in regards to St. Petersburg and the rest of the Bay area.  Each Contribute event has a different theme, this Saturday’s being “collaboration”.

The panel speakers will be (hang in there for this long list of creds) Hampton Dohrman, director of Creative Pinellas and founder of Hampton Arts Management; Larry Biddle, the principal at Sweet Spot Ads and director of the Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival; James Howard, publisher of Creative Loafing and Ybor City Museum Society Board of Directors member; and John Morrow, the president of Morrow Consultants, LLC.  The moderator will be Mitch Perry, Creative Loafing’s News and Politics Editor.

It’s easy to see that though this isn’t an art event, this list has some notable friends of the art scene.  No doubt, the discussion will veer in arts & culture direction during the discussion.  It’ll be interesting to see if any collaboration is born out of this forum.   You’ve been informed art-nerds – get your networking shoes on and head to the ‘Burg.  Also, if this event leaves you public-forum-hungry, word on the streets (i.e. Facebook) is that Creative Pinellas will have a press conference on Tuesday 2/28 at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

If Your Starting You’re Art Weekend Tonight:

USFCAM – Mark Dion Gallery Talk and Scavenger Hunt  Not only does this sound like fun but among other things there’s a Taco Bus gift certificate up for grabs.  The event is free, open to the public, and 6pm-8pm.

Warm Up the Skinny Jeans, Kids – Art to Check out This Weekend! 2/17-2/19