Creative Pinellas presents ‘Imagine Blackness’
LARGO — “Imagine Blackness,” an exhibit by artist McArthur Freeman II and sociologist Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, will run Jan. 19 through Feb. 26 at The Gallery at Creative Pinellas, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo.
An opening reception and artist talk will take place on Saturday, January 28, from 14:00 to 16:00. The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, visit creativepinellas.org/event/imagine-blackness-opening-reception.
“Imagine Blackness” is a collaborative exploration of blackness and black representation through AI-generated imagery.
From a botanical paradise loaded with richly colored figures to an otherworldly futuristic sci-fi cosmos, this exhibition invites viewers to engage in the act of collective dreaming as a social intervention, moving beyond the reality of the current world to (re)-imagine and discover new ways of seeing and being. Inspired by Black speculative fiction and Afro-Futurism, the project offers viewers interactive opportunities to question, inspire and escape by engaging the viewers’ own imaginations in the co-construction of the future and alternative worlds.
Freeman is a visual artist and designer whose work explores hybridity and the construction of identity. His works ranged from surrealist narrative paintings and drawings to digitally constructed sculptural objects and animated 3D scenes. His most recent works combine three interrelated emerging technologies: digital sculpture, 3D scanning and 3D printing.
Freeman’s work has been published in Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art and has been exhibited nationally in both group and solo shows. Freeman earned his BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Florida. He received his MFA from Cornell University, with a concentration in painting. He also holds a Masters of Art and Design from North Carolina State University in animation and new media. Freeman is an associate professor of video, animation and digital art at the University of South Florida where he continues to use digital tools to address traditional processes while exploring hybrid ways of making and thinking about art.
Hordge-Freeman is a Tampa native and a sociologist whose work addresses ways in which racism and sexism are reproduced through the experiences of black women and families in Brazil and the United States. She received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her master’s degree and Ph.D. in sociology from Duke University.
Hordge-Freeman’s first book, “The Color of Love: Racial Features, Stigma and Socialization in Black Brazilian Families,” was published in 2015 by the University of Texas Press. She also co-edited a volume, “Race and the Politics of Knowledge Production: Diaspora and Black Transnational Scholarship in the US and Brazil.”
With research support from, among others, a Fulbright grant, Hordge-Freeman recently published a new book, “Second-Class Daughters: Black Brazilian Women and Informal Adoption as Modern Slavery.”
Hordge-Freeman is associate professor of sociology and interim associate vice provost for faculty recruitment, retention and engagement at the University of South Florida.
For more information about Creative Pinellas, its programs and activities, visit creativepinellas.org.
Public art step kit
CLEARWATER — The Downtown Clearwater Art Walk is offered third Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The next walks will take place on Saturday, January 21. Participants meet their guide at the Ring Canopy Sculpture in front of Old City Hall at 112 S. Osceola Ave. Free parking is available in the Old Town Hall car park. The docent-led walk covers the Cleveland Street corridor and nearby areas.
Participants will walk through downtown Clearwater while learning about the city’s vibrant public art scene. During the hour-long walk, participants will see at least 20 art installations, including sculptures, murals, art-wrapped signal boxes, sidewalk art and storm drain murals.
Tours are organized by the Clearwater Arts Alliance.
Tickets for the Downtown Clearwater Art Walk are $10 in advance or $15 the day of the tour. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com. For information about the organization, visit www.clearwaterartsalliance.org or email [email protected]
Beach Art Center presents “Reflections” exhibition
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – A reception for the “Reflections” exhibit will take place Friday, Jan. 13, 6 to 8 p.m., at Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palm Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach.
A show and exhibit will feature multimedia works by local artists and a special display of the work of Charlotte Di Gennaro, an instructor who is retiring after three decades of teaching at the center. The exhibition runs until February 10.
For information, call 727-596-4331 or visit www.beachartcenter.org.
Syd Entel to showcase art by Maya Eventov
SAFETY HARBOR – The work of palette knife painter Maya Eventov will be on display from February 11 to March 18 at Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass, 247 Main St., Safety Harbor.
An artist reception will take place on Saturday 11 February from 17:00 to 20:00
Eventov’s uniquely sculpted, textural acrylic canvases are instantly recognisable. She uses a palette knife technique. The paint rises from the canvas like a sculpture creating a window to her vision.
Eventov grew up in Leningrad in the former Soviet Union. In St. Petersburg, as it is now known, she was introduced to the great art treasures of the city at a young age. Countless hours were spent at the magnificent Hermitage Museum studying the works of great masters.
She graduated in 1987 with a master’s degree in graphic design. She then started working as an illustrator for children’s books. Eventov took advantage of the fall of the Iron Curtain by traveling. In the 1990s she immigrated to Canada where she found an immediate appreciation for her artwork and quickly became involved in the local art scene.
Eventov is now represented in galleries across Great Britain, Canada and the United States.
For information, visit sydentelgalleries.com.
‘Three Little Pigs’ is coming to Central Park
LARGO – As part of the Kids and Family Series, “The Three Little Pigs” will be presented Saturday, January 14, 11 a.m., at the Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo.
Tickets start at $8.50 plus service fee. Visit LargoArts.com or call 727-587-6793.
This original musical explores the flaws of human nature through the eyes of a family of stubborn pigs and one very famous wolf. The story begins when Papa Pig informs his children that they must leave the comfort of the pen and make their own way in the world. Before they go, Daddy gives some important advice. With only Papa’s words and one cabbage between them, the greedy pigs immediately start arguing about the food and how to build the best house. Sibling rivalry takes over and they quickly part ways.
Alone in the woods, their weaknesses become apparent as the Big Bad “Rapping” Wolf lays siege to their new homes.
Mainsail Lodging hosts bluegrass concerts
Mainsail Lodging & Development recently announced the 2023 Bluegrass with Nitrograss concert tour featuring shows at four of its award-winning hotels in Georgia and Florida.
The tour will include two shows in the Tampa Bay area, including one on Monday, January 16, 4-6 p.m., at the Edge Rooftop Cocktail Lounge atop the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa, and one on Tuesday, January 17, 5 – 7:00 p.m., on the front lawn at the Fenway Hotel in Dunedin.
Information on tour dates, tickets, special hotel room packages and more can be found at MainsailConcerts.com.
Nitrograss is an acoustic bluegrass band from Highlands, North Carolina.
“From Macon to Fort Myers, we love to treat our hotel guests and neighbors to each community’s vibrant local music scene, whether it’s on a rooftop, waterfront lawn or riverfront amphitheater,” said Joe Collier, president and founder of Mainsail Lodging & Development. said. . “I’ve been trying to create a stage for bluegrass at Mainsail for years with my own banjo playing and decided it was time to bring in the big guns with Nitrograss.”
Consisting of members Charles Wood, Darren Nicholson and Colby Laney, Nitrograss is known for its sonically unique and visually appealing acoustic performances. The percussive banjo of two-time national champion Charles Wood lays the foundation for the group’s unique style. Fusing Scruggs-style banjo with rhythmic motifs reminiscent of ZZ Top and the Allman Brothers, Woods’ playing is melodic in its sensibility with driving syncopation.
Market at Water Street to debut
TAMPA – The Market at Water Street Tampa will debut Sunday, Jan. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., bringing 50 local vendors and artisans as well as live entertainment and public art to Water Street, between Channelside Drive and E. Cumberland Avenue.
Held on third Sundays, this new monthly market features a diverse mix of vendors, artisans and farmers, complemented by live entertainment and public art. January’s market will celebrate the Lunar New Year with a Lion Dance at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Raybon Plaza.
Vendors include local farmers such as Green Leaf Farms, Riverbend Cattle Company and The Honey Couple, and artisans such as Sweet Harvest Farms, Tampa Bae Macrame and Bowtism. Water Street Tampa will partner with Tampa Bay Markets to select the vendors for the lineup.
For information, visit www.waterstreettampa.com/events.