I'll be migrating all things Fringe to a new website. I'm really looking forward to claiming some of my own website real estate back and focusing on blogging, making art and spending some time with my inner creative.
Blending my own website and the site for Fringe came from necessity... hosting a website isn't free and thanks to our IndieGoGo campaign, we are raising some funds to create a dedicated web platform that cultivates collaboration, including a group blog, a shoppable online gallery and artist profiles so you can see/meet all of us who make the magic happen. Depending on the success of the campaign, I'd also like to find a few new venues to host regular art shows. Just like websites, producing an art show costs a pretty penny. On average, the cost can range from $100 to $300 to get a new show off the ground. So, this IndieGoGo thing could really help us grow in a big way.
I'll still be managing everything - seems like people always get confused by the growth of Fringe and they think I am stepping away because they may see a new face, that's not the case... you're going to see new faces and hear from new artists regularly because we are EXPANDING, not shrinking. The truth is, I am one person and I cannot do it all. So, I am enlisting the help of some of the best artists in the area to help with the day to day functionality of hosting art shows, organizing events and more. If I don't do this, we won't ever have a chance to be bigger, be better, show more art - I am being brave here... it's scary to turn over your passion to someone else but if I don't try to grow here, I'll never be able to see the full potential of Fringe become realized.
We may encounter bumps along the way, some people may not work out, venues that host our shows may come and go but I'm trying to make this thing real, hopeful to make this dream come true and confident that eventually - Tampa and St. Pete will be one GIANT public art space.
The Fringys have been hustling! We have had SO MANY art sales back to back to back to ba... you get the idea.
CONGRATS everyone! I am so happy for all of you and so thrilled that I get to work with this group of talented creatives. Here is a run down on our January through March art sales, all of which are funneled through our various show locations throughout Tampa and St. Pete (find us smiling by searching #FringeArtShow on instagram!)
I frickin' love you guys!
Kara Reynolds Voorhees, sold two pieces of original watercolor/ink works from our lovely Fringe venue, Valhalla Resale in Seminole Heights. Kara also sold two pieces from the current group show at Fringe venue, 81Bay Brewing in South Tampa.
JP DiCarlo sold this awesome Gizmo piece at our Fringe Family Show at the City of Oldsmar, City Hall Gallery exhibit.
Hoolie Rowe, sold two originals (The Dude and Red Foreman) during her show at 7venth Sun Brewery in Seminole Heights.
Kaylin Amabile sold an original collage out of our Fringe Family Show, hosted by the City of Oldsmar, City Hall Gallery. Kaylin is a photographer and collage artists, her collage work is enormously tiny, please go check out her impressive stylings and compositions.
Lisa Lohnes sold an original work in our current group show at 81Bay Brewing. I don't have a photo of the piece that sold, but I stalked Lisa's instagram account and fell in love with this piece, sharing it so you can get a feel for her rad style.
15-year-old artist, Evan Gatscher sold this piece, "Vintage Airstream" out of our current group show at 81Bay Brewing.
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Nicholas Holman is one of our newest members, in his debut show with Fringe, Nick sold a piece out of Victory Coffee in Channelside in less than 24 hours! Way to go Nick!
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I am so excited to get back into painting and creative workshops. It's one of the pieces of the puzzle that helped get me a seat at the "full time artist" table. For the re-launch, it was time to come up with the perfect workshop name and dial in on the projects that I wanted to teach and be part of.
I JUST #ARTED (yes, it looks like farted on purpose) was born. I wanted these workshops to be fun and quirky, I wanted to be able to be silly and well, be myself.
The first of this whacky series is a painting project that I am hosting at 7venth Sun Brewery in Seminole Heights, tickets are $35 and include all materials.
We will be creating a trippy octopus tentacle similar to the one pictured above. I'll show you all the tips and techniques to make artwork that you really WANT to hang in your house.
There is still some time to snag a ticket or two: GET YOURS HERE