Wednesday, May 4, 2016

ArtMode 2017/Call to Fine and Style/Fashion/Beauty Artists


The Studios at 5663 (5663 Park Blvd, Pinellas Park, FL) will proudly host ArtMode 2017: Art Meets Fashion on Saturday October 22nd, 2016 (time TBA). This will be the inaugural presentation of what is planned to become a yearly event at the Pinellas Arts Village/Creative District. We are currently accepting submissions from local and regional designers and fine artists who wish to create and showcase 5-10 piece micro-collections of original and unique artwear. Collections may be Avant garde in nature, but they must be wearable, not costumes. Proposed collections may be submitted by teams comprised by members of any given combination of the aforementioned art and style fields or by individual creatives. Everything from artful daywear to dramatic evening pieces and statement jewelry will be considered for showcase in the jurying process. If it’s wearable and artful, it will be considered.
Please submit photos and sketches with a brief description of collection concept as well as a list of team-members (if group submission) to event organizer John Gascot: jgascot@gascot.com
Selected samples of past works which might help support your eligibility or concept are also welcome.

Submission Deadline: Friday July 1, 2016
Notification: All submitting will be notified of acceptance or otherwise by no later than Friday July 15.
Show Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016.
A fee of $25-$50 per collection (depending on size) will apply to final round artists/designers who commit to showcasing at the event. All fees will be applied to promotion and execution costs.
SUBMISSION IS FREE.

Monday, April 25, 2016

May U Live 2 See the Dawn

I've written so many times about my icon of icons, Prince. If you are a long time reader of this blog you can probably imagine how I must be feeling at the moment. My life has not come to a halt, as I didn't personally know the man, but I have shed a few tears and am deeply saddened to know that I will never again feel the excitement of standing a few feet or rows away, seeing him work his magic on a stage. I will never await, with anticipation, the release of new purple music. I will never again be inspired by a Prince song, just written. I am thankful for the vast catalog he left behind and what might be to come if the vaults are opened and its contents released.

Farewell, Prince.

May U Live 2 See the Dawn (Farewell, Prince)
acrylic and ink on canvas, 16" x 20", original and prints available.
Limited edition prints available from Latin Pop Shop on Etsy.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Mr. John's Summer Art Camp @ 5663

My Summer Art Camp will kick off on the week of June 13th through 17th with a week long camp comprised of 2-project 2 1/2 hr sessions lead by Studios @ 5663 artist Loy Khambay-Correa and myself. After the initial week I will be offering camp sessions comprised of creative projects and activities on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays 10am-12pm.


Paint Camp with John & Loy
Monday-Friday, 1:30-4:00 pm
June 13th-17th, 2016
Ages 5-12
$30 per session per child includes all art and creative materials, project guidance, light snacks & juice.

Mr. John's Summer Art Camp
Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays, 10am-noon
June 20th through August 19th, 2016
Ages 5-12
$25 per session per child includes all art and creative materials, project guidance.

Spaces limited. Book today.
Email: jgascot@gascot.com
Pay by phone: 727-313-2250
Paypal: http://paypal.me/gascot
A minimum of 1 session non-refundable payment is required for reservations. Weekly or session by session payment accepted from that point on.

Paint with Mom this Mother's Day!


This Mother's Day (Sunday, May 8th, 2016) I will be offering two Paint with Mom paint party sessions. The first is a Brunch Paint Party 11am-1pm at my Latin Pop Shop Studio located at 5663 Park Blvd. in Pinellas Park, FL. The second will take place at Pom Pom's Teahouse in St. Pete, FL 3-5pm. Click on the links below for details on what is included and to make reservations. You can also use the Buy Now button provided (please specify "brunch" or "afternoon" session in your order details).

$40 per person includes:
-1 12" x 16" canvas per guest
-all paints and creative materials
-project guidance and hosting
-bagel/muffin/juice/tea spread for brunch session or first pitcher of sangria for afternoon session


Mothers' Day Paint Party
Paint with Mom Brunch Party
Pom Pom's Mothers' Day Paint Party

Monday, April 18, 2016

Best Weekend Ever

How is it that on a Monday I have rolled out of bed, achy, exhausted and worn out yet smiling from ear to ear; invigorated and fueled with excitement?
I blame the best weekend ever.

I don't usually make a huge deal of my birthday, however, this year I decided, back in January upon moving into my new art studio, that I would like to celebrate it by throwing myself a Grand Opening. Some dear long time friends from all over the country made travel arrangements to join us for the occasion. It was a plan.
In the interim, we juried 5 artists into our studio complex. With over half the available studios occupied it the event took a life of its own and it made perfect sense to plan for a Studios @ 5663 Grand Opening. And so we did.

We worked hard at promoting the event. Our director of Cultural Affairs, Debra Rose and I gave many a tour of the studios and developing Pinellas Arts Village. Our studio artists spread the word and so did their friends and their friends' friends and so on. We did television and newspaper interviews. We spread invitations around town and blasted the news on social media. But as anyone with any experience planning an art opening or event knows, there is no guarantee when it comes to attendance.

Because nothing I ever do ever seems to go off without some sort of glitch, I arrived at the studios Saturday afternoon in time to let the caterers in to discover our building had no electric power.
Don't panic, John. Don't panic.
The electric company predicted the issue would be resolved by 6:30pm. Our event was to begin at 6:00pm, of course. I watched nervously as early arrivals began to gather outside of our doors. Not only did we have no lights with which to SEE the art, it was now beginning to warm up inside. We are in Florida, after all.

As 6 o'clock struck, we had no choice but to open up and apologetically welcome guests into the building. "There is electricity next door, so if you'd like to check out their collection first and then come back...we will have live music as well...he he." People seemed undaunted by the conditions at hand. They had heard the buzz about our little growing artist village and wanted to be a part of it. It isn't every day you see visitors so determined to see art that they provide their own lighting. This was the case, exactly, as person after person switched their cell phones to "flashlight" and began illuminating our walls. This community seemed ready to receive what we came to offer.


The final outcome of the Studios @ 5663 Grand Opening exceeded every expectation and hope I had. My night was officially made when word reached me that our parking lot was full and people were having to park on side streets. What?? We had a full and happy-to-be-there house! The positivity was palpable. Visitors spent time with the art and engaged with the artists. They are invested in what is here and what is still to come. That is all the validation and assurance that we are moving in the right direction we need.

I want to thank my fellow Studios @ 5663 artists Kim Alderman, Bob Canning, Linda Costa-Cheranichit, Loy Khambay-Correa and Isis Navarro as well as Debra Rose, Directors of Cultural Affairs for the city of Pinellas Park for all of their hard work and support. It is invigorating and empowering, sharing common visions and goals for the Pinellas Arts Village. I would also like to thank the city and community who have rallied behind us. The Pinellas Arts Village and creative district is an investment from which we assure you will see many returns.



Sunday, April 10, 2016

Call to Artists: Monthly Solo Exhibits at Pinellas Arts Village



Immediately following the grand opening of The Studios @ 5663 on Saturday, April 16th, the developing Pinellas Arts Village in the new creative district of Pinellas Park will be preparing to launch its monthly Pinellas Village Art Night Out art walk. Pinellas Village Art Night Out will launch on Saturday, May 28th 6-9pm and will continue to take place on the 4th Saturday of each month. The Pinellas Arts Village currently consists of Studios @ 5663, the container live/work unit with studio and gallery directed by Derek Donnelly, The Wordier Than Thou live/work unit, The Complete Sweet Shoppe, Swartz Gallery...and growing. As Gallery Coordinator for the Studios @ 5663, I will also be curating small solo exhibits for The Complete Sweet Shoppe, another property in our arts village. I am now accepting submissions from local (preferably Pinellas County) artists as I schedule the 2016/2017 calendar.
The Complete Sweet Shoppe is a small space with approximately 2 ½ walls suitable for display. Collections of 8-10 small/medium pieces (less if including larger pieces) are enough to fill the space. There is no fee to submit. No commission will be taken from sales from this exhibit. We only ask and expect that featured artists exhibit effort in organizing a simple 4th Saturday Opening Night reception for their show and that they publicize it to at least their friends, family and collectors.

Please submit 5-7 images of work that demonstrates the style you intend to exhibit. Also include a short bio and/or website.  Submit to jgascot@gascot.com
Thank you.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Call to Artists: Havana Nights


Pom Pom's Teahouse and Sandwicheria, St. Pete invites Tampa Bay artists to submit entries for its upcoming exhibit Havana Nights. As travel restrictions to Cuba begin to loosen for the first time in half a century, American interest in travel to the island is rising. This show will feature works exploring the theme of Cuban and Caribbean culture; its sights, sounds, tastes and more. You may submit up to 5 quality images (at least 500x500 and no larger than 1000x1000 pixels) of available works. Each entry should measure no smaller than 8" x 8" and no larger than 30" x 40". All work must be properly wired and ready to hang on a display system upon delivery (no sawtooth hangers, wire only, please).

Havana Nights will run from June 6 through July 31st, 2016. Commission split is 25%, with 75% to the artist. Please submit images along with Title/Medium/Size info for each to: jgascot@gascot.com
Submission deadline: Friday, May 28.
Acceptance emails will be sent by Monday, May 30th. 
All accepted works must be delivered on Sunday, June 5, 5:00 pm.

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