Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Call for Artists: Bow Wow Meow!

Boston Martini, acrylic and ink on canvas, 12" x 16", available


Pom Pom's Teahouse and Sandwicheria, St. Pete invites Tampa Bay artists to submit entries for its upcoming exhibit Bow Wow Meow!: Art Exhibit for Friends of Strays.  This is exhibit, benefiting Friends of Strays' emergency medical fund, will focus on the two types of animals rescued, housed and cared for and adopted out at the non-profit shelter; cats and dogs. Anything from realism, portraiture, whimsical and even abstracted depictions will be considered in the jurying process. You may submit up to 5 quality images (at least 500x500 and no larger than 1000x1000 pixels) of available abstract 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).

Bow Wow Meow! will run from October 3rd through December 4th, 2016. Commission split is 40% (curator/charity), with 60% to the artist. Artists may choose to voluntarily donate a greater percentage to Friends of Strays. Please submit images along with Title/Medium/Size info for each to: jgascot@gascot.com
Submission deadline: Friday, September 23.
Acceptance emails will be sent by Monday, September 26. 
All accepted works must be delivered on Sunday, October 2nd, 5:00 pm.
An opening reception for this exhibit will be held on Saturday, October 8, 6-9pm during St. Pete's Second Saturday Art Walk.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Best of the Bay Awards

Hello all!
The Studios at 5663 and myself have been nominated for Creative Loafing's annual Best of the Bay awards. I ask that you consider taking a few minutes to cast your votes in support of our endeavors. It is greatly appreciated. And tell your friends and fams to vote too! I've included a sample below.
VOTE HERE.



Wednesday, July 13, 2016

#AllLivesMatter vs. #BlackLivesMatter

That all lives matter is implicit in the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Those who continue to add a "MOST" at the end of #BlackLivesMatter are either unable or unwilling to comprehend how dismissive the #AllLivesMatter response is. You would not walk into a Pediatric Cancer benefit holding a sign that says "Adults with Cancer Matter Too!" because you already know they do. So clearly the operative word that people continue to have an issue with is "Black". 
I'm well aware that this image is neither decorative nor easy to view (for many), but it is a sincere artistic expression of my outrage towards the #AllLivesMatter movement which is being used to negate and erase the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the USA. It symbolizes the regression in which we seem headed as a nation to the days of blatant racism as a way of life.

Limited edition of 25 per size.
Each print is signed and numbered by the artist.
Printed on archival Enhanced Matte Fine Art paper.
50% OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THESE PRINTS WILL BE DONATED TO #BlackLivesMatter.

Prints available from Latin Pop Shop.


#AllLivesMatter, mixed media on canvas, 16" x 20"
Original available.


Monday, July 11, 2016

Friday, July 8, 2016

Morena

Morena, acrylic on canvas. 12" x 24"
Available from Latin Pop Shop

Still Want to Keep Silent About Cops Who Hate?

There are, of course, countless police officers who do the right thing. For them I am grateful beyond words. There is also a national epidemic of police murdering black men in this country and that should not go unrecognized. We live in a country where things like Affirmative Action can be deemed "reverse discrimination" but we still cannot tend to this issue of systemic mass murder against men of color.
The following was posted this past evening by Lowell PD Chief Steven Bukala (confirmed by Grand Rapids police department as shown in the images we captured of our interactions). This type of behavior, attitude, belief...whatever you want to call it, SHOULD BE KNOWN.
#BlackLivesMatter





Thursday, July 7, 2016