Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Best of the Bay 2017 Nominations

We've been nominated!

Hello Everyone! I am thrilled to share that I, along with the Studios at 5663 and other artists of the Pinellas Arts Village have been nominated for some awards. If you enjoy my art and community engagement through art, please take a moment to cast your vote for me in the following categories:
Best Local Visual Artist
Best Artist CL Doesn't Cover
Best Visual Arts Curator

and the Studios at 5663 team (Best Gallery-non museum) for this year's Best of the Bay Awards.
Also consider casting a vote for Pinellas Arts Village artists in the following categories:
Best Art Party- Panting with Loy
Best Fashion Designer- Raul Del Castillo Designs
Best Mural- Jackie Robinson by Derek Donnelly
Best Public Art (non mural)- Trojan Horse by Vince Pompei and Derek Donnelly
Best Art Exhibit (non museum)- Female Persuasion (curated by Yours Truly)

You can vote from anywhere.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Use the link below:
VOTE HERE 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Diversion or Threat?

There's much talk of "diversion" regarding the president's military trans ban (and Session's attack on our civil rights). Diversions they very well may be, but don't be fooled or try to fool your LGBTQ friends and family (no matter how kind your intentions) into thinking that a diversion cannot also be a grave threat on our communities. Whether or not Trump's declarations come to fruition, the Child-in-Charge knows very well his words carry tremendous weight. Each shameful tweet sets into motion a series of event among cowardly sheeple who hate from the sidelines, just waiting for the word "GO".


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Friday, July 14, 2017

Call for Art: Come Out St. Pete


This Fall in St. Petersburg, FL the Grand Central District and neighboring districts will come alive in celebration of National Coming Out Day. The inaugural Come OUT St. Pete will be comprised of a series of events Oct.11-15, 2017 and will focus on, celebrate and raise awareness about self-truth, pride, community and acceptance. An important preceding event will be Come OUT St. Pete Art Exhibit & Contest, at which prizes will be awarded and an image will be chosen to represent this year's festival in merchandise and promotions.

Come OUT St. Pete and curator John Gascot invite Tampa Bay artists to submit entries for the upcoming pop up exhibit, Come OUT St. Pete. Artists may submit up to 5 quality images (at least 500 x 500 and no larger than 1000 x 1000 pixels) of available works. Each entry should measure no less than 8x8" and no more than 30x40". First Place winner agrees to grant Come OUT St. Pete copyright of winning image for use in merchandise and promotion of the festival. Artists must be able to provide high quality 300dpi image of their submission to be considered for prizes as 1st place will be printed on merchandise and promo materials. Note: While submissions should translate well to print and keep in mind the theme of Come OUT St. Pete and what it promotes, this is not a logo contest.

The Come OUT St. Pete Art Exhibit & Contest will take place on Friday, September 15, 6-9pm at E.P.I.C. ASAP Campus, St. Pete.

Prizes:
(18 yrs and over):
1st Place- $500 in cash and prizes and inclusion in Come OUT St. Pete 2017 Merchandise.
2nd Place- $150 in cash and prizes.
3rd Place- $75 in cash and prizes.

Young Artist Award (under 18 yrs)- $150 in cash and prizes.

Jurors:
Carla Bristol, gallerist and curator at Gallerie 909
John Gascot, Artist, curator and gallery coordinator at Studios at 5663
Jim Woodfield, Artist and owner of Woodfield Fine Art Gallery


Please  submit images along with Title/Medium/Size information for each to jgascot@gascot.com

Submission deadline: Wednesday, August 27, 2017
Acceptance emails will be sent by Thursday August 31, 2017.
Delivery of accepted artworks: Tuesday Sept 5 & Wednesday Sept 6, 10-6pm (details in acceptance email)
Commission split on sold works is 30% to event organizers/70% to the artist.

If you wish to receive email notifications about future artist calls or if you are submitting for this one please join the Artist Call email list via the link below.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Double Art Call: Hispanic Heritage Month


Sueños Americanos (American Dreams)

This curated art exhibition will focus on works by Latino artists celebrating contemporary Latino culture. The exhibition is open to visual artists working in a variety of mediums and styles. A common occurrence in Latino culture is the search for a perceived “American Dream”.  Migration into the US is often part of that perception.  Inside the United States, Latino Americans often juggle the traditions of their given heritage with integration into American culture. This exhibit will explore the dualities of the Latino American experience and how they uniquely inform the artistic voice of each artist represented.

Location: COVE Gallery at Pinellas Arts Village, Pinellas Park, FL


Ritmo Latino (Latin Rhythm) 
This curated art exhibition will showcase works by Latino artists. The exhibition is open to visual artists working in a variety of mediums and styles. The focus of this exhibit is celebration of Latino culture through representations of music, food, people and general iconography.

Location: Cider Press Café, St. Petersburg, FL

Artists may submit up to 10 quality images (at least 500x500 and no larger than 1000x1000 pixels) of available works. Each entry should measure no less than 6" x 6" or more than 30" x 40" (a few exceptions might be considered). All work must be properly wired and ready to hang upon delivery.

Commission split is 30%,with 70% to the artist. Please submit images along with Title/Medium/Size info for each to: jgascot@gascot.com
Submission deadline: Saturday, August 26.
Acceptance notifications will be sent by Wednesday, August 30.
All accepted works must be delivered on Saturday, September 2. 
-Cider Press Café, 11 am
-COVE Gallery, 1 pm
An opening reception for Cider Press' exhibit will be held on a soon-after TBD date.
Two opening receptions will be held for COVE's exhibit, one on a soon TBD date and the other on September 30 4-8 pm during Pinellas Arts Village 4th Saturday Art Walk.


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Sangre Taina/Taino Blood

Sangre Taina, acrylic and ink on canvas, 16" x 20"

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Call for Art: Cool it Down


Summer's here and the Florida sun is working overtime. Let lazy sweltering days and refreshing afternoon thunder showers inspire you. This exhibit will feature works focused on themes of escaping the heat, water, marine life, refreshing foods and beverages and cooling colors.

Pom Pom's Teahouse and Sandwicheria, St. Pete and curator John Gascot invite Tampa Bay artists to submit entries for their upcoming exhibit, Cool it Down. Artists may submit up to 5 quality images (at least 500 x 500 and no larger than 1000 x 1000 pixels) of available works. Each entry should measure no less than 8x8" and no more than 30x40".
Cool it Down will run from August 7, 2017 through September 30.
Commission split: 30% curator/ 70% artist.
Please  submit images along with Title/Medium/Size information for each to jgascot@gascot.com

Submission deadline: Sunday, July 30.
Acceptance emails will be sent by Tuesday, August 1.
All accepted works MUST be delivered on Sunday, August 6, 5:00 pm.

If you wish to receive email notifications about future artist calls or if you are submitting for this one please join the Artist Call email list via the link below.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Best of the Bay Award Nominations

Dear Boys & Girls, Ladies & Gents,

The time is here to make your suggestions for this year's Best of the Bay [http://www.cltampa.com/botb2017] nominations. You can do so from any location!

If you enjoy what I create, express, and how I engage with the community through art programming, please consider nominating me for any or all of the following Arts & Entertainment categories:

Best Visual Artist
Best Visual Arts Curator
Best Artist CL Doesn't Cover

Just enter my first and last name, John Gascot, into the nomination slot(s) here [http://local.cltampa.com/vote/59369f9335ab46c46f0e0e1f/59369fcb35ab46c46f0e0e33] and voila!

Also, please consider nominating The Studios @ 5663 for Best Art Gallery (non-museum).

Thank you all so very much!


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Call for Art: All the World's a Stage


The Cider Press Cafe, St. Pete and curator John Gascot invite Tampa Bay artists to submit entries for their upcoming exhibit All the World's a Stage. 
This group exhibit will feature artworks celebrating the world of theatre (plays, musicals, stage actors, theatre life). Artists may submit up to 10 quality images (at least 500x500 and no larger than 1000x1000 pixels) of available works. Each entry should measure no less than 6" x 6". There is no size limit and medium to larger works are encouraged and welcome. All work must be properly wired and ready to hang upon delivery.

Commission split is 30%,with 70% to the artist. Please submit images along with Title/Medium/Size info for each to: jgascot@gascot.com
Submission deadline: July 12.
All accepted works must be delivered on Saturday, July 15, 11 am.
A cabaret opening reception for this exhibit will be held on a soon-after TBD date.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Call for Participants: "Mosaic" Multi-Cultural Youth Art Workshop


Mosaic is an artist-led socially-engaged project working with Multicultural Youth. It is a partnership between artist John Gascot (Lead), co-lead artists and youth participants ages 11-14.
In June of 2017 Mr. Gascot will lead alongside co-lead art instructor Noelle Stillman a group of approximately 10 Multicultural Youths on a 4-day expressive arts program. There is no cost to participants. The workshop will take place at Allendale UMC. Allendale UMC has made a large classroom available to the project at no cost. The workshop is in no way faith-based. During the 4-day period Gascot and Stillman and will provide instruction and guidance as the students create stylized culturally expressive self-portraits celebrating their heritage and ancestry. Each portrait will be composed of 4 panels which will later be separated and mixed with the portraits of others to create various “mosaic” cross-cultural portraits. All final creative decisions will be made by the students. Once works are completed, an exhibit and opening reception celebrating the youth participants and their works will be held (dates and details will be announced soon). This event will be free and open to the public. The goal of this project is to bring youth from varying cultural backgrounds together in a safe and professional setting for cross-learning and cross-cultural creative teamwork. Through a shared art-making process they will learn about one another, what makes them culturally unique and how those differences might have enriched their creative experience.

-10 student participants, ages 11-14, from at least 3-5 cultural backgrounds
-Two teaching artists
-One 2hr session per day
Workshop Dates:
Monday, June 26, 10am-noon
Tuesday, June 27, 10am-noon
Wednesday, June 28, 10am-noon
Thursday, June 29, 10am-noon

Project contact:
John Gascot,
jgascot@gascot.com
This project is possible through a grant from the Saint Petersburg Arts Alliance.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017

Call for Art: Liberty for All


Pom Pom's Teahouse & Sandwicheria and curator John Gascot invite Tampa Bay artists to submit entries for their upcoming exhibit Liberty for All. 
This group exhibit will feature artworks celebrating and exploring LGBTQ Pride and the theme of equality. Tampa bay area artists may submit up to 5 quality images (at least 500x500 and no larger than 1000x1000 pixels) of available works. Each entry should measure no less than 6" x 6" and no larger than 30" x 40". Medium to smaller (easy to travel with) works are encouraged as the exhibit will run during St. Pete's Pride festivities, which attract large number of tourists. All work must be properly wired (no sawtooth hangers) and ready to hang upon delivery.

Liberty for All will run from June 5, 2017 through August 6, 2017. Commission split is 30%,with 70% to the artist. Please submit images along with Title/Medium/Size info for each to: jgascot@gascot.com
Submission deadline: Friday, May 26.
Acceptance emails will be sent by Monday, May 29.
All accepted works must be delivered on Sunday, June 4, 5pm.
An opening reception for this exhibit will be held on Saturday, June 10, 6-9pm.

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Trinity Within

It's no secret that I have issues aplenty with organized religions. In my opinion they seldom serve to empower and free the individual. Quite the opposite, actually. There are of course, as with all things, exceptions and I do know and hold the utmost respect for people who have found evolved and inclusive ways to navigate religious waters.
However at odds I might find myself with the concepts and rules of organized religions, I can't help but be continually inspired by its imagery, folklore and pageantry. It is a clear and undeniable influence in much of my work. I strive to use this imagery in ways that might be empowering to the viewer.
In this piece, Trinity Within, I propose a female Holy Trinity, as I find feminine energy to be the strongest and purest. I'm sure my attraction to female energy isn't unrelated to having been raised solely by women. I have always enjoyed a point of view that is well aware of the changes women can set into motion in this world and the powers they possess. It is by no coincidence that they have always been in a struggle for equality and on the forefront of change.
In my paintings I propose that strength is always within us and we need not depend on or subscribe to biblical routines to find the solution to our problems, let alone reach a place of inner-peace.
The flowers in Trinity Within hold special meanings. Water Lilies (a recurring element in my work) represent rebirth. Cosmos are often seen as symbols of love and peace. Most importantly, the Bird of Paradise represents the exploration of unchartered territories and the search for one's personal paradise.

Trinity Within, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 36"

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Call for Art: Circus


There's no forgetting the excitement we felt as children when our parents took us to see the circus. The sounds, the smells and of course, THE SIGHTS transported us into new worlds. After an astounding 146 years, Ringling Brothers, perhaps the most famous of all circuses will be taking its final bow. As adults we may have different views on this but it is nevertheless bittersweet for most. Circus will explore and celebrate the nostalgia of life and showmanship under the big top.

Pom Pom's Teahouse and Sandwicheria, St. Pete and curator John Gascot invite Tampa Bay artists to submit entries for their upcoming exhibit, Circus. Artists may submit up to 5 quality images (at least 500 x 500 and no larger than 1000 x 1000 pixels) of available works. Each entry should measure no less than 8x8" and no more than 30x40".
Circus will run from April 3, 2017 through the month of May.
Commission split: 30% curator/ 70% artist.
Please  submit images along with Title/Medium/Size information for each to jgascot@gascot.com

Submission deadline: Wednesday, March 22.
Acceptance emails will be sent by Sunday, March 25.
All accepted works MUST be delivered on Sunday, April 2, 5:00 pm.

An opening reception event will be held on Saturday, April 8, 6-9 pm.

If you wish to receive email notifications about future artist calls or if you are submitting for this one please join the Artist Call email list via the link below.

No. 7, Seated

No. 7, Seated, charcoal on newsprint, 8"x 10"

Monday, February 27, 2017

Call for Art: For the Boys



The Cider Press Cafe, St. Pete and curator John Gascot invite Tampa Bay artists to submit entries for their upcoming exhibit For the Boys. 
This group exhibit will feature artworks by gay, bisexual, trans and queer male artists. While open-themed, it will include expressions and depictions celebrating LGBTQ Pride, equality and the gay male experience. Eligible Tampa bay area artists may submit up to 10 quality images (at least 500x500 and no larger than 1000x1000 pixels) of available works. Each entry should measure no less than 6" x 6". There is no size limit and medium to larger works are encouraged and welcome. Medium to smaller (easy to travel with) works are also encouraged as the exhibit will run during St. Pete's Pride festivities, which attract large number of tourists. All work must be properly wired and ready to hang upon delivery.

For the Boys will run from May 14, 2017 through June 30th, 2017. Commission split is 30%,with 70% to the artist. Please submit images along with Title/Medium/Size info for each to: jgascot@gascot.com
Submission deadline: Sunday, April 30.
Acceptance emails will be sent by Friday, May 5.
All accepted works must be delivered on Saturday, May 13, 11 am.
An opening reception for this exhibit will be held on Saturday, May 20, 6-9pm.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Figures 5 & 6, Seated and Reclining

No. 5, Seated, charcoal on newsprint, 11" x 14"

No. 6, Reclining, charcoal on newsprint, 11" x 14"

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Figure 4, Seated

No. 4, Seated, charcoal on newsprint, matted to 11" x 14"
Drawings are available from my Etsy Store.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Figures 1, 2 & 3

I recently started a monthly figure-drawing night at the studios. Here are a few of my drawings from this month's session. They are also the basis for a new series of paintings. More to come.
Model: Nova Da'mour

No. 1, Reclining, charcoal on newsprint, 11" x 14"

No. 2, Seated, charcoal on newsprint, 11" x 14"

No. 3, Reclining, charcoal on newsprint, 8" x 10"

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Liberty for All T-shirt

I was incredibly touched by the lovely response this image received from participants of the Women's March on Washington (St.Pete and other states). I proudly carried my painting as my sign during the St. Pete march. Prior to that I had requests from a number of ladies to use the image as/in their posters. I gave permission to all who wanted to and made a high resolution image available to the public. Imagine my joy when I saw other marchers holding up "Liberty for All". 
Many requested a t-shirt and here it is!



You can purchase your very own "Liberty for All" tee from my Etsy store now. Just click here!


Monday, January 30, 2017

And the Nominees Are...

I'm thrilled to say I've been nominated for a Favorite Local LGBT Artist at this year's WAVE Awards.
Sooo...if I'm your favorite Tampa Bay area artist, or just the gayest you know you know what to do! Your vote is so very very very appreciated.


Vote here: http://www.watermarkonline.com/2017/01/01/2017-watermark-wave-awards-tampa-baysarasota/

Partnership with NOMAD for LGBTQ (+ Ally) Youth

I am honored to partner up with NOMAD Art Bus for this upcoming project.

In the Spring of 2017 I will lead alongside co-lead NOMAD instructor artist Sara Norine James a group of approximately 10 LGBTQ Youths on a 5-week expressive arts program. The workshop will take place at Studios at 5663. For the first 4 weeks Sara and I will provide instruction and guidance as the students create stylized self-portraits. All creative decisions will be made by the students.
On the fifth week an exhibit and opening reception celebrating the youth participants and their works will be held at COVE, where artist Derek Donnelly and Public Art Project will graciously provide gallery space. This will be the first (of hopefully many) artist-led programs directly impacting and benefiting immediate and neighboring youth and community held at the Pinellas Arts Village.

-10 student participants, ages 12-18 per session (approximately)
-Two teaching artists
-One 2hr session per week
-Five week session (1-4 instruction/creative and week 5 exhibit/reception)

Workshop Schedule:
Instruction/Creative
Thursday March 23, 6-8pm
Thursday March 30, 6-8pm
Thursday April 6, 6-8pm
Thursday April 13, 6-8pm

Gallery Exhibit/Opening Reception
Saturday April 22, 3-6pm 

There is no cost to participants. All materials, instruction and guidance as well as artist reception will be provided. This project aims at facilitating free expression, confidence and self-esteem. The workshops provide a safe environment for creative social interaction and sharing.

Project contacts:
John Gascot, jgascot@gascot.com
Sara Norine James, saranorine@gmail.com


Tuesday, January 3, 2017