January 21st, 2017 Pompano Beach hosted its annual Nautical Flea market along with the city of Lighthouse Point. I created a large scale 13×13′ angel fish on Saturday using chalk pastel directly onto the pavement. After priming the street with watered down tempera paint, I filled the fish with brightly colored patterns, using both my hands (yes ouch) & sponges. After a substantial water spill, I was able to fully complete my fishy guy. I had a great time interacting with my community & meeting new faces! Stay tuned for future chalk events…
The newest pop up gallery at Pompano Citi Center hosted another exhibit for local south florida artists this month called #evoke. Featured is my 4 x 8 foot chalk panel titled “Union” created live at Magnetic’s previous event last spring, “Art Pop”.
This Saturday I will be creating a chalk piece at the annual Nautical Flea Market hosted by the City of Pompano Beach & Lighthouse Point, located at Pompano Community Park. The event will run both Saturday & Sunday hosting over 23 vendors from fishing, paddle boarding and boating. My street painting will include nautical theme and begin at 8am Saturday morning into the afternoon
Nautical Flea Market
The theme was “Eat Drink & be Merry”. The international Florida festival in Sarasota relocated to the quaint town of Venice on Florid’s west coast. I created a cluster of jeweled fruit, working alongside many talented artists from around the world in the downtown district with the 2D artists. The larger airport grounds hosted many large scale 3D works, including the world record led by chalk art pioneer Kurt Wenner.
I will be creating a chalk mural alongside 2 other talented street painters for this special event honoring Broward County’s 100th birthday!
“2015 marks the 100th birthday of Broward County. Broward 100 is a yearlong centennial celebration to showcasing the communities within the County and commemorating its history, culture and arts.
Broward 100 commemorates Broward County’s centennial with bold, innovative art and performance projects that attract visitors and bring Broward residents together using our arts, sports and recreation venues, natural attractions and incredible diversity to creatively bridge, bond and build their communities.” -Broward Cultural Division
August 6th, 2015
The Giving Tree mural completed this past May for the newly relocated ChildNet offices made a feature in the Sun Sentinel newspaper this morning. The murals, based on classic children’s books were designed to create an atmosphere of safety and comfort for the kids brought through this non-profit child welfare system. The four Artserve artists brought in include myself, Jane Casoria, Nadine Floyd, and Lori Pratico.
http://youtu.be/ZnE_OpQNFyUYou Tube clip
The coastal town of Wilhelmshaven, Germany hosted its 5th annual Street Fest August 1-2 in its City Center along the Nordsee Passage. Over 60,000 people came to watch 40 international street artists chalk directly onto the paved MarktstraBe. Artists were divided into 3 categories: 3D, copyists, and free artists, of which I was apart of.
Here is the final result & meaning behind my 8×10 ft piece titled “Die Blaue Blume” or “The Blue Flower”
“Infinite yearning”—this is how E.T.A. Hoffman summed up Romanticism. At the end of the eighteenth century, German poets, musicians, and philosophers spearheaded Romanticism. For the German Romantics one symbol summed up all their dreams—the blue flower. The image of the blue flower first appeared in Heinrich von Ofterdingen, a coming-of-age novel written by German romantic author Novalis in the eighteenth century. Rejecting the materialism of the bourgeois world around him, the young Heinrich searches for artistic and spiritual fulfillment, symbolized by a perfect blue flower. “It is not treasures that I care for” Heinrich said to himself, “but I long to see the blue flower. I cannot rid my thoughts of the idea, it haunts me.”
“After first gaining popularity during the Romantic movement, the symbol can also be found frequently in German folk songs of the last two centuries:
“If the golden sun laughs so bright, the world I must go roam,
Because somewhere in the earthly light, the blue flower must grow.
So I search the land and near the sea, to find this little flower,
And only where that blossom be, could I ever cease to wander.”
-“Wenn hell die golden Sonne lacht,” author unknown
The blue flower was adopted by both the German youth Movement during the Weimar Era and the Student Movement of the 1960s as a symbol of hope and regeneration after the world wars—the image could
be seen frequently on protests signs from both movements. Jim and Ruth Bauer, creators of The Blue Flower, were drawn to the image as it symbolized the complex world of the Weimar artists—searching both for artistic perfection as well as a way to rebuild the broken world that surrounded them.”
-American Repertory Theatre
“A blue flower is a central symbol of inspiration. It stands for desire, love, and the metaphysical striving for the infinite and unreachable. It symbolizes hope and the beauty of things.” -Harvard University Press ISBN 0-674-02455-1