The Marietta Cobb Museum of Art hosted its annual street painting festival October 10th-11th, showcasing 54+ chalk artists from around the country. The theme was patriotic, and the chalk & beer fest was filled with music and fun!
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
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
The Art Live event at the Lighthouse Point Yacht Club Tuesday night was a great success! A live Art event to benefit the Broward Children’s Hospital, 4 artists successfully auctioned their artwork after 90 minutes of live painting on a stage. The evening was filled with music, refreshments, artwork from Rosetti Gallery, & fashion from Body & Soul Boutique in Lighthouse Point. Here are some snapshots featuring local artists John Paul Goncalves, Wendy Nicholas, Kris McDermott, & yours truly. Enjoy!
Next weekend, March 29th I will be participating in Ft. Lauderdale’s “Quick Draw” along downtown Riverfront between 12-3pm! http://browardartguild.org/Quick-Draw.htm?utm_source=Quick+Draw+2015+-+2&utm_campaign=Quick+Draw&utm_medium=email
Here is my latest Street Painting adventure from March 22-23 in Safety Harbor, Florida titled “Setting Sail”. The concept is about setting your dreams into flight with hope and confidence, and filling your sails with wind. The quaint coastal town of Safety Harbor was a perfect backdrop for my serene little sailboats
On to the next adventure!
The 2014 Lake Worth Street Festival is approaching quickly! February 22-23rd, the streets of Downtown Lake Worth, Florida will be transformed into a canvas of art with over 300 participating artists. The theme this year will be cinema, and I am still deciding between a few themes to make my piece dynamic!