This month I am partnering with the City of Lighthouse Point Parks & Rec department to create 2 murals on the backboard walls of Frank McDonough Park. The newly installed workout equipment and turf donated by James C. Acheson will be surrounded by a nature inspired design as well as the new LHP Recreation logo designed by yours truly. Here are some progress shots…
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…
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 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!
The Color the City Art Camp Dates have been adjusted to meet the needs of our exciting new undertaking! We will be designing park towers and posts for the City of Ft. Lauderdale in this 1 week camp. Age groups have been merged to allow sufficient group collaboration to design & create together these beautiful artworks! Spaces limited. Apply below
FALL EVENT CALENDAR!
CHALK FEST 2014
October 10-12th was Marietta, Georgia’s 4th annual Chalk Fest, a beautiful street painting festival featuring many talented chalk artists from around the country.
BROWARD 100 Kick-off Party
On October 16th, 2014 downtown Fort Lauderdale hosted the kick-off party for the Broward 100 Project-a centenniel celebration honoring the history of our region through the performance & visual arts! I created chalk mural with ArtServe, Ft. Lauderdale from 5-8pm on Las Olas Blvd across from the Museum of Art near the FAU campus. http://www.southflorida.com/theater-and-arts/sf-lauderdale-broward-100-block-party-20141015,0,2105088.story
Color the City Lighthouse Point
On October 19th, 2014 the Lighthouse Point Cultural Arts committee held our first “Color the City” fence weaving event, beautifying the city through public art workshops. I directed this one day collaboration with kids ages 7-14 in weaving vinyl strips of color into public park fences to beautify our local park! It was a unique, fun family event for the community to enjoy-just in time for the November 1st concert in the park event!
Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-off 2014
November 8th, 2014 is the Gridiron Grill-Off Event at the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre. A food, wine & tailgate festival presented by the Taste of the NFL featuring music, celebrity chefs & entertainment throughout the day. What does this have to do with art? I was asked along with a few other local artists to paint a Jack Daniels statue to auction off for charity. Proceeds of the purchased statues benefit John Offerdahl’s Hand Off Foundation, Feeding the Needs of Kids in Crisis.
BaCA Limelight Event Novemeber 19th
Wednesday evening, Nov 19th Old Pompanos newly renovated art space BACA will hold its monthly art exhibit. I will be creating & directing a large chalk mural collaboration with several of my art students from 4:00 onward! Come out and see some live art while enjoying music, food & entertainment in Pompano’s new revitalized art spot 🙂
The city of Lighthouse Point is getting some new public art this summer, thanks to our first City Summer Art Camp that ran June 9-13th, 2014. 26 kids kids ranging from ages 6-13 dove into bins of colorful tiles, designing personal mosaic creations and park benches for the city. We owe a HUGE thanks to local businesses Tiles of Pompano, D & B Tile, & Budget Tile for their generous contributions to our summer camp!
I first had the kids experiment with the “direct method” of mosaic making by gluing right onto 4×4″ tiles and grouting. (Wearing gloves of course, the fun part)
We proceeded to mosaic a larger piece to enter into Pompano Beach ArtHall’s student exhibit in August. By day 3 we were onto our bench designs, working in teams at our tables in groups of 5 or 6. I explained the “indirect method”” of mosaic making by laying out a cardboard template the exact dimensions of the bench backs, and having them plan and lay down the tiled design. Next, we carefully transfered the pieces onto 6″ sections of sticky contact paper by pressing them over each section of the design. I slathered on thinset cement carefully and had the kids press their contact sheets of tiles into the mortar until the bench was filled and they dried overnight.
Some groups created a mosaic of random colors & tiles, others an underwater scene, a lighthouse & a fish. The boys helped me stir up the grout outside after the tiles had dried in their bed of cement and we smoothed and sponged off the excess grout to fill in all the gaps. We even had a local reporter stop by to see our creations on the last day of camp! The kids had a blast & did some amazing artwork they will remember forever!
The following week I returned to sand the edges, seal the grout and prep all the benches for their public installation. I will post pics of the installed benches as they go up at Dan Witt park & other local spots in the city.
More city art projects to come! Great job artists!