Saturday, December 10, 2016

Welcome to ELFZlandia!

Back in 2011 Todd and Kiaralinda wrapped their house, WHIMZEYLAND, in mylar and cllaed it HOLiDAZZLE. They decorated it in recycled wonders created from plastic bottles, lights, old CDs, and much more. It was amazing.

Naturally, they can't let SHAMc's first holiday season go unnoticed! Todd is busy wrapping the ARTery (the Rigsby house) in mylar, He's adding lights to it, and to every fence on the property. Heather and Kiaralinda are busy preparing jolly frivolity on the inside too.

Enter through the parking lot and alley connected to Sideshow (through the back) where the giant LOVE lights are. Take a picture and then into the ODDitorium (the main building) where artful evles will greet you. Want to make a minimum $5 donation? You will receive a mystery package for that!

Spin the prize wheel for $1s or make a donation for beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. Everyone is welcome and we hope you'll bring your friends and guests to show off the spirit of our artful city!All proceeds benefit SHAMc arts programming.

Don't miss it, ELFZlandia only happens for twelve shiny nights: December 15 through 26th from  6 to 9 p.m.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Magic sounds like ...

photo credit Holly Apperson
This morning on Facebook, Kiaralinda posted: "Thanks to Tall Heights and Jay Cridlin for making our first listening room concert a special evening that we at Safety Harbor Art and Music Center will never forget."

Jay Cridlin's article in the Tampa Bay Times sums up what last night was all about: SHAMc's first listening room experience, with Tall Heights, was magical.

We have a lot more in store for you, so be sure to sign up for email notifications. Watch for information on ELFZlandia. We'll be sharing more on that this week, right here, on this  blog, so be sure to check back!

photo credit Holly Apperson

Have little ones? What are you doing tomorrow?

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Power of Three to be unveiled at SHAMcGiving

Are you ready for SHAMcGiving? If you haven’t yet learned about all of the fun activities happening over Thanksgiving weekend, take a look at this blog post, which will hopefully answer all of your questions.

Oh, but wait! We have something exciting to announce . . .

Sculptor Bruce Niemi and his wife Suzi are coming from Wisconsin to deliver The Power of Three,  a contemporary stainless steel sculpture measuring 10’x4’x4’. It will be unveiled on Saturday at noon during the ribbon cutting ceremonies and will be the first sculpture to occupy SHAMc's sculpture pad.

Kiaralinda and Todd have known Bruce and Suzi for over fifteen years. They have done art festivals together and the Niemis have been integral parts of SongFest. They felt they had to be a part of the grand opening so they’re coming down for SHAMcGiving and then heading straight to Art Basel in Miami.

Kiaralinda says: “We are so excited for his work to be the first. Having a beautiful contemporary sculpture at SHAMc is exciting!”

In a statement about the piece, Bruce wrote:

When creating this sculpture I was inspired by Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. These verses are about the Value of a Friend and how we need each other. When we stand together to help each other through life’s twists and turns and help each other grow along the way, we become stronger human beings. Just as a three stranded rope isn’t easily broken. We need a little help from our friends! This is truly reflected in the SHAMc Collective’s Teamwork through the vision and leadership of Kiaralinda, Todd Ramquist and Heather Richardson. They embody what can be done through the Power of Three.

The stainless steel  sculpture is available for purchase and has an asking price of $42,000. A portion of the proceeds will benefit SHAMc’s future arts programming.

See you all at SHAMcGiving!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Our Grand Opening = A Thankful Celebration!

Photo credit: Holly Apperson

SHAMc ... we have been working on this building - this concept - for about four years. How many of you were part of the team that voted 3x every day to win the $50,000 Pepsi Refresh grant? Raise your hand if you attended HOLIDAZZLE or LuWOW

Who bought a Blinky or painted a sign post? Did you attend the groundbreaking ceremony and shovel dirt? What about the fence posts or mosaics? Did you help to create the panels that are now SHAMc's outer walls?

Gareth Asher, breaking ground.

Look how far we've come!

There is so much that went into this building - so much creative effort and hundreds of creative minds dedicated to being a part of the SHAMc Collective! Now it's time to celebrate!

Join us for SHAMsGivinGa weekend of Thanksgiving, SHAMc style!

Thanksgiving weekend, Friday, November 25, 12 p.m., to Sunday, November 27, 6 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Art & Music Center:  702 2nd St. N. Safety Harbor, FL 34695

What yummy dish will you create and share?

Bring a dish to share for our SHAMsGivinG Feast on Friday. (Times to be announced and we will be sure to edit them in to this post.)

Music will happen throughout the weekend and
The lineup includes:

Shaun Hopper, Victor and Penny, David Herraro, Brooke Ramel, Bing Futch, Aimee and Kurt, Hailey Steele, Urban Gypsies of Florida as well as our #SongFestFamily alumni:
Gareth Asher, Geri X, Daphne Willis, Ryan Montbleau, Emily Kopp, and

Multi-talented Kip Kelly is also in the musical lineup. Besides being part of the entertainment, Kip will bring a special Crooked Thumb SHAMsGivinG brew to help us celebrate!

There will be fun throughout the whole weekend. On Friday we will enjoy our SHAMsGivinG Harvest Potluck. On Saturday we will offer music, mosaics and mural painting. Stay into the evening and parade through the streets with us at dusk. You are encouraged to whimsically decorate and bring a Dollar Store umbrella, and wear a costume or your Blinky if you have one! Be sure to return on Sunday to participate in the community mosaic panel that will become part of SHAMc.  We are excited to welcome back MooNiE the Magnif'Cent to host Storytie and Safety Harbor Writers & Poets  will share poetry, open mic style. Oh, and we aren't going to tell you what, but we will have a BIG SURPRISE in store too!

You have been, or you soon will be, a huge part of our magic. Please come & help us celebrate.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

The Art of Three Passions: GinHol Mosaics

Holly Apperson and Ginny Allen are the artist duo GinHol, who started creating mosaics together fifteen years ago, in-between demanding day jobs. Ginny smiles and explains, “We made the decision to switch gears.” 

The pun doesn’t go unnoticed as we sit among more than a dozen decorated guitars, banjos, mandolins and a ukulele. Now, the women are living and working as full time artists.

“We use the term upcycled,” says Holly, “because they reflect our three passions: bicycling, music and art.” 

Ginny picks up a vibrant blue guitar decorated with stained glass, bike chains, sprockets and a metal sunflower. “We find them and they find us,” she says, “usually when they’re ready for another purpose.”

Each instrument takes approximately fourteen hours to complete and the work is done in staggered stages. The artists work on five or six at time with Holly being a sort of artistic director and Ginny more of a mechanical engineer. “We don’t plan ahead, but we realize what each piece’s theme will be,” explains Holly. “It’s almost like pottery; you’re not completely sure what you’re going to get until you open the kiln.” 

“We like to call the finished pieces wall jewelry,” adds Ginny.

Ginny Allen and Holly Apperson at Cycle Brewing

The guitars started gaining popularity after their debut at the first Safety Harbor SongFest, three years ago. Now the instruments are shown and sold at a design center in Denver, Studio Adams and Cycle Brewing in the Tampa Bay Area, and most recently Monroe Galleries in Jacksonville. 

Their next show is at the Dunedin Orange FestivalSaturday, 7/09/16  from 10am to 10pm, at Edgewater Park in Dunedin. 

They have also been accepted to participate in the 2016 ArtPrize in Grand Rapids from September 21 to October 9, 2016.  "We will be asking all our friends and followers to ask their friends and followers to visit ArtPrize to view our work and vote for us," Ginny says. (VOTE CODE 64066). There are 182 venues within the City of Grand Rapids. GinHol Mosaics has been selected by Harris Building at 111 S Division, Grand Rapids, MI 

I purchased a beautiful small guitar earlier this year and it rests perfectly on our mantle. The instruments range from $150 to about $500, depending on size and detail. When asked what their favorite piece is among all the ones they’ve made, the women laugh and without skipping a beat, say, “Every one.”

To see more of GinHol’s work, visit their website or like GinHol Mosaics on Facebook