The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and 352arts is pleased to announce Gainesville’s first 3-D mural, created by local multidisciplinary artist Daniel Vélez-Climent. This weekend on Saturday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 12, Vélez-Climent will paint the mural titled "Shackles," at 200 NE First St., while the Downtown Festival & Art Show is occurring nearby.
The Downtown Festival & Art Show, a nationally-recognized event, helps Gainesville get in touch with its creative side. Since 1996, it has ranked among the top festivals in the nation. Visitors embrace the culture of more than 240 of the nation’s most talented artists, who showcase their original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, unique sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography. Artisans compete for more than $22,000 in cash prizes and purchase awards.
The Thomas Center Galleries, in partnership with the National Institute of Urban Art, announce the opening of UNCONTAINABLE | Urban Art from Vandalism to Movement, on Friday, June 9, from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The exhibit features a collection of work of twenty-six globally recognized urban artists, some of which has never been exhibited previously, and will run from June 9 through September 9, 2017.
The Thomas Center Galleries announce the opening of AQUIFERious: Enter the Springs, an expansive exhibition to be presented in the Historic Thomas Center’s Main and Mezzanine galleries from Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 to Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. The opening reception for the exhibition is Thursday, Oct. 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
AQUIFERious: Enter the Springs is curated by Margaret Ross Tolbert, and is based on her award-winning book of the same title. A multi-media art experience in the truest sense, the exhibition will juxtapose Tolbert’s dramatic, large-scale springs paintings and eloquent poetry with contributing artists’ and scientists’ photographs, videos, cartography and writings. Featured will be the underwater photography by Jill Heinerth, Mark Long and Tom Morris, and springs maps by Eric Hutcheson, Georgia Shemitz and Jhwum-Ki-ak.
Foster creativity in Alachua County by becoming an Art Sponsor at the 34th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show held Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15. Presented by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, the nationally-recognized Downtown Festival & Art Show draws more than 100,000 visitors each year. As an Art Sponsor, you can make your name stand out among the crowd by pledging a minimum of $50 in advance toward the purchase of any piece of art. To request a pledge form, contact Festival Coordinator Linda Piper at 352-393-8536, or visit www.gainesvilledowntownartfest.org.
The Thomas Center Galleries announce the fall opening of AQUIFERious, an expansive exhibition to be presented in the Historic Thomas Center’s Main and Mezzanine galleries from Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 to Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. The opening reception for the exhibition is Thursday, Oct. 1 from 5:30-7 p.m.
The Thomas Center Galleries announce the opening of the BEAUTY & THE BEASTS, an expansive art exhibition to be presented in the Historic Thomas Center’s Main and Mezzanine galleries from Friday, June 26 to Saturday, Sept. 19. The opening reception for the exhibition is Friday, June 26 from 7-10 p.m. in conjunction with Gainesville’s downtown ArtWalk, and is free and open to the public.
The Thomas Center Galleries announces the opening of the TIGHTROPE - Betwixt the Magical & the Macabre art exhibition to be presented in the Historic Thomas Center’s Main Gallery from Friday, March 27 to Saturday, May 30. An opening reception for the exhibition will take place Thursday, March 26 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to meet many of the artists at the opening reception, and to enjoy a magic and mind-reading performance by Amaral, The Magic Man, at 7 p.m.
The Thomas Center Galleries will host an opening reception for the Gainesville Fine Arts Association 2014 Showcase exhibition Saturday, Dec. 6 from 6-8 p.m. The reception, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Historic Thomas Center’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting event. The exhibit runs in the Mezzanine Gallery through Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015.
The Thomas Center Galleries will close its highly-praised and extremely well-attended exhibition, ABOUT FACE Portraits with Presence, Saturday, Sept. 20. In response to requests for extended hours, there will be a special evening viewing of the exhibition Thursday, Sept. 18 from 6:30-8 p.m. The exhibition curator, Anne Gilroy, and a number of the artists and collectors will be on hand to celebrate the exhibitions successful run and speak with guests.