First time showing art in Tampa as part of the group show opening on May 4th otherwise known as Star Wars Day! This curated show is on display through May 18th at The Brick's in Ybor City. "Like a Bossk" and "IG-88 Bad Robot" are two images in honor of lesser known characters spotlighted in Empire Strikes Back as bounty hunters, the devious, reptilian looking Bossk and terror of artificial intelligence, IG-88. Created using Posca Brand Paint Pens and 16 x 20inch black canvases. Artwork is available as series for $500 or $350 each. Available soon as 3 inch die-cut stickers from StickerMule.
Poster Art for the upcoming charity fundraiser on April 16th from 7-10 PM as part of the 5th Annual SunLit Festival hosted at the Old Key West Bar & Grill, 2451 Central Ave. Proceeded benefit the local 501(c)3 nonprofit charities Friends of The Jack Kerouac House, Inc and Keep St. Pete Lit. FOJKH is running this event a unique mix of music, performance art and poetry reading.
Official SunLit Festival Event hosted by Friends of The Jack Kerouac House on April 16th from 7-10pm. Featuring a live reading of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” Musical Acts will be The Florida Boys, Grant Peeples and Ronny Elliott. Readers of “Howl” will be 88.5 WMNF radio’s JoEllen Schilke, Playwright and Founder of The Studio@620 Bob Devin Jones along with Peter Meinke, Florida's Poet Laureate, and Becca McCoy actor/singer, a Eckerd College Theater Grad, a member of the Actors Equity Association with a broad list of credits on stage, films and tv. Becca is currently in town for the American Stage production of Mama Mia!
Jazz improv by Vice President of the Poynter Institute, Roy Peter Clark (keys) with violinist John Richard, guitar wizards Big Jim Allen and Bart Hanchey. Gio's Typos will be on site doing his unique brand of typewriter poetry.
Event is free to the public. Donations are encouraged at the door. For more on the FOJKH charity mission check their social media pages and website at Kerouachouse.com
Schedule: Music starts at 7 pm with The Florida Boys, 7:45 Introduction of Performers by USFSP Professor Tom Hallock and KSPL Founder Maureen McDole, 8:00 Reading of HOWL, 8:15 Ronny Elliott and Grant Peeples, 9:15 onwards Poetry Reading.
Check out the amazing line-up and variety of events on the website below as there's something for everybody to enjoy!
The 5th Annual SunLit Festival runs April 11-28, 2018. For more info: www.sunlitfestival.org
Newly done sign art for the St Pete location of Maple Street Biscuits. This interactive way of asking questions to customers is used to yell out your order when its ready. It has been fun doing monthly chalk art to highlight this part of the dining experience at Maple Street. Made with Zigposterman brand liquid chalk markers drained into a container and brush lettered by hand. Check out the time-lapse video on my Youtube channel, created using a GoPro camera taking still photos every 5 seconds. Open to commissions contact me at the following email: James@artbyjamese.com
Inspirational night with Southeastern Guide Dogs these working dogs help transform lives. Second time I’ve worked with this amazing organization, though last night was my first visit to their campus outside Bradenton. Animated and documentary short films were played, each one brought me to tears in different ways. Facinating to hear stories of how the organization has grown over the last 30 years, along with a truly inspirational keynote speaker. Hearing about her experiences being discriminated for being blind, how having a guide dog companion has transformed her life. Really put things into perspective for me about how we have the ability to overcome great adversity. Nights like that are unforgettable and reflect what makes working with this charity on projects, just as an artist, is life changing. Links to the SEGD website are below in the names of these pint sized Superheroes on Parade, go and cast your votes!
Honored to be collaborating on painting these two statues for Zenith Insurance it was a unique challenge to visually problem solve. Each office branch had very detailed and different ideas of how their Superhero could embody their working environment or city vibe. Can you guess which statue goes with which location? Orlando or Hollywood, FL? Oddly enough the names for the Puppies were chosen by each office branch without knowledge of the other location's choice. The names of Sunny and Luna balance each other like the Yin and Yang. L