What a fabulous Halloween party! The artists at Oleson Art Gallery and Bloom Art Center completely transformed an old warehouse into a creative funhouse full of artistic spirit. Or should we say spirits? Walls on every level, from high up above the balcony, to structures built below, had been painted with a flourish to set the scenes. The artists turned over their studios to create mini-environments, each one different, some containing live actors who were living props. Artist James Oleson had a small gallery on Central Avenue, but leased the building which has become Bloom about six months ago. There are about a dozen resident artists sharing the many nooks of the building, and what they were able to accomplish in such a short time was quite dramatic.
James Oleson carved a giant beast out of styrofoam, which became the creepy pet of the evening. It came out of its dark hidey-hole each time tourists wandered by, to hurry them along their way in the Twisted CarnEVIL. Zulu Painter created a crowd favorite, an amazing witch stirring her pot, from sticks and found items. The apparition was quite mysterious in the cave-like dark room, only coming to light as an actual object in the flash of a camera.
Live music rocked the house, by Archaic Interest on Thursday night, HELLAeve, and by Johnny Mile and the Kilometers on Friday night, HELLAween. There was a costume contest, with winners receiving prizes from the Bloom Art Gallery.
Nothing was too gory though, or too scary. There were more smiles than screams. “It’s all about the art,” James Oleson said. The artists, sharing their art and their camaraderie, set the tone for the evening and the adventure that Bloom Art Center is becoming. There are new events at Bloom every month, a culmination of art and music located in the new Underground Arts District.
Sculpture, paintings, original linoleum block prints, natural object constructions, pen and ink drawings, and other media made up an art exhibit of a macabre theme for the holiday.
“The art show will be on display during the Second Saturday Art Walk on November 8, 2014,” said Mitzi Gordon, Director of Creative Pinellas, the nonprofit arts organization. “After that date, the art work will come down and we’ll begin setting up for a new holiday show and immersive installation, based on a ‘cold’ theme.”
The Second Saturday Art Walk includes over 40 galleries and studios in the Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, Edge District, Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District. They are five areas in St. Petersburg that have come together as one arts destination. Along with dozens of St Petersburg art venues, the ArtWalk will be broadened for this one month to celebrate the BLUE Ocean Festival week, a film festival and conservation summit. To get a map and information about the events and venues of the Second Saturday Art Walk, visit the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance.
Oleson Art Gallery and Bloom Art Center
910 5th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
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For more photos and information about this art show, including a list of artists, see:
Party with downtown artists at Bloom HELLAween Haunted Art House in St. Pete
There is also a photo album on Facebook with more photos:
Bloom HELLAween Party-Art Exhibit Oct-Nov 2014
One of the artists participating in the Bloom art show, Chon Mosley, AKA ChoMo, will have a
solo art exhibit coming up on November 15, called, “Notions Of Future Present.” This is a showcase of original art and giclée prints. ChoMo is known for his often colorful, organic, surreal, and abstract mixed media images. He will look into the metaphysical to examine the dream state, collective consciousness, and reality.
Notions of Future Present at Studio 1212 Art Gallery
Saturday November 15, 2014
1405 Cleveland St. Clearwater, FL 33755.
Reception will be 6 to 9 pm, November 15, 2014
The show will include art raffles, free food and wine.