Introduction: Meet The Town That Makes Fine Art Exhibits Awesome
Brooksville is a cute little town in Florida that hosts some amazing exhibits of art. A few examples of their paintings, sculptures, and even installations are the work of prominent artists like Fernando Botero and Alex Katz (both international art stars). These pieces are so beautiful they are considered among the best works the art world has to offer. But there is one more thing that makes this town tick. [ARTICLE END]
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The Best Sculptor in Town
Brooksville is a town that turns its streets into works of art. It began in the summer of 2009, when the town council decided to create a special event that would bring art and culture to their humble community. The idea was well received by the citizens who gladly poured themselves into their new project. So far, the town has converted 50 traffic cones into public sculptures which are placed strategically throughout the town. The project has slowly become a local phenomenon and it is generating the attention of other towns of similar size. This project clearly proves that art can be found in places you’d least expect it.
This project is known as “Art in the Park.” It was designed to be a join effort between the citizens of Brooksville and the city council. It is truly a collaborative effort because it is not only about building public sculptors but also about displaying them for everyone to see, creating opportunities for artists and getting the public involved. The participating artists are chosen from an open call that anyone can apply for and their artwork is put on display at City Park. This project encourages people of all ages to express themselves and enjoy the company of others while they do it.
Artists of Every Timing and Style
The town is keen on changing the color of their traffic cones every time a new exhibit is installed. These exhibits are kept in place for up to three months, so it’s not uncommon to see the same piece of art displayed at different parts of the town. Artists featured in this project include internationally renowned names and artists that have never been heard of before. There is no discrimination because this is the finest collection of street art in the world. The diversity of the work is what makes it a remarkable collection.
Once in a while, local residents would ask me to photograph one of these signs for their kids’. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The same piece of art (street art) has been used to depict the same subjects under different signs for more than three months. One such painting by Mike Quinones (known as Mexican Mouse) depicted a majestic, pink elephant carrying a baby elephant on its back in the midst of getting taken over by a pretty little butterfly. It read:
ROYAL CHARITY ELEPHANT CAUGHT BY MOUSE CHILD
Another painting (Horse with Child) by Mike Quinones depicted an innocent baby girl playing with her grandfather’s horse. The sign read:
The Music Festival Within an Art Exhibit
To make their project even more awesome the town invited local bands to play live music as a part of their monthly summer fest. The citizens are encouraged to wear costumes that support the band they like best. This is one of the most creative things to ever happen to Florida, and it’s only getting bigger every year. The music festival is a three night long indie rock event with the most exciting bands from all around the state.
Of course the town is proud of the idea and wishes everyone to come out and join in on the festivities.
This event has made Brooksville a destination location for artists in Florida, partly because of the cozy artsy atmosphere that permeates every part of the town.
It can be viewed as an absolute win-win situation for both art lovers and music fans alike.
Because of “the Music Festival Within an Art Exhibit”, Brooksville is becoming one of Florida’s most notable locations for any artist or creative person.
In the past year hundreds of people have enjoyed the Brooksville Arts Festival for free.
Some of the most popular bands came from places like Jacksonville, Tampa and Miami.
Exhibitions of Other Types of Fine Art to Experience
It’s not just music festivals this town has to offer, because the local art gallery houses some of the most stunning pieces of art you can imagine. Their collection includes paintings by famous artists like Botero and Katz, but there are also contemporary sculptures and many other types of artwork waiting to be discovered. It’s a small art gallery with a limited budget, but it’s still one of the best in Florida.
The Gallery’s name is Art in the Park, and it’s located in a simple shopping center on 150th Street. If you take note of the street address, instead of calling the Museum or Gallery directly, you might see that it says “Art in the Park, 150 West 150th Street”, and since there are no numbers or street names on that intersection, then people think that it’s just one store next to another. That’s not the case, though, and there are actually two galleries to be found in this building.