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The PRIDE Center, under the direction of Terry Fleming, is putting on one of the most unique fund-raising events in Gainesville - bringing together members of the art community and PRIDE.
Called "Artists Supporting PRIDE: Rainbow Spirits", this event has twenty-two volunteer artists in our community who will paint, decorate, and/or dress twenty-two different full-size mannequins turning them into unique works of art. These "Rainbow Spirits" will be presented and auctioned to the public to raise money to help make this year's PRIDE the best yet.
Working in conjunction with artist's Tom Miller and Brian Wilson, who both will help coordinate the project, this event seeks to bring together the PRIDE and arts community in the service of a greater cause.
DETAILS: These mannequins were obtained from Macy's going-out-of-business sale. Terry Fleming had the idea to put these mannequins with local artists to turn them into works of art representing the diversity of the PRIDE and the arts community in Gainesville, Florida. He phoned Tom Miller and shared that the idea came to him in a dream-like EUREKA! moment. Miller, a local performance artist and painter instantly took up the cause. "This is a brilliant concept and a great way for artists who support PRIDE to help." He called artist Brian Wilson who organizes arts festivals to advise and help put artists together with their "Rainbow Spirits".
There are two events which highlight this project:
EVENT #1. On Sunday June 3rd at the HighDive (210 SW 2nd Ave.) at 8pm, a free and open to the public event will occur at 8pm. The public can meet the artists and members of the PRIDE community. At this event, we will see all twenty-two mannequins BEFORE they are turned into fabulous works of art. This is the event where the artists will 'adopt' their mannequin. There will be food, a cash bar, music, entertainment, and recognition of each artist and their unique "Rainbow Spirit". This event is free and open to the public.
The artists will have three weeks to work with their "Rainbow Spirits" and turn them into works of art.
EVENT #2. On Saturday, July 21st 2018 at 8pm, the PRIDE Center (3131 NW 13th St, Gainesville) will hold an event - also with food, drink, music, entertainment - and the public will be able to see the finished works of art and bid to own them. All the funds raised go to the PRIDE Community Center to fund PRIDE 2018! Local business can also choose to support an artist with a contribution and take ownership of the finished piece.
Terry Fleming - Co-President of the PRIDE Community Center
Tom Miller - Performance Artist, Musician, Actor http://millerworks.weebly.com
Brian Wilson - Fine Artist, Coordinator Arts Market Family
THE OFFICIAL EVENT PAGE: https://artistssupportingpride.weebly.com/
ARTISTS SUPPORTING PRIDE
ARTISTS SUPPORTING PRIDEThe FACEBOOK PAGE for the June 3rd Event - MEET THE ARTISTS - ARTISTS ADOPT THEIR "RAINBOW SPIRIT"
ARTIST INFORMATION PAGE:
Artists Supporting Pride: Rainbow Spirits (Mannequin Canvases)
This event, sponsored by the Pride Community Center, seeks to bring artists and the Pride community together to help support 2018 Pride in Gainesville, Florida.
Artists: We encourage you to claim a Spirit Mannequin, apply your vision in any medium you choose (paint, fabric, sculpture, audio/visual, wherever your imagination leads you). We will have a special event with food, music and drink where you can take physical possession of your desired spirit. You have three weeks to personalize it in your own unique way. During a second event at the Pride Center, all the spirits will be revealed and made available to the public by auction. All funds raised go to make this year's Pride the best ever. Artists will receive networking opportunities with other artists and the general public through two public events, your piece will be featured in a special book with a photo of your finished Spirit, your unique bio and contact information. These books will be made available to the general public. You will receive a free copy of this book. You may also receive a spotlight in local media. Simply choose a number that does not list an artist by name to adopt your Spirit Mannequin to make into your unique work of art.
Businesses: Would you like to sponsor an artist of your choice? For only $300, you can choose your artist and your Spirit and at the conclusion of the final reveal event, you will own your Spirit Mannequin to display your pride in your local business! Simply select the number of the Spirit Mannequin you would like, provide your contact information and let us know you are a business, and we will be in touch.
ARTISTS: "Adopt" your Spirit Mannequin on Sunday June 3rd, 2018.
8pm - High Dive - Complementary Food (Cash Bar) - Media - MEET THE ARTISTS AND ART FANS -
CONNECT WITH PRIDE! LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/684748594982279/
See the finished Spirit Mannequins and auction at the Pride Community Center on July 21st, 2018.