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Art Walk - June 21, 2014

Gulfport, FL: On Saturday, June 21, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm., visitors can meet and purchase the works of talented independent artisans, craftsmen, authors and entertainers, stretched over a half-mile up and down scenic Beach Boulevard.

The event features new artists every week and includes several different sculpture and paint mediums, jewelry, photography, fish rubbings, upcycled items, handmade/designed clothing and accessories, body products and more.  Most recently, Art Walk has added a new component called Collective Soulz. Collective Soulz brings to Gulfport new and emerging artists, whose talents range from photography to pottery and from drawing to music, giving them the opportunity to see if they can succeed as a working artist at street fairs. Live musicians appear at several venues throughout the waterfront district, including Urban Gypsies, Double M Band, Jay Pritchard, and Paul Anthony to name a few. The Industrial Art Center of Gulfport offers step-by-step classes and instruction in specialized areas such as glass casting, glass fusing, sculptural welding and forged steel for students age 5-85.

While browsing the art and craft booths, don’t miss Gulfport’s unique shops, boutiques and galleries and enjoy dinner at one of over a dozen fine restaurants within the area. This week’s “Meet the Artist” reception, at Domain Home Accessories will feature Gulfport’s own local artist, John Shevlin Jr. Shevlin  has dubbed his signature style “Tropical Funk,” with its bold colors, strong graphics and a simplistic or tribal style with subject matter inspired by Florida and South Beach scenes.  A sense of humor is a strong element in much of his work, including “funky” fish, flamingos, crustaceans and penguin “snowbirds” complete with sunglasses.  Palms and hibiscus blossoms are frequent subjects of his “pop art” stylings.  His fondness for martinis shows up in many humorous small paintings.  He uses acrylics, often mixed with metallics, creating a unique texture and feel.  In addition to his traditional paintings, John now offers some new works that are treated and suitable for display in outdoor settings.  His work has been collected internationally, and has recently been adopted by a Caribbean resort for décor in guest rooms, as well as the offices and public areas of a corporate headquarters.  He won an award for oil and acrylic paintings at the 2011 Space Coast Art Show.  Shevlin paintings have become a ubiquitous feature in hundreds of local homes.

There is no admission fee for visitors and complimentary parking is available nearby with courtesy trolley rides available from off-site parking areas. Gulfport events are pet and family friendly. Experience a dining, shopping and cultural experience unlike any other. The event is located near the surrounding area of 3129 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707.

Vendor information can be found at SIKpromotions.com. For general information, follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/GulfportArtWalk, visit us at www.GulfportMA.com or call 727-322-5217.


GECKOFEST - Aug 30, 2014

GULFPORT, FL: The 14th Annual Geckofest will take over Gulfport’s scenic waterfront village on Saturday, August 30th, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. along Beach and Shore Boulevards.  Break out your best “Charleston” dance moves!  “Roaring Geckos” will be the theme of this year’s event.  The “Roaring Geckos” theme will evoke the Roaring Twenties. Expect to experience costumes celebrating flappers, hair bobs, Charlie Chaplin, The Great Gatsby, Guys and Dolls, the Jazz Age, Louis Armstrong, Rudolph Valentino, Art Deco and many other touchstones of the 1920s era.  This quirky family friendly street festival has become one of Tampa Bay’s most anticipated annual celebrations.  Combining the artistic energy of Gulfport with the colorful flair of Mardi Gras, Geckofest includes live music on two main stages, over 200 art, craft and food vendors, children’s activities, street performers and costumed characters.  A costume contest and parade, a thrilling fire and acrobatics show, and the famous street dance round out a fun-filled day for the whole family.  There is no admission charge for any of the day’s festivities.

Geckofest is hosted by the Gulfport Merchants Association and is sponsored by the following supporters: The City of Gulfport, Bright House Networks, Tampa Bay Times, tbt*, Cox Media (The Eagle 107.3 & wduv 105.5), GEICO, Yelp, WMNF, Nestle/Zephyrhills, Resort Property Promotions, Beachlife and The Lazy Pirate. A portion of proceeds from all three Gecko events will once again benefit a local non-profit group, as well as the commission of a public art installation.  3129 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707. For More information, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Geckofest, visit us at www.GulfportMA.com or call 727-322-5217




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