SEMINOLE - Artist Carrie Boucher always dreamed of owning a traveling art studio on a bus.
Always a bit of a nomad, in her mind she’d wander the country while creating her art. Each day she’d wake up in a new city; each day she’d sell her work on the side of the road to make ends meet.
These days, the project has become a reality. But the NOMAD Studio - that stands for Neighborhood-Oriented Mobile Art & Design Studio - has taken on a much larger scope and focuses more on the community’s needs than her own. Now, Boucher’s goal is to take her mobile art studio concept into community events throughout not just the Tampa Bay region, but the entire state, and to provide art projects and lessons for everyone, no matter the age or skill level, along the way.
“This is not my project is the way I look at it,” she said. “There was a point early on where I thought it was my project. But it became apparent to me as I started talking to people about it that it’s a lot bigger than me.”
Boucher, a 1992 Seminole High School graduate, attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and spent a decade in the Windy City. She worked as a metalsmith, and also designed windows and did product photography for a small downtown boutique.
ST. PETERSBURG - Unleash your inner Monet. Outside. The seventh annual Painting in the Park is Sunday, April 27, 1 to 4 p.m., at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE., St. Petersburg.
Sponsor is Kane's Furniture.
Inspiration abounds at this free annual “art happening.” Explore unique methods of painting with hands-on activities for everyone, including giant-box painting, kite-flying, tricycle mural and more. Supplies are included and instructors are on hand to help. Capture unforgettable moments--in paint--with your children.
TREASURE ISLAND - The Treasure Island Art Guild’s Winter/Spring Art Show features five local artists through May 21 at the Treasure Island Community Center.
They include Danee Kinzel, Bruce Kotchey, Stan Krupa, Helen Mullins and Patricia Trahey.
Kinzel, a Florida native, uses pastels and a passion for “typical Florida landscapes” in her works of art. “The Rivers’ Edge” pulls the viewer to a place that transcends reality. “Standing Water” and “Golden Afternoon” match swaying palms against delicate cumulous skies. The state of Maine embraces “Springtime in Gorman Park.”
ST. PETERSBURG - The Studio@620 presents "Harte and Marshall: An Art Exhibition," by local painters John Harte and Cora Marshall April 18-27. An opening reception is Friday April 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
This tandem display explores the depth the artwork of John Harte and Cora Marshall, who were selected to exhibit their work after their participation in The Studio’s “Members Only Art Show” in 2013.
ST. PETERSBURG - The birth of photography turned the camera into a notebook of history - especially when it came to battlefields and those in uniform.
The St. Petersburg Museum of History is bringing that notebook of American military history to St. Petersburg with the opening of The American Soldier - A Photographic Tribute. The exhibit opened March 18 and will run through July 13.
The American Soldier is a dramatic exhibition of 116 wall-to-wall photographs capturing the essence of American soldiering for more than 150 years. The exhibition guides visitors through the Civil War, Spanish American War, Boxer Rebellion, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, Afghanistan, and the streets of Baghdad.