Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Half Hundred Swing Show: Homage to Joseph Cornell, Kobe, Japan

photo credit to: KAT 

This was a very exciting show to participate in!  Joseph Cornell has been a big influence on my mail art and assemblage pieces.  Thank you to Nichola Orlick for curating this show in Kobe, Japan.  
My piece, as the vast majority of my work is a self portrait.  I included many pieces of my life in my tobacco tin box... from my lucky penny to used spray paint fat caps--this piece is a slice of my life.  Here are some pictures I took before I mailed it: 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Gasparilla Music Festival 2017

I'm thrilled to be this year's GMF poster art winner!  A sweet perk is that I'll get two VIP tickets to the event.  Headliners are Cage the Elephant and Ryan Adams!

Kosharek Art at Raymond James

Special Thanks to Susana Weymouth with the TBBCA Art in Lobbies program for connecting me with the Vantage Point Advisors of Raymond James.  It's an honor to have my work hanging in such a prestigious office building in Tampa, FL.  

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

January 2017 mural: 45 Hearts

Working on this wall was a total delight!  This all spray paint mural took me a day to complete.  There are 45 hearts to represent my parent's 45th wedding anniversary on January 15th.   A mural is the perfect gift for a couple that has everything!  
Stop by and see the mural anytime! It's located at 22nd street, in between Central Avenue and 1st Avenue North!  
I have started making Two faced Bee plush dolls.  I hope to have them listed in my Etsy store soon!   

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Street Art Dreams Do Come True

My Everest was this wall at 1001 1st Ave North in St. Petersburg, FL if climbing a mountain is like climbing up and down a ladder.  65 feet long by 18 feet tall was a lot of space to cover with Montana 94 and LOOP spray paint.  Day one, December 19th, 10 am... I started the mural with my trusty daughter, Adeline, by my side for moral support.  Day one had a couple, "oh crap," moments where the largeness of the canvas was realized.  But by the end of the day... the wall and I had an understanding... it would be conquered--and I would have my way with it.  The design for the wall was impromptu and unplanned.  So when I ran into Thirst, a world class street artist, mid day on day two... I was open to his suggestion of a collaboration.  He has been doing some hand painted technical patterns (meaning he hand spray paints without any kind of guide, stencil, projector--which is also the way I work--free hand) in his most recent work.  He suggested adding some of his patterns to my designs and characters.  We began working together and it seemed like a duo that was just meant to be.  On day four... at the completion of the mural piece--we sat back and basked in the idea of doing this in other cities and other countries... in taking our show on the road. Thirst said, "This mural is something you would see in Europe or South America... not something you would see in St. Petersburg, FL.  It's so original and unique for St. Pete."  And I had to agree... in the moment, it was the best thing that either one of us had seen or been a part of, in a long time.  It was a thrill to work on this piece of street art.  I fought for the opportunity to paint this wall, I raised the money to do it through a Go Fund Me fundraiser, I chiseled the time out of my and my children's lives and I feel like it's a big accomplishment.  I hope it sends the message that I am someone who CAN.  And I want this piece to tell others that they also "CAN."  Mostly I want people to look at it and to embrace the fact that they can be happy.  And that positive, bright color and images have an effect on us.  We need not be burdened down by the grotesque and the dark.  My Gretchen rag doll characters are here for you--you are not alone. 

If you are interested in a mural on your wall, give me a call.  Thirst and I are interested in making your wall beautiful.  727-215-3605 and yes, we will travel.   

 I would like to thank everyone who made this mural possible! Thank you to: Chuck SinonRuth CampisiAmy MillerJoe KosharekAndrew LobpreisMarilyn MillerWayne David AtherholtAnn RyanCoralette Licorice Chalk Damme, Anonymous, Carol and Blake Sackman-White, Myron Hansen, William EvertsonJaynemarie LentlieRobyn Alleman, John Collins, Chris Bloom, Robin Bloom, Jane Hsiaoching Wang, Christine Shaughnessy, Jonathan Stangroom,  Mo Qrubini, Artissin, Jennifer Anne Holt, Johnny Vitale, Cheri Pugliese Tardif, Mim Golub Scalin, Martha O'Bryan, Jamison B. Breadhouse Bakes, Mara Hernandez, Britt Doughtie and Cherie Doughtie, Chad, Kathleen Huff Barry, Jennifer Petrini Lovelady, Susana Weymouth, Doug D'souza, Danielle Kelly Martinolich, Angel Shutt, Richard Wyatt, Soft Water Studios, Karen Pelletieri Koszyczarek, Alan Johnson, Audrie Cuddy Ranon, Curated Craft & Art Gallery, and classroom, Amy Marshall, Saori Murphy, Frank Edgar and Rachel Brown!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Where can you find Kosharek Art gifts this time of year??  

*In my etsy store!  www.kosharekart.etsy.com 

*Live painting event* Come see me painting live at Enchanted Notions on December 10th!  I will have a pop up shop selling all my beautiful art and gift items, as well as, be painting live!  
653 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 

*ATOMIC HOLIDAY BAZZAR: Sunday December 11th, NOON to 5pm  Click on that link and it will take you to the Facebook Atomic event site.  This is a huge event in Sarasota showcasing some of the best arts and crafters in the state of Florida!  This is my first year participating and I couldn't be any more excited!!!  

*All my large pieces are at the Palmetto Arts Center.  If you would like to see the work please don't hesitate to contact the curator, Gretchen to make an appointment! Kosharek Art can be viewed Mondays + Tuesdays + Thursdays | Noon - 2PM  now through January 12th. Please call to view work anytime outside of regular PAC hours. Gretchen | (941) 518 - 2109

Exquisite Corpse International

This year I was asked to play in the game... and the game was fun.  In the Exquisite Corpse game each artist is assigned a body section--head, neck to belly and legs.  No one knows who is doing what and what pieces will get assembled together.  On November 10, 2016 the art pieces were unveiled the Museum of Fine Arts in the form of a glorious art party and unveiling!   The pieces were displayed that night and then moved to Duncan McClellan glass for November's artwork... and now the Exquisite Corpse International 2015 & 2016 series are on display at the Chihuly Collection Gallery Friday November 25th 2016 until Sunday January 15, 2017!  

Here are some photos from that night, courtesy of Xina Scuderi,  Scuderi Studios and Exquisite Corpse International:

The Unveiling of my piece which includes head by Andrea Pawlisz, body by  James Michael McCracken and the legs by myself. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


2013 Kosharek Art Mural 

My first street art mural, standing with my 2 1/2 year old son.  

Paradise Cities show at the Morean Arts Center

I have started a"GO FUND ME" account to financially back my future mural projects.  Money is the one thing that holds me back from reaching higher goals.  If you believe in my art, if you think women should have artistic representation in a male dominated arts city--please donate to the cause.  I am excited to work even harder and make more female art happen.  Any amount helps, here is the link:

photos were taken by "Sade"Folasade Serrano and she was on assignment to interview me for an art college class!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Femme Visuale: Jennifer Kosharek by Caitlin Albritton

I had a lot of fun talking to Caitlin Albritton and this is just a little part of the interview and blog post... please continue reading HERE .  Thank you to Creative Loafing Tampa Bay and Caitlin Albritton!  

MADE HERE: My most favorite day of the year!

Made Here has been my most favorite event and day of the year... for many years now.  I feel so loved and appreciated at this event... and the space is always shared with the most beautiful and kind fellow makers.  If you have never been... set your calendar alarm and be there--next friday, October 21, 2016.  10am to 6 pm, Manatee River Garden Club, 3120 1st Ave West, Bradenton, FL 34205


TAE17: Twitter Art Exhibit in the UK

My contribution to the Twitter Art Exhibit.  It opens 1 April 2017 in Stratford upon Avon at the ArtsHouse.  

Half Dead by Kosharek art for Dada Centennial: Day of the Dead

"half dead," 5X7, collage on wood canvas, by Jennifer Kosharek
sent to:

The International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction (collagemuseum.com) with the International Society of Assemblage and Collage Artists (collagist.org)  in Santa Fe, New Mexico invites you to contribute to our celebration of the 100 year Anniversary of DADA! Because The Archives are in Santa Fe, we will also be setting up our first annual Mexican Style Ofrenda (offering) to honor our artistic ancestors. This year we will be celebrating the collage/assemblage Dada artists including Kurt Schwitters, Hannah Höch, Man Ray, John Heartfield, Marcel Duchamp, Jean Arp, Max Ernst, Raoul Hausmann, etc.

The International Post-Dogmatist Group’s Office of the Postulator-General will also be holding a historic Canonization Ceremony for Master (Herr) Kurt Schwitters of Hanover at the opening!

WHAT TO SEND: We are asking you to make a collage in the spirit of Dada such as using chance operations or any other dada technique - send a Merz work - an object for the Ofrenda dedicted to one or more of the DADA artists – send an collage or assemblage homage in the style of one of the DADA artists -  Keep it smallish – 14x11 inches or smaller. Ready to hang is best.

TERMS: There are: NO FEES, NO JURY, NO RETURNS! Your contribution WILL be exhibited and will become a part of the permanent collection of the IMCAC Archives for possible use in future exhibitions and/or publications.

DOCUMENTATION: Your contribution will be exhibited beginning with the opening November 4, 2016 and continue through January 2017. The works will be on permanent exhibit online on our 2016 inventory blog under “Dada Centennial” with a possible catalog produced. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Tomorrow on ABC's Morning Blend

Tomorrow morning on Tampabay's ABC morning show, Morning Blend, Amanda Cooper, curator of the Morean Art's Center and I will be giving a joint interview about the Paradise Cities show.  I specifically talked about my work and my Gretchen character!  

Other guests on the show include: Emily Ley, author of "Grace not Perfection," a book about moms/women who CAN have it all, and Chef Slim Campbell of The Soho Backyard, a Tampa, late night, award winning restaurant.   

Thank you to Lisa Rau, Brianna Rau, and Natalie Taylor!  I had a blast being on set and meeting the other people being interviewed.  I was a bit nervous talking about my work--it always feels like I'm a deer in the headlights!

Tune in, tomorrow, October 6th at 10am to ABC's Morning Blend!     


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Kosharek Art mural at the Blueberry Patch, Gulfport, FL

Part of this mural was started last year--the middle part on the corner of the building.  The rest was completed last week!  This was my first time on the top of a ladder this high.  I conquered my fear of heights and rather enjoyed it.  I had no idea as to what I was going to paint before I got there... and I took some time, stared at the grey walls and then went to work.  I think it's pretty freeing to just be allowed to do what you want and have the time and resources to do just that.  It gave me time to think and look inward as the hands stayed busy making art.
The Blueberry Patch is located:  4923 20th Ave South, Gulfport, FL 

photo courtesy of the Blueberry Patch

View of Paradise Cities art show at the Morean Arts Center