Monday, November 6, 2017

Art Lab!


        I was pleased to be a part of the ART LAB live painting event at Centennial Park in Ybor City yesterday.  Each artist was given a space to set up their easel and supplies.  We were given the topic, "Florida's Finest," ten minutes before the competition began and then given two hours to complete our 12X12 art piece. This was my first competition and I had fun meeting other artists and the people who came by to cheer us on!  The event was very well organized with a plethora of activities for children and adults.  At the end of the day, my painting came in second place and I won a membership to the Tampa Museum of Fine arts and a gift certificate to the Art store, "AOE supply, inc. 12908 N. 56th Street, Tampa, FL 33617."  Thank you to Thornhill Foundation for the Arts for putting on such a fun event!

Kosharek Art with finished piece 
some new Kosharek Art fans 

Sara Norine James doing an interactive weaving display! 

Urban Congo's box truck--painted by Good and Shiddy
Before the event, artists setting up! 

Honored to be Interviewed for Creative Pinellas!


Here's a few pictures of the article about my home studio, art, and influences. Please click HERE to see all the photos and read the article! Many thanks to Creative Pinellas!





Sunday, October 22, 2017

Half Dead mural at the Vintin Hotel's Courtyard









Special shout out to ARTISSIN INC for sponsoring my paint for this mural.  
Thank you to Nick Kekllas for curating this event!  
Thank to the VINTIN Hotel for having all of us! 

Johnny Vitale, Myself and Orlando based muralist/artist Andrew Spear.  Andrew said to my daughter, "Isn't it cool that your mother is a street artist?"  That made me smile pretty big.  I painted right next to Andrew and Charles Richardson.  The Hive event featured many artists throwing up their best work on the walls of the Vintin Hotel's courtyard.  I'm pretty sure a good time was had by all. 

Latest Gretchen in the 600 block alley!







Directly behind 645 Central Avenue you can find this latest Gretchen wonder! Thank you to @Hijodelande  for this fabulous photo! 

Kosharek Art @ Black Crow Coffee



Stop by the Old Northeast gem of a coffee shop for live music, fresh art and the best coffee and bakery items!  Kosharek Art has several pieces that will be up through October, check them out!  Black Crow Coffee is located: 722 2nd Street North, St. Petersburg, FL

Art in Your Ear Fundraiser


I love helping raising funds for organizations and not for profits that I love!  Here is a little Day of the Dead skull light that I did for JoEllen Schilke's Art in Your Ear radio show on WMNF!
Video of all the entries! 

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!   
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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

GIVE ART





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