Monday, February 27, 2012

City Arts Factory

As part of ArtsFest, City Arts Factory opened its doors for free. Actually, I'm pretty sure you can walk into City Arts Factory anytime for free anyway, but they were also offering a chance to register for a chance to win gift pack including tickets for two to SAK Comedy Lab and Jazz Brunch at the Grand Bohemian Hotel. Since I had time in the afternoon before going to Full Sail, I decided to go to City Arts to sketch. Of course the place was empty.

The hallways were lined with "Youthful Expressions" from children from the Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida. It was fun to see some of the pieces awarded red, blue and yellow ribbons, just like in a Country Fair. The work was from children in the surrounding four counties. The winners of this exhibit would move on to exhibit in the Regional South Eastern competition. Winners from that would move on to a National exhibit. I still remember the thrill I had as a child when I won a blue ribbon in a county fair in New Jersey. Any one of these kids could one day become great artists if their work is valued. Perhaps one day, I can help inspire these kids.

I decided to sit in the hallway and sketch "Orlando Guitartown" created by Munte Olinger. The large Guitar was inspired by Counting Crows and contributed to the space by Ford Keane and Jennifer Quigley. I remembered that Ford Keane is the owner of the building that houses Avalon Gallery and he is the President and CEO of City Beverages. Jennifer Quigley is Principal of WBQ Engineering. Children's art consisted of, a bowl of spaghetti, a sea monster, and a series of colorful circles.

I was most intrigued by hand prints in cement in an indentation in the tile floor. These were hand prints of Mayor Buddy Dyer, Ford Keane and Jennifer Quigley. This must have come about when Orlando had lofty ambitions of becoming Hollywood East. A pair of pliers and some nails were placed on the cement and then the hole was filled with a piss yellow resin. The only people that entered the hall were searching for the restrooms in the back. A husband fingered his cell phone as his wife was in the bathroom.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at


Anonymous said...

Mr T,

You not only inspire the young folks, you're an inspiration to us..ahem..more mature folks as well. Your work is such a joy and, having picked up a pencil, pen and watercolors at the age of 56, when I grow up, I want to draw just like you!

Thor said...

Well thank goodness you haven't grown up yet. Keep playing, sketching and dabbling!

Hannah said...

Ha! Every time I mention that bizarre floor patch people look at me like I'm crazy and swear they have no clue what I'm talking about. Now I can point them to your post so they can seek it out for themselves, like a really secret map that leads to a really disappointing treasure.

Thor said...

So happy you recognize the profound egotistical oddity of this.