Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Hub

On September 18th, I went to the Full Sail building 2 lobby (3300 University Boulevard, Winter Park, Fl) for the return of The HUB (a.k.a. the Digital Arts and Design Gallery). Every other month this space will present a new selection of work by students and faculty. Each showcase will follow a theme. The first exhibition featured art and design inspired by music. All media/styles are welcome. Kim Lomas organized the event and I submitted a sketch of the Brad Catron Quartet. Rather than get the sketch framed, Kim gave me the option of displaying the sketch digitally on a computer screen. I liked the idea of displaying my analog art digitally.

The goal is to showcase projects from every department at Full Sail to demonstrate the rich variety of media, styles, and formats used. A committee of instructors choose the award for the best faculty work, and a committee of students choose the award for the best student work. Thankfully, I missed any award ceremony or speeches.

Faculty had quite a bit of work on display. Hugo Giraud had a painting of "The First Lady of Soul (Ella)" and a painting of "Dizzy G". Leslie Silvia had one of her black paper cut outs (Scherenschnitte) titled "Sparrows and Nightingales." Leslie joked with me as I sketched, saying, "We don't allow sketching in here." It is an ongoing joke among friends that I am so often kicked out of events for sketching. Tony Philippou had paintings of "Bigge", "Andre 300", and "Cee-loo". A student whose work caught my eye was Tyler Christmas who had a painting done on acetate, of a human ribcage with a blue crab on top called "The Protector". I noticed Tom Buzbee and his daughter, Avaryl in the reception crowd, but he wasn't exhibiting any of his large abstract works. I had gotten to the reception late and so, I was still working on the sketch long after everyone had left for home.

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

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