Monday, December 7, 2015

The Creative City Project brings downtown Olando alive for a night.

In July of 2014 I went to a meeting at The Gallery at Avalon Island (39 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL) where Cole Nesmith discussed his idea where the Creative City Project could bring together all the separate arts groups in together to stage multiple performances on on night in Downtown Orlando. Cole is a well versed public speaker and he did a great job expressing his excitement for the project. At this early stage there was much work to be done trying to get grants so that some of the artist could be paid. Not all artists live on sunshine and dreams.

I considered the idea of being part of the Creative City  Project, by doing life sized standing portraits on a large sheet of brown parchment paper. I did something similar to this at Drip with chalk on the black walls. I could knock out a portrait about every ten minutes. In the rush of doing my daily sketches, I lost track of this idea.

When the Creative City Project hit Downtown Orlando, I documented it with my usual sketch. Artist named Plinio Pinto and Melissa Marie from Falcon Bar set up a mini art studio in the street with a UHaul truck as a backdrop. They had a model in a mechanic's outfit posing with  a motorcycle and they invited anyone to stop and draw. It was a great idea. Unfortunately when I arrived, the model had just taken a 20 minute break and I barely caught a glimpse of her as she walked away. Another great sketch opportunity lost. There were plenty of other sketch opportunities however since there were multiple stages up and down Orange Avenue for about 5 blocks.

Plans are already in the works for next year's Creative City Project.

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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