Sunday, January 17, 2016

Willer Newman performed at the Current Galleries in Sanford.

The Home Show at the Current Galleries (202 E.1st Street Sanford Florida)  was the debut event in the new galleries. The venue welcomes new artists and edgy space for professional seasoned artists as well. Frankie Messina curated the show. He has an amazing ability to bring together talented artists of all disciplines. Wheeler Newman performed an earthy set of his original music. Abstract 60s patterns were animated on the screen behind him. His wife came up to sing one song with the solo acoustic guitar as back up.

In the background is a small conference room. Every wall had art on it. In the conference room one conceptual piece consisted of a blender filled with free water and a live gold fish. This piece made me uneasy and rather annoyed. It reminded me of the Japanese practice of self in small plastic key chains with live animals, like turtles and fish trapped inside. Once the oxygen runs out, the animals die. It is incredibly inhumane. In another way it reminded me of Sea World's killer whales who have to live in enclosures rather than the open ocean. Art is meant to elicit an emotional response, and on that level, it succeeded

In front of the stage was an old fashioned type writer and some books. This hinted at the fact that the evening also featured some poetry. There were several chairs throughout the venue and once occupied, there would be an impromptu poetry reading. Naomi Butterfield sat down and read one of her poems. There was performance art and art installations in the back hall. There was something happening at every turn. , could have stayed all night, but the was already my second sketch, and I decided to call it a night.

On Saturday January 16th, The Current Galleries featured Paper Trail. The opening was from 5pm to 11pm. Frankie explained, "This is the first Installation, (a 4 month work in progress) of 27 year plus years of collected history of Central Florida's growth in Arts, Music, Writing, Film, Nightlife, Business, and all Culture as captured in print media, newspapers, circulations, zines, newsletters, chapbooks, novels, club flyers, art show posters. A cultural history that you can touch! " Featuring in the (soon to be) famous "round room" a special collaborative installation by newly married couple Kimme and Ededron.

Other upcoming shows at Current Gallery.  
January 23rd solo show. 
January 30th solo show. 
February 6th solo show.
February 13th solo show. February 20th Swan Song.

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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