Bayshore Marketing Group and Footprints Charities, Inc. has officially kicked off the 2nd Annual “Art Ties Us” contest! Art Ties Us is a passion project fueled by the desire to recognize and celebrate the artistic and economic contributions local artists have made throughout the City of St. Petersburg.
Art Ties us has quickly become one of St. Petersburg’s most recognized Arts Fundraisers. Riding off the success of last year’s inaugural event, Art Ties Us is a passion project fueled by the desire to recognize and celebrate the artistic and economic contributions local artists have made throughout the City of St. Petersburg.
It starts as a contest. This year 61 artists submitted their creative and original artwork for the contest. The top 3 winners were selected by our panel of esteemed judges in the local art community on Thursday, July 11, 2019. 1st place ($1,500 cash prize), 2nd ( $1,000 cash prize), and 3rd place ($750 cash prize) winners were selected. There is also a “popular vote” online contest where the art submitted for the contest is voted on by the public. The winner of that contest will receive $500.
Next, the art will be taken to the Grand Ballroom of The Birchwood and auctioned at the Art Ties Us Gala. This event will be held on Friday, September 13, 2019. The Gala will host 200 + art enthusiasts and will kick off with an Open Bar and tastings from Birch & Vine, 1200 Chophouse, Dr. BBQ, and Café Cibo, all local restaurants who support the Arts. The Birchwood has once again agreed to have neckties made in the likeness of the top three winners which will be worn by the staff for one year following the Gala to further promote the arts and The Birchwood’s support of the arts in St. Petersburg. All proceeds will benefit the Bill Edwards Foundation for The Arts whose initiatives are to encourage and support the Arts and artists in St. Petersburg.
Meet our three featured artists;
What else: During the Gala, we will have three top local artists painting live on stage. Each will start their painting and then exchange theirs with the other artists to finish off the masterpiece. Those paintings will be included in the live auction along with the top three works of art as awarded by the panel of judges. The second annual Enso Award will be given to The Dali this year and presented by St. Pete’s very own, Duncan McClellan. The Enso Award is given annually to an individual or organization who demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the Arts in our community and who encourages the community to support the arts, artists, artistic businesses, collaborations, and arts organizations.
When: Friday, September 13, 2019 from 6 P.M. – 10 P.M.
Where: The Grand Ballroom at The Birchwood | 340 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Attire: Casual Cocktail
All proceeds will benefit the Bill Edwards Foundation for The Arts whose initiatives are to encourage and support the arts and artists in St. Petersburg.
Inspired by “Footprints in the Sand”, a cherished prayer of the founder’s brother, Footprints Charities, Inc, was formed. Footprints Charities is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that works directly with individuals, local business owners, and organizations to raise funds through events and event sponsorships in order to donate all proceeds to various and select non-profit organizations in need. We are 100% devoted to our mission: To carry those in need and leave behind as many footprints as we can.