Art Ties Us – 2018

If you thought the art scene in St. Petersburg, Fl was passe’, think again. The Art Ties Us Gala proved that the arts are very much alive and flourishing at lightning speeds. The room was filled with moving art provided by Nicole Hays a contestant from “Skin Wars”, a live painting by the amazing muralist Michael Vahl, the who’s who of the St. Petersburg’s art scene, and of course, fabulous food provided by six of Tampa Bay’s top restaurants. The sold-out Gala, with all of its proceeds benefiting the Public Art Project, was a celebration of the arts. The amazing artists who participated in the 1st Annual Art Ties Us Art Contest made this event possible by so graciously giving their time and talent for a worthy cause.

The top three winner’s original art pieces were transformed into ties to be worn by the professional staff at The Birchwood. Their servers will wear the ties for an entire year to continue the promotion of St. Petersburg’s vibing art scene. The event also featured an award ceremony where Aaron Fodiman, The Editor and Chief of the Tampa Bay Magazine received the coveted Enso Award. He was presented the award by renowned glass artist and creator of the award, Duncan McClellan. The Gala went on without a hitch and that’s largely due to Laurie Stogniew of Bayshore Marketing Group and her talented team. The night also wouldn’t have been a success without contributions from these phenomenal donors and sponsors including Birch & Vine, 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House, Stillwaters Tavern, 1200 Chophouse, MacDinton’s Irish Pub, The Mill, Tampa Bay Rowdies, AARP Tampa BayDuncan McClellan GalleryBayshore Marketing Group, Tampa Bay Magazine, Go to St. Pete, Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts, The Necktie Company, and Tampa Bay Metro.

Special thanks to the amazing emcees for the night, Heather Van Nest and Reginald Roundtree. All the funds that were raised from the Gala were donated to the Public Art Project. The Public Art Project, which is overseen by Derek Donnelly, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that facilitates public art through a variety of methods by working directly with artists, business owners, organizations and local governments. Their mission is to create and facilitate visual stimulation in the community while teaching and educating the public about the importance and economic impact of the arts. To learn more about the Public Art Project visit:

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