CONGRATULATIONS Ben Chmura

FROM TBO.COM:

LOCAL DESIGNER REACHES FOR SPOTLIGHT ON PROJECT RUNWAY
by Sarah Hoye

Ben Chmura will be competing for, among other things, a chance to display his work during New York's Fashion Week.

Tampa fashion designer Ben Chmura will make his national debut on "Project Runway" when the Lifetime fashion series heads back to New York for Season 7 premiering Jan. 14.

The 30-year-old is known locally for his involvement with Sweatshop — a one-night-only multimedia exhibit held over Labor Day weekend at Czar in Ybor City — alongside area tastemakers Nessie Fernandez, Raven Reda and Kamran Mir.

Chmura debuted his fall/winter 2009 collection, Taliesin, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's Wisconsin estate and the eponymous Welsh mythological hero for a retro-futuristic look, at this year's Sweatshop extravaganza.

"This year we didn't hold back," Chmura told the Tribune in September. "I'm just pleased to be a part of something that has such an influence on the community. It's really encouraging."

The arts community has been hit especially hard by the struggling economy, he said, but added that he is sticking to his creative guns.

"It's been tough, there's no two ways about it," said Chmura, who sold his car earlier this year to support his passion. "Its hard, but this is the time to focus. I'm serious about this. It's what I love to do."

"Project Runway" host Heidi Klum, mentor Tim Gunn, judges Michael Kors, a leading designer, and Nina Garcia, fashion director for Marie Claire magazine, will be joined by 16 new designers, including Chmura, vying for a shot to make their way to Bryant Park and show their collection in front of top industry insiders during New York Fashion Week.

The winner receives an editorial feature in Marie Claire magazine, the opportunity to sell their line on Bluefly.com, a $50,000 technology suite by HP and Intel to create, design and run their business, and a cash prize of $100,000 from L'Oréal Paris to launch their own fashion line.

CLICK HERE: BEN CHMURA ON PROJECT RUNWAY: SEASON SIX



Q&A: Jeremy Gloff's 21st Century Love Songs


Tampa singer-songwriter JEREMY GLOFF recently released 21ST CENTURY LOVE SONGS, his 16th studio album and self-described most mature collection of songs at SQUARE ONE's creative extravaganza MAGNUM OPUS held at THE RITZ YBOR last month. Okesene Tilo recently sat down with the Tampa star regarding his new album.


OKESENE TILO: Good Morning Jeremy. First off, THANK YOU for performing at MAGNUM OPUS last November and agreeing to hold your album release party for 21ST CENTURY LOVE SONGS at the event. Describe your experience that night.

JEREMY GLOFF: Surreal. MAGNUM OPUS was one of those nights where it felt like life had been sped up. It felt like one minute I was unloading my gear and then ten minutes later, I was home in bed. I didn't get to see much of the event except for from the stage, but it looked packed and people seemd to be enjoying themselves. I am grateful to SQUARE ONE for giving me the opportunity to perform in front of such a great crowd.

Jeremy performing at Square One's Magnum Opus (11.14.09)

OT: 21ST CENTURY LOVE SONGS has been described as your most mature and grown-up album to date. What changed personally from last year's 1987 album to inspire you to steer in a different direction musically?

JG: My previous album was a 1980s-inspired dance album. At first while promoting that album... I really enjoyed being goofy, zany, and outrageous on stage, but I found myself getting increasingly cynical and observational. I watched our country slip into the worst financial state I've ever seen since I was born. I watched the general public become increasingly numbed and fixated by the internet. I feel like an outsider more than I ever have in my life and this isn't really something I'm enjoying. I think there's a lot of that alienation in this new album. The album is also about love which I think might be dead.

Jeremy performing at his Square One sponsored 1987 Album Release Party (09.23.08)

OT: I attended a studio session while you were recording 21ST CENTURY LOVE SONGS, and was impressed by the sizable roster of local talent that came together to help create your record. How did you gather everyone together?

JG: Bascially I made a Tampa musician wish list: I wanted all of my great friends and peers that I respect and enjoy on this album. I made a chart with two columns. One column had the listing of new songs, and the other column had my musician wishlist. I then matched each person to the song I felt belonged to them. I didn't tell anyone what to play in the studio, but instead just sent them demos. They showed up in the studio and poured a piece of themselves into the songs. It really blew my mind.

OT: Track 6 titled COKE & ECSTASY is my favorite song off of your album, but sounds nothing like any other song that you have recorded. How would you describe your sound today?

JG: This new album came out of nowhere without a pre-determinded idea of its style. Although I am not a fan of these bands, I do think there's a melancholy similar to bands like Depeche Mode, The Cure, and The Smiths. I love The Killers who write great emotional pop songs. I'm a huge Sonic Youth fan which I think some of their soundscapes inspired me this time around. I think this album, more than any before it, draws more on male musician influences than female. I don't think my idols Madonna or Stevie Nicks figure anywhere on this new album.


OT: Currently, you are accepting online requests from fans to perform an acoustic version of any song from your catalog that spans over 16 years via YouTube. What inspired this?

JG: I've been doing this for almost a solid twenty years. I think as an artist I can be stubborn and too forward thinking. During the past year it dawned on me that sure I can be an advice columnist, an Amazon.com reviewer, a flashy public personality, but at the heart of it all... I am a songwriter. And through the years, I think some of these songs I wrote meant something to people. I wanted to give these people a chance to step forward and hear some of the songs they loved again. ..a great way to end a decade.

OT: Now that 21ST CENTURY LOVE SONGS is released, what is next on your calendar for 2010?

JG: Right now I find myself enjoying being at home, reading a lot and watching movies. I find myself angry and disappointed by society. I know I need to shake this reclusiveness if I want to properly promote my new album. I hope to create some music videos to go along with these songs, and to play some shows where I bleed my heart out and do it just for the music again.

JEREMY GLOFF'S 16th studio album, 21ST CENTURY LOVE SONGS is now available for purchase on iTunes and CDbaby.

  • To preview & purchase 21ST CENTURY LOVE SONGS on ITUNES, please CLICK HERE.
  • To preview & purchase 21ST CENTURY LOVE SONGS on CDBABY, please CLICK HERE.

Square One Holiday Party... December 17th, 2009

Please celebrate a successful year for Square One and the arts community at the OFFICIAL SQUARE ONE HOLIDAY PARTY taking place (as part of the Miracle On 7th Avenue party) at The RITZ Ybor on Thursday, December 17th, 2009 from 6pm to 10pm.

There will be complimentary cocktails and catering provided by Luigi's Catering from 6pm to 7pm.

Drink specials, holiday shopping, fashion and live entertainment and performances by Bella Danza with Jenn Jones, Anye' Cole, Sierra Moralis, Elizabeth Olson & Crystalyn Stokes, the first Lady of Ybor... Joey Brooks & more... emceed and hosted by Melanie Minyon

This event is FREE and completely open to everyone of all ages. Please send an e-mail to RSVP@theRITZybor.com with you and your guest names to RSVP.


MAGNUM OPUS... THANK YOU!

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING
SQUARE ONE
AT MAGNUM OPUS!

I wanted to thank each and every single person who came out and supported Square One at last month's MAGNUM OPUS event. Square One hosts two events each year at The RITZ Ybor, and this event was by far our most successful event yet. These events continue to grow in size and attendance, and I look forward to what the next event tentatively scheduled for next Spring will bring.

From everyone involved with and who supports Square One... HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Check out this wonderful write-up about MAGNUM OPUS by clicking here.
Much Love,

Okie & Jason


Jason Moriarty & Okesene Tilo

Best Of The Bay: Best Freakin' Awesome Events


Square One won the 2009 Creative Loafing Best Of The Bay Award for Best Freakin' Awesome Events.

Here is the write-up: It's hard enough to wrangle a hip group of artists / musicians / designers / models together at the same place and time, but it's even harder to convince anyone to come see the spectacle. The visionaries at Square One do just that with scenester-crowded, can't-miss-'em shindigs like La Di Da and Ryan Prado SHOT Me! - that draw party people in droves.

Congratulations to the very talented Ryan Prado (Best Local Visual Artist) and [5]Art (Best Art Gallery).
Check out page 43 of this week's issue of Creative Loafing (09/22/09 )


Square One announces... MAGNUM OPUS

SQUARE ONE ANNOUNCES MAGNUM OPUS ON NOVEMBER 14TH, 2009

Tampa, FL (August 10th, 2009) – Square One proudly announces MAGNUM OPUS, the fourth Square One Creative Event, that will take place between 7pm and midnight on Saturday, November 14th, 2009 at The RITZ Ybor in Tampa, Florida.

MAGNUM OPUS will revolve around the ecological themes of creation and self-preservation. New themed artwork by Blue Lucy, Christopher Michael Zenger, Gary Randall, Gina Rathbun, J.Alfonso, Jason Moriarty, Jedd Lancaster, Jeff Cinco, Kat Wilson, Katy Alderman, KLAAREN, Linda Alexander, Mary Martinez, Matt Moore, Melia, Melissa Fair, Nelani Palomino, Robert Wegmann, Rory O'Neil and Warren Gibson will debut at the event. Over 75 local artists will be on display with all artwork available for purchase by the general public.

Show times for the MAGNUM OPUS stage shows will take place at 8pm and 10pm and will feature original performances by Bella Danza (Artistic Director: Maria Capitano Pardo), Enigma Dance Kru, Kinetic Dance Group, a Wear To The Tear Fashion Show, Jeremy Gloff and more.

Jeremy Gloff will hold an album release party and performance for his upcoming 15th studio album, 21st Century Love Songs, in the side Royal Room at 9pm.


MAGNUM OPUS will be open to the general public of all ages. There will be an optional $1.00 donation at the doors of the event. V.I.P. Tables and Reserved Seats will be made available for purchase via RSVP@squareoneflorida.com.

The first promotional image photo for MAGNUM OPUS was shot by Jason Moriarty, Managing Director for Square One. Jason will be performing at MAGNUM OPUS with the Kinetic Dance Group, last seen at May's La Di Da event. Art Design for MAGNUM OPUS was created by Christopher Michael Zenger, a resident graphic designer for Square One who will be showcasing his work at the event.



ARTISTS WANTED... the next Square One Event!

Artist Registration for the NEXT SQUARE ONE Creative Event on Saturday, November 14th @ The RITZ Ybor will begin this Friday, July 24th, 2009.

Please e-mail Events@SquareOneFlorida.com with "INTERESTED IN 11.14.09" in the subject line for more information on becoming a participating artist in the biggest creative event in the Bay Area!

Last December's Virgin 2.0 brought in 1,700 attendees and 80 participating artists. This past May's La Di Da saw a record 2,400 attendees and 82 participating artists. Don't miss the BIGGEST art event in the entire Bay Area!


SANGRILA DI DA... Thursday

THURSDAY, MAY 28th: SANGRILA DI DA... There will be another La Di Da Meet & Greet from 6pm to 9pm on Thursday, May 28th, 2009 at The Nest restaurant in Ybor City. There will be a sign-in sheets for all participating artists upon entering The Nest, and it is at this time where artists will be able to choose which room they will be displaying in.

Sangrila Thursdays is a weekly Square One hosted night at The Nest restaurant that features half-priced pitchers of sangria and discounted tapas and appetizers.

Please join Square one this Thursday for the La Di Da Meet & Greet as well as every Thursday...



Sangrila at The Nest Restaurant... EVERY THURSDAY


Sangrila is the new weekly Thursday night at The Nest restaurant located at 1430 E 7th Avenue in the historic Ybor City district of Tampa, Florida. Conveniently located diagonally across from The RITZ Ybor, The Nest is the premiere tapas and pasta bar restaurant of Tampa Bay.

Sangrila will feature half-priced pitchers of red, white & champagne sangria, discounted tapas and live music courtesy of DJ Sirius and Witnes.

PATATAS BRAVAS $3.95
Fried Potatoes with Tomato Garlic Aioli

HUMMUS $3.95
Served with Tortilla Chips

MARINATED CHICKEN SKEWERS $4.00
Roasted Tomato Marinara Sauce

CAPRESE $4.95
Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Tomatoes, Basil Vinaigrette & Balsamic

BAKED MUSSELS $4.95
On the Half Shell with Garlic Butter

CALAMARI $5.00
Dusted in Seasoned Flour and Deep Fried Served with Arrabiata Sauce

MUSHROOM RAVIOLI $5.00
Fried & Topped with Portobella Sauce & Parmesan Sauce

GARLIC SHRIMP $5.95
Rich Garlic, White Wine & Tomato Sauce

PIQUILLOS RELLENOS $6.00
Stuffed Sweet Spanish Peppers with Mushrooms, Spinach & Goat Cheese

SALMON FILET $7.00
Pan Seared Salmon with Roasted Vegetable & Spinach Sauce

POLENTA CRAB CAKE $7.00
Baked Tomatoe Provencale, Haricots Verts Yellow Peppers Sauce

AHI TUNA $8.00
Grilled with Hummus & Capers Vinaigrette

Please join Square One at The Nest starting Thursday, May 7th, 2009.

*A special La Di Da night at The Nest will take place on May 28th, 2009... the Thursday before the event on the week of La Di Da.


Please visit The Nest at: www.TheNestTampa.com

La Di Da Meet & Greet... THIS SATURDAY May 2nd

LA DI DA MEET & GREET
as part of the Ybor City Art Walk
THIS Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

The La Di Da Artist & Entertainer Meet & Greet will take place from noon to 4pm on THIS Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 at The RITZ Ybor.



Live music performed by Chris Tolan.

BLOWOUT DISCOUNT ART SALE from artists Ryan Prado, Gina Rathbun, Jason Moriarty, Jedd Lancaster, Kat Wilson and Melissa Oraath.

The event is FREE and OPEN TO ALL so please bring your friends!


ANTISOCIAL @ The Social - Open Mic Night


ANTISOCIAL @ THE SOCIAL is the new Open Mic/Dance Party Night at The Social in Ybor City. Hosted by Jeremy Gloff, Peter Botti and DJ Mane (Leah Q), ANTISOCIAL is encouraging locals, bands, acoustic acts, poets, performance artists and comedians to showcase their talents.

ANTISOCIAL will be every Monday night at The Social located at 1909 N 15th Street in the Ybor City district of Tampa, Florida.

9:30pm - Doors Open & Open Mic Sign-Up begins
10:30pm - Open Mic Performance
12:30am - Dance Party (DJ Mane)

$2.00 door donation. Full bars and coffee.



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A.M.F. HAIR SHOW 2009 & ABSTRACT After Party


Tampa, FL (April 19th, 2009) – The 2nd Annual A.M.F. Hair Show 2009 will take place on Sunday, April 19th, 2009 at The RITZ Ybor located at 1503 East 7th Avenue in Tampa, Florida. A.M.F. stands for Always Moving Forward and is being presented by the Bentley Salon of Tampa and the B-Concept Artistic Team. The B-Concept Artistic Team is a collective solely seeking to help educate other fellow hairdressers.

The A.M.F. Hair Show 2009 is the largest independent hair show in Tampa and on the West Coast of Florida. It is an educational forum open to licensed professionals and cosmetology students only. Tickets are $25.00 for students, $35.00 for licensed professionals, $50.00 for V.I.P. seating and are available at www.bentleysalontampa.com/tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the day of the show for an additional $5.00. A.M.F. starts at 4pm and will last until 7pm. Doors open at 3pm.

An after party called Abstract, sponsored by Square One Creative and REAX Music Magazine will immediately follow at 7pm. Abstract will feature live performances by StereoPUSH, Jeremy Gloff, DJ Mane and DJ Twist. Abstract is open to the public aged 18 and older, and is FREE to attend.


Scott Bentley is the owner and creative director of the Bentley Salon and the creator of the annual A.M.F. Hair Show. Scott has traveled nationally as a platform hairstylist and artists helping to educate other hairdressers in various education seminar hairdressers in various education seminars. The Bentley Salon is located at 3228 West Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa, Florida.



Scott Bentley Q&A: A.M.F. Hair Show 2009

ALWAYS MOVING FORWARD: Q&A with Scott Bentley
by Okesene Tilo
On April 19th, 2009, the Bentley Salon and B-Concept Artistic Team will be hosting the 2nd Annual A.M.F. Hair Show, which is the largest independent education hair show in the Tampa Bay Area and the West Coast of Florida. The A.M.F. Show is open to hairdressers and students only, but the Square One & REAX sponsored after party directly following will be free and open to the general public.

I recently sat down with and interviewed Scott Bentley, owner of the Bentley Salon located at 3228 West Kennedy Boulevard in South Tampa and creative director of the B-Concept Artistic team (B-CON), a group determined to help motivate and educate others in the community.

Okesene: Hey Scott. First off, congratulations on the upcoming 2nd Annual A.M.F. Hair Show. What were the reasons you started the A.M.F. Show?

Scott: Thank you Okie. Tampa has a lot of talented hairdressers, and I started A.M.F. as a way for the hairdressing community to come together as one for a day of education and networking. There are plenty of corporate shows, but never any independent shows here in the Bay area. This show is how we as hairdressers can move forward together. Plus, I don't sleep much and my team and I are always looking for ways to be creative.

O: A.M.F. stands for "Always Moving Forward," a slogan that seems to be prominently displayed on your website and Myspace page. What exactly does "Always Moving Forward" mean to you?

S: Always Moving Forward means to revisit where you came from, re-evaluate where you are, and set goals for the future.

O: What sets the A.M.F. Hair Show apart from other hair shows?

S: First off, A.M.F. is an independent show. Yes, I pay for it all. Any takers? (laughter) It gives a chance for other hairdressers to showcase their talent and help educate others, and gives the B-Concept Artistic team a platform. The show includes 5 cosmetology schools with 10 students and there is always a segment with local hairdressers. This sends the message that at the end of the day that is who we are… hairdressers. It's not just about what the B-CON team is doing, it's about what we as hairdressers are doing!

O: Your salon seems to lend a helping hand with various local events, such as last November's Square One L'AMOUR MAC AIDS Fundraiser. How important is it to give back to the community and why?

S: It is very important! Showing support allows many doors to open for networking and marketing. B-CON is coming up with a show for the summer that I can't yet discuss, but it has to do with saving lives. Plus, it just always feels good to give back.

O: Which local artists, musicians and creative minds do you respect and feel are making a difference in the local community?

S: Well that's a loaded question and I hope to not offend anyone. Let's start with my good friend Jeremy Gloff, a talented musician on many levels with 14 plus albums under his belt and killer energy. He is always out to help other artists. Everyone knows I'm a huge fan of Holes & Heart. They are a very positive group of young guys with an amazing message. I shoot all of my own photos, so photographer Ryan Prado is someone I look to. There are just so many, but my wife Erin is the one I look to for any and all though.

O: Five years from now, what do you envision the A.M.F. Hair Show will be?

S: Given recent attention that the show has received, we have been contracted to do a Redken show in Orlando as a team. So I see A.M.F. as a traveling show. I also see it as a gateway to the next 20 years of helping to educate in this industry, hopefully with a big budget and big effects.

O: Describe the A.M.F. Show in one word.

S: MOTIVATING!

O: Describe Scott Bentley in one word.

S: Ask my wife!


A.M.F. HAIR SHOW 2009
Sunday, April 19th, 2009
Doors open at 3pm (event open to hairdressers and students only)
Abstract Afterparty at 7pm (open to general public)
The RITZ Ybor 1503 E 7th Ave Tampa, FL

To purchase tickets to the AMF HAIR SHOW 2009, please visit: www.bentleysalontampa.com


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FESTA ITALIANA 2009 - 12th Annual Italian Festival

L'Unione Italiana (The Italian Club of Tampa) a non-profit organization, is a precious gem built in 1894 and has been deemed a National Historic Landmark. In order for the building to continue to operate, it requires a great deal of maintanance & funding.

You can help support L'Unione
Italiana and the 12th Annual Festa Italiana below:

Thursday March 26th
WINES OF ITALY, A Unique Tasting Experience
6pm to 9pm
Italian Club of Tampa, Ybor City
1731 E 7th Avenue
- The evening will feature over 65 wines from different regions of Italy, Italian antipasti and desserts courtesy of Caraba's Italian Grille, a live performance by the Stolen Idols (Jazz & Exotica Quartet) and much more
** TO PURCHASE TICKETS, PLEASE CALL THE ITALIAN CLUB AT (813) 248-3316. SPACE IS LIMITED & TICKETS ARE SELLING FAST!

Friday March 27th
CINEMA ITALIANO
7:30pm

Italian Club of Tampa, Ybor City
1731 E 7th Avenue

Saturday March 28th
10am to 6pm - FREE ACTIVITIES
Corner of 7th Avenue & 17th Street
- Bocce Ball Invitational, Italian Idol Contest, Homemade Vino Competition, Cinema Italiano

Sunday March 29th
FESTA ITALIANA
11:30am to 6pm

Centennial Park, Ybor City
- Over 30 Bay Area restaurants & caterers, entertainment and more

Please e-mail okesene@squareoneflorida.com if you wish to purchase a Raffle Ticket: For a $5.00 recommended donation per ticket, Festa Italiana is raffling:
  • a 2009 KIA - RIO CAR
  • a VESPA LX50
  • an 18K WHITE GOLD DIAMOND & SAPPHIRE PENDANT
The drawing will take place Sunday, March 29 at Festa Italiana & you need not be present to win. Checks are made payable to "Italian Club Building Cultural Trust Fund."

CHECK OUT: www.FestaItalianaTampa.com


SAVE THE DATE: La Di Da


L
a Di Da

a Square One Creative Event
Saturday, May 30th, 2009
7pm - midnight

The RITZ Ybor 1503 E 7th Ave Tampa, FL 33605




Ryan Prado SHOT Me - THANK YOU!

THANK YOU to everyone who came out last night to RYAN PRADO SHOT ME!

Special thanks to Mathieu Stanoch and Cor Fahringer, Steve Moss, Gbar and Honey Pot, Mark & Carrie with GaYBOR, Peter Botti and all of the models and crew who helped with the success of last night.

Last but not least... a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to the talented and wonderful Ryan Prado for such a spectacular first show.

Check out one of Ryan Prado's new shots from last night called THE SHOW MUST GO ON... and stay tuned for YOUR photo from last night!




Ryan Prado SHOT Me!

LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER TAKES A "SHOT" AT FIRST SOLO EXHIBIT

Tampa, FL (February 1st, 2008) – The first Square One Creative artist solo exhibit called Ryan Prado SHOT Me! will run from February 13th to March 13th, 2009 at Gallery Live with an opening reception taking place on Friday, February 13th, 2009. Gallery Live is located at 1901 15th Street in the historic Ybor City district of Tampa, Florida.


Ryan Prado SHOT Me! is the very first Square One Creative artist solo exhibit that will showcase the work of local popular photographer Ryan Prado. The exhibit will showcase over twenty 20"x30" pieces while unveiling never before seen work. Photographs come to life during the opening reception where attendees will be able to interact with live models from some of Ryan's most popular works. The artist himself will be on hand with his camera to snap photos of his guests and models so that they too can say "Ryan Prado SHOT Me!" Guests will receive "Ryan Prado SHOT Me!" stickers with information on where they can view and retrieve their photos online as a personal keepsake.

Ryan Prado SHOT Me! is open to the general public, all ages, and is free to attend. Doors open at 7pm and the event will last until 11pm. Complimentary food will be provided by Streetcar Charlie's Bar & Grille. Ryan Prado SHOT Me! is being sponsored by Square One Creative and Gallery Live.


Ryan Prado graduated from the University of South Florida in the spring of 2005 with a BFA in Fine Arts. His work is a blend of tongue-in-cheek humor and personal subjects ranging from fear to love. His inspiration comes from pop culture, fashion and his own personal experiences. His whimsical images have been seen in the Tampa Museum of Art, on the cover of the Tampa Tribune's Friday Extra and in the Square One Creative events GO! and Virgin 2.0. Up next, Ryan will take his solo exhibit to Fort Lauderdale in March 2009 and hopes to showcase his work in a solo exhibit in Chicago, Illinois. Ryan Prado will also continue participating in all future Square One Creative events.

www.RyanPradoShotMe.com


BANG BANG!



In The Loop Interview: yogArt

yogArt Tempts With Cultural Flavors
by Suzanne M. Schmidt
IN THE LOOP


Pasco County's lack of artistic and cultural events bothers Adrienne Reed. To help remedy the situation, she decided to stretch her creative muscle.

The result is yogArt, a free community event that will feature fine arts, crafts, dance and yoga. The January 24 event takes place at Reed’s Namaste Yoga Studio, 23606 State Road 54 in Lutz, from noon to 7pm.

“It will be open to all ages,” said Jason Pierce Moriarty, managing director for Square One Creative, the company organizing yogArt. “We will have face painting and guided sketching class for the kids. For the adults, we will have a fashion show, artists and craft vendors, and a choreographed yoga movement piece. All day, there will be free yoga classes and free massages, as well. It should be a fun day for everyone.”

Artists from different backgrounds will show works, ranging from surrealistic pieces and photographs to crafts items like homemade jewelry. A percentage of the proceeds raised from art and craft sales will go to Chemo Angels, a charity that helps comfort people as they go through chemotherapy treatments.

Reed chose the charity because of all the work the organization has done on behalf of her friend Gilbert Rosadl, who has lymphatic cancer, she said.

“I wanted to do something in his honor,” Reed said. “I figured it is a win-win situation for everybody. It will be nice to be able to give something to the charity and also nice to have an art event in Pasco.”

Chemo Angels is a national nonprofit that works directly with patients.

“The charity is great because depending on the situation, they will help a person with transportation to treatments and bring them gifts or letters,” Reed said. “They do a lot to support the patient through the whole chemo treatment process.”

Throughout the yogArt event, the studio also will have free mini-yoga classes to introduce attendees to the practice. In addition, Reed and Moriarty will perform a new type of art that infuses yoga with modern dance. She also will perform with her two children Ben, 10, and Alexandra, 8.

“It is something totally different than anything out there,” Reed said. “It is a yoga dance routine set to music. It is unique and it should push the edge a little bit.”

Namaste also offers a free yoga class at the studio every weekend and has recently lowered her rates. For information, call (813) 505-1850 or visit namasteyogastudio.com. For more information about Chemo Angels, visit chemoangels.net


USF Oracle Interview: yogArt

MUSIC, ART AND KEEN SENSE OF BALANCE AT yogArt
Amanda Moore, Correspondent


The fusion of fitness and art did not end with Jazzercising, as Square One Creative hosts an eclectic blend of music, art, fashion and yoga in yogArt this weekend.

This nontraditional exhibit will feature works from local musician Jamal Corrie, fashion designer Melissa Ora-ath and more than 30 local artists, as well as 15 craft venders and choreographed yoga movement pieces.

yogArt will also be interactive. Spectators will become participants in yoga lessons, massages, sketching classes, face painting and more, said Jason Moriarty, Square One Creative's state managing director.

"Square One tries to make our events appeal to all of the senses, so attendees can expect an event that will completely immerse them in the experience," Moriarty said.

Several movement pieces combining yoga, modern dance and visual art will be performed by Moriarty and Adrienne Reed, owner of Namaste Yoga Studio.

"I have been practicing yoga for several years and have come to view yoga as a form of art," Moriarty said.

Reed said she hopes that her studio will allow people unfamiliar with yoga to sample it in a fun environment, an attitude she's promoted in some of her earlier pieces.

"Moriarty and I did a yoga movement piece together in Square One's last show, Virgin 2.0, and had great success with it. We decided to see if we could go further with the art and yoga cohesion, and we also wanted to bring art, culture and fashion to Pasco County," Reed said.

Corrie will set the mood with easy listening music including songs from his latest album, Take My Hand. Corrie said his music is appealing to all people and will set the tone for a great event.

The event will benefit Chemo Angels, a cancer support organization for people undergoing chemotherapy.

The organization partners cancer patients with volunteers who send weekly cards, thoughtful notes and occasional small gifts to show their support.

All Square One Creative events benefit a different charity, but Chemo Angels holds a special significance to Moriarty. 


A close friend of Moriarty and Adrienne has been battling cancer and is grateful to the organization for its assistance in his therapy.

"My best friend, Gilbert Rosado, is only 42 years old and has been coping with lymphatic cancer for a few years now.  I wanted to do something in his honor and asked him to choose a charity that was meaningful for him," Adrienne said.

yogArt will be held at the Namaste Yoga Studio in Lutz on Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. The event is free and suitable for all ages, and will be catered by Chili's, Big Apple Bagels and Stonewood Tavern and Grille. For more information, visit namasteyogastudio.com.

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yogArt Meet & Greet

Tomorrow is the Meet & Greet for Square One's yogArt event. The yogArt Meet & Greet will begin at noon at Namaste Yoga Studio, and will have complimentary drinks and pizza. Every event Meet & Greet for Square One has been a blast, and is the best way to meet other artists and supporters of the community.


yogArt Meet & Greet
Sunday, January 18th, 2009
Namaste Yoga Studio
12pm


Marketing Day for yogArt Photos

Today was yogArt Marketing Day. New Tampa, Lutz, Wesley Chapel, Land O'Lakes, Odessa and Temple Terrace are now covered with yogArt Road Signs. Below are photos from today's fun:



Marketing Day for yogArt

yogArt is the first of its kind for Square One here in Florida:
  1. It is the VERY FIRST daytime Square One event.
  2. It is the VERY FIRST family-targeted Square One event.
  3. It is the VERY FIRST Square One event in the Pasco County.
After the massive success of our events in Tampa & Ybor, having our first event in a new city is basically like starting all over again. So Jason, Kat, Adrienne Reed and I have been on promotional overdrive to insure the success of the first Square One event in the uncharted waters of Pasco County.

For starters, this Sunday, January 11th, 2009 is (as Jason would like to call it) yogArt Marketing Day!


A group of 15 or so individuals will be flooding the Lutz, Land O' Lakes, Odessa, Wesley Chapel, New Tampa and Temple Terrace areas with the 5,000 yogArt postcards as well as 200 yogArt Road Signs. The local press in that area has already been contacted, and nearly all of them have expressed interest in attending the event or already covering it in their publication.

I have complete faith that, like GO! and Virgin 2.0 before it, yogArt will be another huge success! ...and to all of those first-time showing artists that are a constant and beloved presence at Square One shows... we are NOW in your shoes. For the reasons already stated above, yogArt is OUR very first show. (Consider it Virgin 2.1)