The Year 2010

I want to personally THANK each and every single individual that attended, participated in and supported our 3rd Annual Fall 2010 Creative & Performing Arts Showcase called BERLIN this past November. All of the endless support helped make BERLIN the most successful Square One Creative Event yet.

I look forward to embarking on another adventurous year with you all in 2011. Some exciting events on our calendar include the Chalk Walk in March and both the 14th Annual Festa Italiana and our 4th Annual Spring Square One Creative Event in April next year.

Happy New Year to you and yours! Wishing you nothing but happiness & prosperity in 2011.


2010: THANK YOU for yet another
successful& wonderful year!

13th Annual Festa Italiana
March 28, 2010

Camille Leone
Annual Spring Square One Event
April 17, 2010

Quest for Hope
Tampa Bay's Ultimate Scavenger Hunt
June 12, 2010

Billy Jolie's The Lust Garden Book Release Party
July 24, 2010

Quest for the Ultimate Opening Act
August 19, 2010

Anthology: Jose Renteria's Solo-Exhibit
September 22, 2010

The Rocky Horror Picture Show & Party
October 22, 2010

Annual Fall Square One Event
November 13, 2010

Miracle on 7th Avenue
December 2, 2010

The Black & White Ball
benefiting the MAC AIDS Fund
December 5, 2010

10C EP
10th Concession EP Release Party
December 19, 2010


Photo by Ryan Prado

"31 years ago, I was born in the city of Berlin. For 29 years, that same city had walls that separated and divided East Berlin from West Berlin. Tonight's celebration is not in congruance with the reasons why the Berlin Wall was built. Tonight's event is celebrating how the Berlin Wall became the world's longest canvas. Nearly every single inch of the 87-mile structure was covered in art, painting and graffitti. Even in times of separation can artistic freedom and creative expression still exist."
-Okesene "Okie" Tilo

Photos courtesy of Chip Weiner

Special Thanks to The RITZ Ybor staff, The Radiant Group, the YCDC, Ybor Chamber of Commerce, GaYbor Coalition,, La France, Tribeca ColorSalon, Flip Flop Productions, Natalie Clifton, Chris Zenger, Ryan Prado, all of the performers, artists, entertainers and participants and especially the creative director of Berlin, Mathieu Stanoch of the Florida Entertainment Group.

From our friends at Tampa Artist Emporium

For those of you who do not yet know, the Tampa Artist Emporium will be closing when our lease expires on Friday, December 31. I've been trying like mad the last few months to negotiate a new lease, but our current landlord is unable to work with us. So, we are letting our lease expire and will be closing at the end of the year. However, I am working on finding a new location in the same area with better exposure and foot traffic and am hoping to reopen in a month or two. I will definitely keep you updated on the progress and would love to have you continue to be a part of the gallery. I just wanted to let you know what was going on so you heard it directly from me and so you also know that this is not the end. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. I am super excited to start from scratch and work with Shelby to resurrect our "Phoenix" from the ashes!

As always, thank you for supporting local art!!

Melissa Wilson
Gallery Owner

Save The Date: Chalk Walk 2011

Square One is proud to announce their involvement with the 2011 Chalk Walk in Hyde Park Village on March 18 to 20, 2011.

If any artist or vendor is interested in participating in the 2011 Chalk Walk, please send an e-mail to with "INTERESTED IN CHALK WALK 2011" in the subject line.

For more information, please visit


On Sunday, October 10, 2010 from 4pm to 10pm, do not miss The SaSS BASH!

The SaSS BASH is a day of art, music and fashion at The Heights Waterfront to raise money for the Serena Spain Memorial Scholarship, a local scholarship through the Hillsborough Education Foundation. The scholarship benefits high school seniors in single-parent households with limited income.

For the low price of $10, enjoy 1 free raffle tickets plus featured music performances from Groovy Cool, King of Spain, Jeremy Gloff, Hana-Li, Madison Walling, Dub Lounge, Disco Dolls DJ set, Madison Walling & more. Beer tasting from Cigar City Stone Brewery, Chimay, Abita and Sierra Nevada. BBQ from Smokin A's, vegan dogs from the Vegan Beagle, cupcakes and coffee from Frostings, Etc.

Live Arts Demonstrations. Acrobellum Acrobats. Disco Dolls Spring/Summer 2011 Fashion Show

Art Vendors: Brad Kokay, Leslie Campbell, Ems b. Jewelry, David Harmon, Star and Crossbones, Lisa Sibley, Callie's Jewelry, The Disco Dolls clothing, Jonny Edwards photography

Jose Renteria's ANTHOLOGY Exhibit Opening Reception 9/22/2010

Artist / Fashion Designer / Graphic Artist / Photorapher / Make-up Artist... Is there one thing that Jose Renteria hasn't done? The answer is YES. Jose has never produced a solo-exhibit showcase for his artwork until Wednesday, September 22, 2010. On that day, Square One hosted the opening reception for ANTHOLOGY, a collection by Jose Renteria at Tre Amici @ The Bunker in Tampa, Florida.

For those that missed the party, Jose's work will be showcased at Tre Amici until mid-October where it available for purchase. Here are some photos from Jose's ANTHOLOGY opening reception:

Jose Renteria with Square One's Okesene Tilo

with fashion designer & artist Melissa Oraath

with make-up genius Mark "Hero" de los Reyes

SQUARE ONE Spotlights: Jose Renteria, artist

SQUARE ONE Spotlights: Jose Renteria, artist

Photo by Kyle Lambert

For this month's spotlight, SQUARE ONE chose Jose Renteria who will be showcasing his collection at ANTHOLOGY, his very first artist solo-exhibit on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at Tre Amici @ The Bunker in Ybor City. Jose is the second artist since photographer Ryan Prado to receive a solo-exhibit event sponsorship from SQUARE ONE. Okesene Tilo recently sat down with Jose for a Q&A for this month's Spotlight.

OKIE TILO: Hey there Jose! First off, congratulations on your upcoming ANTHOLOGY exhibit. To familiarize yourself with those unfamiliar with your collection of work, what type of artist would you describe yourself as?

JOSE RENTERIA: I would describe myself as a multi-faceted artist in the fact that I work not only with acrylics, but also with makeup and graphic design. These are three very different yet similar art forms.

TILO: Do you feel there is one medium that you are strongest?

RENTERIA: I have always been more drawn to acrylics. I like that they are easy to work with and allow me to use them however I want.

TILO: This is your very first solo exhibit, why did you feel now was the time to have one?

RENTERIA: Yes it is! I am completely excited about it. The idea came up when several of my friends asked me when I was going to have a solo exhibit. They said people needed to see my work and that it should not be shoved under my couch, so I decided that it was time to do just that.

TILO: Who or what are you artistic inspirations?

RENTERIA: I am inspired by my mood and what ever part of life I am going through. My work definitely reflects that. There are some pieces that are dark, some are full of fire, and others are calm, some are even comedic.

TILO: What local artists do you admire?

RENTERIA: Ryan Prado would be one of the local artists that I find fascinating. His work is awesome and it amazes me how he can take something so simple and make it brilliant. I have had the pleasure of working with him on several occasions and the creative chemistry was ridiculous. I also love the work of Mark De Los Reyes. Even though he is not your typical artist, he does magic with makeup brushes.

TILO: Do you feel the local art community is thriving and growing?

RENTERIA: I feel that the local art community if finally flourishing the way it should be. I believe that everyone has the ability to be artistic and events such as the ones sponsored by Square One are allowing people to do that. New artists are emerging, seasoned artists are getting back into the game and allowing the community to experience different generations of art.

TILO: What are some of your favorite local events that you look forward to?

RENTERIA: Of course the Square One events in spring and fall. I have been fortunate to be part of these events and I am thankful that because of Square One's GO! event in 2008, I was able to reimurse myself into art.

TILO: You are also an integral part of producing the annual events that benefit the MAC AIDS Fund, can you tell me more about this year's event?

RENTERIA: Yes. I have worked for MAC Cosmetics for 5 years now, and the MAC AIDS Fund is the heart and soul of each artist. I am glad to be a part of this event. This year we are establishing the Black & White Ball, a fashion forward evening full of glamour, entertainment, cocktails, fun and of course, fabulous makeup. We are fortunate to have The Honey Pot host our event again this year and are very thankful to them for their generous hospitality. The theme is of course black and white. I guess, you'll just have to attend to find out more.

TILO: Anything else you wish to share?

RENTERIA: I am really glad to be able to share my work and essentially moments of my life with my friends, family, and the community. I am also excited about Square One's BERLIN show on November 13 and The Black & White Ball in December. This fall and winter of 2010 are going to be spectacular.

a collection by Jose Renteria

Opening Reception Party
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
6pm to 9pm

Tre Amici @ The Bunker
1907 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33605

Billy Jolie's The Lust Garden Book Release Party 7/24/2010

Author Billy Jolie celebrated the release of his debut novel The Lust Garden with an invitation-only book release and author signing party on the top floor of Bernini of Ybor in Tampa, Florida. The private event was exclusive only to 100 guests.

Square One and OMG! Magazine will host Billy Jolie's next book release and author signing party on Saturday, September 4, 2010 at Streetcar Charlie's Bar & Grille. The event runs from 7pm to 11pm and is open to the general public.

Here are some photos from Billy's July 24th Party:

Billy Jolie with Square One's Okesene Tilo & friends

The Dream Team with Mark de los Reyes, model Jessica Hurst & photographer Ryan Prado

with OMG! Magazine's Eric Liebman

with local musician Jeremy Gloff

The Lust Garden is NOW AVAILABLE nationwide.