Essence of YBOR Fine Art Show & Scavenger Hunt

The Ybor Art Association (YAA) proudly presents...

Join the Ybor Art Association in celebrating the hidden art treasures of Ybor City / Tampa and rediscover the historical significance of Ybor City's contributions to the Tampa Bay art scene. Mingle with the artists, share visions and dreams, help support the arts, network, shop at the "Essence Art Store" and talk ART!

Confirmed Artists: Donna Morrison, Rick Reeves, John Canning, Samantha Churchill, Greg Latch, Ray Paul, Jason Shiver, Dominique Martinez, Marc De Waele, Tatyana Igumnova Hankinson, Bruce Ferguson, Terry Klaaren, Bob Pomeroy, Paul Tabio, Nancy Baier, Antony Capers, Melody Swindle, Susan O'Hara, Clyde McLaughlin, Victor Dulcette, Nicholae Tucker

"Essence" Fine Art Store: (Above Juried Artists), David Edmund, John Costin, Roberta Scholfield, Willie Emerson, Kelli Shultz, Paula Brett, Scott Spillman, Grace McKee

Confirmed Panelists: David Audet, Sharon Rose, Bruce Marsh

Sanctuary Musicians featuring Bill Johnston

A portion of all art sales goes towards the YAA for its continued pursuit of raising awareness of the fabulous talent in the Tampa Bay art scene and promoting the arts, artists and art related efforts.

"Essence of Ybor Fine Art Show & Scavenger Hunt"
Where: Ybor Square, 1300 9th Ave Courtyard
When: Saturday, June 4, 2011
Fine Art Show from 5pm to 10pm
Scavenger Hunt from 6pm to 7:30pm

Brining Fine Artists Together to Promote Ybor City as a Fine Arts Destination

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Square One Spotlights: Pride & Passion 2011, event

SQUARE ONE Spotlights: Pride & Passion, event

SQUARE ONE chose to highlight the upcoming Pride & Passion event for this spotlight edition. Pride & Passion is an annual fundraising event for the Tampa Museum of Art and the official kickoff event for St. Pete Pride. We sat down with Jose Garboza, a member of the event's steering committee, for a Q&A.

OKIE TILO: Hello Jose. How long have you been involved with Pride & Passion, and why?

JOSE GARBOZA: This is my second year involved with the event, and my first year on the steering committee. I got involved with Pride & Passion because it is for a great cause: the GLBT community in Tampa supporting the arts and the new fantastic venue downtown.

Jose Garboza, Steering Committee member

OKIE: So is Pride & Passion strictly a GLBT event?

JOSE: No, Pride & Passion is an event organized for the GLBT community AND anyone who supports the arts. We are very welcoming of anyone.

OKIE: What makes this fundraising event stand out among the others?

JOSE: Pride & Passion is more than just a fundraiser and a way to support art in our community. We are truly creating a unique experience by not only showcasing some of the best food from local restaurants, but also by transforming the atrium of the Tampa Museum of Art (TMA) into a performance art space. The concept of the entertainment for the night revolves around Degas' art, currently on exhibit at TMA. Degas was fascinated with dancing and movement as seen in his famous ballerine statues. We have been working with the Bella Danza dance collective for months to create unique performance pieces that evoke a modern version of Degas' inspiration. You will be able to see these pieces throughout the night among other surprises.

OKIE: Tickets for Pride & Passion are $75.00 each, what do you say to those who wish to attend but are uneasy with the admission cost?

JOSE: The $75.00 includes entry to the event and a year-long membership to the Museum, but if that is not enough to convince you to purchase a tickets, here are some of the many other offerings that evening: sexy European house music from DJ Michael Terrance, sophisticated food from Bern's Steak House and Sidebern's, open bar featuring custom "Pride & Passionfruit" martinis from Zyr Vodka, a selection of provocative red, white and sparkling Spanish wines from Ole Imports including a "Welcome Cava' toast for all guests, craft beers from JJ Taylor, a digital photobooth to capture the event with you and your friends (courtesy of Lavish Salon), an unusual and fun presentation of desserts at 10pm and amazing entertainment throughout the evening from the Bella Danza dance collective featuring the Tampa Bay premiere of "Lustre Vitale," a performance art piece created specifically for Pride & Passion... and a piece guaranteed to make people talk.

OKIE: Sounds amazing! What are your hopes with this year's event?

JOSE: We have already broken records in terms of fundraising, but our hopes for this year is to establish this event as one of the most creative and forward-thinking events in Tampa, something that people would want to travel just to be a part of.

OKIE: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me. Are there any last words about Pride & Passion that you would like to share?

JOSE: I speak for the Pride & Passion steering committee this year when I say that we are proud of our community, our Museum, and our city. We want to welcome you to be a part of this fantastic evening. Hope to see you all there!

Saturday, May 21, 2011
8pm to midnight

Purchase Tickets Online: CLICK HERE

Tampa Museum of Art
120 West Gasparilla Plaza
Downtown Tampa

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Return to Wonderland: April 29, 2011

Return to Wonderland, Barkin HeARTS's 2nd installment of their Wonderland-themed art-fashion-dance extravaganza took place last Friday night at The Heights in Tampa, Florida. Since their inception last year, founder Johnna Guzman and her counterparts have raised nearly $10,000 for local pet rescues. This year's production made it possible for Barkin HeARTS to file for their 501(c)3 which will allow them to continue working closer with sponsors, other charities and more artists.

While more than 700 people have attended the Wonderland events, Johnna Guzman and her team look forward to new endeavors: a winter event and their long-awaited Halloween Haunted Heights event.

Below are photos from Return to Wonderland courtesy of Kevin Tighe.

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THIS by Jeremy Gloff

Photography by Colleen Gorlewski


On Monday, May 9, 2011 Square One will present THIS, an album release party of the same name for local musician Jeremy Gloff at the Ybor Social located at 1909 North 15th Street in the historic Ybor City district of Tampa, Florida. The event will feature live performances of select songs from THIS with guest performers Shunda K (formerly of Yo Majesty), songstress Anye Cole' and local personality MACAViTi. Guests will be able to purchase the album for $5. Doors open at 9pm and the event will conclude at midnight. Admission to the event is free and open to patrons aged 18 and up.

THIS, Jeremy Gloff's 17th album will be released on Crunks Not Dead Records and will be available on iTunes and The new album finds Jeremy Gloff's return to the pop dance sound of his 1987 album while mixing in the emotional gloss of his previous album, 21st Century Love Songs. Recording for THIS began in December 2010 at Atomic Audio Studios. All songs were written by Jeremy Gloff and produced by Jeremy Gloff and Mark Nikolich. Co-writers on select songs include Okesene Tilo, Shadrick Ferrer, Pat Maue, Sena Alborzian, MACAViTi, Shunda K and Geoffrey Dicker.

The title, THIS, is a succinct and definitive summation of the free-spirit and boldness of the album and artist.

Jeremy Gloff is an independent musician and writer residing in Tampa, Florida. He was selected as one of the Top 10 Best Local Music Artists of 2011 by Tampa Bay Times (TBT) and has been featured on HBO's Penn and Teller: Bullshit. Jeremy is the controversial columnist of "Southern and Cynical" on THIS, Jeremy Gloff's 17th album will be released on Crunks Not Dead Records on Monday, May 9, 2011.

Jeremy Gloff Album Release Party
Monday, May 9, 2011


Ybor City Social Club
1909 N 15th St
Tampa, FL 33605