FIRST ANNUAL KRESS CONTEMPORARY OPEN HOUSE EXHIBITION CELEBRATES VISUAL, PERFORMING, AND LITERARY ARTISTS
Kress Contemporary is thrilled to announce its inaugural First Annual Open House Exhibition, opening on Thursday, January 25, from 6-10 pm, with additional programming on Friday, January 26, and Saturday, January 27. This exciting event will feature an exhibition of works selected by guest curator Jenn Ryann Miller, showcasing a diverse range of artworks by Kress Contemporary studio artists.
The exhibition will include works from Kress artists Chase Parker, Jenny Carey, Ashley Cantero, Ron Watson, Marc Brechwald, Karol Batansky, Lynn Rattray, Mary-Helen Horne, Shilpa Saxena, Juan Espinosa, Carlos Pons, Eileen Goldenberg, Samantha Uttech, Victoria Alvarez, Elizabeth Fontaine Barr, and Marilyn Silverman. Each artist brings their unique aesthetic, promising a visually stimulating experience for attendees.
In addition to the exhibition featured on the 2nd floor in the Kress Room, independent galleries and art spaces will also be open to the public. Visitors will have the opportunity to visit Parachute Gallery, Tempus Projects, Tempus Volta, Drift, Department of Contemporary Art, Tampa, FL, and Gratus. Pop Yarn and JZ Atelier will also be open to the public and 3rd floor artist studios will be open for art-goers to peruse.
The Writers Room, which houses GrowHouse, Kitchen Table Literary Arts, and Heard ‘em Say Youth Arts will be open and hosting a special poetry performance on Thursday, January 25th in The Kress Room with Slam Anderson and other talented literary artists, including Dennis Amadeus.
Thursday night programming will also include a collaboration with Screen Door Microcinema and Artillery Residency. Animator Jodie Mack will present portions of her feature film “Early Mourning, Tarpon Springs.” Drawing inspiration from George Inness’ 1892 painting, “Early Morning, Tarpon Springs,” Mack’s film explores personal, historical, and animated ecological ghosts in the state of Florida. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to have their spirit photography portraits captured and animated by Mack, adding an interactive element to the event.
On Friday, January 26th, from 7-9 pm, Heard Em Say will host an open mic event in The Kress Room. This platform welcomes literary artists from various backgrounds to share their talents.
The grand finale of the eventful weekend will take place on Saturday, January 27th, with Fringe Theatre, hosting ‘Sadaoke’ a night of truly sad, heart-wrenching, painfully sorrowful karaoke ballads. Come sing, and maybe cry.
About the Juror
Jenn Ryann Miller is a mixed-media artist exploring materiality and aesthetics through abstract sculpture and painting. With a background in functional ceramics, Miller pushes the boundaries of tradition and process by experimenting with unconventional materials and forms. Originally from Connecticut, Miller received a BFA from the University of Connecticut and an MFA from the University of South Florida. Currently, she teaches ceramics at the University of South Florida and holds the position of Deputy Director at Tempus Projects.
The First Annual Kress Contemporary Open House Exhibition is a celebration of visual, performing, and literary talent, providing a platform for artists to showcase their work and engage with the community. Join us on January 25 -27 for a collaborative event of artistic exploration and inspiration.
Where: Kress Contemporary, 1624 E 7th Ave. Ybor City, FL 33605
When: Thursday, January 25 – Saturday January 27, 2024
Thursday, Jan 25, 6 -10 pm
-First Annual Kress Contemporary Open House Exhibition
-Spoken Word from Slam Anderson, Dennis Amadeus, and more.
-Animator Jodie Mack at Screen Door Microcinema
-Galleries and Studios Open to the Public
Friday, Jan 26, 7-9 pm
-Heard Em Say Open Mic
Saturday, Jan 27, 4 -6 pm
Fringe Theatre hosts ‘Sadaoke’
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