What I like to call “cute vandalism.”

I love finding little paintings hidden within campus.

These three small paintings were found around Ben Hill Griffin stadium. For a huge concrete building that is usually the home to buff football players and sports nuts, it’s uncommon to look at it as a place for street art.

Let’s be honest and say that the simple kitten outline is ridiculously cute. Its bored expression and right amount of pudginess still gives it enough detail to make me happy and it never bothers me to see a fat and disinterested cat when I’m on my way to class.

The excessively bearded and mustached “Po$h Life” piece is a perfect attribute to “No Shave November.” I’m sure the bearded men of Gainesville are happy to be depicted as men who most likely go to polo tournaments and smoke out of a pipe.

Channeling Michael Jackson? This silhouette is mysterious and looks perfect with the shadow that comes naturally from the column.

If you find any small bits of art littered around campus, make sure to e-mail me at vipapiv@gmail.com!

Stay artsy,

Alyssa

the Gainesville Graffiti

Field trip to Art Basel in Miami Beach

Art Basel in Miami Beach, Fla., is the mecca for seeing beautiful modern and contemporary works of art.

Galleries throughout the city will be holding exhibitions for visitors and over 50,000 people visited the event last year, according to the official Art Basel website.

The University of Florida School of Art and Art History will sponsor a field trip for 49 students to go to Art Basel on Dec. 5. Gallery admissions will either be free or up to $15 and the price to go on the motor coach will be $70.

There will be an information session on Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. in FAC Conference Room 102.

More information can be found on http://uffinearts.tumblr.com/post/65438769011/experience-art-basel-in-miami-beach-with-the-sa-ah.

If I weren’t starting my cross-country road trip on that day, you know I’d be there.

Stay artsy,

Alyssa

the Gainesville Graffiti

Sculptures by local Gainesville artists wanted

Public art has grown substantially all over the United States and Gainesville, Fla., is adopting the trend.

South Main Street is getting narrowed to make it a more walkable and civilian friendly area for local residents. The South Main Street improvement budget includes fixes to bus stops, better lighting systems and pedestals lining the streets, according to a breifing from the Gainesville Public Works Department.

These lone pedestals are part of a project to turn South Main Street into a linear sculpture park to get more people walking past storefronts and to get more customers for these local businesses.

The future sculptures that will go on these pedestals will be decided by a competition put on by the city. The artists who win will receive a stipend to mount the sculptures and $1000. The sculptures will stay there for a year until another competition is put on again.

People perusing the street of South Main will also be able to purchase these sculptures from the artist.

What an exciting time for the Gainesville art scene!

More information on the art project can be found at http://tinyurl.com/kojbzy7.

Stay artsy,

Alyssa

the Gainesville Graffiti

34th Street Highlights #2

For those of you who aren’t from Gainesville, Fla., the 34th Street Wall is 1,120 feet long and has been covered in graffiti since 1979.

Frequently the wall promotes organizations and events within the University of Florida but also showcases some great pieces of artwork from local street artists.

Here’s a couple of pieces I enjoyed from the wall this week.

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Although the wall is cluttered with promotional advertising for organizations and businesses, it’s always great to find a few gems.

Stay artsy,

Alyssa

the Gainesville Graffiti

Happy Halloween from Gainesville graffiti

Happy Halloween to all my followers! Got your costumes?

I’m dressing up as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider this Oct. 31 and I’m going to be looking for some cool Halloween art finds that I can post on here. I’ve already found a few Frankensteins on the 34th Street wall to help Gainesville, Fla., residents get into the holiday spirit.

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Here’s a groovin’ Frankenstein with a floating candy corn in the corner on the wall. I love how clean and smooth the outlines are on this one. The use of pink for the shading does wonders as well.

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I don’t think this Frankenstein is as jovial as the previous one. Eyes look a little bloodshot and he is definitely going to need something for that nosebleed.  Hopefully he’s getting his full eight hours of sleep.

I’m going to have to check back at the wall during Thanksgiving time to see if I can find any more seasonal artwork — or maybe I’ll make some myself?

Stay artsy,

Alyssa

the Gainesville Graffiti

34th Street highlights

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Weird, dirty and just the right hint of quirky.

These two pieces on the 34th Street wall struck my attention when I was driving to Publix the afternoon before.

Somewhat similar to Maurice Sendak’s art style, these two creatures seem to look like forgotten extras in “Where the Wild Things Are.” It’s always fun to evoke a bit of your childhood and draw a couple of monsters.

These two monsters have great texture, great coloring and are still creative enough to interest me.

What are they going to do with the pizza, soda and knife? I guess we can only wonder.

Stay artsy,

Alyssa

the Gainesville Graffiti

Far from “diddley”-squat at the farmers market

Who says food can’t be art?

Every Wednesday in downtown Gainesville, you will find a plethora of local vendors selling organic produce, ethnic dishes, juices, honeys, eggs and more. Bo Diddley Community Plaza is transformed into the Union Street Farmers Market from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m..

Free samples abound, you can tell that these start-up restaurateurs know their stuff and care about the quality of their products. It doesn’t hurt that you can also get a pretty substantial meal just from sampling the variety of products at every tent.

On a lovely day, stopping to admire the bright colors of the vegetables and the smells wafting from each tent is enough to make an art-lover enjoy the beauty of food. Witnessing creative infusions like pineapple and sea-salt popsicles, cream cheese made from cashews, and exotic fruit jams showcase how much effort is placed into these creations.

Like a fine piece of art, a fine piece of food isn’t mistaken.

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John Bitter from Honey Song Organics prepares to weigh a batch of fresh organic vegetables for a local customer.

 

Stay artsy,

Alyssa

the Gainesville Graffiti

Introducing the Gainesville Graffiti

Welcome to the first post on the Gainesville Graffiti.

This blog will focus on various areas around Gainesville that contain street art, graffiti, sculptures, and even performance art.

For those native Gainesvillians, I’m sure you all know the most popular graffiti-clad areas like the 34th Street wall and the Norman tunnel. These areas get updated regularly with fresh promotional art, political art, and art that’s just meant for admiring. I’ll be taking pictures of my favorite pieces of art and writing critiques on them weekly.

In addition, there are art galleries as well as outdoor murals in the downtown area of Gainesville near Main Street which will get highlighted in this blog as well. Gainesville holds talented artists and it’s important that these artists and these works get recognition.

If anyone has any art submissions or events that should be featured on this page, please feel free to e-mail me at vipapiv@gmail.com.

Stay artsy,

Alyssa

the Gainesville Graffiti