CARROLLWOOD — Both active and retired military members are welcome to show their artistic side at the Carrollwood Cultural Center’s Star Spangled Art 2013 event.
The event begins with a reception on Nov. 9. All artwork is due by Oct. 28, but the application deadline is Oct. 25. The event is open to veterans and active members of the military.
“So many of the members of the military take up art just to take the edge off,” said Gainor Roberts, the art curator of the gallery. “It is a big benefit for military members who are in and out of treatment. That’s how it started.”
Since then, the event has been expanded to any active or former military member.
It is free to enter up to two pieces of art and the event itself has expanded. There will be music provided by local musicians New Horizons at the reception, and everyone who has ever served in the military has a special invitation.
“The people in the military have done so much for us and it’s a chance to show them as more than members of the military,” Roberts said. “So much of their work is special and we look forward to letting the public get a special view of it.”
Large works up to 50 inches in diameter are accepted, and the larger works may be hung on balconies. If there are any unusual pieces, call Roberts in advance. Very heavy pieces may require special handling. All works must have a hanging wire attached to the back, and the hook must be low enough so that it does not show above the frame.
Every work of art must have the artist’s name, title and medium added to the back or bottom of the work. Details must be provided about the artist’s military service, and the first 70 two-dimensional artworks will be accepted. The show will be presented in the Carrollwood Cultural Center’s theater gallery.
For more information, contact the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, at (813) 469-1641.