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ArtSlam expands across downtown Bradenton

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ArtSlam painter

ArtsSlam / COURTESY PHOTO

Realize Bradenton’s ArtSlam, now in its fourth year, is all about interactive art experiences. On Saturday, 25 artistic “teams” and 10 music acts will entertain at the free, family-friendly festival. For the first time, ArtSlam will extend beyond Old Main Street to include the Manatee Performing Arts Center, ArtCenter Manatee, Village of the Arts, South Florida Museum and the DaVinci Machines Exhibition at the Bradenton Auditorium. Another first? Food truck wars!

From noon to 8 p.m., free trolleys and pedicabs will circulate between these cultural organizations and Old Main Street with downtown ambassadors. These tour guides will help create what the event organizers at Realize Bradenton are calling “an informative and fun mobile experience.” Throughout the morning, ArtSlam will coexist with the downtown Bradenton Farmers Market and then transition into the festival.
Here’s a list of the 25 "teams" participating - all will be on Old Main Street and unless otherwise noted - as well as a schedule of the 10 music acts performing throughout the day.

ArtSlam Teams

1. Plastics Unwrapped: A three-dimensional vignette using up-cycled materials to create a Floridian ecosystem will be installed on the west lawn of the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W.,

2. DraMature: Rick Kerby, producing artistic director of the Manatee Players, will hold improv sessions led by members of his senior acting troupe, DraMature, with 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. performances at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave W.

3. American Watercolor Society’s 146th Traveling Exhibition: A juried exhibition of watercolors from artists around the world from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at ArtCenter Manatee, 209 9th St. W.

4. The Human Canvas: Southeast High School students will create three, full-body paintings modeled after famous works of art. Children can custom-order face paintings of objects or scenes from their favorite artworks.

ArtSlam face paint5. Spin Art: New College of Florida and Bradenton’s IMG academy will provide an interactive public art piece that uses centripetal force and paint to create unique take-home works of art. Participants of all ages are encouraged to drip and pour various colors onto paper using a spinning apparatus in order to create innumerable effects.

6. Riverwalk Collage: Bayshore High School teachers and students will prepare two large canvases to be filled with images by participants inspired by Bradenton’s Riverwalk.

7. Edible Mosaic Mural: The Manatee Technical Institute Culinary team creates a mosaic mural of painted food tiles to produce a completely edible artwork.

8. Introspection: Ringling College of Art and Design students will create a transparent container that will present altered live image content in a dimensional holographic treatment. Viewers will see themselves replicated as if in front of a mirror but with extensive alterations to the background and to their own image.

9. Green Earth: Lakewood Ranch High School students will raise “green” awareness through interactive sculptures using up-cycled materials.

ArtSlam 2010 HT

Isabella Young, 9, of Bradenton, and Chris Gladdue, of Sarasota, cover the street in colorful chalk as they work on the Sarasota Chalk Fesitval piece on Main Street in downtown Bradenton during ArtSlam. herald-tribune archives / 2010

10. SCF Student Portraiture: A live exhibition of portraiture by State College of Florida students.

11. An Outdoor Gallery Event: Presented by TheVillageMagazine.net, artists from across the region come together to showcase the force of young creatives to build a traditional gallery in a non-traditional space.

12. 3D Chalk Art: Presented by the Manatee School for the Arts, a three-dimensional work of chalk art will be on display and available for interactive pictures.

13. Experimental Video Projections: Ringling College of Art and Design will create a series of vibrantly colored, abstract videos to project after dark. Participants will learn about cutting-edge video that transforms space visually rather than physically.

14. All Points to Art: Staff members of the Manatee Art Education Administration will encourage attendees to help create a large-scale mural using the pointillism technique, in which distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. Tables will be set up for participants to paint the 32 pieces of the mural.

Art Slam mural

ArtSlam / COURTESY PHOTO

15. Creative Caddy Canvas: The electrically powered Cadillac ELR Luxury Coupe will be turned into a work of art, thanks to Tropical Cadillac and tattoo artist Brandon Summers and his creative team.

16. Get Your Hands Dirty: Sarasota Chalk Festival organizers use chalk as a medium and the pavement surface as the canvas for this creative project open to participants of all ages.

17. Design Your Own Skateboard: Attendees are encouraged to hand paint their own cardboard cutout skateboard deck. Prizes donated by The Shop, a skate shop in downtown, will be given out each hour.

18. Before I Die: The community is invited to share their dreams in a unique way by completing the sentence “Before I Die...” in chalk on a large wall designed specifically for ArtSlam.

19. Spaghetti the Clown: One man “team” will entertain people of all ages.

ArtSlam night

ArtSlam / COURTESY PHOTO

20. Fuzion Dance Artists: Troupe members will perform contemporary dance and provide educational information while collaborating with artists and the community.

21. The Shop Skateshop: After that cardboard cutout skateboard deck maybe you’re ready for the real thing and some action at the skate park at Riverwalk. Visit The Shop’s “team” at 540 13th St. W.

22. Meaningful Art: It’s an installation made of recycled dictionary paper. Add to the installation by folding and forming dictionary pages and/or make and take a craft home that you made.

23. Puppet Power Project at Village of the Arts: Artists from the Village of the Arts, 1113 12th St. W., and the Bradenton community will create oversized puppets of various sizes and mediums. These will be showcased in a “Puppet Procession” through the Village of the Arts at 2 p.m. There will be interactive puppet-making stations at galleries throughout the Village of the Arts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at least two puppet stages with puppet shows. The village is open until 8 p.m.

24. The Labyrinth of the Unbroken Path: A 30-by-30-foot temporary labyrinth structure, created by Misha Rubenstein’s team, will be built out of low-ecological footprint materials.

25. Food Truck Wars: Experience the first ArtSlam Food Trucks Wars. Watch the trucks compete with a secret ingredient thrown in at the last minute. Wars begin at 2:30 p.m. Judging at 3 p.m. on the south side of Main Street.

Music Schedule
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Kristopher James
1-2 p.m.: Michael Miller
3:15-4 p.m.: Del Couch Music Education Foundation
4-5 p.m.: Becca and Dan Duo
5-6:45 p.m.: A Sunset Drum Circle led by Scott Blum
5:15-6:15 p.m. Jun Bustamante:
6:30-7:30 p.m. The Northwest
7:45-8:45 p.m. Seven Years Past
9-10 p.m.: The Wallies

ArtSlam
Noon-10 p.m. Saturday; Old Main Street, Bradenton; free; 681-0708; realizebradenton.com

ArtSlam
Noon-10 p.m. Saturday; Old Main Street, Bradenton; free; 681-0708; realizebradenton.com

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WADE TATANGELO is the editor of TICKET + and a contributor at TicketSarasota.com. He has been an entertainment editor, reporter, columnist and reviewer for more than a decade at publications nationwide. He is a Hershey, Pa., native who grew up in Tampa and graduated from the University of South Florida. Wade joined the Herald-Tribune in 2013. He can be reached by email or call (941) 361-4955.
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