An art show of architectural art, a complement to the nearby art exhibit in the Clearwater main library, "For the Love of Clearwater," is on display in the Clearwater Municipal Services Building. This exhibit is free and open to the public, offering a stimulating visual experience showcasing Clearwater’s unique architecture. It provides a new view of our community. Jerri Menaul, owner of Canvas Zoo, organized and sponsored the exhibit. This exhibit highlights local professionals and amateurs of all ages.
Architectural Show - For the Love of Clearwater
100 S Myrtle Ave, Clearwater, FL
June 26th – September 13th, 2013
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Closed on Saturday and Sunday
Jerri and her husband, the artist Scott Menaul, own Canvas Zoo, Menaul Art Printing, and Menaul Fine Art Gallery. They publish the For the Love of Clearwater Blog. They recently purchased Image Creations of Florida (ICF), a custom art and picture framing company.
Scott Menaul has spent over 12 years creating and refining his own contemporary art work. The city chose Scott Menaul's Cleveland Street image as the poster image and the focal image for the two exhibits.
Artists include: Michele Alonso, Judson Brady, Betsy Clement, Sharon Elliot, Jim Goins, Charles Matjouranis, Robert Neff, John Nofi, Virgie Peters, Fran Smith, Randy Van Duinen
The architecture show includes a Memory Wall or History Wall, created by Canvas Zoo. It is designed to pass along collective memories so that they can be enjoyed by many. Canvas Zoo worked with Horizon House, in Island Estates, on a display similar to this.
“Canvas Zoo made this huge project seem extremely effortless,” commented Mary Gilkey of Horizons Photography. “It was a huge undertaking for us, but they listened, understood our goals, and kept this project organized, on track and on budget which was key for us. They had a way of knowing what we wanted even before we did – their ideas contributed value to our concept. I’m so pleased that our residents and their family and guests will be able to enjoy this for years to come. The people at Canvas Zoo have been creative and passionate about this project. They addressed even the smallest details to make sure everything was perfect. This History Wall is a showpiece in our lobby, a piece of art to be enjoyed by generations to come.”
For the Love of Clearwater is on display at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Avenue, Clearwater, FL. The artwork and exhibit was inspired by the work of Peter Kageyama, author of For the Love of Cities. You can visit For the Love of Cities on Facebook. Kageyama came to the opening of the exhibit on June 26th.
The public is invited to view and participate in the ongoing art exhibit, Grouphug. Grouphug Clearwater is a celebration of the people, places, and things that make Clearwater great. The library art show includes the Grouphug art piece.
"Peter Kageyama introduced us to the concept of Grouphug," said Jerri Menaul. "Grouphug is an art piece and a Facebook Page. The point of the Grouphug project is to create city pride. We want to encourage people to hug things in Clearwater, and hug each other in Clearwater, and post it to Facebook. We'll take the pictures from the Facebook page and add them to the art. They could end up becoming part of this multi-level mixed media artwork, which will just keep growing."
By literally hugging things you care about in Clearwater and photographing your hugs, you can participate! Please post your images on the Grouphug Clearwater Facebook page and you can be part of the Grouphug. Hug your favorite school, restaurant, business, place, park, palm tree or person. Grouphug is a unique way to promote your business, school, group, church, family and friends.
People travel across the planet to visit the Clearwater Community – and for good reason. Renowned travel guru Peter Greenberg, CBS's full-time Travel Editor, was recently in the St. Pete/Clearwater area filming several segments for his upcoming PBS show, The Travel Detective. Greenberg said that Clearwater Beach is the perfect getaway for holiday beach goers, noting in particular the "white, powdery sand," that's "so fine it doesn't burn your feet. That sounds like a bad brochure, but it really is true," he joked, before talking about the area's other great features, including great fishing, family-friendliness and endless sunshine.
Other publications have praised the Clearwater area as well. USA Today readers voted Clearwater "Florida's Best Beach Town." TripAdvisor named St. Pete Beach "#1 Beach in the U.S." Parents magazine named Fort De Soto "America's Best Family Beach."
Learn more about Clearwater on The official website of the City of Clearwater, Florida
The art exhibits are sponsored by the City of Clearwater, Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, City of Clearwater Cultural Affairs Division, Clearwater Main Library, Clearwater Downtown Partnership, Downtown Development Board, and the Florida Center for Creative Photography.
Canvas Zoo, 727-797-1199
1750 N. Hercules Ave, Clearwater, FL 33765
Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri 10 am-5 pm, Wed 10 am-8 pm and Sat 10 am-2 pm