Friday 1/26 “Seahorses” Walk-able Art Show begins with Online Silent Auction

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Jan 26

Seahorse Walk-able Public Art Show Benefits Mote Marine

To view the seahorses and place bids:

Get Your Seahorse

Bradenton Beach, FL (January 19, 2018)  The artsHOP Seahorse Public Art Project sponsored by the Bridge Street Merchants on Anna Maria Island, a 501c6 not-for-profit, begins Phase 2 on January 26th when the show opens. In the past 2 months artists on and off the island placed deposits on nearly 100 identical wooden templates, cut by Dan Ryan of Sea-renity and Dan Cleary of the Drift In, from wood donated by Island Lumber in Holmes Beach. Last week, more than 60 artists donated their seahorses back to the Bridge Street Merchants (earning a fully refunded deposit) in order to be included in a month-long walk-able art show at participating businesses in Bradenton Beach.

“This is our third year hosting the Public Art Project and I’m thrilled to have more artist participation than ever before, including some Ringling alumni. We’ve also added a new fundraising opportunity for our neighbor Mote Marine that will allow everyone to get involved in the art show, even if they aren’t going to bid on an art piece”  says volunteer Public Art Coordinator Amanda Escobio, owner of Sea-renity Beach Spa & Eco Boutique.

The “Vote for Mote” addition to the art show allows anyone to vote for a favorite piece, or pieces, as many times as they like for just $5. The vote proceeds will then be donated to the Mote Marine Adopt-a-Seahorse Program. “Some people may not realize that we have an internationally recognized seahorse conservation program right in our own backyard,  “ says Kelly Headley owner/artist of the brand new Cove gallery and gift store on Bridge St.

Cove is one of the participating businesses displaying the Seahorse art. Official maps, including Seahorse titles and numbers, will be revealed online the morning of the show start and also available at each location. Other Seahorse locations will include: Bridge Street Bistro, BridgeWalk Resort, Cove, Back Alley, Uptown Lot, Sea-renity, Mermaid Haven / Bridge Street Interiors, Bridge Tender Dockside Grill, Tide & Moon Jewelry and Anna Maria Oyster Bar on the Pier.

Once again, the online silent auction will benefit benefit the artists who created the Seahorses with half of a piece’s selling price going back to the artist who created it, or charity the artist has designated. After auction and credit card processing fees, the remaining 40% will be utilized by the

Bridge Street Merchants to fund their annual events, like Christmas on Bridge Street and Blues, Brews & BBQ, which benefit organizations such as Turning Points of Bradenton, Food Bank of Manatee and other worthy causes. Bidding on all pieces will start at only $30 and have a Buy it Now option. Many Seahorses are worth well over a thousand, due to the artist’s reputation and other factors. “A silent auction always ends up with many great deals. Public Art creates an opportunity for artists of all ages and abilities to come together for the benefit of their community, ” says Wendell Graham of the Artists’ Guild Gallery in Holmes Beach, who has donated an art piece all three years, and even purchased some for her own collection.

Media includes everything from paint, to clay, to mosaic to shell and even mardi gras beads. Each piece will be displayed with an artist’s statement. Many of these tell stories that make the pieces even more interesting. From a 6 year old describing the “process” for her first masterpiece, to a middle-aged artist who had her entire physical portfolio stolen this summer and the Seahorse is her first piece of art to rebuild, the statements are an important part of the show. They can also be viewed online with photos of each piece. The show, silent auction, and voting start Friday January 25th at 11 a.m. and end February 25th at 5 p.m.

Getting to Bridge Street: Take the free island trolley, ride a bike or find car parking at these locations. You can also call the “Monkey Bus” at 941-565-6542.

For details on the Seahorse Public Art Project contact Amanda Escobio 941-896-2222.

Start Time

Friday January 26th 2018 @12:00 AM

End Time

Sunday February 25th 2018 @11:59 PM