October 5th, 2013
I just had to describe the wonderful Celebration of the Arts at the Tampa Bay Times Forum last Wednesday, October 2. Last year was the inaugural event for the Tampa Bay Lightning's 20th Anniversary. Jeff and Penny Vinick are very involved in helping the community in as many ways as they can, and Penny is very involved with the Arts. Last year I answered the Call for Art and my acrylic painting, "ON THE ICE" was accepted and displayed on the Executive Suites Level for a whole year! So this year of course I again answered the Lightning's Call for Art! My Ink on YUPO painting, "FATHOMS" has been accepted and will be on display at the Tampa Bay Times Forum until this time next year. It will also be for sale, but whoever purchases it will have to leave it there until this time next year when the display comes down.
Meanwhile, the Lightning's Celebration of the Arts party was again, SPECTACULAR! We were treated to comments from Penny Vinick and the other judges of the competition, the leaders of the major art museums in the Tampa Bay Area including the Salvador Dali' Museum, the Tampa Museum of Art, the St. Petersburg Fine Art Museum and the Ringling Museum.There were some nice monetary awards. No luck there, but obviously just to be chosen to participate by these outstanding art experts is a tremendous honor! We also got to meet the wonderful Chefs of the Lightning, and sample their new dishes for the coming season. No wonder they are among the Best of Tampa Bay! See the article at http://lightning.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=685274