Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Winthrop Arts Festival this weekend includes students, pros

RIVERVIEW

Donovan Brockett hopes his monster drawing catches someone's eye at the Winthrop Arts Festival. • The 12-year-old took his time creating the piece, which features a single haunting eye, scrawny legs and a gaping mouth. • Donovan and some classmates at Winthrop Charter School will be in the Winthrop Arts Festival as artists. Their pieces will fill a tent at the event Saturday and Sunday, hoping to draw customers just like the professional artists there. • Donovan, thrilled to have his artwork in the festival, loves to draw and takes his sketchbook everywhere. The sixth-grader stuffs his book with pencil drawings, mainly monsters inspired by his love of animation. He'll have three pieces in the tent. He plans to share the proceeds with a charity that helps needy families. He'll be fine if they do not sell, saying he is just grateful for the opportunity. • "I'm happy that people will see my artwork," he said. "Not many people get to see my artwork."

Julianne Gonzalez, the art teacher at Winthrop Charter's middle school, said students have big roles in this year's festival.

Winthrop Charter's elementary and middle school will have about 60 pieces of art for sale in their tent. In addition, students are making creative plaques to label the professional artist tents.

Gonzalez said her goal is simple: to show students they do have the talent to make art.

"I'll be happy if one sells," she said. "The point to me is for the kids to believe in themselves."

Ellen Hoang, 13, didn't plan to submit a piece for the event. The seventh-grader doesn't even take an art class at the school. But just about everyone at the school knows about her artistic talents. Badgered by friends and Gonzalez, she finally agreed to produce a painting for the festival.

Gonzalez said she knew Ellen had talent when she saw the teen making origami cranes after school. Ellen's submission for the festival — a painting of an autumn scene — is a wonderful piece of art, Gonzalez said.

"She's totally raw," Gonzalez said. "She's amazing."

Each student piece is $30. The student will earn $25 if the artwork is sold. The other $5 will go to the charter school's art department. Whether they sell or not, Gonzalez said, the students are certain to be enriched by the festival's experience.

"A lot of these kids have never been to a museum or arts festival," she said.

• • •

Professional artist Mishou Sanchez, who will attend the festival, can relate to the budding artists at Winthrop Charter. Her love of drawing also started during her childhood. She didn't want the Barbie dolls that seemed to be in every little girl's hand.

"I was totally obsessed with crayons," she said, laughing. "Nothing made me happier than a box of crayons."

But she couldn't dream too much about the arts. Her family expected more, maybe a career in law or medicine. So Sanchez headed reluctantly to USF to pursue an engineering degree.

"Unfulfilled," she left in her sophomore year for the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota. She graduated in 2001 and then attended the Southern California Institute of Architecture, graduating in 2008.

Her life and career are now fulfilled through architecture and art. Her abstract and portraiture artwork, which sell for $300 to $5,000, have finally earned something else — the praise of her mother, Enny Sanchez.

"Now she's proud of me," said Sanchez, 37, of Carrollwood. "Now she embraces it."

Sanchez is bringing a few pieces to the arts festival but is more excited about recycling shipping containers into art studios. Several shipping containers will house art pieces during the festival.

Sanchez said shipping containers are plentiful, stackable, watertight and easy to tow. They are the perfect artist tent at events like the Winthrop Arts Festival.

"It's a real, live gallery," she said.

• • •

A small art gallery sits on the main floor of the Times building on the grounds of the Winthrop Town Centre near Bloomingdale Avenue and Providence Road. Inside, you'll find paintings, sculptures, eclectic pieces, photographs and the town artist: Bryant Martinez.

Martinez, a painter and sculptor, runs the Beaux Arts Gallery. He is also the founder and organizer of the Winthrop Arts Festival.

Martinez has watched the festival grow from a small event to one that nearly takes up all the open space at Winthrop. He has friendships or connections to many of the artists and groups that will attend the event.

So, Boy Scouts will hawk burgers, the Fishhawk Riverview Rotary Club will sell beer, and the Winthrop Charter School will peddle artwork and lemonade. In addition, the Hillsborough County Fire Department and Hillsborough Community College will run information booths. The Ringling College of Art and Design and Tampa's Blake High School will showcase students' artwork.

Martinez likes to promote and give back. So the festival's profits are channeled to the Winthrop Arts Endowment, which will provide book scholarships for students training to be firefighters at HCC.

Firefighters are special people to Martinez. He broke his back and both legs in a 2007 motorcycle accident. He'll never forget how the firefighters cared for him that day.

Martinez loves this festival because it focuses on the arts, of course, but he's also happy to use the event to support local schools and organizations and to work to bring the community closer.

"It's promoting the arts," he said. "It's promoting academics. It's promoting the community."

Monica Bennett can be reached at [email protected]

. IF YOU GO

The 5th Annual Winthrop Arts Festival

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Winthrop Town Centre, 11268 Winthrop Main St.

Nearly 100 fine artists and artisans are expected. There will be food, fun and entertainment.

Winthrop Arts Festival this weekend includes students, pros 03/21/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 4:52pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Dirk Koetter to Bucs: Take your complaints to someone who can help

    Bucs

    TAMPA — It was just another day of aching bellies at One Save Face.

    Dirk Koetter: “All of our issues are self-inflicted right now.”
  2. Seminole Heights murders: fear and warnings, but no answers

    Crime

    TAMPA — Interim Tampa police Chief Brian Dugan elicited loud gasps from the crowd of about 400 who showed up at Edison Elementary School on Monday night to learn more about the string of unsolved killings that have left the southeast Seminole Heights neighborhood gripped by fear.

    Kimberly Overman, left, comforts Angelique Dupree, center, as she spoke about the death of her nephew Benjamin Mitchell, 22, last week in Seminole Heights. The Tampa Police Department held a town hall meeting Monday night where concerned residents hoped to learn more about the investigation into the three shooting deaths over 11 days in southeast Seminole Heights. But police could give the crowd at Edison Elementary School few answers. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  3. Juvenile justice reform seen as help for teen car theft problem

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — One of Tampa Bay's largest religious organizations has decided to make reforming the juvenile justice system one of its top priorities for next year.

    One of Tampa Bay's largest religious organizations, Faith & Action for Strength Together (FAST), voted Monday night to make reforming the juvenile justice system one of its top priorities for next year. FAST believes civil citations could help Pinellas County?€™s teen car theft epidemic by keeping children out of the juvenile justice system for minor offenses. [ZACHARY T. SAMPSON  |  Times]
  4. U.S. general lays out Niger attack details; questions remain (w/video)

    War

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Special Forces unit ambushed by Islamic militants in Niger didn't call for help until an hour into their first contact with the enemy, the top U.S. general said Monday, as he tried to clear up some of the murky details of the assault that killed four American troops and has triggered a nasty …

    Gen. Joseph Dunford said much is still unclear about the ambush.
  5. Trump awards Medal of Honor to Vietnam-era Army medic (w/video)

    Military

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday turned a Medal of Honor ceremony for a Vietnam-era Army medic who risked his life to help wounded comrades into a mini homework tutorial for the boy and girl who came to watch their grandfather be enshrined "into the history of our nation."

    WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 23:  Retired U.S. Army Capt. Gary Rose (L) receives a standing ovation after being awarded the Medal of Honor by U.S. President Donald Trump during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House October 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. Rose, 69, is being recognized for risking his life while serving as a medic with the 5th Special Force Group and the Military Assistance Command Studies and Observations Group during ‘Operation Tailwind’ in September 1970. Ignoring his own injuries, Rose helped treat 50 soldiers over four days when his unit joined local fighters to attack North Vietnamese forces in Laos - officially off limits for combat at the time.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) 775062921