Discover Local Artists: Showtel 2010

Suppose while viewing a piece of art, the two-dimensional canvas became three dimensional, and you could walk right in and experience that world?

In a way, viewers do have that opportunity at Showtel, an event curated by Kara Walker-Tome  now in its 8th year.  Showtel returns to Hotel Biba in West Palm Beach, April 8-10 with a special preview party on Thursday, April 8 from 6-8 p.m. (Show nights are on Saturday April 9 and Sunday, April 10,  5-10 p.m.)

Twenty-one  emerging artists will create site-specific, multi-media installations. No long-winded explanations are necessary. Just come, see, interact…

Here’s a taste from last year,  Jackie Tufford’s “Metanoia in Winter.”

Tufford of Jupiter is a mixed media and performance artist who has her BFA from Florida Atlantic University and her MFA from Penn State University. She teaches at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. This will be her third year participating in Showtel.

About last year’s exhibit, she said: “Technology can be isolating and cause a cold environment.”

Although she intends for her installations to entertain, “to temporarily distract from the mundane,” she is interested in her viewers’ response. To that end, she invites  her viewers into an environment, and asks them to reflect and relate.

This year, she delves into the realm of “Miss Pin Cushion.”

“Once upon the sewing room of Miss Pin Cushion, everything was large and overwhelming,” describes Tufford. “Patterns for dresses hung chaotically around the room as she worked on her fabrics.

“Large needles with spools were like monuments, and pincushions stood like half bubble-shaped cacti in an imaginary textile desert.”

Is the world an overwhelming place? To be sure. “I am interested in emotional commonality. Everybody at some point feels overwhelmed,” she said.

Each artist will transform his or her hotel room into a conceptual art environment specifically designed and created for the space, on display for a brief time and with nothing for sale.

Participating artists are: Joey Bargsten, Katherine Barnes, Leah Brown, Martin Eduardo Casuso, Brent Cole, Halie Ezratty, Daniel E. Fernandez, Robb Fladry, Georgeta Fondos, Donna Haynes, Lauren Alyssa Howard, Lauren Jacobson, Onorina Jomir, Bradley Lezo, Margaret Pezalla-Granlund, Cristina Sierra, Sue Stevens, Peter Symons, Gregg Tome, Jackie Tufford, Jordi Williams and Meme: The Experimental Media Ensemble.

Tickets for Showtel are available in advance online at Cost is $10, if purchased online or $15 at the door. Tickets for college students cost  $10 (online or at the door), for students age 17 and under, cost is $5 (at the door), and children under the age of 12 are admitted free of charge. Hotel Biba is at 320 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach.

Only 300 tickets will be sold for the Preview with proceeds going to support the inaugural Showtel Artist Support Fund. The Preview Night event is on Thursday, April 8 from 6 – 8 p.m. for a special $30 ticket price, which includes a complimentary cocktail, Showtel program, and a weekend pass to the show (valued at $20). The curator and all participating artists will be present.

Please, if you visit Showtel, interact, relate and come back here to post your response…