On the evening of October 26, Creative Pinellas premieres an exciting new exhibition. Featuring new artwork across five disciplines, the “Emerging Artist New Work Exhibition” highlights creative potential of its 2017 Impact Returns Emerging Artist Grantees.

Earlier this year 10 artists–Gloria Muñoz, Kellie Harmon, Mark Feinman, Desireé Moore, Nathan Beard, Jacob Troyli, Shannon Leah Halvorsen, Kenny Jensen, Elizabeth Barenis, and Jeff George—were selected as the Emerging Artist Grant program’s first group of grantees. With the purpose of setting the stage for each grantee’s success in part by providing funding, each grantee was awarded $2,000. What made the grant program especially notable, however is the mentors program.

Kellie Harmon

Over the course of the grants period artists were appointed a mentor, a mature arts figure who works in a relevant field of interest and has earned a measure of success. For example, painter Jacob Troyli was mentored by well-known artist Ya La’Ford and artist Desireé Moore was paired with Museum of Fine Arts curator Katherine Pill. The grantees created new work during their respective mentorships and documented the process in respective blogs on www.impactreturns.com.

The mentorship program culminates in the “Emerging Artist New Work Exhibition” wherein this new work is debuted in a museum-calibre to audiences from throughout Pinellas County and far beyond. The evening will feature live performances by Mark Feinman and Kellie Harmon; video performances of work by Gloria Muñoz and Jeff George; installations by Desireé Moore and Kenny Jensen; scratchboard artwork by Shannon Leah Halvorsen; and paintings by Nathan Beard, Elizabeth Barenis and Jacob Troyli.

The “Emerging Artist New Work Exhibition” will be at The Gulf Coast Museum building, 12211 Walsingham Rd, Largo, FL 33778.

The opening reception will be on Thursday, October 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The event is free of charge. Please RSVP here.

The exhibition will also be open on Friday, October 27 from noon to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.