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Showing my painting at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art

The debut of my Not #MeToo: No More Casting Couch painting was at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art (LRMA) in Tarpon Springs. Not only is that a beautiful and fully accredited museum, but it also happens to be on a campus of St. Petersburg College where I have taught before.

Because I received grant money from Creative Pinellas to help me realize this project, I wanted to be sure to exhibit this piece in Pinellas County before we leave for Art Prize. I am so grateful for the wonderful staff of the LRMA for being so supportive in this endeavor!

Kevin Grass with his "Not #MeToo: No More Casting Couch" painting at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs, FL

Here I am next to the painting in the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs.

I initially wanted to move the painting to the museum intact with a U-Haul, since it was a local move, but thankfully I figured out that the full piece would not have been able to round the corner from the painting studio into the hall way. It was simply too large. So I had to take the whole thing apart, put it in our minivan, and drive it rolled-up to LRMA. It was a good dry run for what I will experience when moving the piece to Grand Rapids for Art Prize, give or take a 20-hour trip up there. : )

Here are a few photos from the installation, which took longer than I thought it would.

Kevin Grass's "Not #MeToo" painting is rolled up and off the stretcher in this photo

Here you see the wood from the stretcher bars, and the floor covering I put down so I can re-stretch the canvas.

Kevin Grass's painting stretcher is ready to be re-assembled

The stretcher bars are laid out according to their numbers on the back, so that everything fits together just the way it is supposed to!

Kevin Grass's stretecher bars for his "Not #MeToo" painting are put back together

The stretcher bars are back together and now it’s time to staple the canvas back into place.

Kevin Grass's "Not #MeToo" painting is ready to be hung at the LRMA>

Now I need to put the frame back together to put around the stretched canvas.

Kevin Grass's "Not #MeToo" painting with the LRMA staff

The Leepa-Rattner Museum staff are so attentive! Here, they pose with the piece after I finally got it all put back together.

On Wednesday, September 5th, at 7 p.m., I gave an artist talk at the museum to tell people more about the creation of this work. I was also available to answer questions afterward. I was so overwhelmed by how many people attended the event. It is a credit to the museum and to Creative Pinellas that they got so many people to come!

Lots of people attend the Kevin Grass artist talk at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs, FL

Lots of people attend the Kevin Grass artist talk at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs, FL

Kevin Grass explains the symbolism in his "Not #MeToo" painting during an artist talk at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs, FL

Here I am explaining the symbolism found in the piece during my artist talk.

The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is located at 600 E. Klosterman Road in Tarpon Springs, FL 34689. The museum’s website can be found here: LRMA    I will have three pieces in the SPC faculty art show at the museum beginning on October 7, 2018.

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