"I find myself living away from my people and my art spaces and so much of everything I love to see and do, but I find myself living in a space that includes, well, space."
"Last November, this 2,511 seashell installation was accepted into the H2O Exhibit at the Bailey-Mathews National Shell Museum in Sanibel, Florida. Due to COVID-19, the plan has changed multiple times in order to keep everyone safe during install."
"Big. It’s how I like to think. And work. And order any food item involving sugar. But sometimes it’s beneficial to change things up and take your brain on a field trip. I recently visited… small."
"While I know all of the grantees are still very much looking forward to an in person, in real life, physically present in the gallery show at some point in the future, I especially cannot wait for that day."
"Pinellas county has lots of openings to celebrate this week. Restaurant dining rooms (sort of), hair salons (still too chicken to try this one myself), and my favorite… BEACHES!"
"Artists are typically out of the box thinkers, (the nice way of saying total weirdos), and we're quite used to going it on our own, which makes us a remarkably resourceful and innovative bunch."
"Of course the mask everyone wants is the boring plain black one. Apparently you all want to look like ninjas. That’s cool. Imma be over here in my funky geometric print looking freaking amazing."
"So that settles it. Gluing seashells absolutely will get done. Totally on time. But for the next week, I’m gonna make masks. I’m determined to generate funds for StPeteMeals.com."
"My faux beach is built on canvas. My neighbors (who are all home now) must think I’m totally nuts carrying this giant canvas around outside looking for the perfect sunny spot for photographs."
"A crowded art opening on May 14th in the gallery? Yeah, probably not happening. Just one small issue… my installation is designed to experience physically. In person. In the gallery. What to do?"
"Meetings in person with my mentor are also on hold. Basically, like you, I’m spending the majority of my time at home for at least the next few weeks. My wiener dog thinks this is awesome."
"The clock is ticking and I have to get these shells collected, cleaned, painted, glazed, stamped, glued, and hung. Um, that comes out to just over 15,000 steps between me and a completed installation."
"I started with 20 potential colors, and 13 made the cut. *Side note: 13 is my favorite number, so I took this as a sign of good luck. As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m a total weirdo.*"
"Here’s what I do know about the installation so far. It will be made with 2,511 seashells collected from our local beaches. The piece will illustrate a statistic involving keeping our water and beaches clean."
"Why is chipboard my top pick? Versatility. Visually, I can paint it, draw on it, stamp on it, or cover it in paper or fabric. I even developed a technique that allows me to transfer printed text and graphics onto it."
"It’s no secret that I suffer from anxiety. When it comes to panic attacks, I’m a total professional. The good news is that I’ve come to discover numerous coping mechanisms, one of which is drawing mandalas."
"Hi there! I’m Steph Hargrove. I create mixed media acrylic paintings and large scale art installations that illustrate statistics for social and environmental issues."