Meet the Artist…

Artist, Toni Ardizzone takes you back to the swamp with her very exciting homage to a mascot of the South, the alligator.  Her interpretation provides a lively depiction made up of vibrating color and untamed brushstrokes. Validating this subject in light of today’s crisis, the alligator is a survivor, and these prehistoric-looking creatures have remained virtually untouched for at least 8 million years. Dinosaur of the South is a celebratory work engaging the viewer with the rhythm of the artist. 

 

Thomasville Center for the Arts’ (TCA) UnVacant Lot experience, presented in partnership with Hurst Boiler, is sure to bring both thrills and chills to this community space. Made up of eight panels, and created through a brush and roll technique, Toni teases us by creating the work in three phases.  With each phase, she keeps us guessing about what comes next.  She contextualizes her own experience through a laborious rhythm of repurposing and reconstructing her canvas over and over. 

 

Toni Ardizzone, lives a holistic life of painting, from a rigorous studio practice, to commercial and residential painting, to public and privately commissioned murals.  Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and she has participated in international artist residencies including Ayatana in Quebec, Canada and Palimpsesto in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Toni will complete her MFA at Florida State University in May 2020. 

 

Learn more about Toni Ardizzone at http://www.toniardizzone.com and past Thomasville Center for the Arts’ public art experiences designed to connect and engage our community at the links below or visit the UnVacant Lot at 217 W Jackson Street.

 

It is hard to imagine that less than six years ago, you would be standing in an overgrown vacant lot, alongside an empty corridor on West Jackson St. 

So, what happens when an incredibly creative community, aspiring entrepreneurs, and an empty street filled with artists and makers mix paint, sweat and talent with determination? You get the true recipe for success.

FLAUNT 2014:  Pop it Up! launched 22 pop-up shops, 28 historically – inspired murals, pop-up performances, events, and bright yellow bikes for 30 days in The Creative District and historic downtown in order to drive tourism and economic development to what we now call, The Creative District.  This was a game-changer. 

At Thomasville Center for the Arts, we could see how a presence in the Creative District would allow us to actively engage our community with public art.  Because of this, in 2015, The Center adopted this lot in order to test what we believe to be the impact of public art on people and in neighborhoods. We were right on.

Today, we have installed 16 installations, hosted 12 events, partnered with 8 non-profits, exposed both public and private schools to this experience, created and supported new job opportunities, collaborated with independent groups including Brookwood’s Foundations of Innovation class and Florida State University’s Public Art, Interior Design and Design One departments, received an NEA Grant, and had the welcoming support of our neighbors through it all in this now UnVacant Lot. Because of those forward-thinking community champions and sponsors, this space is assessible to everyone, both day and night, equipped with furniture, wifi, power, lighting, shade, and open daily for FREE. 

This year, in light of the conflicts that a crazy virus brings, we still keep going.  Our presence will remain strong, and our plans to have a stronger virtual presence will capture more of US.  We are grateful for this incredibly creative community that is supportive of arts and culture, and we look forward to another decade of artistic expression with YOU.

What will you do here? How will you be a game-changer in our neighborhood?  If you have an idea for an installation or just CURIOUS, we are here for the ride.

Learn more about Thomasville Center for the Arts’ The UnVacant Lot public art experience designed to connect and engage our community through quarterly projects at www.thomasvillearts.org/publicart/unvacantlot/,  or just visit the The UnVacant Lot at 217 W. Jackson St.For more inspiration through the arts, visit our beautiful historic building at 600 E Washington Street.

Open daily from 7:00am – 11:00pm | FREE

 

Public Art projects in the UnVacant Lot are made possible by contributions from local businesses and individuals who are passionate about the vibrant future of Thomasville’s creative district. Join the movement by making a donation! Just include the “UnVacant Lot” in the notes.