The Art of Being Floridian: Flamingos On Tour – Tampa Bay Estuary

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Reid Hodges Gallery September 3-26, 2014

Opening Reception Thursday, September 4th, 5-7pm

24 plastic yard flamingos painted by 20 artists who donated their time and creativity. The participating artists reside throughout greater Tampa Bay region from New Port Richey to Avon Park. Artists represent multiple media and specialties, from painting to glasswork to ceramics.

The flamingos are displayed in “planter habitats,” with most habitats supporting two flamingos and are part of  a traveling exhibit to support the “Be Floridian” campaign of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program and its local government partners. Be Floridian raises awareness of local ordinances restricting use of lawn and landscape fertilizers to protect our bays, lakes and Gulf.

The pink yard flamingo was chosen as the mascot for Be Floridian because it has long been a familiar and fun fixture of Florida yards, and complements our “Garden like a Floridian” message.

The birds are currently not for sale, although they may be auctioned as a fundraiser for the Tampa Bay Estuary Program once their tour ends.

Receiving – 8/30
Pick Up – Sept 27