Brandy Stark Exhibits at The Dalí’s “12 Days of Dalí” Membership Event
The Dalí Museum’s Zodiac Membership Committee Hosts Annual event to Support Local Artists
St. Petersburg, FLA (Today’s Date) – On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, The Dalí Museum’s Zodiac Membership Committee will exhibit Your Name/Company as one of the 12 featured artists in its “The 12 Days of Dalí” event, taking place at the Museum from 6-8:30pm.
This annual event invites members of The Dalí to meet with and view work by local artists and artisans. Each of the 12 Zodiac committee members has selected an artist to showcase. The Museum Store will also be open and offering members a special 25% discount on Store merchandise. Tickets for the event are $15 and available to Dalí Museum members & their guests on TheDali.org.
The Zodiac Membership Committee is an all-volunteer group that supports the mission of The Dalí Museum by building meaningful relationships with members, fostering new interest in the membership program, and helping to strengthen ties between the Museum, its members and the arts community. The original Zodiac Group was created in France in 1932 and consisted of 12 patrons who each sponsored Salvador Dalí for one month of the year. In exchange, patrons received a work of Dalí’s produced during that same month. In the spirit of these forward-thinking patrons, The Dalí’s Zodiac Membership Committee was formed in 1996.
Stark will be displaying her hand wrapped wire metal sculpture. One piece includes the Octopus with light up eyes, and the life sized Mermaid Queen. She will have fairies, stars, and an assortment of creatures on hand.
Brandy Stark is honored to have been selected to participate in this prestigious event. During this year’s event I/we will be exploring the mask form – which allows artists to manipulate the sustainable material into ways not previously thought of for such a rigid & crude material. Masks have obscured almost every trace of its natural form to an ambiguous, yet familiar substance making the viewer question its origins. This examines our ability as humans to insentiently dismiss our surroundings, turning a blind eye to our own environments. Like a mask itself, disguising the wearer, this medium masquerades itself in plain view. Recycled, repurposed, and renewed, Spathe is a truly indigenous, sustainable material that evokes the essence of Florida. Many viewers are not familiar with spathe and after learning, they cannot ever see one without summoning the image of Spathose. Most notably known for their blend of fine art and fashion with their wearable sculptures, Scott and George will be displaying their latest work, as well as, some of their previous work that has been featured in many publications; most recently Handmade Business.
About Brandy Stark
Brandy Stark moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1992. As an undergraduate, she took a course in sculpture at the University of Tampa where she discovered her wire wrapping abilities. Utilizing welding rods, she made three wrapped wire figures: a triton, a dragon, and a centaur. These constituted the first generation of her “Metal Myths” series, established in 1995. A lifelong lover of world mythology, her works often manifest as ancient characters, legends, and deities. Tying past to present, Stark sees herself as a Neo-expressionist with the weaving and wrapping process she uses transferring her own energy into the piece. Inspired by the sculptures of Joan Miro, she also utilizes found objects in her pieces. These promote an awareness not only of upcycling, but symbolize that everything and everyone has a place in this world.
As she expanded her visual arts career, she also became an arts correspondent for the St. Petersburg Times (1998 to 2002). She also wrote for other local publications, including Bayside News, Sterling Powell’s City Life, and several art based websites. This gave her invaluable insights to the local artist community and inspired her to work even harder on her own artistic vision.
Much of her creativity intertwines with her educational endeavors. Her undergraduate studies produced a double major in History and Classics from the University of South Florida. She holds a graduate degree in Religious Studies, also from the University of South Florida, and a second graduate degree in Humanities from Tiffin University, Ohio. She obtained a doctorate in Leadership and Education from Barry University in 2010. Currently, she is working on a thesis paper for her final graduate degree in Liberal Studies from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. She won two National Endowment of the Humanities grants to further her research; Transcendentalism (Concord, Massachusetts, 2009) and Georgia O’Keefe (Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2012).
She is a full time faculty member at St. Petersburg College in the Fine Arts and Humanities Department. She teaches Religious Studies and Humanities courses at the Downtown and Allstate campuses, and for the Honors College, Study Abroad, and Interdisciplinary Studies programs at the Gibbs/St. Petersburg campus. In her effort to increase student-artist interaction, and to provide a free location for artists to share their works, she secured supplies and funding for art display areas at the Downtown and Allstate Center campuses. Local artists and art groups are invited to show in these spaces, and to do short talks sharing information on the creative process, experiences as artists, and inspiring students to learn more about the arts.
Stark served as an artist-in-residence for Bay Pines VA Hospital in 2004, and on the boards of The Exhibiting Society of Artists and the Suntan Art Center. She has won “People’s Choice”, “Best 3-D” and “Best Concept” awards for her wire works. Starting in 2016, she reignited her interest in photography and has won Honorable Mention at the Suntan Art Center for Are You Being Koi With Me? She also received a Merit award in the Pinellas Park Art Society’s show, “Fur, Fins and Feathers” for her piece, Flamingo!, which was also accepted as one of 40 works to show at Amalie Arena in 2016. Shiva Nataraja won honorable mention at the Suntan Art Center and Peering Through A Portal placed third in the Pinellas Park Art Society show, “Scapes”. Her wire work, Octopus, won 2nd place in the Necronomicon Art Show. She was also chosen to display her art at the Dali Museum’s “Twelve Nights of Dali” event (2016).