Kicking off the third year of its national tour, "Red Bull Curates: The Canvas Cooler Project" will stop in Orlando this Thursday, July 24, and pair 20 handpicked local artists with local bars and restaurants.
Earlier this week, selected artists were given a single day to transform a blank, canvas-wrapped Red Bull cooler into an inspired work of art customized for permanent display at a participating venue. The art they created will be exhibited in a one-night only public showcase at Orchid Garden at Church Street Station in downtown Orlando. Attending guests and a panel of judges will vote on each piece, ultimately selecting two artists to represent their City at SCOPE Art Show in Miami this December.
Two additional Orlando artists will have the chance to also exhibit at the SCOPE show in a People's Choice Award contest. Those artists will be selected through a social-media contest.
The Orlando exhibition is the fifth of this national art tour of eight cities, six of which are new stops this year as Red Bull Curates. The tour has visited Los Angeles, Chicago, Portland, Denver and New Orleans, and following the Orlando stop will visit Houston and Philadelphia.
Here are the 20 local artists participating: Brandon McLean, Andrew Spear, Adaro Art, Wink Styles, Soco Freire, Gregorii, Marcos Cruz, Peter Van Flores III, DRES13, Chris Tobar, Holly Tharp, Christopher Reason, SKIP, German Lemus, Swamburger, Peterson Guerrier, Sean Hartman, Christie Miga, SPEN and Wolfrich.
And here are the judges: Patrick Kahn, founder of art concept Snap! Orlando and gallery Snap! Space; Patty Sheehan, Orlando City Council commissioner and local artist; Coralie Claeysen-Gleyzon, Jai Gallery director and curator; Erin Sullivan, editor at Orlando Weekly; Jay Bonadio, owner and creator of Brimskins and Sam Flax.