Public Art

Here It Comes,....
Public Art In Historic Kenwood!

We call ourselves “The Neighborhood of the Arts,” and are proud to be home to so many artists and our Artist Enclave. But … where exactly is the art? Jeff Danner, Brenda Gordon, D YaeL Kelly, Linda Kellett, M.J. Baker, Bob Jeffrey, Charla Cribb, and I have met for the past six months to develop a public art master plan for Historic Kenwood. This is an ongoing effort over many years, but we are excited to launch our first project this fall. And the first project is… (drum roll, please!) Bench Art — turning our Seminole Park benches into works of art. Artist Enclave members are invited to submit design proposals. Chosen artists will paint benches, creating another wonderful Kenwood attraction before BungalowFest. They will be paid up to $400 per bench. Our hope is that this first project begins the transformation of Seminole Park – and other areas throughout Historic Kenwood – into magnets of delight. Durable Coatings at 3055 1st Avenue South has generously donated paint. There are many more projects in the works behind this one, lasting several years. Not all of us are artists, but we can all be champions of art. For this first project, you can volunteer to clean and prepare the benches to be painted. Just email me at, and I’ll get in touch when the time comes. By Laura McGrath

Public Art is coming to life in Seminole Park!
The first of the seven benches has been painted, two more are in process, and the others will be painted by the end of the month. D. YaeL Kelley was the first artist to complete her bench with a design based on an oil painting currently on view at Red Cloud Gallery in St. Pete. Paul Barrera is making headway on his vibrant hearts and flowers design, Both of these artists are members of the Artist Enclave of Historic Kenwood, and their benches are at the east end of the park. Mural artist Skylar Suarez has painted the front of her bench at the west end near the children's playground, and will paint the back shortly. The other benches will be painted by the end of October, in time to shine for our 19th annual BungalowFest on November 4th.