SCF Foundation Presents Avenues des Artistes

(Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 17, 2016) – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Foundation will present Avenues des Artistes, 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W. The campus courtyard will be transformed into international street festivals representing Madrid, Florence and London.

Avenues des Artistes is an enchanting evening of festive food and artistry showcasing the talents of SCF art, theater and music students, faculty and staff. Guests will step into brightly colored street fairs as they enjoy signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts while being entertained by SCF student street musicians. Each city will have a gallery filled with SCF Art, Design & Humanities (ADH) students’ art and photography that will be available for purchase. Individual tickets are still available and can be purchased for $150. Proceeds will benefit SCF Foundation’s numerous scholarship programs. Title sponsors for the event are Mosaic, SEI, Swain Properties, BMO Harris Bank and Neal Communities.

After perusing the street festivals, a gourmet, family-style dinner by Mattison’s will be served at 8 p.m. followed by dancing under the stars with the SCF Jazz Band. Guests also will have the opportunity to capture memories in a Tapsnap digital photo booth, and purchase art by SCF’s students, faculty and President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld.

“This event is a multi-faceted project for our ADH students. Many will sell their first works as professional artists laying the foundation for the student to become a marketable and trained professional,” said Jamie Tracy, ADH Department Chair. Introduction to Graphic Design students created signage for the street festivals that correlate with the backdrop and color pallet created for each city, (Madrid red, Florence yellow and London blue) and are fashioned after the Parisian carousel at the Eiffel Tower. Photograms by Tracy also will be on display. (A photogram is a photographic image made without a camera by placing objects directly onto the surface of a light-sensitive material such as photographic paper and then exposing it to light.)

Individual tickets are $150 and proceeds benefit SCF Foundation’s numerous scholarship programs. For more information, call the SCF Foundation at 941-752-5390.

Teyondreya Edwards' creation.

SCF student Teyondreya Edwards: This piece represents those who are hidden behind the glass, afraid to live their lives to its fullest capabilities. Their view is obstructed in a way that limits them. The horse that is free of the carousel represents all those that are hidden, and to them I say, "The time is now to break free."

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