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Lightning Team Up With Local Artist Derek Gores

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have commissioned the world renowned, Tampa Bay area artist Derek Gores to continue the transformation of the Tampa Bay Times Forum by adding two pieces of unique art to the building. Both original works of art will be displayed in the suite level next season and will also be digitally reproduced to be used in other areas in the building.

The Lightning will be working closely with Gores to give the Times Forum an entertainment flair that demonstrates the great events that happen inside the building. Gores will be producing a Lightning piece and a concert-themed piece. His collage technique will include recycled photos, Lightning tickets, maps, schedules, team stats, concert posters, backstage passes, fan memorabilia and other items that built the history of Tampa and the Lightning hockey club.

"I'm honored to be creating two original, large collage pieces for the Lightning and Tampa Bay Times Forum as part of their transformation project of their building," Gores said. "I love the challenge of translating the passion of a fan base, a team and a city, making it into a piece of art on a canvas."

The Times Forum began its initial transformation during the summer of 2011 and more than 250 pieces of artwork were hung around all levels of the arena. Local photographers that either live or work in the Bay area submitted their photos to help give the building a Tampa feel, including: Galen Burow, Don Naumann, Matthew Paulson, Tim Fritz, Paul Kamp, Jim Blizzard and Steven Eng. The artwork ranges from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and beach scenes to the Tampa city scape and lightning striking over the bay.

The Lightning are continuing to reach out to the local arts community to submit pieces of original artwork to be displayed at the Tampa Bay Times Forum during the 2012-13 season. Penny Vinik, wife of Lightning owner and chairman Jeff Vinik, will be leading a search for locally created art for the Times Forum that showcases the unique beauty and character of the Tampa Bay area. The Lightning's submission deadline is September 15, 2012 and artists will be notified by October 1 if accepted into the exhibition.

"I'm looking forward to growing my roots in the Tampa Bay arts community, and I hope this is the first of many successful projects," Penny Vinik said. "I'd like to personally call on our local artists to help continue to transform the Times Forum by adorning the walls of our arena with artwork that symbolizes Tampa Bay. The Times Forum will continue to give our fans and visitors a sense of community when they travel through the arena with Bay Area-centric art pieces."

Interested artists may submit artwork in the form of painting, photography, drawing or sculpture by logging onto Computer art will not be accepted. Artists must be 18 years of age or older and must live or work in the Tampa Bay community (Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk or Sarasota counties). Each individual may only submit up to three fully-completed, original works of art. All hanging artwork shall be no larger than 6'x6', including the frame. Sculptures are limited to 7-feet with varying widths accepted.

The exhibit's goal is to display images that celebrate the Tampa Bay Area and the 20-season history of the Lightning. A panel composed of local art community leaders from Tampa Bay area museums will select 41 hanging pieces and four sculptures to be displayed in the Times Forum, on the interior walls of the suite level. The panel will score each submission from one to 100 on visual and conceptual impact. The top three ranked artwork pieces as scored by the judges will receive cash prizes of $1,500, $1,000 and $500. Honorable mentions ranked in the top 10 will also receive $250 each. All artists will be invited to a reception this Fall at the unveiling of the artwork pieces.

The Lightning are committed to leading by example and inspiring others to give in all sorts of ways. They contributed through the Community Heroes program, as well as the C.H.A.R.G.E. volunteer program, $2.5 million in cash awards and more than 4,000 volunteer hours, respectively, during the 2011-12 season. In addition to continuing the Hero and C.H.A.R.G.E. programs for the 2012-13 season, the Lightning are also excited to celebrate and create awareness of Tampa Bay's art community through this exciting, local art showcase.
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