This marks the second year that the Mini Mobile Murals effort hosted by Brooksville Main Street and the Hernando County Fine Arts Council, has graced the Hernando art scene. With these beautiful original artworks, many of which were created by local artists, playing a major role in two Brooksville Main Street events this spring: Murals in the Park and the May Art Stroll. These murals are so mobile, in fact, that they have found yet another new home this year: online.
All 16 murals in this year’s Mini Mobile Mural project are being sold through an online auction; one in which people can admire and buy the featured artworks safely and conveniently at the Charity Auctions Today website: https://qrgo.page.link/kSNEH
This is made possible through the Arts Council’s receipt of a $2500 grant from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Accompanying each mural listing will be a location where people can personally see each mural displayed on the outside of businesses downtown through May 31, as well as artist biographies and statements.
“This is our first time doing the online auction,” said Natalie Kahler, Executive Director of Brooksville Main Street. “Proceeds will be used to pay artists for the next set of mobile murals planned for the fall so we can continue bringing fresh, beautiful art to our community. Winning bidders can either pick up their mural at the Brooksville Welcome Center at 205 E Fort Dade Avenue or they can pay to have it mailed to them.”
Already the auction has generated dozens of bids, with nearly all included artworks generating bids in excess of $100.
The Mini Mural project inspires those who present it throughout the community. “I just love that downtown Brooksville is filled with color and beauty during this Mobile Mural Tour. It’s a great way to show how adding a bit of wow to our walls brings a smile to people’s faces,” said Beth Putnam, the chair of Hernando County Fine Arts Council. “Personally, I’m still deciding which one I want to bid on.”
Featured artworks include the whimsical, animated The Happy Pig by Ben Sanczel (5×7); the colorful and floral In This Together by Nancy Barry (5×7); the fanciful mermaid portrait Weeki Wachee Springs by Kimberly Dennis (5×7); the lovely nature portrait Florida Canopy by Gary Duquette (5×7); the dynamic, introspective Self-Portrait by Cat Sanczel (5×7); the sparkling underwater scene Mysteries of the Nature Coast by Judeii Karrington (5×7); the artsy and aquatic Jellyfish by Renata Vellmaire (5×7); the scenic nature portrait Florida Gator by Ania Arnador (6×10); the exotic and glowing Spoonbill Crane by Taylor Smith (5×15); the exotic and multi-coloured Nature and Technology by Austin Gee (5X15); the tropical and scenic Pine Island by Deborah Elaine (5×7); the cute and quaint Chuck by Calli DeRoin (6×10); the arty and splashy Hernando Manatee by Doorpost Homeschool Group (5×7); the richly textured and picturesque Peacock by Amanda Knutila (5×7); the picturesque and thought-provoking Hernando Life Self-Portrait by Cat Sanczel; and the cute and scenic Crane by Amanda Knutila.