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Art & Wine Stroll: A ‘Fusion of Art and Community’

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A ‘Fusion of Art and Community’ is how organizers describe the Brooksville Main Street Art & Wine Stroll; a gala arts event set to take place Thursday, April 4, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. in downtown Brooksville. General admission is free. Guests can feast their eyes on the latest round of beautiful artworks produced as a part of the BMS Mobile Mural program.

“These murals are part of the Snap and Soar Interactive Mural series,” explained Dawn Triconi, executive director of Brooksville Main Street. “We will present 14 mobile murals and one permanent mural. And we will host a Meet and Greet with over 10 artists.”

Triconi is proud to present these ethereal interactive murals to the Hernando community.
“These murals are just stunning,” she said. “I’m amazed at the talent we have in this community, and can’t wait to share it.”

Those seeking an enhanced Art and Wine Stroll can purchase a VIP Experience. VIP tickets are available for $40 per person. VIP perks include a commemorative cup, three drinks, and appetizers served in a special VIP Lounge, which features a live artist exclusive to VIP guests. For more information, visit www.welovebvl.org or call 352.540.6409.

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Jessica Knutila, the mobile mural coordinator for Brooksville Main Street, invites the public to attend and enjoy the Art and Wine Stroll. “Come meet the artists of this round of mobile murals!” she said. “The “Snap and Soar” interactive theme has produced some really fun, immersive designs that just beg you to take a selfie with them.”

Christine Weeks is the artist behind the only permanent mural in the Snap and Soar collection, “All You Need is Love,” which can be found at Gulf Title in Brooksville. “My inspiration came from my husband Adam’s brother and bandmate Ambrose Weeks, who lost his battle with cancer. He was a bass guitarist and loved the Beatles, so the rainbow of music notes was a little nod to the Yellow Submarine vibe and the words “All you need is love” have been added,” she continued. “The trumpet came from me. I played the trumpet in middle school and it is also a part of the mural where people can pose holding the instrument for fun photo opportunities.”

Johan Casadiego’s mural “Playful” is at City Hall. “The name is ‘Playful.’ It is about the presence of a tigress around her cub before he reaches full independence,” he said. “Viewers will have the opportunity to stand or kneel in the middle of the picture and decide if they want to pet the mother or pretend to grab the flower as if they were playing with the cub.”

Hilary Frambes’s mural, “Dream,” is at Indigo Aura. “My idea was to have the person holding the balloons be carried away by dreams,” she said.

Jayde Archbold’s mural “Archway” is at Mountaineer Coffee. “The arch, for me, represents being able to enter or leave a stage of your life,” she said, “The excitement of something great could be awaiting on the other side.”

Angela Farinelli’s mural “You Can Catch One Too” can be found at Hogan Law Firm. “Sorry Charlie, but we all love to catch you!” is how she captions this mural, which comes complete with a portrait of a stately fish and a fishing pole.

Hannah Allred’s “Peeling Back to Nature” is presented at City Hall. “From moonflowers to lunar moss, I went for a glowing, dreamy effect,” she said.

Carrie Phillips’ “The Pathway” is posted at the Mason Wall. “I want to inspire people to take the pathway to peace and happiness,” she said.

Victoria Maxim’s “Sky High” also appears on the Mason wall. “You actually can reach out to take the leash of an adorable dog,” she said.

Dana Donkle presents, “Aw, you guys made me ink,” at Panbanged Knits. “My mural is an octopus inking and it is meant for people to stand or crouch below to be consumed by the ink cloud,” she said.

Other featured murals to be seen and experienced at the Art and Wine Stroll will include “Enchanted Amanita” by Brianna Reichard, Cassidy Wilson’s “The Connection,” “Now Let’s Take a Silly One” by Kris Meenan, Renata Villemaire’s “Wonderland,” and Kaitlyn Salbert’s “Black Swallowtail.”

Julia Monteiro's "The Space That She Holds" will be on display at Indigo Aura.
Julia Monteiro’s “The Space That She Holds” will be on display at Indigo Aura.
Renata Villemaire's "Wonderland" will be on display at Lowman Law Firm.
Renata Villemaire’s “Wonderland” will be on display at Lowman Law Firm.

Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey is a features journalist and author who is the winner of Florida Press Association honors and a certificate of appreciation from LINCS (Family Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force) and Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for her newspaper coverage of these issues. She graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a journalism major and English/sociology minor, and previously wrote for publications that include the Pasco editions of The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. A native of Indiana, she lives in Florida.
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