Posts Tagged ‘Seminole Heights’

Folklore #2 | Music + Makers

In Event, Folklore, Uncategorized on June 17, 2016 at 1:32 am

On Wednesday, June 1 Tempus Projects and Vessel Collective hosted the second Folklore, featuring interviews with a music journalist and the creators of Tampa Indie Flea. Ray Roa writes for Sub Ap!, Creative Loafing, and TBT* to name a few as well as working part-time at a local advertising agency. Seanissey Loughlin and Rosey Williams created an event that fosters the makers community and the ‘buy local’ movement. Each of the interviewees comes from a different background, but they’re cut from the same cloth because each is passionate about seeing their friends, neighbors, and Tampa as a whole flourish. About 40 of us listened to their personal histories, lessons they’ve learned, what they love about our city, and what they still hope to see happen in the next few years to our local culture. All proceeds of the event benefit Tempus Projects and its future programming.

This event also marked the 6th birthday of Vessel Collective. That’s 6 years of sharing the successes and struggles of artists, musicians, and creativists. We’re hosted more than a dozen community events under this moniker, including  ‘The Travelogues’ and now ‘Folklore’. Thanks for your support and we’d love to see you at the next events in August (The Travelogues) and September (Folklore).

Thank you to Ryan Seybold for capturing all of Folklore #2’s lovely angles. Keep creating and building, Tampa!




Folklore #1 | Food + Art

In Culture, Event, Folklore, Uncategorized on March 4, 2016 at 4:06 am

On Wednesday, March 2 magic took place. There were no playing cards and nobody was sawed in half, but magic happened in the form of community. A chef and a curator talked about their struggles, successes, hopes for Tampa, and more in front of a live audience in a local art gallery in Seminole Heights amongst over 40 people, one greyhound named Sabina, and several art installations by Brooklyn-based artist, Langdon Graves (the show by Graves was it’s own exhibition, but lended itself very well to Folklore).

The creator of Folklore is also the person behind its umbrella project, Vessel. Her name is Gina Moccio, and she is me. I am so proud and excited to have been able to dream up another project and see it come to fruition. I’m thankful to have partnered with Tempus Projects and have Folklore be a part of the gallery’s 2016 programming and I’m so excited to get to not only do interviews again, but to do them with people who I admire in the local food, music, and art community.

March 2nd’s Folklore heard stories from Chef Ferrell Alvarez of Rooster & the Till and Sarah Howard, Curator of Public Art and Social Practice at USF Institute for Research in Art. We received radio love from JoEllen Schilke on WMNF’s Art in Your Ear and from Lenora Lake at The Tampa Tribune. Thank you to everyone who attended Folklore and those who will come and see us in June for Folklore # 2 with Ray Roa, Rosey Williams, & Seanissey Loughlin. We’ll see you soon! In the meantime, check out photos from the event below by the wonderful Luis Gottardi and stay tuned for more photos by Trey Penton of Two Keys Press and audio from March 2nd’s interviews.

Follow us on Instagram here & tag photos from the event as well as legendary locals you think would make great interviewees at a future Folklore at #folkloretampa.
Chef Ferrell Alvarez – Folklore #1 [Interview Recording]


Sarah Howard – Folklore #1 [Interview Recording]



Photo by Trey Penton


Photo by Trey Penton


Photo by Trey Penton


Photo by Trey Penton


Photo by Trey Penton


Tracy’s Words

In Interview on September 30, 2013 at 9:41 pm


It is with the utmost pleasure that I present to you the words of Tracy Midulla Reller, art professor, community leader, and the face and muscle of the wonderful Seminole Heights gallery, Tempus Projects. I’ve wanted to ask this woman a few questions for a long time. I first heard Tracy’s name over 3 years ago, when I was interviewing talented local artist, Ashley Niven, one of the first folks I ever spoke with under the name of Vessel. She called Tracy a badass. She wasn’t kidding. I haven’t stopped hearing Tracy’s name since, and neither has anyone else. With each year, Tempus has become more and more of a champion of local artists and has pushed Tampa’s event and cultural scene forward, thank goodness. Here you are, words from a badass.

What are the most important things you’ve learned about art?

I can never know enough about it. It is like a high-speed snowball, rolling out of control, growing and I can’t imagine trying to suss it all out. It’s big. It’s enormous and I can never know it all. I’m okay with that. I don’t need to know it all.

How about starting and running a space?

The most important things? That it is never done and when it starts to feel like it is getting easy, it’s time to do something else or something more. I’ve learned artists are lovely and diverse and complicated. I’ve learned that even if you don’t have an art budget, you should buy art. -and you should convince everyone you know to buy/own original art by living contemporary artists. It really makes things more interesting and satisfying; supporting someone that is contributing to the field currently. I’ve also learned, at least locally, that art-goers are starving for something new, all the time and that we really need more art spaces; independent ones, that are not affiliated with colleges, universities, frame shops, private studios, or gift boutiques. Those things are all great. They hold their own importance and are totally necessary, but we have those. We have very few art spaces that exist only to serve as project/exhibition space. I’d love the camaraderie.

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How about your self?

I don’t control everything. And that is very freeing.

Knowing what you know now, several years into the game, is there anything you would do differently with Tempus Projects?

Not really. I am tempted to say it would have been nice to start with a Board of Directors and/or funding, but I think those are all things that really grew beautifully to fit Tempus Projects perfectly. I don’t know that anyone would have been behind it from the very beginning. It was a totally goofy idea to open a project space in a garage hidden behind a business with no visibility and no budget. It took me a few years to figure out exactly how I wanted it to go ‘offically’; to find the perfect people to work with for growth. The Board of Directors is stellar. I’m so lucky to have each one of them involved. They are a perfect and delicate balance and they get things done. They are an incredible team; a powerhouse. Projects and funding is falling into place, slowly but surely. I’m really happy with how things have unfolded, naturally. No regrets. Nothing different.


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BUILT with Love: Andrew Watson and Chris Kelly

In Interview on September 3, 2013 at 11:49 pm

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There’s a new energy buzzing in Seminole Heights. It might be a table saw. Or it could be that there’s a new gallery space in town. With BUILT being a custom furniture workshop and Workspace being a new gallery and event space, the two work together to add more creativity and community to the neighborhood. We’ll hear from both of these gents as they share what they’ve learned about running their business and about themselves since opening their doors in January 2013. You should know that both Watson and Kelly added a #4 lesson to their answers, which I found really amusing and great.


Andrew Watson – Founder of BUILT

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Andrew Watson and build custom, handmade furniture.


What were you hoping for when you opened ‘Built’?

I was hoping for a place for my friends and I to come together and get creative. I was hoping people would love my furniture. I was hoping to be able to support my family by making.


Favorite ‘BUILT’ moments since opening in January?

1. Turning the lights on in the warehouse.
2. Delivering each piece of furniture.
3. Teaming up with Chris Kelly.

What is the most difficult obstacle you’ve faced career or creative project related? Did you overcome it and if so, how?

Well, originally I was trying to team up with a couple friends. We all worked for the same millwork company and I looked at the bosses like, “If these two boneheads can do it, WE definitely can.” They were really inspiring and didn’t even know it. After making that realization, I started really pushing for us to break away and start our own company. It wasn’t the right time for them, so I was on my own. I was a little bit bummed, but I overcame it by adjusting the vision and putting my work and ultimately myself out there. I surrounded myself with super-inspiring people, like my good friend Keith Burnson, and set new goals.

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