Bobbi Mastrangelo’s “Florida Citrus 467-1” Makes History

Thursday, May 25th, 2017
Florida Citrus 467-1 deeded to Orange County Regional History Center

“Florida Citrus 467-1” deeded to Orange County Regional History Center of Orlando Florida

On May 3, 2017, my mixed media sculpture went to its new home at Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando Florida. Now “Florida Citrus 467-1” has additional numbers.  Its Official Accession Number is #2017.016.

Many of my creations have interesting stories of the challenges I encountered.  Our Florida Artists’ Registry Members were invited to exhibit at Orlando Museum of Art’s First Thursday. I took the exhibit title “Florida Grown” literally. It had to have ORANGES.  It had to relate to the growing processing production: suggesting or incorporating seeds, dirt,  sun and water. 

Styrofoam into Oranges

Do they Look Like Real Oranges?

Do they Look Like Real Oranges?

 

 

 

 

 

The “Sunlight” behind the Water Cover was a Fluorescent Bulb with a plug in cord. Location of an outlet dictated my sculpture’s placement at the Florida Grown Exhibit. So my little sculpture was dwarfed on a panel centered between two giant abstract canvases by the same artist.  To top it off, I don’t think there was another artist who addressed the theme of Florida Grown, except that the art works were “Grown in Florida.”  The placement of “Florida Citrus 467-1”  was So Disappointing.

"Florida Citrus 467-1" is out of place..wrong space.

“Florida Citrus 467-1” is out of place..wrong space.

My “Florida Citrus 467-1” received special attention at The Mills Pond House Members Exhibition in St. James NY. Alison Cruz displayed it on a sculpture stand so it was the focus of the room. I am still very fond of the Smithtown Township Arts Council where I showed some of  my earliest works.

In one  return shipment, the Fluorescent Bulb was smashed. The damaged corded light fixture was removed.  A battery operated LED Fixture replaced it, which is now operated by remote.  This offered a bright solution for placing the sculpture in future exhibitions.

 

Florida Citrus on exhibit at Orlando's History Center

Florida Citrus 467-1  on Exhibit at Orlando’s History Center with an Ideal Placement.  It was an honor to exhibit at the History Center. The staff is amazing and the museum itself is a Treasure.

 

Whitney Broadaway, Bobbi Mastrangelo and Pam Schwartz at The History Center

Whitney Broadaway, Bobbi Mastrangelo and Pam Schwartz at The History Center. 

 

 

 

 

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Bobbi Mastrangelo’s “Plastics Under Cover,” “Grate Works of Art” on exhibit at Orlando History Center Jan. 4 – April 23, 2017

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

“Plastics Under Cover” “Grate Works of Art” my current exhibit has “Un Covered” new and exciting challenges. In a regular museum or gallery, labels only present a few details like the title and size of an art work.

But a History Museum, like Orlando’s Orange County Regional History Center, wants to “Un Cover” all the details. so many of the pieces are accompanied by text and photos showing the creation process.

City of Orlando and the Square Route of Water

“City of Orlando”  its creation details and “The Square Route of Water”

So many transactions, e-mails and phone calls were involved in providing details about the art, that I was able to meet and appreciate the talented staff at OCRHC: Pam Schwartz, Curator of Exhibitions, Emilie Arnold, her Assistant and Whitney Broadaway, Collections Registrar.

"Water Works" Being Installed by Whitney Broadaway

“Water Works” Being Installed by Whitney Broadaway

Here is a communication from Emilie Arnold in March of 2016: “Right now, we’re tentatively planning an environmentally-focused local art exhibit to coincide with “Plastics Unwrapped.” This is a traveling exhibit out of the Burke Museum in Seattle that discusses the history and application of plastic materials and also their impacts on the environment.

“Plastics Unwrapped” runs from February 4 – April 23, 2017, so it’s still a year away, but we believe your work may fit in, and we really love that you have at least a few possible Orlando-focused works in hand.

We enjoyed watching “City of Orlando” highlighted in the UCF Artisode. Could you tell me more about “FDOT, Do Not Pollute” and “The City Beautiful”—even send photos if you have them?”

 

"Don't Go Soft on Terrorism," "FDOT", "Con Edison" (on the pedestal)

“Don’t Go Soft on Terrorism,” “FDOT,” “Con Edison” (on the pedestal)

"Grate Logo" by Cindy Merithew

“Grate Logo” by Cindy Merithew above Bobbi Mastrangelo’s bio

I enjoyed seeing my art at the History Center and experiencing the featured Visiting Exhibition: “Plastics Unwrapped” from Seattle’s Burke Museum at the opening on February 4, 2017.  If you get to see the exhibits, please share your comments.

Orange County Regional History Center Orlando FL

Orange County Regional History Center

Bobbi Mastrangelo’s”Plastics Under Cover” “Grate works of Art” January – April 23, 2017

“Plastics Unwrapped” Visiting Exhibition February 4, – April 23, 2017

Orange County Regional History Center

65 E. Central Blvd.

 Orlando FL 32801

Phone: 407-836-8500

www.thehistorycenter.org


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