JANUARY 8, 2017 UPDATE:....... A new Benefactor has come forward with a significant donation.... enough to get a lot of the Interior Buildout completed. He will also match all donations up to $50,000. Plans and Application for Permit were submitted to City of Largo on 12/13/16. Just waiting now for the go ahead. Our New Target date for Opening is April, 2017. Donations are still needed for start-up and operating expenses.
JUNE 5, 2016 UPDATE....... My project; Art Lovers Place, Inc., is now a FL Not for Profit Corporation and a 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt organization. ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE. See www.ArtLoversPlace.org for more information. It is located in the heart of the Clearwater-Largo Road Redevelopment District in Largo, FL (neighboring Clearwater and St. Petersburg in the Tampa Bay area).
I'm reaching out to the community to help me finish the art studio space. Our Purpose Is to Enhance people's lives by Inspiring, Encouraging and Nurturing their Creative Spirit. WITH YOUR HELP WE CAN ACHIEVE THIS GOAL!
Renovations on the building are about 70% completed. Donations are needed to finish the project and fund the start up of the studio. You can also donate tangible property such as an iPad, Computer, Big Screen TV (for Demo's), SUV, Van or Pick-up, Framed artwork for future fundraising auction/raffle.... Anything you donate is Tax Deductible as a Charitable Donation on your Tax Return. Donations can be made online at: http://www.plumfund.com/charity-fundraising/art-lovers-place-inc-501c3 (a crowdfunding site that was on the popular TV show Shark Tank and invested in by Mr. Wonderful himself; Kevin O'Leary) or sent to 1300 Clearwater Largo Rd., Largo, FL 33770. Please contact me for drop-offs: mickey@ArtLoversPlace.org
The plan is to offer space for working Artists who don't have room to paint at home for a nominal monthly fee. A place to paint, show and sell their work. Art Lovers Place, Inc. will offer workshops and classes.
This project will provide a unique business to the Clearwater-Largo corridor and help to bring more Art & Culture to the community. Please Donate and help support the Arts.
JANUARY 25, 2016..... UPDATE..... Exterior of Art Lovers Place is just about completed. Now it's on to the Interior Buildout. All proceeds from sales will be going to this project. Check www.ArtLoversPlace for more details. If you just want to make a donation, you can do so by going to www.GivingGrid.com/ArtLoversPlace. Thank you for your support!
OCTOBER 12, 2014…… Needing help to finish buildout of Art Lovers Place…. Working Artist's Studio, Social Club & Gallery. www.GoFundMe.com/ArtLoversPlace
Mickey attended Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL in 2007 and 2008. Her major was Painting and Illustration. She withdrew to help out in a family business in Palm Harbor, FL (the Lake Tarpon Resort and Dockside Sports Bar & Grille). Mickey had been involved in the operations of a 98 room hotel and 8,000 sq. ft. restaurant on the canal leading to Lake Tarpon which has left her little time/energy to do much painting. Now, at the age of 64, the hotel was taken back by the hotel and she has stepped down from working at Dockside. She is getting back to her art while focusing much of her energy on her Art Lovers Place project.
As a young girl, Mickey dabbled with watercolor a little bit over the years. She took an after-school art class in grade school. In the early 90's Mickey took a couple of watercolor workshop classes at a community center. Then around 2001 after being diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertention (a result of a hole in her heart that had been corrected by open-heart surgery in 1978 and 1980) she gave a lot of thought to what she wanted to do when she 'grew up'. (Mickey was 50 at the time). Mickey decided she wanted to become an artist. She began to take workshops from professional artists like Patricia Chute, Pat Weaver, Sue Archer, Harry Thompson, George James and Taylor Ikin.
In 2007 Mickey applied to Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL and was accepted. She went for 3 semesters. She also took several Figure drawing classes at Community Colleges in St. Louis, MO. Watercolor is Mickey's preferred medium. She has done a little acryllic and oil. Mickey also does quite a lot of photography.
In November of 2011, Mickey bought a house in Largo, FL (moved from a condo) that has a very nice studio space. She would love to find a benefactor, mentor, etc., who could share her love of art and even play a little golf, go boating, take day trips to art festivals around the state, attend workshops with her, paint together.......
Mickey Krause joined Fine Art America on March 21st, 2012.