Artbook Tampa Bay Launch Party a Huge Success
Last Saturday, March 17th, the Tampa Bay art community gathered with the whole team from HD Interactive to celebrate the launch of our iPad App, Artbook Tampa Bay at theÂ Studio@620Â in downtown St. Petersburg. Â We had a such great time meeting all the artists and checking out their fantastic work!
We invited all 86 artists in Artbook to display and hang one piece of their work. To our delight, we had over 80 artists attendance! The show was an 80-artist, 80-piece event, transforming the parking lot next to Studio@620 into an amazing display of art, music and people. At 5pm, artists were invited to come early and enjoy beverages while hanging their work, checking out the work of others, and getting a special preview of Artbook Tampa Bay, which will be available in the iTunes store this week. Â We were also proud to show off Artbook Archive Lite, available on iTunes now. Â This app is a smaller, free version of Artbook Archive and is meant to give people a taste of the Artbook experience.
By 7pm, the party was in full swing! Throughout the night, more than 600 people came out to show their support and celebrate with us. Much of the art on display was for sale and we are happy to say that several pieces sold!
As the sun went down, we turned on the projectors, provided by local lighting powerhouse,Â Industrial Strength, to showcase all the work in Artbook on a huge scale! Art covered walls 30 feet high and 100 feet long. The display attracted dozens of downtown passers by, curious to what was happening.
It was wonderful for us to get to meet and talk with the tremendously gifted artists who were included in the book and get to see their work first hand. Â We would also like to thank Nick Hinckley ofÂ Realizing MediaÂ and all the folks at Studio@620Â for help in putting on this event for us.Â We are already working on Artbook Tampa Bay Vol. 2 Â and many other Artbooks that will be announced later. Â To learn more, check outÂ Artbook Archive.
Below is a video of the event, taken as artists were coming in early to set up the show.