Tampa artist Tim Boatright is being featured in an exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center. Bringing Home the Sunshine: Collecting Florida Souvenirs is curated by History Center staff and showcases the collections of the museum plus several local collectors and other area institutions to highlight the wide variety of Florida collectibles that were, and are, available to tourists and residents alike. Hundreds of classic Florida souvenirs will be on display from January 16 through April 17, 2017.
Artist Tim Boatright is a third-generation Tampa resident. He has long been intrigued by the historic icons of the city - the beautiful minarets of the University of Tampa, the gracefulness of Bayshore Boulevard, the classic Floridan Hotel, the eclectic Ybor City, the mysterious Sulphur Springs Water Tower, the natural beauty of the bay, and the many other landmarks and places which help to make the Tampa Bay area truly special.
Through creation of the artworks in this colorful collection, he explored Tampa's unique "visual language" - combining cigar label styles, period typography, the graphic look of vintage fruit and vegetable crates and classic travel posters. The collection, created via hand-drawn and digital techniques, is a celebration of Tampa's unique history.
Beginning in the late 19th century, Tampa became a popular tourist destination as railroad magnate Henry Plant built the luxurious Tampa Bay Hotel, which later became the campus for the University of Tampa. Thousand of tourists were coming to Florida. They came to stay in the new hotels, rest in the warm weather, and to enjoy the natural beauty. Many wealthy people such as Thomas Edison, John Ringling, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Henry Ford built winter homes in Florida and visited for months at a time. And regular folk, including the "tin can tourist" arrived in their cars and campers to vacation in our area. They purchased souvenirs and mailed postcards back home to share with their envious family and friends.
Boatright is Vice President/Creative for Marketing Associates USA, a Tampa-based marketing, promotion and advertising company.
For more information visit TampaBayHistoryCenter.org or the website dedicated to the collection at TampaRelics.BigCartel.com.