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House bill advances to allow alternative treatments for Florida veterans suffering brain injuries, PTSD

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A Florida House subcommittee unanimously advanced a first-of-its-kind bill Monday to allow alternative treatments for veterans diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD). Treatments to be considered include music, art, horses, dogs, acupuncture, yoga and more. HB 55, sponsored by both Rep. Daniel Burgess and Rep. Frank White, looks to expand beyond the scope of simply prescribing drugs to vets suffering from the serious diagnoses of TBI and PTSD. The legislation would authorize the Florida Department…

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St. Pete issues call to artists for public art installation in Roser Park

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St. Petersburg is calling on artists to design a public art display for Historic Roser Park on the outskirts of downtown next to Bayfront Medical Center. The Historic Roser Park Neighborhood Association is one of the most active in the city and is seeking art creatively related to either the neighborhood’s unique geography, architecture or history. Roser Park was the city’s first locally designated historic district. It was developed in the early 1900s amid a very different Florida landscape. The…

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St. Pete’s youngest mural painter is Gibbs student

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At 17 years old, Justin Wagher is St. Pete’s youngest wall muralist. The Gibbs High School senior has eight murals painted in and around St. Pete on the sides of buildings. The works were a part of Wagher’s senior project at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts program. Each of the young man’s murals contains a similar motif. They all depict a woman in grayscale with flashes of pink as an accent. And they’re not just pretty pictures. Wagher…

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Tarpon Springs man who covered home in aluminum foil artist takes exhibit to St. Pete’s Museum of Fine Arts

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Earlier this year a man wrapped his rented home and a palm tree in aluminum foil in the interest of art. His neighbors weren’t amused. But Piotr Janowski’s shiny project did catch someone’s eye. Janowski’s aluminum foil art will be featured at the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts beginning December 3. Janowski will apply foil to eight palm trees surrounding the museum and attach what he describes as abstract forms, “suggestive of the human ear.” “The meticulously applied and…

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Florida man wraps home in aluminum foil because, art

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There’s a fine line between art and just plain weird and a Tarpon Springs artist is dancing that line. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Poland native Piotr Janowski wrapped three sides of his home in aluminum foil. He’s covered palm trees in the reflective silver wrap and constructed ears from heavy-duty Reynold’s Wrap and some chicken wire. The ears are attached to other trees. They are meant to be symbols of curiosity. An arborist determined the foil wasn’t a…

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Love it or hate it, the Pier has been quite the muse

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Saintpetersblog reported earlier this month on two oddly familiar pieces of artwork. One, drawn more than 30 years ago, showed the Pier first with a tornado touching down on its rooftop and then, in another, with an alien space craft above it. More recently, pro-Destination St. Pete Pier groups and supporters have been posting a graphic depicting the Pier as some sort of robotic creature with long legs shooting lasers at visitors. As this reporter pointed out in previous reports, that…

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The work of Shannan Lee Hayes

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By day, she’s an instructor at Stony Brook University, but on weekends she’s the straw that stirs the drinks at Toast Coffehouse. I’ve been working alongside Shannan for a few months now and at first, it was a love-hate relationship. I loved her and she hated me. I was all obnoxious Southern charm and she wanted nothing to do with it. But the mutual contempt has given way to a grudging respect and I couldn’t be happier. I just think…

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