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TEMPUS Projects to Celebrate 5th Anniversary with 'Hi-5' Exhibition

TEMPUS Projects will celebrate its 5th Anniversary with a special exhibition entitled "Hi-5, Celebrating FIVE years of TEMPUS Projects in Seminole Heights." The opening reception will be held between 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, December 13, 2014.

At this time, gallery officials will announce the receipt of it's first major grant from the Gobioff Foundation. Additionally, as part of the 5th-anniversary exhibition, there will be an exclusive Hi-5 POP-UP Shop at the gallery. TEMPUS Projects is located at 4636 N. Florida Avenue in Tampa, Florida.

Established in 2009, TEMPUS Projects is a non-profit arts organization run by a volunteer board of artists and arts professionals and operates thanks to the generosity of local sponsors, members, and donations from the general public. Dedicated to nurturing established and emerging local, national and international artists through exhibitions and events, the project promotes artists working in all media and originates, organizes and hosts exhibitions that engage the Tampa Bay community through the visual arts.

In October of 2014, TEMPUS Projects received official designation as a Federal 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization. The non-profit designation was immediately followed by a grant to support the 2015 exhibition programming by the Gobioff Foundation. The Gobioff Foundation is a private family foundation which works to support human rights organizations, education, and the Tampa, Florida arts community. This is the largest single donation TEMPUS Projects has received to date.

TEMPUS Projects Board Chair Gianna Rendina-Gobioff, who is the Vice President of the Gobioff Foundation, states: "The Gobioff Foundation is pleased to provide an opportunity to meet and expand the goals, ambitions and community outreach of TEMPUS Project's upcoming 2015 exhibition season."

TEMPUS Projects Founder and Creative Director Tracy Midulla Reller states: "TEMPUS Projects is honored and excited to be the recipient of such a generous grant to support our ongoing arts programming in Seminole Heights. The Gobioff Foundation has an impressive record of supporting organizations doing great things in Tampa and it's the best 5th-anniversary present I could ever have imagined."

5-Year Anniversary Exhibition, POP-UP Shop and Fundraiser Information:

TEMPUS Projects presents "Hi-5, Celebrating FIVE years of TEMPUS Projects in Seminole Heights," an exhibition of works on paper with the theme of 'FIVE,' as well as featuring some of the favorite and most talented artists from the last five years. This exhibition opens on Saturday, December 13, and runs through January 3, 2015. Exhibiting artists include George Anderton, Wendy Babcox, Hildebrando Bellizzio, Neil Bender, Jeremy Chandler, Ryan De La Hoz, Becky Flanders, Corbett Fogue, Joe Griffith, Vince Kral, Gigi Lage, Lauren Moradi, Justin Bryan Nelson, Kym O'Donnell, Taylor Pilote, Anthony Record, Mario Schambon, Ryann Slauson, Brian Taylor, Christopher Wharton and more.

The Hi-5 celebration is also the gallery's annual fundraiser. The event is free and open to the public but a suggested donation of $5 is greatly appreciated. With every $5 donation attendees will receive a raffle ticket and a chance to win the last remaining "Sustainer Container." Sustainer Container members receive a free gift from either TEMPUS Projects, a featured artists, or one of our generous sponsors at every opening reception, through May of 2015. Sustainers are also welcomed to the gallery a half-hour early to every opening reception to enjoy refreshments and to celebrate with a guest curator, featured artists or other TEMPUS VIPs. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased to increase your chances of winning the last coveted Sustainer Container and other prizes, gift certificates and gift baskets from local business.

In addition to the opening reception and fundraiser, TEMPUS Projects will be hosting a Hi-5 POP-UP Shop, featuring artist prints, a selection of curated art books from Blue Bird Books Bus, and special limited edition of TEMPUS Tees created for the TEMPUS five-year celebration. The POP-UP shop will also feature small-scale original artworks for under $500. Our POP-UP shop is a great place to pick up artist merchandise such as notebooks, buttons, stationary, wallets, tees, barware, stickers, cards, and other great treats and gifts just in time for the bring your shopping list and get ready to shop! The Hi-5 POP-UP Shop opens Saturday, December 13, 2014 just in time for all the other festivities. The Hi-5 POP-UP Shop will remain open with extended hours through the holiday season.

TEMPUS Projects is highly regarded as cultural catalyst and a neighborhood touchstone. It has contributed greatly to the district's emergence as a unique and creative local destination. In acknowledgment of its contributions to the arts and the community, Tampa's Creative Loafing awarded TEMPUS Projects the "Best Alternative Art Space" Loafie award for four consecutive years. TEMPUS Projects has worked in collaboration with Experimental Skeleton, Silver Meteor Gallery, Tampa's Downtown Partnership, Blue Bird Books and Creative Loafing.

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