Collectors Krewe

An opportunity for patrons to support artists directly while enjoying extra benefits and adding to their personal art collections.

Now approaching our 54th year, the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts is not only the ideal place for patrons of the arts to add to their collections, but it’s an exciting, two-day experience that allows people to interact with the artists themselves and other like-minded art lovers. It’s a celebration of creativity, with great food, music, dance, and of course, more than 250 fine artists displaying their wares.

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts attracts many of the best artists exhibiting on the outdoor circuit. The Festival is attractive to artists because it offers substantial prize money, a juried show that ensures the quality of the exhibition, an attractive location, and a guarantee that patrons will purchase art during the Festival. That guarantee is secured through a program benefiting artists and patrons, formerly known as the Purchase Awards Program and now dubbed the “Collectors Krewe.” The Collectors Krewe enables individuals and businesses to support the artists directly, and grow their personal collections.

Collectors Krewe members — individuals and businesses alike — pledge to purchase artwork at the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts. Members enjoy the opportunity to support artists of their choice, procure fine art pieces for their homes or offices, and place their names in Festival marketing materials for all Festival visitors to see.

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Collectors Krewe Benefits

Collectors Krewe members will enjoy the following benefits, based on commitment level:

$250 Level

$250 Krewe Bucks

One personalized ribbons to give to an artist

$500 Level

$500 Krewe Bucks (spend with one or more artists in $50 increments)

One personalized ribbon to give to an artist

$1,000 Level

$1,000 Krewe Bucks (spend with one or more artists in $50 increments)

Two personalized ribbons to give to artists

One pass to The VIP Experience

Name listed in Festival Program

$1,500 Level

$1,500 Krewe Bucks (spend with one or more artists in $50 increments)

Two personalized ribbons to give to artists

One pass to The VIP Experience

Name listed in Festival Program

$2,500 Level

$2,500 Krewe Bucks (spend with one or more artists in $50 increments)

Three personalized ribbons to give to artists

Two tickets to The Showcase

Two passes to The VIP Experience

Name listed in Festival Program

$5,000 Level

$5,000 Krewe Bucks (spend with one or more artists in $50 increments)

Five personalized ribbons to give to artists

Two tickets to The Showcase

Two passes to The VIP Experience

Name listed in Festival Program

The Details

Krewe Bucks: Collectors Krewe members will receive Krewe bucks based on their commitment level they can utilize to buy art throughout the duration of festival weekend, March 2-3, 2024.

The Artist Awards Showcase: This Saturday night event is the public’s first opportunity to both view and purchase the juried and award-winning art. You will be able to interact with artists, patrons, the festival juror and supporters for the Artist Awards announcement. The event will be held at Tampa River Center.

VIP Experience: Krewe members will receive a designated number of tickets based on their level of commitment to our VIP Experience.

GFA Enthusiasts: Periodic GFA programmed events, which could include artist tours and demos, speakers, tours, mixers, and art-related outings.

Join the Collectors Krewe

GFA Collectors Krewe download the brochure

Ready to join the Krewe? Sign up and make a payment by clicking the button below.

Prefer to sign-up by mail? Download the Collectors Krewe program and complete the form inside. Submit the form by mail to the address below, making your check payable to “Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Inc.”

Collectors Krewe Program
c/o Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Inc.
P.O. Box 10591
Tampa, FL 33679

Please contact us with any questions about participating in the Collectors Krewe! 

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Ajeva

Ajeva is a funk/rock band from St. Petersburg, FL. The band started in 2013 and features Reed Skahill (vocals), Taylor Gilchrist (bass), Mike Nivens (guitar), and Lyndon Thacker (keys). They’ve carved out a sound of their own with epic melodies and distinctive vocals that pair perfectly with their deep grooves. Each Ajeva show is a one of a kind experience with the band taking their songs to different places and new heights every night.

Light the Wire

Light the Wire makes heartfelt, indie-folk rock that with powerful vocal harmonies, thoughtful lyrics, and powered by driving bass and drums.  The quintet is based out of Tampa, FL, and released its self-produced, debut EP – “Someday Is Coming” on all streaming platforms on November 1, 2023.

Giorgi

Rock musician that refuses to find a niche

GA & FL

FFO: Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World

Mwiza

Biggest influences are church, his mother, Coheed & Cambria, Acceptance, James Morrison, Bombay Bicycle Club, Disturbed, Arctic Monkeys, Young The Giant, Chevelle, Rusko, Chief and Matt Corby. Most of the music he listens to has a darker sound to it so he in turn makes darker, melodic music.

Datagram

Datagram has been the moniker of shapeshifting Tampa musician Scott Olson for the better part of the last decade.

In that time, the sound and styles of this project have shifted and morphed, painting with shades of glitch, downtempo, techno, and all that lurks in between.

Shevonne and the Force

A multi-hyphenate, genre-bending artist, Shevonne Philidor is a singer-songwriter, producer, and actress who epitomizes her dynamic background in music and performing arts. A military brat born in Philadelphia, PA, she experienced living in multiple cities – including a stint in Italy – before landing in Tampa, Fl, where she nurtured her musical ability throughout her childhood. She’s a scion of a musical family stemming from her half-Haitian descent and taught herself to play the guitar at an early age, inspired by the likes of Prince, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Bob Marley, and M83. In 2003, she made her first TV debut on America’s Most Talented Kids, and in 2010, she made an appearance on America’s Got Talent Wild Card. A recipient of the prestigious NFAA scholarship, she also made American Idol’s top 40 twice in 2016 and 2019, the same year she performed at Austin City Limits with five-time Grammy award-winning artist Gary Clark jr. In 2021, she performed alongside CeeLo Green at a Superbowl party for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was tapped to sing for ABC’s Juneteenth celebration with T.I. and Domani. Working with Grand Hustle Records, she’s a Luna Guitar-endorsed artist who was also selected to perform in Just Blaze’s SXSW showcase in 2022. A theatre kid at heart, she’s flexed her acting skills on a national tour for Todrick Hall’s musical, Oz The Musical, and she was also recently casted in Life’s Rewards, an upcoming Amazon Prime TV show.

Kristopher James

Though he’s lived in the Sunshine State, for most of his life, Kristopher’s talent for melody and song (now) extend far past the state’s line. Like his influencers Otis Redding, Amos Lee, and Roberta Flack, Kristopher’s voice is clear, controlled, and full of all-the-feels.  As with all artists, Kristopher’s sound has ebbed and flowed, evolving yet remaining instantly recognizable. With the growth he’s experienced as an artist, Kristopher felt it was time to capture his songs, in their fully-imagined sound!

With his debut album “Kindness Never Quits”, featuring members of Scary Pockets, Kristopher caught the attention of Relix & Glide Magazine, Spotify Playlist curators and continued praise, such as “vocals are so powerful and as the song progresses, he showcases why he is one of the best singers out there. All that soul in one artist is just unbelievable” from Reignland Magazine.

Continuing through the COVID years, Kristopher partnered with musicians to keep the music and community alive. Along with composer and keys player Mike Hicks of Rascal Flatts, The War & Treaty’s Max Brown on guitar, as well as talented artists Kyshona Armstrong, Jonathan Huber, DeMarco Johnson, Kristopher released 3 acclaimed singles: “Never Had to Find Our Way”, “Feelings” and “I Can Only Love You in a Song”

Deaf Company

Three piece Rock n Roll band hailing from St. Petersburg, FL.

Skyler Golden

Musician from St. Pete Florida and Studio Producer for Zen Recording. Brings an eclectic sound of string instruments for the Yoga Classes at GFA 2024

SydLive

From Tampa Florida, SydLive was born to write and sing songs that touch the world. As her mother recalls, her climb to stardom began with getting on top of restaurant tables to sing at the age of two.

By the time she was eleven, she acquired her first guitar and began to teach herself to play by learning Beatles songs. Within four years she found her way to the stage singing in a Carpenters tribute band. Since this time, Syd has amassed over a decade of experience as a professional singer/songwriter and recording/performance artist. Within the industry, she names Aretha Franklin as her idol.

DURRY

The first sound you hear on Durry’s rambunctious and poignant debut album, Suburban Legend, is an old-school Internet dial-up tone. To songwriter Austin Durry, the sound is instantly familiar but his bandmate and sister, Taryn, hadn’t heard it before. The Burnsville, Minnesota-based duo might identify with different age groups — with seven years between them, Austin is a millennial and Taryn is Gen Z — but by joining forces in Durry, they show just how much the neighboring generations have in common.

Between their serendipitous origin story and a crop of dynamic, hook-heavy alt-pop tracks, Durry are doing something few bands can achieve — and they’re doing it entirely on their own terms. As a band, Taryn and Austin’s journey happened both unexpectedly and fortuitously. At the start of the COVID pandemic, Austin and his wife moved back into his parents’ house, where Taryn was also living at the time. In addition to moving back in with his family, COVID forced Austin to cancel an extensive tour with his previous band, Coyote Kid. Faced with nothing but time, he got back to songwriting, regularly asking Taryn for input — or as the two playfully put it, “Gen Z quality control.”

“I’d say, here’s an early concept, what do you think? Then she’ll steer the ship, and then I’ll evolve it from there,” Austin explains. “Taryn is the sounding board and Gen Z vision of the band, where I’m kinda cranking stuff out.”

As they got going, forming what would turn into Durry, the siblings also outlined DIY ideas for branding and promotion, creating all of their own content and imbuing their visuals with nostalgic golden yellow, large fonts, and tactile images that would later make their way into eye-catching merch.

The immediate result of their musical partnership was the pop-punk/alternative anthem “Who’s Laughing Now,” which leads with wry, tongue-in-cheek lyrics about the futility of young adulthood in 2023: “My mama always said I would regret it if I ever got a tattoo,” Austin chants, adding: “She said I’d never get a job like I ever wanted one with that attitude/ My dad said I had to learn to drive a stick shift, but every van I ever had was an automatic/ My friends said that someday I would make it big, but I’m still living in the basement.”

After posting an unfinished version of “Who’s Laughing Now” on TikTok, it swiftly took off, galvanizing thousands of viewers who shared their coming-of-age frustrations. Clearly, the song’s sentiments — which land somewhere between a shrug and a clenched fist — resonated with millions of listeners, and today the song has garnered more than four million Spotify streams. Meanwhile, Durry have recorded a fully fleshed-out version of “Who’s Laughing Now,” which is set to appear on their riveting, perfectly sardonic debut LP, Suburban Legend.