Smith & Associates Real Estate, in partnership with The Poetry Bar, presents an immersive art experience celebrating the radiant power of light as a tool for connecting and inspiring joy in our lives. The art installation, “The Long Nights: How the Light Gets In,” will be displayed on the terrace steps of Smith & Associates Beach Drive showroom for a limited run of four nights culminating on the final night for the Winter Solstice. Inspired by the Leonard Cohen quote, “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in,” celebrated local artist Katee Tully has created an artistic event that weaves poetry, people, music, and objects to help reveal how light travels into our lives.
“Poetry is like comfort food,” says Katee Tully, founder of Poetry Bar. “You can go to a poem when you are nervous, tired, anxious, and the words will wash over you and within you to bring calm, peace, and often to spark joy. Our Beach Drive art experience will be a rediscovery of how light travels into our lives and bridges the distance between us.” The artist expanded with the insight that behind our masked faces this year, the light in the eyes has been more central than ever to reflect who we are and how we feel. She continues, “We look deeply into each other’s eyes, becoming carriers of light with eyes that connect, understand, and shine.”
The art experience features interactive personal writing prompts, live solo performances by select members of the Florida Orchestra, and live poetry creation by Giovanni Cerro, aka Gio Typos. Gio brings his typewriter to create on-demand, personalized poetry catered to each request.
“When Katee and I started talking about this installation, we wanted it to feel like coming home late at night and having a light left on for you,” says Bob Glaser, President & CEO, Smith & Associates Real Estate. “This small gesture by a loved one of “leaving a light on” offered a sense of security and conveyed love. We thought our community could benefit from a few nights of feeling the comforting beacon of a light left on.”
The Long Nights: How the Light Gets In
Smith & Associates Real Estate, in partnership with The Poetry Bar, presents an immersive art experience celebrating the radiant power of light to inspire joy.
Where: 330 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
When: December 18 – December 20, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
This free event is brought to you by Smith & Associates Real Estate.