The fusion of fitness and art did not end with Jazzercising, as Square One Creative hosts an eclectic blend of music, art, fashion and yoga in yogArt this weekend.
This nontraditional exhibit will feature works from local musician Jamal Corrie, fashion designer Melissa Ora-ath and more than 30 local artists, as well as 15 craft venders and choreographed yoga movement pieces.
YogArt will also be interactive. Spectators will become participants in yoga lessons, massages, sketching classes, face painting and more, said Jason Moriarty, Square One Creative’s state managing director.
“Square One tries to make our events appeal to all of the senses, so attendees can expect an event that will completely immerse them in the experience,” Moriarty said.
Several movement pieces combining yoga, modern dance and visual art will be performed by Moriarty and Adrienne Reed, owner of Namaste Yoga Studio.
“I have been practicing yoga for several years and have come to view yoga as a form of art,” Moriarty said.
Reed said she hopes that her studio will allow people unfamiliar with yoga to sample it in a fun environment, an attitude she’s promoted in some of her earlier pieces.
“Moriarty and I did a yoga movement piece together in Square One’s last show, Virgin 2.0, and had great success with it. We decided to see if we could go further with the art and yoga cohesion, and we also wanted to bring art, culture and fashion to Pasco County,” Reed said.
Corrie will set the mood with easy listening music including songs from his latest album, Take My Hand. Corrie said his music is appealing to all people and will set the tone for a great event.
The event will benefit Chemo Angels, a cancer support organization for people undergoing chemotherapy.
The organization partners cancer patients with volunteers who send weekly cards, thoughtful notes and occasional small gifts to show their support.
All Square One Creative events benefit a different charity, but Chemo Angels holds a special significance to Moriarty.
A close friend of Moriarty and Adrienne has been battling cancer and is grateful to the organization for its assistance in his therapy.
“My best friend, Gilbert Rosado, is only 42 years old and has been coping with lymphatic cancer for a few years now. I wanted to do something in his honor and asked him to choose a charity that was meaningful for him,” Adrienne said.
YogArt will be held at the Namaste Yoga Studio in Lutz on Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. The event is free and suitable for all ages, and will be catered by Chili’s, Big Apple Bagels and Stonewood Tavern and Grille. For more information, visit namasteyogastudio.com.