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ArtPark the Destination
A little known mecca of creativity, of interest to art patrons, motorcyclists, hot rodders, truckers and RVers exists in central Florida. ArtPark is the home of the artist known as Dave “Letterfly” Knoderer. The creative haven is a destination for anyone curious about a finishing touch with paint, who may be considering old school pinstriping and motorcycle art, hand painted inscriptions, gold leaf monograms, pet portraits and perhaps the most exciting of all, graphic stripe schemes to enhance the tow car, or pinstriping and custom paint jobs to compliment the exterior of any vehicle. Restoration projects also take place with antique vehicles, vintage, touring and cruising motorcycles, old racing, coca-cola and railroad memorabilia, period signwork; unique apparatus from the horse drawn era, cake mixers, guitars and anything for anyone that seeks to make an impression using an artisan adept with paint. The artist’s home/gallery/studio is situated in a lovely oak hammock filled with meandering garden paths that lead to quiet meditative settings.
Appropriately named ArtPark, the two and a half acre piece of property sports several covered sites with hookups for RVs and trucks, garden pathways that wind through lush landscaping and lead through flowered arbors to secluded swings and park benches in picturesque locations. The quiet wooded area is also a haven for a variety of song birds and a red tail hawk couple that nest in the highest tree in the backyard. The lovely studio setting under the quaint Spanish moss draped boughs of the ancient oak hammock is a wonderful “think tank” for artistic creativity, a source of gratitude and a haven for curious couples to relax, enjoy the camaraderie, validate the decisions to get a mural, custom paint, vehicular graphics, ask questions about commissioning artwork of their very own and watch the various processes underway. Ample parking exists for RVers, bikers and truckers who would like to commission a project that may take several days. Guests also benefit from the invitation to enjoy the nocturnal campfire in the backyard that helps the artist unwind at the end of a long work day.
Today, this destination is more than just a place for motor homers to get the high quality airbrushed scene across the back of the coach that the artist is famous for. In addition to these wildlife, nature and fantasy scenes, depictions of aircraft, romantic vistas or an airbrushed image of just about anything imaginable, a hand painted portrait of your dog on the entry door, some “Von Dutch” inspired pinstriping, a modern painted graphic on the tow car, and an inscription that expresses your personally philosophy of being on the road, living a life of freedom, or hints at a sentiment of your era are produced in the traditional manner of the artisan.
A typical workday concludes with a campfire where the artist and the guests share stories of their adventures on the road and reflect gratitude for the freedom and the expectant wonder that places us in child like awe, prior to settling in for the night.
His home is flanked by a fully equipped studio, mural pavilion, gallery and spray booth and he stays busy with a variety of projects that satisfy the RV community, bikers that ride in to commission special paintwork, high quality decorative pinstriping and artwork, and the hot rodders that roar in and out to get fine pinstripe detailing.
Letterfly, who lives the RV lifestyle, attending events and working on jobsites nationwide in the summer months, has evolved with the times, combining old school, hand created techniques of an era gone by and embracing computer technology to provide an even larger variety of offerings and services to his guests all along the way. The artist offers this expanded repertoire on the road during the summer months and at his Florida home in the country called ArtPark during the winter months.
Today the possibilities to express a specific aspect of the scope of your personality with interesting paint work on just about anything are endless. Those of you who seek to enhance the experience of rolling down the road with special artwork are welcome to come to ArtPark and be blessed by this artist who is living the dream.
Letterfly ArtPark is situated near Plant City, just a few miles from the “big three” RV dealerships on I-4 east of I-75. For more information call 813 752 8063, and ask for our regular e-newsletter entitled “Tales of a Traveling Airbrush” that is sent out to our e-subscribers. Or to receive the latest newsletter, write to sign up. You are welcome to come, watch and enjoy the reclusive site of relentless old school productivity at ArtPark anytime, but due to the demands on the artist and to facilitate the best reception possible, an appointment is necessary.
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