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Church VBS sets
I create large scale stage sets and activity hall sets for vacation bible school at my church, Chapel on the Hill 
n Seminole, Florida. Dozens of elementary age neighborhood children enjoy the immersive experience each summer, which brings fantastic themes to life.

My constructions for summer 2009's Rome theme included a 16-foot-wide cardboard Roman coliseum facade, a 6 foot tall temple with columns and life-sized paper mache statues. 

For summer 2010's Galactic Blast theme, I constructed a 14-foot-long space shuttle play set using cardboard, pvc pipes, shower curtains, foam noodles and an old plastic lawn play set.  I also designed a full-stage control center, using cardboard, foil and bottle caps.




Costumes

Rocket Raccoon costume 
Paper mache cow skull

I created and wore a pelican costume for the February 2010 Hands Across the Sand demonstration in Pinellas County. The non-political event included about 10,000 citizens, business owners and politicians on the Florida coast voicing their opposition to the environmental threat of near-shore drilling. The costume was designed for maximum photographic/emotional impact and cost me $15 to build.  It was necessary to make it waterproof, to allow for reuse after pouring imitation oil (chocolate syrup) on it.

Paper mache over wire mask, sealed with polyeurothane (obtained for free from the county recycling center). Feathers and mouth-sack crafted from shower liners. Acrylic paint.

Harry Potter Event

I recreated this train station scene from the Harry Potter stories as a photo op for a couple of local events celebrating the release of the 2016 Harry Potter books. Materials used were mostly old vintage family luggage. I used bolt cutters to shape a discarded grocery cart.  

Harry Potter platform cart


Parade Float

For the 2010 City of Seminole Pow Wow Parade, I designed and led the construction of the float for Seminole Goes Green. The replica of the city water tower promoted the location of the county recycling center. 
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Election Campaign

I assisted in my wife's successful election campaign for Seminole City Council in March 2009. I handled the graphic design for her website, newspaper ads, postcards, door hangers and outdoor signs. We actually campaigned in the two previous races and learned a whole lot about local elections. It was a lot of hard work, but the eventual victory was sweet, as Patricia got even more votes for her non-partisan council seat than the former State Representative.
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English Language Tutoring

Twice a month, I volunteer to help teach English to immigrants and refugees in the mid-county area through a United Methodist Church Ministries program. My knowledge of Spanish helps, while we serve a variety of nationalities.