Mobile Art Show

Since June 2009, Mobile Art Show (FoursquareFacebookTwitterYelp) has been hanging art shows in moving vans, hosting private 5-minute chats inside beat-up Chevrolets, doing parking space "take-overs" and putting on interactive laser graffiti shows.
The monthly show provides cheap downtown gallery space to outsider artists and a fun diversion for downton passersby. The website recognized it comically in 2010 as one of the 10 Wackiest Businesses in America on Wheels. Orlando Weekly named it an Editors Pick the same year. The show is now an official part of Third Thursdays, a gallery crawl put on by Downtown Arts District.

The art show is one of several live events the blog produces which include Orlando Food Truck BazaarOrlando Improv FestivalAudience Choice AwardsTaco Truck Taste TestMeeting of the Orlando Minds and Panel Series

While the idea of the moving van art show isn't new or original, Mark Baratelli (1) did it monthly, (2) attached it to an existing larger art event and (3) gave it a name. The name "Mobile Art Show" was originally used by Chanel for their traveling exhibit Baratelli saw in 2008 in New York City. A year later, when he attempted his first moving van art show, he remembered the name and applied it to the project. (Video above Filmed & Edited by Mark Baratelli)





1st stop: Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell


... and the giant hot dog stand

4th stop: Parramore Community Garden


Best of Orlando 2010 Writers Pick
Orlando Weekly | July 13, 2010
"Best vehicular venue for visual art: About a dozen different downtown venues participate in the monthly Third Thursday Gallery Hop, but most of those are in boring old buildings. Only one gallery dares to go outdoors: Mobile Art Show makes its home inside a U-Haul truck parked at the corner of Pine Street and Orange Avenue. Curator Mark Baratelli consistently keeps the cool-stuff-per-square-inch ratio sky-high."

Art on Wheels: Mark Baratelli
Orlando Arts Magazine | July 2010

Critic's Pick: Heavens to Betsy! Tonight Downtown
Orlando Weekly | July 15, 2010
"Don’t miss the Mobile Art Show featuring Betsy Dye."

Entertainment and Going Outs Guide
Orlando Sentinel | July 8, 2010
"Less than two blocks away, the CityArts Factory (29 S. Orange Ave.) is always the center of activity with its many galleries, including the popular Mobile Art Show just outside on Pine Street. MAS is an art show on wheels ... in the back of a rental truck to be precise. Monthly selected artists work with MAS producer Mark Baratelli to present a unique art experience."

Outsider Art Goin' Mobile in Orlando  | July 6, 2010
The Sunshine State, Culturally Speaking

Mobile Art Show #12 Karen Russell | June 27, 2010
Downtown Arts District Orlando Slice Mobile Art Show #10 Jack Fields | June 27, 2010
Downtown Arts District Orlando Slice

The Daily City Mobile Art Show #10 | June 22, 2010

Orlando's Mobile Art Show | May 25, 2010

10 Wackiest Businesses on Wheels | March 2010

Mobile Art Gallery Hits Orlando's Streets (mp3) | April 23, 2010
WUCF public radio interview

Critics Pick | March 18, 2010
Orlando Weekly

Central Florida Top Five 

Aron Altmark Rocks Mobile Art Show | February 19, 2010
Jim on Light blog

Thomas Thorspecken’s Mobile Art Show
Smile For Camera blog | March 16, 2010

Official "Third Thursday Gallery" Listing | May 23, 2010
Orlando Weekly

Mobile Art Show | February 15, 2010
Analog Artist Digital World

Gallery: Mobile Art Show | August 5, 2009
Orlando Sentinel

Week's Best Bet | August, 2009
Orlando Sentinel

Editors Pick | August 2009
Metromix Orlando

Event: Mobile Art Show | August 5, 2009
Orlando Weekly

Mobile Art Show | August 8, 2009
Spanish Moss Vintage blog

Listing | 2009
InProgress Urban Art Magazine

Listing | 2009
InProgress Urban Art Magazine

Photos from the Shows:

Betsy Dye
July 15, 2010

Jack Fields
June 17, 2010

Parking Space Takeover
May 20, 2010 2010 Audience Choice Awards Preview
April 15, 2010

Thomas Thorspecken
March 18, 2010

Aron Altmark
February 18, 2010

Lure Design
January 21, 2010

Group Show
December 17, 2009

Group Show at Dirty South BBQ
August 23, 2009

Group Show at 3rd Thursdays
August 20, 2009

Group Show: Eight Locations
August 5, 2009