Thursday, July 31, 2014

This Lucy Weekend, July 31-August 2nd.

The heat has been imposible...mosquitoes now could be carrying West Nile, Dengue, Chikungunya, Malaria etc. Go in the water and you have four times the chance of winning the Lotto of being infected with flesh-eating bacteris...yeah, summer.

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 At Workspace, 4501 N. Florida Ave, Tampa.
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EPOXY presents Unadorned, a sensible collection of imagery referencing mysticism and dream analysis. We have paired two artists who work similar with materials pen and ink and application using a thin delicate line. Both artists illustrate images that attempt to map mental and spiritual pathways similar to the faces of tarot cards, but both differ with their objective. Featuring JP Marra who works within a simple format appropriating mystic icons to create a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ obsession with a dark-wave culture. Also works by Katie O’Gorman who is sincere using her own dreams dating all the way from her childhood. The memory of her dreams is a rarity due to the attention to detail which translates within the drawings. O’Gormans approach to depicting these illusive scenarios is a way to quantitatively study the meaning of dreams. These drawings are a gateway to self reflection and furthers the conversation of symbolism as a language for the self. Join us in conjunction with First Friday in Seminole Heights, August 1st, 6 - 10 pm.
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 Calling all musicians, poets, storytellers and comedians! Please join host/poet Diana Browning and sound guy Moe St. Evergreen for an exciting evening as some of the best talent in Tampa Bay perform at this adults only open mic at Stefani Hope Beddingfield's Inkwood Books. We are one of the most welcoming and encouraging groups around so don't be shy, come on out and show your stuff ! A suggested donation of $5 for beer, wine or other beverages or better yet, buy a book.




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Miss Emmy Lou (star of "We Fucking Forgot", "Stone Circles", "Ultraviolence", "Drone Warfare", "The Future Sucks", "Negro y Blanco", and many more) returns to St. Pete for her new solo exhibition, "Figure Man". Miss Emmy Lou helped launch The Venture Compound as one of the most successful independent art galleries, turned herself into a cult star, and set standards of poor taste that few artists have managed to lower. "Figure Man" is likely to provoke concurrent waves of nostalgia and revulsion. Small wonder Newsday described "Figure Man" as going "past angst, past shock, past entertainment...pure pathology." Even Fran Lebowitz, writing in interview called it "one of the sickest art shows ever made...and one of the funniest."
Dubbed "The Pope of Dumpsterpop" by no less than Bradley Kokay, Miss Emmy Lou has earned a few other titles as well: The Princess of Puke, The Baroness of Bad Taste, The Rapscallion of Repulsion, and The Godmother of Gross. If that's not enough, she's giving away a bunch of free stuff! Zines, comic books, buttons, and art. Plus, a limited edition blind assortment collectable figure raffle. Featuring musical performances by Nequam Sonitus, Lovebrrd, Wolf Pussy, Whitey Alabastard, and Smith Lavender, as well as the world premier of "Pony Heaven" a short film by Bradley Kokay. Saturday, August 2nd 8pm The Venture Compound $5


Figure Man: A Solo Show by Miss Emmy Lou
Doors at 8,
$5 donation
There will be....
-Lots of art priced under $50 & some cool stuff that is a little more
-Installations
-Interactive art
-Free zines
-Comic release
-Blind box door raffle (5!)
-Noise Noise Noise!

Also feel free to take home a shadow person or two

Facebook.com/missemmylouart
Missemmylouart@gmail.com


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QUAID has been having an amazingly successful 2014 so far and we are starting to plan for the future. We have been operating in the smaller project space at Tempus Projects but Tempus is preparing to fully expand into that part of the building next year. We have been fortunate enough to sell much more work than we expected to in the first half of 2014, but we have been working with a budget of almost zero dollars and we need to raise extra funds to be able to continue through the end of 2015 in a new location.

“Contemporary Issues in Understanding Summer Sales” will be our first fundraising effort. “Contemporary Issues” will be a group show of work from the gallery cooperative members where every piece will be under $100. We aren’t filling the gallery with small, minor, or old works, instead for one night only we will be installing a show of work that would usually be priced much higher than $100.

Every purchase will be a giant step to our continued existence and to a more permanent location. Take advantage of this sale, and be a part of serious, progressive, and fun contemporary art in Tampa!



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 August 2nd @ Schoolyard Skatepark
4033 35th St. N. St. Pete FL 33714

Doors @ 7pm $8
Featuring works by:

Akut
Bask
Cister
Sebastian Coolidge
Stephen Palladino
Thirst

with a solo exhibition by Aurailieus
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Performances throughout the night by:

The Happiness Machine

Jordan Elliott
Knuckles
Choko
Shyann

OL'MadNess - St. Pete
Jeremy InfiniteSkillz Writt - St. Pete
Joe Stu - ATL
Rudy Shred Covington - ATL
W.I.C. - ATL

With Djs :
Earl Grae
Adrian Young Bacon Arnold
D.j. Galaxz
D.j. Galati

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Bboy Battles hosted by Geno Sky Ambrocio

Judges - Blayshin Neal l Dolo l Stedlove Kim

$5 registration fee to enter either battle.

1v1 All-Styles Battle for $100 cash prize. Sign-up starts now. Ends Aug.1st Pre-lims start @ 8pm.

Please register with myself, Kyle G-Really or Geno Sky Ambrocio.

2v2 BBoy Battle for $300 cash prize. Sign-up starts now, ends Aug. 1




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Please join The Studio@620 in celebrating the diversity of our community through the artworks displayed in the third annual Members Only Art Show.
This year's collection is varied and includes all types of styles from abstract to impressionist, with media ranging from photography to ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, and painting.
The Studio looks forward to honoring our members with this exhibit, come get to know the artists in our midst!
Opening Reception Friday August 1, 2014 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Admission is free and open to the public.

Contributing Artists:

Caroline Karp Babis

Michael Bereznoff

Mary Bottini

Margaret Connell-de Ruyter

Michael Conway

CyberCraft Robots

Carol Dameron

Coralette Damme

Jeannine Clark Dunlap

Wendy Durand

Janet Folsom

Eileen Goldenberg

Patton Hunter

Diane Hutter-Stewart

Carolyn Janik

Kenny Jensen

Bob Konstantinovich

Bridget W. Marshall

Irina Norkina

Andrea Pawlisz

Jane Peppard

Debra Radke

Mirella Smith

Patrick Stickney

Jeff Wilcox


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Vote for your favorite local restaurants, businesses, and movers & shakers beginning on August 1 at http://cltampa.com/botb

Winners will attain local prestige and prominence, and be featured in the 'Best Of The Bay' issue of Creative Loafing that's in print and online September 18.

After You Vote:

Celebrate Tampa Bay's best restaurants, businesses, and people at The Coliseum on Wed. September 17 from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be delicious food, dynamite drinks, and dozens of surprises and guest presenters throughout the evening. We'll also be releasing the Best Of The Bay issue one night early, so the winners will be revealed to you before they're officially released to the public on Sept. 18.

Tickets: http://cltampa.xorbia.com/botb

General Admission includes food and drink sampling - Advance $20 (now through September 16), Day Of at the Door $25 (September 17)

VIP Admission includes exclusive food sampling and an open bar - Advance $75 (now through September 16), Day Of at the Door $100 (September 17)


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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Chaos, Turing's Oracle, and Art.


Venture Compound performance, July 2014.
 In art, we hear a lot about intent and control. This is true in computers, too. I was reading New Scientist magazine (7/19/14), about Alan Turing's "Oracle" computer, as described in his 1938 thesis. He understood that computers based on logic had their limitations. There would always be problems they could not solve and what they did solve was enslaved to that logic as well.

In his Oracle machine, he wanted to go beyond human logic. To do this, he thought to inject randomness, via a detector sensing the emission of particles from radioactive matter. Chaos as a way to break out of the logical box.

Artists can, and a very few actually use, chaos in this manner. Breaking out of one's own logic is not easy. Several artists have done it, which is often described as "re-inventing".  Sometimes less order and control is more.

--- Luis








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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dreaming Florida: An Airstream Ad.

This is an Airstream ad depicting a man, his wife and two young daughters. Their chrome sled and trailer are parked in the sand, (but they will never get stuck) on an idyllic beach of their own, with a ready-made little hut that was waiting for them.  and a weightless moment, which implies the apex of their trip, a moment that can tell the story of this journey.

 They could have done this by their house, in their front yard in Ohio, and they brought it with them in the Airstream, a space capsule, rolling man's castle and property rolled up into one shiny aluminum fuselage, looking like a wingless, shortened WWII bomber. Trailers change the way one travels. They are a constant, enveloping one's choices -- and family -- as they travel, content being contextualized mile after mile. 

Linear time is implied through the idea of the journey. They came to Florida from somewhere, and being tourists, will have to drive back to their permanent home.

The Airstream is hooked up to an equally shiny new car, giving an aura of newness, yet the rounded forms of the trailer blend aesthetically well with nature in the form of trees in the background, and tonally with the beach.

Note how the suspended ball affects our perception of time. This is a particular moment, one of familial bliss and a father playing with the two daughters who will soon grow up and leave to start families and homes of their own. But the moment hangs suspended. In the photograph, they have left linear time, and entered mythic time.

The ball is like a nucleus, and the figures float around it, like a 60's depiction of an atomic nucleus and its orbiting electrons. This is a nuclear family....

--- Luis

Three fading, nearly gone historical murals in Tropicana parking lot, and a little brand-new illegal stencil, all in Ybor City.


 

 

 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

This Weekend, July 19.

Saturday, July 19th.
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From July 14 - 31, the Centre Gallery at the University of South Florida will host bittersweet dreams in blue by Lisana Mohamed from July 14 - 31. Visitors to the gallery will be flooded with a wash of color, transporting them to the tropics.

Created with acrylics and photography, bittersweet dreams in blue is inspired from the vibrancy and simplicity of life in the artists’ home country of Guyana in the West Indies. Gallery visitors will not only experience Guyana’s warmth and glimpse its culture, but ideally will leave with the desire to be mindful of all that surrounds them—the shape of a leaf, the color and texture of a pear, the shape of the moon.

Mohamed has a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics from USF and intends to pursue another Master’s in an additional field. As an undergraduate, she majored in Literature and Linguistics with a minor in Art.

Mohamed hopes to raise money for a charity to help orphans in Guyana through a voluntary donation box available during the exhibit.

DessART, Centre Gallery’s opening reception for this exhibit, will be held in the gallery on July 14th from 12 - 1 pm, and the closing reception will be Friday, July 25th from 7 - 9 pm .

Free and open to the public, the gallery is located on the second floor (room 2700) of the Marshall Student Center (MSC) on USF Holly Drive and is open from 11 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday.

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Join Andreas Goff and Sharon Norwood for a live demonstration as they sculpt each other. Galerie 909, 22nd St S. Saint Petersburg.
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Come to Channelside July 19th, Saturday - and see awesome, one of a kind art! Artists Painting Live, Fireworks, Music, Kids Free Art, Food Trucks and more.
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Exhibit will feature the theme of biking culture.

Participating artists: Jon Stine, Daniel Mrgan, Sebastian Coolidge, John Bartone, Javier Fick, Todd Frain, Travis Hise, Mason Schwacke, Dennis Meloy, George Retkes, Sue Woodall, Rylan Wright, Julia Michael, Mia Culbertson. Brian James, Joseph Burnsed, Julie Brookins, Will Kuncz, Wilmer Vergara Homez, Melia Carino, Ungala, Timothy Innamorato, Reid Jenkins, Arielle Levasseur, Ashley Bates. Josh Stover, Vanessa Culver, Jonathan Hobbs, Eva Avenue, Lainey Rhodes, Ceri Watkins, Angela Faustina, Joanna Ledingham, Korey, Jessi Donnelly, Wade Slater, Jennifer Kosharek, Hugo Porcaro, Eric Kent, Jeffrey Sincich, Salvatore James, Aurailieus, Jameson Wilkins, John Suarez, David Cabassa, Kurt Wright, Adam Graham, Olin Meusling, Jamison Waddell, Juliana Villamil, and Mishou Sanchez

Sponsored by 2FOLD BIKE, St. Pete Bike Co-Op, Cycle Brewing, and Tour De Pizza !!!

Exhibit runs July 19th - August 9th, 2014

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Ideal City

In an ideal City, the powers that be and the developers who own them, would understand the socio-cultural value of art and want to sustain it, not just address it parasitically, as is currently done. We would not see a leapfrog game where art and artists come in and literally rescue entire neighborhoods blighted by bad planning and irresponsible development. These ghettos and deserted areas did not happen by chance. A very few cashed out and left them to die, gutted in a game of musical chairs.

Bringing them back into a habitable, income-and-tax generating form is done via vacuuming public funds into developers' and banks' pockets. It takes artists  to plant the seeds of recovery. Look at the 600 block of Saint Pete (or Soho, South Beach, Chelsea, ad infinitum) . The moment artists create buzz about an area, with shops, cafes, galleries moving in, and human traffic, parasitical developers swoop in, and the first thing they do is to push the artists out, thus guaranteeing the eventual demise and failure of the area.

In Saint Petersburg we see this as artists make an area fluorish, then they are evicted out. The result is unsound, unsustainable development, in fits and starts (and boom and busts).  Is this the way we want to live? The legacy we want to leave behind?

The presence of the artists is essential to a thriving, sustainable community, just like parks, roads and water. This has been proven true in case after case (as outlined above). It is time for governments and community-minded developers (if there are any) to shift the paradigm -- for the enrichment of everyone, cultural, financial and spiritual.

 Let's become a first-rate, high-quality arts destination.

--- Luis

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Affordable Artists' Space project on Soft Water property..

 [As received from WADA's Mark Aeling.]


The Warehouse Arts District Association Signs Contract on 50,000 Sq. Ft.
Compound to Create Affordable Artists Space & Enclave
St. Petersburg, FL. – Warehouse Arts District – A contract for the purchase of the Ace Recycling
Compound was signed today by Warehouse Arts District Association president, Mark Aeling. The
compound contains over 50,000 square feet of space and is located on the corner of 22nd Street South
and 5th Avenue South. Plans to renovate the 6 warehouses and office buildings on the property (which
will be called the Warehouse Arts Enclave) are based on raising $350,000 by November 1, 2014. The
vision of the Warehouse Arts District is to develop and create a cooperative, vibrant and interactive
community for artists that integrates the art community with the public. Initially, approximately 20,000
square feet is planned to be built out into air conditioned, affordable studio space for district artists such
as photographers, painters, graphic artists, etc. plus other larger spaces will be created for metal
workers, sculptors and other mixed media artists. Offices, class rooms, a large gallery space, a foundry,
a recording studio and rehearsal space and a possible micro-brew pub are also in the tentative plans.
The Pinellas Trail runs alongside the compound as well and ideas are swirling around about creating an
“Arts Gateway to St. Pete” with colorful murals and artwork and opening up trail access from the
compound to neighbor, Duncan McClellan Glass’ location, and to the Morean Center for Clay.
Mark Aeling states, “The development of the ‘Warehouse Arts Enclave’ will ensure that there is
affordable studio space for artists in St. Petersburg as the city continues to develop.”
The City of St. Petersburg is highly enthusiastic about this endeavor so talks will continue about working
together and gathering funds. For supporters of the arts to learn more about donating to the “Enclave”
to help further enhance the City’s mission to become an Arts Destination, email
info@whereartismade.com.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pussyboat in hot waters in Japan.

 Megumi Igarashi posed in front of a 3-D scanner to have her vagina scanned.










Megumi Igarashi and the vagina kayak she had made 
 Photos by Megumi Iragashi.                                                             

Before that. she had done a Kickstarter campaign and raised ten thousand dollars to create an artwork in the form of a kayak with the 3-D image of her vagina on the deck (see above). With the funds, she had the scan done, and the kayak made.

Her problems began when she did what she agreed to do for her contributors: Mail them the scan of her vagina.

Megumi, who goes by the nom d'artiste Rokudenashiko (meaning "good-for-nothing girl) was surprised when ten policemen invaded her studio and began seizing her work. This action ended with her being arrested on charges of obscenity, a charge which has her facing up to two years in prison, and/or up to $24,000 dollars in fines. This in a country that produces three times the amount of pornography that the US does, and allowed child pornography until July 2014.

Japan has a neo-Victorian attitude regarding pornography. They pixilate the genitals to comply with the law, though unpixilated versions seem to be readily available on the web (so I'm told). So why the arrest of this artist?

Behind the innocuous yellow kayak is a daring attack on the status quo, a challenge the law could not allow to go unnoticed. This is not her first work regarding this theme. Rokudenashiko  says in her artists' statement:

As an artist, I focus on my own vagina as the motif for my art.
My work is against discriminative/ignorant treatment of the vagina
My artwork is shown on this blog.
My vagina was scanned by a 3D printer and was expanded to 2-meters size as the kayak which is titled ” まんぼーと(TheVagina Boat).”
I was able to row in a boat modeled after my own vagina.
I make art pieces with my vagina, which I would rather call Manko(MK).
I thought it was just funny to decorate my vagina and make into a diorama,
but I was very surprised to see how upset people get when they see my works or even hear me say the word Manko.
Even when a TV station asked me to be on their show, they wouldn’t dare let me say DECO-MAN because “MAN” is from the taboo word “Manko”.
Why did I start making these kind of art pieces?
It’s because I had never seen the vagina of others and I was too self-conscious of mine.
I did not know what a vagina should look like at the same time, so I thought mine was abnormal. Manko and vagina, have been such a taboo in Japanese society.
Penis, on the other hand, has been used in illustrations and has become a part of pop culture. But vagina has never been so cute.
Vagina has been thought to be obscene because its been overly hidden; although it is just a part of a woman’s body.
I wanted to make vagina more casual and pop. That’s how I came to make a vagina lampshade, a remote-controlled vagina car, vagina accessories, a vagina smartphone case, and so on.
I wrote a comic book of DECO-MAN (Bunka sha)."

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Megumi is an artist-warrior, mounting her attacks incisively, like a Samurai with a scalpel, doing surgery on sexist notions in her culture. Japan has no issue with penises being depicted. The yearly Kanamara Matruri {Festival of the Steel Penis) is held in at the Kanayama Shrine in Kawasaki.


Thousands of people (many of them tourists) turn out for this festival that celebrates the penis in public, but the vagina is an entirely different matter in the country.

Ms. Iragashi will stay in jail until the end of this month, when she will be arraigned. Nearly 20,000 people have signed online petitions for her release.

The symbolism of the kayak , the vagina on water, the artist enveloped in herself, half-born, floats in our consciousness, a thought and memory that needs to enter mainstream consciousness globally.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

This Snow Piercer Weekend, Sat. July 12th (2nd Sat)

I understand there's a Polar Vortex eventually headed our way. God answers prayers!

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Book Launch - OverComing the Odds - No Excuses - Find a Way

Carter G Woodson Museum, 2240 9th Ave. South. 6:47 PM
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The Warehouse Arts District in collaboration with the Arts Association St. Petersburg Inc., the The EDGE District of St. Petersburg, the Central Arts District, the Grand Central District Association, the Waterfront District and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance invite you to the St. Pete Second Saturday ArtWalk, FULL MOON Edition, on July 12, 2014 from 5-9 p.m.

During our moonlight Opening Night you can ride either the red trolley or the white coach bus as they take you on a tour of over 30 warehouses, galleries and studios that are staying open late just for you!

The two trolley shuttles will have art guides on board talking about each venue on our one continuous trolley loop that goes from the roundabout at 10th Street and Central Avenue to deep in the heart of the Warehouse Arts District. You can also use The Central Avenue Trolley ($.50) to reach galleries and shops on Central Avenue to Beach Drive.

The studios and galleries provide an informal, engaging social evening to drop in and meet our community's artists. Many will have demonstrations and refreshments. Be the first to see new affordable works of fine, glass, and clay art!

Handmade, one of a kind, unique, local art make excellent gifts! Ride the trolley to these venues or print the map and drive yourself. Browse, watch and purchase “Where Art is Made”!

The FULL MOON ArtWalk trolley is sponsored by Duke Energy, Courtyard by Marriott, The Downtown Partnership, The Orsini & Rose Law Firm, The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and The Studio@620.

Free trolley parking can be found on 1st Ave N and 1st Ave S from 15th St to 30th Street. Additional parking will be available for trolley riders in the vacant lot at the Northeast corner of Central Avenue and 29th Street (Please note that this is NOT one of our trolley stops). In addition, venues with large free parking lots are Soft Water Studios, St. Pete Clay Company and the Florida Holocaust Museum.

TROLLEY STOP – Trolley starts here at 5pm
Craftsman House Gallery – 2955 Central Avenue - Opening Reception--Once-a-Year Studio Sale. Artists of Craftsman House sell their 2nds & slight imperfections at amazing prices. Work is stored in the studio all year in anticipation of this sale. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Craftsman-House-Gallery/158706022997


TROLLEY STOP
Charlie Parker Pottery – 2724 6th Avenue South – Join us for our Christmas in July sales event. We are offering 20% off any item $20. or higher. https://www.facebook.com/events/657973017589485/

Zen Glass Studio – 600 27th Street South - Enjoy live glassblowing, auctions, demonstrations and a gallery show of our newest creations. Featuring the works of Zen Glass artists Joshua Poll, Dave Walker, and Christian Zvonik. https://www.facebook.com/ZenGlassStudio

TROLLEY STOP
Funktionhouse Urban Lumber & Furnishings – 562 25th St. S - A working art studio and showroom. Featuring new signature designed furnishings and lighting. https://www.facebook.com/Funktionhouse

Duncan McClellan Glass – 2342 Emerson Avenue South - “Group Summer Exhibition”, continues featuring over 40 glass artists from around the world. https://www.facebook.com/DuncanMcClellanGlass?fref=ts

TROLLEY STOP - Trolley starts here at 5pm
Clay Center of St. Petersburg - 420 23rd Street South – Demonstrations of raku firing. Buy a piece of pottery, glaze it, and fire it all in 15 minutes! https://www.facebook.com/ClayCenterofStPetersburg

TROLLEY STOP
Soft Water Studios - 515 22nd Street South - A 4000 sq ft warehouse space has been beautifully transformed into a fine art gallery and studio space. Resident Soft Water artists: Carrie Jadus, Paul Glass, Emily Miller, Clifford Hollensworth & Mark Aeling https://www.facebook.com/sws.art.art

Mga Sculpture Studio – 515 22nd Street South - A commission driven sculpture facility that specializes in the design, fabrication and installation of sculptural objects in a variety of mediums from cartable materials to metal fabrication. Currently working on several large scale commissions for local private entities and across the country. https://www.facebook.com/MgaSculpture?fref=ts

TROLLEY STOP
Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum – 2240 9th Avenue S. - Black Americana Historic cards, comic books currency and memorabilia from a private collection. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-Carter-G-Woodson-African-American-Museum/116551169863

Gallerie 909 – 909 22nd Street South - Jubilee on the Deuces | Featured Artist Sonja Evans. https://www.facebook.com/events/773707959341297/

Uniquely Original Arts - 915 24th Street S. - Hand painted blinds. https://www.facebook.com/uniquelyorginalarts?fref=ts

TROLLEY STOP
Morean Center for Clay – 420 22nd Street S. - Opening Reception for Red, Yellow, Blue: New Works by Lydia Johnson https://www.facebook.com/CenterForClay

TROLLEY STOP
Nancy Smrekar working studio - 2135 3rd Avenue South, Unit #5 - In the garden courtyard building, with other artists working in various mediums. Featuring acrylic/oil paintings in impressionism, realism and abstract styles by emerging artist Nancy Smrekar. https://www.facebook.com/nancysmrekar.artist?fref=ts

Richard Clark and Jim Corp - Five Deuces Galleria Building - 420 23rd Street South - Showing master works in limited edition prints and original paintings. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=739036012796403

TROLLEY STOP
St. Petersburg Opera Company - 2145 1st Ave South St. Petersburg Opera’s new home, Opera Central, where the heart of the building is a 750 sq. ft. gallery for visual art. https://www.facebook.com/StPeteOpera

TROLLEY STOP
ARTicles Art Gallery & Custom Framing - 1445 Central Avenue - Featuring the whimsically extraordinary paintings of Walter Deanovich. https://www.facebook.com/ArTiclesIncCustomFramingArtGallery

TROLLEY STOP
Creative Clay – 1114 Central Avenue - Paper Art by the artists of Creative Clay, featuring printmaking, book arts, and handmade paper. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Creative-Clay/129582707070749

Feathered Serpent Gallery - 1018 Central Avenue - Caribbean Panorama - La Mujer! Reception for Artists and Exhibition Opening. https://www.facebook.com/events/1432945200291165/

TROLLEY STOP
Us Artists Group, LLC- Electric Zoo Studios – 1741 First Avenue North - See the books and illustrations by artist E.B.Yates, TVM3D™ projected images set to original music by Jim McNeely. Live webcast will be taking place! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Us-Artists-Group-LLC-Electric-Zoo-Studios/693304274028442

TROLLEY STOP
Art Central Studios - Art Central Building, 2109 Central Avenue, 2nd Floor - Six established visual artists - Carol Dameron, Mary Grieco, Frank Lewis, John Bartone, Herb Snitzer and Zala Highsmith, will be showing and speaking about their most recent works. http://www.artcentralstudios.com/

TROLLEY STOP
Grand Central Stained Glass – 2401 Central Avenue - We'll have an array of terrific glass artists on hand, each working on their current piece. All will be eager to chat with you about their techniques and experiences. Watch and learn as artists craft stained, fused, mosaic, wire-wrapped, and painted glass pieces for your enjoyment and amazement! https://www.facebook.com/grandcentralstainedglass

TROLLEY STOP
Augustine Ludovico Studio & Academy of Art - 2851 1stAve North - The gallery & art studios will be open for viewing. Paintings and jewelry for sale, with artists available to visit. The Academy will also be holding a "Painting with Attitude" workshop from 7:00-10:00 for $30. The workshop includes a fun evening, all supplies, and snacks. Participants take home a painting. https://www.facebook.com/AugustineLudovicoStudio

Also accessible via the Central Avenue trolley (50 cents):

Central Ave Trolley Stop
Morean Arts Center – 719 Central Avenue - Opening Reception for 96th Annual Members Show. https://www.facebook.com/MoreanArtsCenter

Central Ave Trolley Stop
Graphi-ko Gallery/ Jewelry – 669 Central Avenue - Featuring paintings and pottery from local artists. Plus a wide selection of jewelry created on-site, along with pieces from around the world. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Graphi-ko-Gallery-Jewelry/125300180883521

St. Pete Art Works -- 635 Central Ave - A co-operative art gallery exhibiting the work of 24 local artists, with featured artist exhibitions and live entertainment during ArtWalk. https://www.facebook.com/St.PeteArtWorks?fref=ts

Strands of Sunshine – 8 Sixth Street N - Special guests O’Berry’s Succulents will be on hand with their charming dry gardens. https://www.facebook.com/StrandsofSunshine?fref=ts

Central Ave Trolley Stop
Florida Holocaust Museum – 55 Fifth Street S. - Honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust, and is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Florida-Holocaust-Museum/37754253773?sk=timeline

Regions Bank – Featuring a local Artist of the Month.

Florida Craftsmen, Inc.. – 501 Central Avenue - Expect to be dazzled by the finest contemporary clay, glass, jewelry, fiber, metal, wood & mixed media hand crafted by over 300 Florida artists. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Florida-Craftsmen-Inc/352815711033?fref=ts

The Art Lofts of St. Petersburg, FL – 10 Fifth St N Upstairs - A community of 18+ working artist studios, located directly above the Florida Craftsmen Gallery. The artists display their work during ArtWalk, in conjunction with events at Florida Craftsmen, and by appointment. Their works range from contemporary mixed media to traditional painting. The artists bring individual style and expression, enjoying a synergy that can only happen when the focus is about art, the artist and the studio. https://www.facebook.com/artlofts?fref=ts

Berk Fine Art Collective – 10 Fifth Street N, #100 - Featuring works by Robert "the quadfather" Sutherland, Karan Porter, and Tammy Berk. Scenes of downtown St. Petersburg, oil paintings, encaustic mixed media pieces, and other original works. https://www.facebook.com/berkfineartcollective

Art on 1st – 550 First Avenue North - Creative Copper under the Full Moon https://www.facebook.com/events/1394808467424552/

Central Ave Trolley Stop
Michele Tuegel Contemporary – 320 Central Avenue - Special selections for new collectors. https://www.facebook.com/MicheleTuegelContemporary?fref=ts

Gallery on First Avenue South – 200 Central Avenue S. - New works by Jason Brueck : Digital Expressions. https://www.facebook.com/timothyrainesgallery

Cimino Gallery and Custom Picture Framing - 2511 Dr. MLK Jr St - Offering a diverse selection of art including signed and numbered limited edition prints, original acrylic on canvas, photography, vintage prints and handmade jewelry. Their custom picture framing shop uses only the best conservation materials and all of the work is done in house. https://www.facebook.com/ciminogallery?fref=ts

Our partner associations also have great listings for art events!!
Keep Saint Petersburg Local
• Grand Central District
Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Association

Choose 4 or 5 to visit this Saturday then come back the next Second Saturday to visit more!

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Thru August 2, 2014.
Group exhibition of Latin American women artists including Leticia Banegas, Gloria E. Barreto, Zenaida Cajahuaringa Rivera, Nylma Card, Eva Castillo, Vannessa Circe, Aurora M. Heuple, Eileen Marquez, Alicia Maury, Evelyn Mendez P., Olivia Sifontes, Pilar Perez-Fisher and Maira Leticia Rivera Pinto.

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Artist's talk (5 to 5:30 p.m.) and reception as part of the Members' Show and St Petersburg's Second Saturday Art Walk. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.

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Hope to see everyone out on this beautiful full moon art walk! We have lots of great gift ideas as well as amazing ideas for decorating your home. Don't forget today only 20% off any item $20 and higher with some additional mark downs.
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600 block art walk tonight. 


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The Duncan McClellan Gallery is excited about our mid-summer opening of our group glass exhibition, "Summer Sizzles", featuring over 40 renowned glass and multi-media artists from around the world!

At 5:30pm on Saturday, July 12th, the gallery doors will open to reveal amazing work from emerging artists such as Jon Goldberg, Rick Eggert, Kerrick Johnson, Katherine Rudecki and Luke Jacomb. And from established glass masters - Duncan McClellan, Stephen Rolfe Powell, Richard Royal, Marc Petrovic and more!

Come cool off and enjoy this exciting exhibit! While you browse, indulge in a cold adult beverage, soda or water for a donation from our custom bars (All donations benefit the DMG School Project).

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5pm and by appointment.

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For "Snuff Geometry" each member of the cooperative gallery QUAID chose one artist to be a part of our summer group show. The only requirements were that the artist could not be a Florida resident or a graduate of any Florida school.

The artists in "Snuff Geometry" are: Jessica Bizer, Amir H. Fallah, Sebastian Forray, Aurelia Garay, Heta Kuchka, Kira Leigh, Lee Piechocki, Julian Pozzi, and Siebren Versteeg.


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Ryann Slauson
If You’re Not Getting Better, You’re Getting Worse
July 12 – August 2
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 12, 7 – 10pm
Tempus Projects, Tampa, FL

In a carefully crafted combination of nostalgia and disappointment, If You’re Not Getting Better, You’re Getting Worse presents viewers with a collection of recent works by Ryann Slauson. Suggesting elliptical and melancholy narratives pulled from memories, family mythologies, and scraps of popular culture’s iconography, Slauson engages with different materials to create objects, paintings, and prints. Her objects, hand-crafted from plaster, paper, cardboard, fabric, and papier mache, look like common things in the world – discarded cough drop wrappers, pizza boxes, work uniforms. Close inspection reveal these pieces as sloppy simulacra, depicting a larger cultural history skewed through her personal history. Acrylic paintings on Plexiglas reference painted window signs and advertising, as well as digital screens and internet-sourced imagery.
If You’re Not Getting Better, You’re Getting Worse is Ryann Slauson’s second solo show at Tempus Projects.
 


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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Taking Better Vacation Pictures

It is that time of year. Summer... People are readying to go places from the proverbial staycay to far-flung places. Photographing the journey is an integral part of the trip. This is part of the little workshop I will be giving this Saturday at Galerie 909 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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1)Travel Photography: It's not the most important thing. - Focusing on and enjoying your loved ones, seeing things through each other's eyes and sharing the experience in a new surrounding is what matters. Photography, though an important part of the journey, is subservient to that, and most of all, should not interfere with nor detract from it. We have all seen Dear Old Dads at Disney World, trying to change lenses bedeviled by what he should have been enjoying. We're not going there. Relax...you're not on assignment for National Geographic.


2) There is no substitute for a talented and educated eye, and there is no royal road to developing one. You don't have a lot of time to work on that before you go on vacation this year, so you will have to make do with what you have on this trip. To change that, study photography websites and books, constantly be aware of how light and shadow play on - and change - all that you see,  and practice, practice, practice.

3) What makes pro photographers good? Besides the aforementioned practice, experience and knowledge: Familiarity with their gear that translates into transparency. The camera does not get in their way. This is at the core of the approach I am discussing today. Freedom from technical fiddling so you can visually tell the story of your trip in a fluid and graceful manner.

4) I take most photographs for my blog, Instagram and Facebook with my phone. It is perfectly capable of dealing with any web display, and makes decent up to 11x14 inch prints. The phone is an excellent tool because it is easily portable and always with you. Some phones have big lag times, and that can be a problem regarding spontaneity. So-called intelligent metering in contemporary phones and cameras does a very good job of providing a viable file. I advise you to leave your phone on "auto".

 "P" is for professional. For this trip, set your DSLR or point-and-shoot there, set it to auto color balance, auto ISO, and if your camera has autobracketing set it to that too, plus and minus 2/3 f-stop. For your DSLR, unless you're going birding, take the kit lens, or something like an 18-135. It will do everything you need. Make sure you have a factory shade for this lens, keep it on. Do not buy a generic shade!

 If your subject's faces are in heavy shadows, use fill-flash. Test this before leaving so you have a very clear idea as to its maximum reach. Don't go beyond it. Most pictures look alike, in part, because they are  taken at eye level. Take yours above and below too. Encourage play while photographing. It will make for better pictures than heavily directed, over-controlled ones.

I pay extreme attention to the light. its strength, direction, quality and contrast. Contrast is the source of many problems in photography -- and great photographs, too. How to tell high contrast: Look at the edges of the shadows. The sharper they are, the higher the contrast. Since the flash on my phone is feeble, I have to deal with it quite often here. Both current iPhones and Androids have a feature called HDR. In high contrast, turn it on. It will give you a file with better control over contrast as well as an original, without HDR. Practice this thoroughly before departure. Using the spot meter is also helpful, but requires some practice and understanding of exposure, so we'll leave that be. I work fluidly, rapidly, and take lots of exposures. I probably shoot around 500-800 pictures on an average week. 


That is as far as I want to go with the technical at the capture end.

5) Test all of this before you go on your trip. Do some indoor and outdoor shots in varying light to see how this is working. Buying a new camera or phone to take on your trip is as bad an idea as buying new shoes for it. Take gear you are familiar with.

6) Read the manual. Yes, I know it is dreary, tedious and long, but read the whole thing, and do so with your camera/phone in your hand, looking through the menus and taking test shots as you go. Learn your menus and controls.

7) You are the Family trip Historian. Your mission is to tell the story of the trip, a story that covers highlights as well as the everyday. Every family or group has at least one ham, and while you should photograph them, also make certain you include everyone, even the most shy traveler. Photograph signs, motels/campgrounds you stay at, interior rooms before they are demolished, the rental car, food, strangers, maps with the territory in the background, people you meet (always ask first!), take many more photos than you think you'll need (someone always blinks in a group) and make sure that you include enough fore and background to establish context. Take silly pictures. Lots of them, particularly of your beloveds interacting with each other and the background. Make this a playful, creative experience, refrain from overthinking. Sexy pictures are good, too, just don't get arrested! The light that pros rely on the most is early morning and late afternoon, and it is good to be "on location" at those times, but take pictures whenever you want to. Look at the entire frame, look for distractions (like poles out of people's heads, distracting backgrounds). Remember to show a sense of place, including your feelings about it. Try multiple angles of important subjects.
Pay attention to details and distractions in the back of the photo or behind the heads of your subjects. - See more at: http://myfamilytravels.com/content/13273-inside-tips-taking-best-photos-your-vacation#sthash.AhyVfaoN.dpuf

 This is more complex than it seems, because you are in effect doing portraits, scenics, still-lifes, interiors, group and action pictures, too. 

For portraits, check the light and orient your subjects before you get started. Most of all, do not get too close if you want a flattering photograph, though often, the action and timing are more important.

Scenics should be done both with and without people in the foreground. Learning (and practicing before departure) to do panoramics if your phone/camera can do them is a huge asset when dealing with vast spaces, group shots and interiors. Keep the horizon level. If your camera has guidelines, turn them on.

Keep in mind the story of your trip and how you are telling it. Learn to work fast, take lots of pictures in a matter of seconds, and yet remain as unobtrusive as possible. Feel free to direct as needed, but remember that spontaneity has a charm of its own.


8) Take all cords and chargers for your gear, and have at least one extra battery for cameras. For the phone, take cords to charge from cigarette lighters, USB ports and power plugs. If your phone battery is old, replace it before leaving (and test the new one). Buy several memory cards, big ones, for both your phone and cameras. Test them out before departure to make certain they work. Mark them and develop a procedure so that you don't reinsert a full card back into a device. Do not fill the cards to the last shot, this can cause problems. when you're 30 pictures from the end, remove the full card, insert a fresh one. If you take a computer with you, download the cards at night, if possible, but don't reformat them unless you absolutely need to reuse them. Redundancy is good.

 9) Post-Processing - No camera or phone is perfect. For actualizing your vision, that "viable file" I mentioned early needs tweaking, adjustments to try to make it look the way you want it to. For the phone, I use "Snapseed", a free program you can pick up at the Play Store. For other cameras, I use an old simple version of Photoshop Elements, but there are also free programs available that can do a great job, such as Picasa and Irfanview, which have their own sites. Make sure you go to the original home sites to download either of these. Processing in an art in itself, and one should take time to familiarize oneself with any post-processing software. 

10- I am sure your vacation pix will end up on Instagram and Facebook, but I am going to suggest something else: Hard drives crash, services come and go. Put the finished keepers onto a USB drive, and also make books. Yes, books. Make one for every family member that went on the trip. Edit the pictures down to an absolute minimum of the best of the best, use the bookmaker's site software, write captions, and stories, and order one. If it is perfect, order the rest. Books don't crash, and I can guarantee you that at a future date your children will be forever grateful you did this and treasure them.

This, my friends, may be as good as it gets for photography.

--- Luis Gottardi

Copyright Luis Gottardi, 2104. All rights reserved.

Links: Vacation photos 1

National Geo Family Photos

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http://art-taco.blogspot.com/2013/07/going-on-vacation-this-summer.html


http://art-taco.blogspot.com/2013/08/going-on-vacation-photographic-advice.html

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Morean Great Cupcake Contest


Fourth Annual Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest Returns; Registration Open
St. Petersburg, Fla. - The Morean Arts Center invites you to compete in a city-wide search for St. Petersburg’s BEST CUPCAKE. The contest will be hosted at the Morean Arts Center Galleries on Central Avenue, Saturday August 16 from 12-3pm. A $15 entry fee allows each participant to enter one submission. A minimum of 12 delicious cupcakes are required for entry so that the judges can taste each submission.
Registration is officially open, and contestants may complete entry forms and liability waivers via the Morean Arts Center’s website: www.MoreanArtsCenter.org. Deadline for entering the contest is Thursday, August 14, although the cap for entries has been reached early every year, so early registration is encouraged.
Last year’s contest was divided into Novice and Professional categories, with First and Second Place awards given in both.The People's Choice award, chosen by the public, was created by Erin Moyse of St. Petersburg. Her American Cupcake in Paradise wowed the crowd and allowed her to take home the coveted glass cupcake trophy.
Over one hundred and fifty contestants have competed in this contest over the past three years, and the Morean Arts Center is expecting yet another phenomenal turnout this year. Cupcakes will be judged on icing/frosting, flavor/texture and presentation/creativity for a total of 50 points, which allows plenty of room for edible creativity. The winners will receive bragging rights around St. Petersburg and the coveted handmade glass cupcake trophy made by our own resident artisans at the Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop.
The winning cupcakes will enjoy fame and fortune as a celebrity on the Morean website, Facebook page and city-wide media. Awards announced at 3pm. The People’s Choice award will be voted on by the attending audience. Participants in the contest are encouraged to bring sufficient quantities for the public to taste, but not required. Votes will be tallied and winner of the People’s Choice Award announced at 3pm. FREE admission for the public. $1 per vote collected to help support the Morean Arts Center’s mission of Connecting People with Art.
Registration will be capped this year as a result of the massive response over the past three years, so be sure and send in your forms as soon as possible. Multiple submissions are allowed, but each flavor entered needs to be accompanied by a separate registration form and entry fee. For information or questions on how to enter the contest, please call the Morean Arts Center at 727.822.7872 or go online and download the entry form at MoreanArtsCenter.org

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The Morean Arts Center, with roots dating back to 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, focuses on an innovative, community-oriented approach to art and art education. The mission of the Morean Arts Center is to connect people with art and to contribute to the economic development of the region. Operating under the Morean Arts Center includes the Chihuly Collection, Glass Studio & Hot Shop and the Morean Center for Clay.


Canterbury School Violin Fundraiser at Florida Craftsmen



Canterbury School purchased a dozen violins for their Suzuki Music Program. The violins were unusable and not able to be returned. The Florida Craftsman Gallery asked artists to transform them into pieces of art to be auctioned off, with the proceeds benefiting the Music Program. The violins will be auctioned in an on-going silent auction both at the Gallery and on the website. Bids will be taken from July 18th to August 23rd. 100% goes to buy instruments for the kids Florida Craftsmen Gallery - 501 Central Ave. St. Pete, FL 33701 www.FloridaCraftsmen.net

Mark Noll did one of these violins...


Saturday, June 28, 2014

This Pride Weekend,,,,

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I am giving a 40 minute talk on how to take better vacation pictures today at Gallery 909, at 4 PM. 909 22nd St S. Free!



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Enchanted Forest Photography is hosting a photo booth inside Creative Soul Studio : Coffee, Wine, Art this Saturday, June 28, from 3 pm to at least midnight, at St. Pete Pride. Photo booth will also be open from 11 am - 6 pm on Sunday, June 29, during the Pride street festival.

Fee is $20 and includes four hi resolution digital negatives emailed to you after your session.

Also, check out Creative Soul's event, which includes a live DJ, jello shots, sangria all set up in the back of the coffee shop. Click here for details: https://www.facebook.com/events/626970594065370/

Hope to see your smiling faces there!!


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Today we'll be screening the films created during our second annual FREE film contest, from June 1-June: https://www.facebook.com/events/652199958186234/

Come see the good, the bad, and the near unwatchable! This year the audience will be able to vote on the $100 prize for WORST FILM! Oh yeah, and our professional judges will give $100 for best film too.

Also, don't miss our free moviemaking classes thoughout the month of May!

May 7 - 8PM - Screenwriting
https://www.facebook.com/events/1434375130139490/
May 14 - 8PM - Lighting
https://www.facebook.com/events/232829630254828/
May 21 - 8PM - Understanding cameras, exposure and women
https://www.facebook.com/events/716395608381862/
May 28 - 8PM - Video Editing
https://www.facebook.com/events/835896759760938/
May 31 - 8PM - How to Make a Kick Ass Movie
https://www.facebook.com/events/1391104697829353/


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On Saturday, June 28
Join Femily Killer and The Bends for the CLOSING PARTY of

*THE GEMINI EXPOSURES*
Paintings about the Dualistic Female Ideal.

This is the last opportunity to see the show before it comes down, as we segue from Gemini to Cancer.

In addition, the Bends will host 2 surf rock style bands and $4 pina coladas.

https://www.facebook.com/emilyemilymiller

http://femilykiller.com/




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Join us Sunday June 29th 4pm. We encourage everyone to paint their pride on our wall. Share your positive & inspiring message for LOVE & EQUALITY for everyone to see. We will have paint & supplies available. You will also have the opportunity to meet & mingle with the artist Niko Kekllas who will be there to help facilitate during the painting. Enjoy DJ on the patio 6pm-8pm & DJ inside 8-? Live music inside by Emily Turnage 6-8pm
Bell's Brewing has supplied us with festive rainbow colored tap handles. All Bell's taps will be on special for $5. We also have tons of Bell's swag & goodies to give a way.

*Stay tuned more details to come.
*Please RSVP for the event if you plan on attending so we can make sure we have plenty of supplies.
*Please share & invite your friends to this event.


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Join the women of The Gloria Sirens for a reading and discussion sponsored by The Studio@620 and Wordier Than Thou.

Readers for the evening will include:
Lisa Lanser Rose
Suzannah Gilman
Tiffany Razzano
Gianna Russo
Gloria Muñoz
Heather Jones

We'll be asking for a suggested $5 donation at the door.

At TheGloriaSirens.com, we’re building a virtual auditorium where we and other creative women can promote the voices that impress and move us, where we can take artistic chances without fear of silencing, and where we’re encouraged, even goaded, to sing our riskiest songs and dare give full throat to our unspeakable truths.

Or to just be silly.

We hope that we touch and amuse you, but most of all empower you. We hope that whatever you hear us doing here, you think to yourself, “Aw heck, I can do that,” and then you go do it, or the artistic equivalent, somewhere, somehow.

To be treated as full writers (and not just women writers), we need our sisterhood, and that’s why The Gloria Sirens is here. Still not sure there’s a problem? For four years VIDA has tallied the rate of publication between women and men in the world’s most respected literary outlets. VIDA recently reported that although there are signs of progress, the 2013 numbers haven’t budged from the dismal 2012: most literary publications showcase fewer than thirty percent of work by women.

The Gloria Sirens galvanizes women wordsmiths and other artists together in person, in print, online, and across all time and space, mostly so we know we’re not the only ones who’d rather craft a time-traveling paragraph than watch Doctor Who.

Let’s get heard.

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Art Pool and Pride and Trashion Fashion

Shop our local market during PRIDE this weekend!
Saturday June 28th & Sunday June 29th 11am-5pm
It is a fav with the locals and always a great time. All ages welcome & free to the public event. Our markets are a ton of fun and feature the best artisans in Tampa Bay including lots of ETSY folks too. Come enjoy the Fest and make a day out of your ARTpool adventure by eating with us at our cafe, shopping with vendors and checking out our funky shop & gallery too!
The Fests for this season will be hosted at:
ARTpool Gallery located at 2030 Central Avenue, St Petersburg FL
Reserve your booth at www.artpoolgallery.com
Set up for vendors is 10am-11am with the event running from 11am-5pm and break down from 5pm-6pm. If you are a two day vendor you are welcome to leave your tent & set up over night. Tents are not required but are suggested. Spaces are non-transferable, one space per vendor, no sharing, no refunds no cancellations, weather is out of our control and markets are rain or shine. Get ready for an awesome year of market fun with the ARTpool gang. See you soon St Pete!
Want to get involved?
Our show staff are dedicated volunteers who love the arts and people. If you'd like a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on to host an art event, meet artists and arts fans, and attend events for free, please contact us to inquire about volunteering at the next show.


100% of all ART sales go to the ARTIST always @ ARTpool.
7th Annual Trashion Fashion Show
Recycled & Upcycled Runway Showcase
Saturday July 19, 2014 8pm-12am
All Ages Welcome
CALLING ALL DESIGNERS
Our annual over the top recycled challenge is back! Designers start sketching, all ages welcome to participate, we have had designers as young as 13 and as old as 83 a part of the event. Get your design sketches and material list (75% must be recycled or upcycled) to ARTpool asap to become a part of our VIP designer headlined list and on our press release to the papers and publications. You can design 1 garment or up to 10. It is free to participate and one of our biggest and most fun events of the year. Be sure to pencil ARTpool in for an unforgettable experience on Saturday July 19, 2014!
Come & eat lunch with us.  Eat, Drink & Be Local!
Enjoy free wifi and have a healthy lunch at our cafe! We are open Tues-Sat 11am-4pm
Vegan, Vegetarian, Carnivore & Gluten Free Options Available.
THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING LOCAL AND SUPPORTING ST PETE'S FINE ARTISTS!  WE APPRECIATE YOU SO MUCH AND THANK ALL OF OUR WONDERFUL CUSTOMERS FOR MAKING OUR SMALL BUSINESS A SUCCESS FOR OVER 6 YEARS!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum.

Three months ago, there was an article in a local newspaper about the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, saying that there was controversy between certain members of the community and the Museum. Said article stated that control of the Museum might be taken from current staff and be turned over to SPC.

By coincidence, Sharon Norwood, who interned at Mindy Solomon Gallery years ago, had a one-woman show there. My first visit, was followed by a brief write-up on Facebook, complete with photographs. Since then, I have returned for three other visits.

This is a gem of a small museum in service to its community. The shows I have seen are well-themed and curated, reflecting its mission. The place is spotless, the staff friendly, knowledgeable and informative. As with most small museums, it multitasks for social functions. My most recent visit was for the Juneteenth Celebration.

I arrived late, to find drummers and an ongoing town meeting/group discussion where everyone spoke their piece about community concerns in turn. At the end of this, people went outside into the beautiful gardens behind the main structure, and small fireworks were set off in a family-like gathering. I also took photographs of this and put them on Facebook. They can be accessed on my personal page.

From my visits to the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, what I have observed first-hand is a good, ethnic, small, well-run museum doing what small ethnic museums do. By any measure it is an asset to the community it serves and the city of Saint Petersburg as well.

--- Luis Gottardi

Friday, June 20, 2014

Alternate Venues: What are they?

What is an alternate venue? The moniker is a much-desired brand because it stands out from the others. Defining the term is not easy, because it can take many forms, but at the simplest level, it is an alternate to what? The mainstream.

An AV has to be doing things outside the norm. It is one place where bigger is not usually better. Well meaning people in tribal cultures, like Saint Petersburg Fl., will claim in knee-jerk fashion  that the places their cronies own or where they get to - or hope to show - to be AVs.
This is often followed by dogmatic articles of faith ("I believe in...") or worse.

Let's do a mainstream checklist:

The usual artists, themes, populist memes we have seen a thousand times, 40% commission, the same old everything, including bands, ethnic (lily white) emphasis, hackneyed commercial attitude, etc.
There is nothing wrong with this. It's the way it's done, but does not remotely qualify as an AV.
The number one qualifier for an AV is: Daring. It takes unbridled, almost suicidal passion to break away from the pack and do something else, given the risky nature of the business in its mainstream form.
Risk-taking is the handmaiden of reward for AVs.  Who has taken them in the area? From memory... (and I am probably leaving many out, so please do not feel offended if yours goes unmentioned)
...David Audet's gallery, Kenny Echezabal's Ybor space on 7th, all Gala Corina shows, everything Theo Wujcik was involved with, Beaux Arts, the recent eve-N-odd gallery by Jennifer Kosharek, Mindy Solomon gallery, which may have looked mainstream to many, but for elevating the quality of her gallery to Museum levels. Currently, in Tampa, there is EPOXY, a non-commercial space run by four women that is presenting an eclectic series of unusual shows, outdoing themselves and elegantly rebooting the meme for the arts in Tampa. In Saint Petersburg, there is the Venture Compound, an arts and music venue run by Jesse Vance and Brad Kokay that has simply demolished conventions (including their own!) surrounding the arts and music in St. Petersburg -- and have managed to last three years (!!!). 

To all of you, I salute you. To those who want the title, work harder, smarter and closer to the heart. 

--- Luis