Friday, April 18, 2014

This Transcendence Weekend, April 4/18 - 4/20

Friday, April 18th
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Join Beth Kokol as she welcomes good friend and talented artist ,Jeff Monsein, to her gallery. It will be a fun,casual art mixer showcasing Jeff"s eastern side. A great opportunity to view and purchase large and small reasonably priced, original art. Light refreshments served.

If you cannot make it on April 18 feel free to stop by the Gallery anytime between April 2 and 25. 5-8 PM, 3318 Bay to Bay Tampa Florida.
 

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Saturday, April 19th
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THE BEST DAY OF THE YEAR IS ALMOST HERE!

Join us for Record Store Day 2014 on Saturday April 19th. We will be opening our doors at 8am with an array of limited edition RSD titles. Please be advised that though we open at 8am the line begins to form earlier in the morning. Along with limited edition RSD releases, we will be setting up outside for our giant sidewalk sale and offering sales throughout the day on all your favorite records.

Here's the list of special releases for Record Store Day 2014
http://www.recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases

***UPDATE***
We're happy to annouce that PASSAFIRE will be joining us for a special acoustic performance and signing! They will be at The Local 662 around 4pm! Come down and party before their headlining gig at Jannus Live later that night!
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11am until 3 p.m. Infinite Skillz and his crew will be MC-ing and making The 600 Block of St. Petersburg bounce.

As part of our Record Store Day celebration we have teamed up with tbt* Newspaper to host their FREE Ultimate Band List's showcase at The Local 662 featuring Good Graeff, Fowler's Bluff, Mark Etherington. Archaic Interest, and Sonic Graffiti. Doors open at 7pm and admission is free!


We are also pleased to be working with The Burger Online to bring you even more great entertainment at Fubar Downtown! The Burger Online Record Store Day Showcase will kick off with DJ Crouse Neil spinning tunes and will continue with live music from Madame Albatross, One Trip Little, Luxury Mane, Empire Cinema, yogurt smoothness , ULCER & DeadLift! Doors open at 5pm, live music begins around 7, and admission is free!

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Mainsail Art Show. Huge, waterside, around Vinoy Park, Bayshore Drive and 7th Avenue. Saint Pete. Saturday, APril 19, 9AM - 6 PM, Sunday April 20th, 10-5.
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Join us Saturday, April 19th for our Official Record Store Day 2014 event! We will be opening early at 9AM with a full stock of Official RSD releases along with a HUGE assortment of killer used vinyl.

Live music from 13 bands starting at 11AM:

BLAST AND THE DETERGENTS
SONIC GRAFFITI
FUNERAL DAZIES
SHITCAN DIRTBAG
FEVERS
GOD HARVEST
OLD TUNERS 'N PUNK DUDERS
LITTLE JERKS
BROSEPH SKALIN
KEVIN K BAND
KYLE CHASON
MOUNTAIN HOLLER
KRISTOPHER JAMES

We'll have a sidewalk sale out front with vinyl spinning all day from these awesome local DJ's:

EARL GRAE
DJ KALANI
DJ PINK
DJ ROZAK
dJ jIhad

FREE beer and food from some great local restaurants will be available as well.

Raffles and give-aways ALL day, including: PLANET RETRO store gift certificates, T-Shirts, Limited RSD Vinyl and a super cool Official Record Store Day PEANUTS Record Player!!!

Keep an eye on this page for more info and details coming soon!
 

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QUAID is proud to announce “In the Attic”, a solo exhibition of new works by Ville Mehtonen. Combining an old and new aesthetic the show will feature small drawings and paintings that pull from an interest in identity, memory and pattern making. A zine titled "Sources and Sorcery" will be produced in conjunction with the show.

When: April 19, 7pm-10pm at QUAID.
Where: QUAID; 4636 N. Florida Ave. Tampa, FL 33603

The event is free and open to the public but donations are greatly appreciated. Classes and groups are encouraged and welcomed.

After party immediately following the reception at the Mermaid Tavern.

This exhibition will run from April 19 - May 10.
 

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INFINITE SCROLL is a group exhibition featuring Santiago Echeverry, Stephen John Ellis, Christina Humphreys, Gigi Lage, and Chase Starr presenting digital and video based artwork. Their art explores existences online and offline, virtual and actual, digital and analog. Perhaps what is more fascinating, however, is the way which the artists examine the space between these existences or moments of overlap.

The IRL version of INFINITE SCROLL will feature a downloadable ebook. However, the ebook can only be accessed when within range of a specific wifi signal at the Venture Compound the evening of the exhibit.

A URL version of INFINITE SCROLL will also open April 19 at artatbay-praxis.com and be on view through May 17.

INFINITE SCROLL is a term referring to a “news feed” such as those used in Facebook or Tumblr which extend indefinitely, perpetually populating with information. However, it also alludes to a physical yet outmoded written media and brings to mind an impossible mental image.

ART AT BAY | praxis
One phrase we use often to help us define our magazine and blog is “Serious thought on art in Tampa Bay”. We offer many opinions, words and voices on contemporary art as it happens locally. However, we feel that theory is only as valuable as the praxis it encourages, informs, and inspires. With this in mind, in some sense, ART AT BAY is only half complete with its written components. With the ART AT BAY | praxis series we are striving to facilitate a complimentary praxis component, some talk to our walk.


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#awesome st. pete #awesome st. pete grant #installation #space to take photos #gold #art party #fish #bird #gold spray paint #america #flag #gold piano

I saw this installation yesterday, and it looks promising, even unfinished! See this one.
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Keep St. Pete Lit Presents Tampa Bay’s first Lucha Libro Literary Death Match!!!

On April 19 Eight of Tampa Bay’s most daring wordsmith’s will go head-to-head in live literary combat!

After they’re given their prompt, authors will have ten minutes to create an original piece of written brilliance, right before your eyes! After this frenzy of spontaneous creation, our combatants will present their work and a winner will be declared!

Theatricality from everyone encouraged!

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Sunday, April 20th
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Sunday April 20, 2014 will be the celebration of four years of The Pangaea Project concert series. From it's humble beginnings as a small gathering to introduce fellow experimental electronic artists to each other, to it's acquisition of it's own performance space and to it's new status as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, The Pangaea Project has helped shape the avant-garde and outsider arts culture of Tampa Bay.

Performances will start promptly at 9pm with a 15-minute time limit for each performer. There will be no gap in between performers. The arrangement and order of performers in this "installation-style" show will follow a (very rough) approximation of the golden spiral, moving throughout the space.

Performing artists:
Nequam Sonitus
STOIC
Leveret
Lavender Smith
Whitey Alabastard
s_c_r_e_e_n_n_a_m_e
Jason J Bundy
David DeCorte
Black Beast of Arrrghhh

Doors will be open at 8pm
Suggested donation of $5


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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Jim Corp Macro/Micro at Five Deuces

Five Deuces is an arts complex created from rehabbed factory/warehouse spaces at 222 22nd Street across from Softwater and MGA studios. There are two buildings in use, and another that I did not enter. The artists look happy in there, and the atmosphere reminds me of Salt Creek. In one of them is a gallery where the Macro/Micro show of paintings by Jim Corp is on display.

Jim Corp and his work.


Jim Corp had a formal art education and sees his work in the tradition of abstract expressionism. He mentioned Mexican Muralist Rufino Tamayo and Paul Klee as influences.. In this show there is a variety of work shown. The main part consists of botanical/floral close-ups scaled large (4x5 ft?). They are in pungent colors, few in number and relatively graphic. Think of an organic color field painting. There are also Rothko influenced works in the show. I can't help but think that Jim's pallete was also influenced by is extended stays in other countries and cultures. There are also prints in the show. Jim is a master printer as well. I looked at some recently printed work, and it is beautifully designed and executed.

If you go to see this show, make sure you go into his studio, which is adjacent to the gallery.

Jim Corp's show, Macro/Micro will be up at least through April 12th.

--- Luis
All work by Jim Corp

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sexxx Dreams Event review. [NSFW]


 NOT SAFE FOR WORK
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Work by Steven Kenny.



By any masure, Sexxx Deeams was a successful event. Funding was crowdsourced. Lots of people came. They enjoyed the art and performances. All this on a first-time event! 



A few observations...

Casts of Artists' genitalia.


A lot of the art was about body parts. On one wall there were at least four dripping vaginas, the best of which was James Oleson's. Only a few pieces carried over a dream-like aura, notably Saori Murphy's and Emily Miller's.


From the Gemini Series, by Emily Miller.

 The row of OB/GYN tools was not exactly dream-like. The surrealism often ex(xx)perienced in dreams was scant in the art and performances.
The latter were precise, beautifully executed, action-packed, and mostly gay. (Think beautiful men in leather straps and boy shorts). Little or no hetero, lesbian or transgender performances. Coco and Homo dazzled as did the stunning Vita de Void.

Work by James Oleson.


Congratulations to Laura Spencer, Coco and Homo, all performers and artists for a wonderful evening, and to Maryanne Lynch for hosting in Fire Station #3.
















--- Luis

100 Films @ Blue Lucy April 19th.

[As received from Blue Lucy...]
Bluelucy Presents:

100FILMS

100 ARTISTS x 100 FILMS

Each artist was supplied with the same size canvas (16" x 16" wood panel). 
A list of over 350 films (1920-2013) were supplied by Sunscreen Film Festival and BlueLucy. 
Each artist then selected one film from list. 

OPENING SATURDAY, APRIL 19th, 2014
7-11PM

BLUELUCY GALLERY
653 Central Avenue
St Petersburg, FL

Participating artists: Adam Graham, Adam Steadman, Adam T, Amy Marshall, Andrea Pawlisz, Angelika Graca, Aurailieus, Bill Drugan,
Billy Cole, Brandon Bailey, Cake Marques, Carrie Matteoli, Ceri Watkins, Chad Jacobs, Chad Mize, Chad Pollpeter, Cheryl Weber, Chris Seney,
Christian Thomas, Cindy Linville, Cody Meacham, Coralette Damme, Dan Schmidt, Daniel Barojas, Daniel Mrgan, Daniel Williams, Darren Beistle,
David Cabassa, Dawn Marie, Deidra Kriner, Derek Donnelly, Eduardo Camejo-Gariga, Eric Kent, Gabriel Ramos, George Medeiros, George Retkes,
Gretchen Suding, Hugo Porcaro, J Michael Taylor, Jake Whitney, James Michael McCraken, Jeffrey Jacoby, Jeffrey Pfaff, Jeffrey Sincich,
Jenipher Chandley, Jerry Cahill, Jimmy Breen, Joanna Ledingham, John Suarez, John Taormina, Jon Fisher, Jon Stine, Joseph Burnsed,
Julia Michael, Julia Updegraff, Juliana Villamil, Julie Brookins, Julie Price, Justin Wagher, Korey, Kristi Capone, Krysteena Wakefield,
Laura Spencer, Maggie & Michael Alexis, Marc Levasseur, Melia Carino, Melisa Taylor, Melissa Turkel, Melissa Wilson, Michael McGrath,
Michelle Sawyer, Mike Rozak, Moy Loera, Nick Kekllas, Paul Trusik, Perry deVick, Rachel Weirich, Rebekah Lazaridis, Reid Jenkins,
Richard Seidel, RJ Runas, Rob Bocik, Robert Phelps, Rylan Wright, Saori, Sarah Sheppard, Scott Hillis, Sharon Norwood, Stacey Merrill,
Stephen Palladino, STOIC, Sue Woodall, T Heffner, Tonny Ayers, Tony Krol, Tristan Walsh, Tyler Martinolich,
Ungala, Vanessa Culver, Wade Slater, Wendi Rogers, Wilmer Vergara, Zoe Bocik, Zulu Painter 

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

This Noah Week, March 8th - 13th 2014

Tuesday, March 8th, 2014
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This unique open mic focuses on storytelling -- no poetry or music. So come share your finest prose, or if you're just in the mood for listening, catch some tales from our area's wordsmiths.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Readings will begin around 7 p.m.

A featured reader will kick off the night, followed by open mic slots. Open mic readers get 10 minutes and will be timed.

Featured readers:
Stand-Up Librarian Meredith Myers

Suggested donation at the door and refreshments available for donation.
 

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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*** It's "Pay What You Can" night***

At 9:09pm April 9th Sarah Thee "Queen of the Robots" Campagna, along with David "World's most Wonderful Husband" Campagna will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Sarah's arrival on Earth (for this incarnation).

At that moment Dave and Sarah will be at Demens Landing, enjoying the first preview performance of American Stage Theatre Company's production of the Wiz.

You are invited to enjoy some live musical theater under the stars and celebrate with them.

(Yes, it's a Wednesday night, but the price is "Pay What You Can" - which has its advantages.)

DO NOT BRING GIFTS!! The pleasure and surprise of seeing each person who actually shows-up will have Sarah grinning for days and probably hopping-up-and-down a bit ('cause that's what she does) - and this will be MORE than gift enough.

There is no one who is "not invited" to this dealio. We've mostly kept it "invite only" to minimize heckling. Please, if you want to bring someone or know someone who's name slipped past us on the invite list, bring or invite them. The show will be fun and the more the merrier!

The gates open at 6pm, and the show starts at 8.
Because blanket seating is "first come first seated" we are usually waiting at the gate at 6pm.
(Will Call opens at 5:30 pm)

If you've never attended one of these outdoor productions, there is a large (but not unlimited) area where people spread out blankets to watch the show, and that's where we plan to be. Some people bring a picnic including beverages. THERE WILL NOT BE FOOD FOR SALE on this night because it is a preview night.

Here's is American Stage's info page for the show:
http://www.americanstage.org/the-wiz.php

We will be adding more details later, but this is a chance to consider putting the event on your calendar.

Dave and I are have now committed to saving space for four late arrivals. That's probably as much space as can be saved by two peeps. Others who will be late but want to sit with the group might need to send someone with a blanket to help with the space saving. Thanks!!

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Join us for one last musical extravaganza with a free concert by the legendary Joe Craven! Wednesday, April 9th at the City Gazebo, 7-9pm. Bring your chair or blanket your picnic basket and your favorite beverage! 

 5th and Main St. Gazebo, Safety Harbor
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Lauren Bone will talk about sketch comedy and improv basics, play theater games, and discuss what makes good comedy. Total beginners to seasoned thespians are welcome. Participation is recommended.
This may become an ongoing series on a separate day. Those interested in becoming part of an improv/sketch comedy team should contact Lauren Bone or sign up at the class.

This is a FREE educational event.

2732 6th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL
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Thursday, April 10th, 2014
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Our April Second Thursday Social host is the Gallery on First Ave & Second St, in Progress Plaza, Suite 111. The beautiful gallery, formerly the Timothy Raines Gallery, features the works of Raines and other prominent local and national artists.

Admission:
Free for LocalShops1 Business, Artist, Non-Profit and Shopper Members
$10 for non-members

Sponsors:
Chart 411: Non-profit promotes the idea that those who Treasure the Gulf and our Gulf Coast way of life can do our part to create a sustainable and healthy water way while meeting the needs of a growing population.

Aussie Designs: Unique hand painted custom creations, glass, baskets, gifts, recycled art and more.

The Cystic Fibrosis' St. Petersburg chapter will also be there, giving out information about their upcoming walk and having a special fundraising raffle. For more information contact Cherlene at Cherlene@LocalShops1.com.

One Progress Plaza
200 Central Ave., Suite 111

Reservations http://www.localshops1.com/social
 


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Morean Arts Center and Keep St. Pete Lit presents
Mythos, Art and Writing: Stories and Poems Inspired by The Heroic Journey.

Featured writers are writing a story or poem using the heroic journey as a theme. Their writings are inspired by the artists' works that are currently on display at Morean Arts Center. The event is free.

The featured writers who will be reading their work at this event are:

Sheree L. Greer
Lynn Waddell
Rob McCabe
Shelly Wilson
C Abraham Bellamy
Gloria Munoz
Samira Obeid
Velva Lee Heraty
Maureen McDole
Enrique Matta
Beth Jackson
R Mona Leza
Peter Hargital

The featured artists whose work is currently on display at Morean Arts Center are:

Diane Elmeer
Carol Dameron
Stuart Asprey
Amy Lee
Eleen Lin
Ian Everett

For more info: keepstpetelit@g

 Morean Art Center, 719 Central.
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We've now moved our Florida Folk Scene Showcases to a 2x/month event so be sure to come out for them and bring your friends who like good music!

Additionally, the showcases will now start at 8:00PM and will showcase 3 artists.

This week you're in for an especially good treat, because our very own Mark Etherington will be gracing us with a MOUNTAIN HOLLER set!

Back by popular demand, Morgan Soltes and Todd-Rider McBride as YEARS BEFORE NOW will also be performing solo sets. ∞

To Reiterate - MAR 27th FEATURED ARTISTS:

Mountain Holler
http://mountainholler.bandcamp.com/

Morgan Soltes
(of Sons of Hippies)

Years Before Now
https://www.soundcloud.com/yearsbeforenow

When? APRIL 10TH - 8:00PM
Where? Green Bench Brewing Co..



The Florida Folk Scene is an organization of folk musicians from all over the state of Florida whose mission is to organize, support and expose folk artists.

Green Bench Brewing Co. and the FFS have paired together to create a showcase every other Thursday that acts as a foundation for the exposure of members of the Florida Folk Scene.

Every showcase will feature 3-4 members of the Florida Folk Scene from St. Petersburg and around the state of Florida.

Thanks for supporting your local and state wide music scenes!

Cheers,
The Florida Folk Scene

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Friday, April 11th, 2014
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Every Friday night the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club opens its doors to shufflers of all ages as different generations gather to play what is becoming the uber-hip game of shuffleboard.

The April 11th Shuffle will feature the Floridiana Bazaar displaying the wares of Florida and American roadside authors and collectors. Participants include writers, photographers, and dealers of Florida vintage ephemera, also known as Floridiana.


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Saturday, April 12th, 2004
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 Eve N Odd resurrects for one night only at Strands of Sunshine on Saturday.

  


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The Warehouse Arts District in collaboration with the Arts Association St. Petersburg Inc., The EDGE District of St. Petersburg, the Central Arts District, the Grand Central District Association and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance is proud to announce the Second Saturday heARTwalk on April 12, 2014 from 5-9 p.m.

The heARTwalk trolley is sponsored by the Heart Gallery of Pinellas-Pasco (http://www.heartgallerykids.org/) and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. Look for Heart Gallery volunteers and posters to learn how they support the arts community and their dedication to helping foster children find forever families.

Ride our red trolley or the white coach bus as they take you on a tour of over 35 warehouses, galleries and studios that are staying open late just for you! This one continuous loop goes from the roundabout at 10th Street and Central Avenue to deep in the heart of the Warehouse Arts District. The shortened loop is to help reduce rider wait time! You can also use The Central Avenue Trolley ($.50) to reach galleries and shops on Central Avenue to Beach Drive.

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 Duncan McClellan, Soft Water Studios, St. Pete Clay Company and the Florida Holocaust Museum.

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

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!

TROLLEY STOP – Trolley starts here at 5pm
Craftsman House Gallery – 2955 Central Avenue - A one-day pottery sale with potter Tom Homann, featuring earthy, organic tableware forms including mugs, bowls, pitchers, vases, pie plates, and canister sets. Also, a percentage of sales from ceramic & glass hearts will be donated to The Heart Gallery of Pinellas. Housed in an historic Arts & Crafts bungalow, this gallery features clay, blown glass, jewelry, wood, handcrafted furniture, from over 300 national & local artisans. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Craftsman-House-Gallery/158706022997


TROLLEY STOP
Charlie Parker Pottery – 2724 6th Avenue South - Fleeting Permanence - Meridith Coen is a local artist whose collection of functional pottery incorporates cloud imagery with sleek rounded forms. Fleshy yet airy clouds juxtaposed with black and white graphic designs are integrated into cups, bowls, pitchers and various household pieces to create whimsical moments in clay. https://www.facebook.com/events/620227668047624/

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.
5-10pm https://www.facebook.com/ZenGlassStudio

The Venture Compound – 2621 Fairfield Ave South - The Future Sucks – A Sci-Fi group show. https://www.facebook.com/events/1418330875080305/?ref=5


TROLLEY STOP
Funktionhouse Urban Lumber & Furnishings at U562 Art Studios & Showroom – 562 25th St. S - A working art studio and showroom. Currently showing the works of Christian Zvonik (blown glass sculpture), Evan Neimann (painter), Jeremiah Jacobs (ceramics and sculpture), and Kendra Zvonik (painter). https://www.facebook.com/Funktionhouse https://www.facebook.com/Utopia562?fref=ts

Duncan McClellan Glass – 2342 Emerson Avenue South - Body and Soul: Glass sculptures by Alexis Silk and Deanna Clayton; photography by Richard Logan. Free glass blowing demonstration by visiting artist Alexis Silk.
https://www.facebook.com/events/302008266613018/?ref=5


TROLLEY STOP
Clay Center of St. Petersburg - 420 23rd Street South - Demonstration by famous sculpture Kyu Yamamoto, special sale from Bill Sabo before he leaves for Michigan, watch a sagger firing, and enjoy visiting artists from St. Pete Art MASH. the Clay Center offers studio space, handbuilding, and wheel throwing classes in a warm, friendly environment.
https://www.facebook.com/events/758737184145901/?ref=5 https://www.facebook.com/events/1460458350850645/


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. Featuring a rotating gallery of paintings, photography, printmaking and sculpture by 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 South - The hub for African American art and culture in St. Petersburg. April is Jazz History Month and "The Woodson" will honor the legacy of Jazz greats with featured art throughout the gallery representing a rich history in this music genre. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-Carter-G-Woodson-African-American-Museum/116551169863

Uniquely Original Arts - 915 24th Street South - Featuring African American art and mixed media collages. Special book signing by author Yah-Tay Keaton. https://www.facebook.com/uniquelyorginalarts?fref=ts


TROLLEY STOP
Train Station Center for Clay – 420 22nd Street South - St. Pete Clay Artist-in-Residence Opening: COMMON GROUND - New works by Jeremy Wallace. Opening Celebration: Joining together of St. Pete Clay: Artist In Residence and Morean Arts Center Clay Studio at the Historic Train Station. Includes member CA CAFE open for sandwiches, beer and snacks during artwalk. https://www.facebook.com/Train.Station.Center.for.Clay


TROLLEY STOP
RedZenArt – 222 22nd Street South - A working studio where creativity is the focus, with many pieces in progress! The studio is home to artist Jim Rolston's Fine Art Paintings and Sculptures. Most of Jim's work is abstract expressionism and ceramic sculpture pieces. https://www.facebook.com/RedZenArt?fref=ts

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.

Richard Clark and Jim Corp - Five Deuces Galleria - 420 23rd Street South - Fine art prints and paintings. The Galleria complex will also be open featuring works of art by several artists. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=739036012796403


TROLLEY STOP
Works in Progress Art Studios & Gallery - 24 22nd Street South - Carolynn and Daniel invite you to visit their studios and see the latest works in progress. You will find them working on ceramics, painting, drawing....even custom framing! Also in the studios, Calusa Press, a hand-fed custom letterpress business, with some wonderful antique presses on display. https://www.facebook.com/worksinprogressartstudio

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. View an exhibit of Paper Solo works: works on paper from artist Patsie McCandless. https://www.facebook.com/StPeteOpera


TROLLEY STOP
ARTicles Art Gallery & Custom Framing - 1445 Central Avenue - Showcasing recent works by Margaret Juul, Lance Rodgers, Nathan Beard, Steven Kenny, Nin McQuillen and more. The gallery represents an eclectic group of artists and serves as a friendly and approachable place for everyone to discover and support local art in St Pete. https://www.facebook.com/ArTiclesIncCustomFramingArtGallery

TROLLEY STOP
Creative Clay – 1114 Central Avenue - Opening Reception of Flora and Fauna: A Riotous Garden of Delight. The exhibit is filled with an abundance of garden themed art and objects for sale. Paintings of flowers and birds, mixed media mushrooms, garden stones, and fiber art flowers. https://www.facebook.com/events/734885756544232/

Feathered Serpent Gallery - 1018 Central Avenue Americas Intertwined. Tour the Caribbean, Central America, and South America through the work of more than 20 artists https://www.facebook.com/events/606505672771824/?ref=5


TROLLEY STOP
Us Artists Group, LLC- Electric Zoo Studios – 1741 First Avenue North - Featured musical guest Guitarist/Songwriter, Christie Lenee' - two free shows at 6pm & 8pm. See the books and illustrations by artist E.B.Yates, and TVM3D™ projected images set to original music by James 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 & Graphics – 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

Creative Soul Studio : Coffee, Wine, Art – 2425 Central Avenue - Meet internationally renowned artist Jonathan Manzinga from Zimbabwe. Jonathan has exhibited in Europe, Africa, Australia, and now St. Petersburg. He recently finished his Australian tour as Artist in Residence at the Gold Coast Art School. His bright, vibrant colors and expressions of life are sure to move any art aficionado. https://www.facebook.com/CreativeSoulStudio?ref=br_tf


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 - On view: Storytellers, Barcelona and Stick and Stones, Leaves and Grass. Featuring Carol Dameron and Diane Elmeer. https://www.facebook.com/MoreanArtsCenter?fref=ts


Central Ave Trolley Stop
Graphi-ko Gallery/ Jewelry – 669 Central Avenue - Meet featured artist Painter Loki of Sarasota. Loki will be painting live as he works on his new body of work titled “Expressions of the Gulf Coast”. Catch a first glimpse of works for his upcoming showing. He has recently inspired interest in his “Epoch Expressionism” paintings from recent showings at the gallery in 2013. See all of the galleries creative paintings and jewelry. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Graphi-ko-Gallery-Jewelry/125300180883521

St. Pete Art Works -- 635 Central Ave - A cooperative art gallery with guest artist exhibitions and multimedia events. Graphite illustrations and "Brick 'n' Mortar" mixed media works by Jim Kirkman. Music by Beginner's Luck. https://www.facebook.com/St.PeteArtWorks?fref=ts

Strands of Sunshine – 8 Sixth Street N - Strands of Sunshine is thrilled to host guest artist Jennifer Kosharek. Jennifer will be showing her newest work, including paintings, drawings, dolls, and more. Come get your Eve N Odd fix, and meet the artist! Amy will also have new jewelry perfect for your spring wardrobe! https://www.facebook.com/StrandsofSunshine?fref=ts


Central Ave Trolley Stop
Florida Holocaust Museum – 55 Fifth Street South - Fire In My Heart: From Slavery to Freedom Part 1 - The Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Two members from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) were enslaved a mere 145 miles from downtown St. Petersburg and Clemantine Wamariya who was just six-years-old when genocide erupted in her native Rwanda. https://www.facebook.com/events/401550409987066/

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 - April features new work by artist Haleh Phinney in the upstairs gallery. A community of 18+ working artist studios, located directly above the Florida Craftsmen Gallery. Our artists’ work includes photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry, copper and mixed media. https://www.facebook.com/artlofts?fref=ts

Berk Fine Art Collective – 10 Fifth Street N, #100 - Opening reception of the new gallery. 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. Musical entertainment and refreshments. https://www.facebook.com/berkfineartcollective

Art on 1st – 550 First Avenue North - Introducing works by well-known artist, Jean Grasdorf along with art works by Rita Gould. https://www.facebook.com/Arton1st


Central Ave Trolley Stop
Michele Tuegel Contemporary – 320 Central Avenue - “Art Tales”; mixed media works by Laura Balombini and necklace constructs by Diana Samper. https://www.facebook.com/MicheleTuegelContemporary?fref=ts

Gallery on First Avenue South – 1st Ave S - Ongoing exhibition of gallery artists, featuring new contemporary works by Timothy Raines and Shane Bowden. https://www.facebook.com/timothyrainesgallery


Central Ave Trolley Stop
SHAPIRO'S Gallery – 300 Beach Drive NE - SHAPIRO'S Gallery features work by over 250 American artists and craftsmen. April's ArtWalk highlights the blown glass by brother's Andrew and Robert Madvin. Open until 10PM. https://www.facebook.com/shapirogallery


Central Ave Trolley Stop
Lynn Merhige Gallery – 216 Fourth St North - New oil paintings by Carolann Mancuso. Last opportunity to see Omarr Otero's photography.

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

Stop by one or all! You won’t be disappointed!

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You are invited to the second Art MASH of 2014. We are going to help celebrate the one year anniversary of the Clay Center of St. Petersburg!!!! In 2013, the St. Pete Art MASH produced a total of nine pop up shows that collectively had over $92,700.00 in commission free sales for artists - all monies went directly to local artists in the area! In 2014, we are looking forward to continuing this pattern of success and would like you to come meet our artists, have a good time, and support the local art community.

Light food, entertainment, and beverages are provided.

The St. Pete Art MASH is an opportunity for artists to increase visibility and sales and frequently we highlight artists that are "new" or "emerging" and often our participating artists use the ART MASH as an opportunity for their first show so it is an opportunity for you to "find" a great new artist!

We are proud of the artists that have participated and of all the new artists we can help bring into the art "scene". Come enjoy their work, support new artists, and have fun!

Clay Center, 400 234rd St S.
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Spring is here! What better time to get outside and enjoy the lovely cool evenings while they last! Starting this month, we invite you to stop and visit with us as we work in our studios….. get to know us and learn what or who inspires us. It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy our beautiful courtyard! As always, we are a stop on the Warehouse Arts District Trolley, generously sponsored this month by the Heart Gallery of Pinellas-Pasco and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. There’s also plenty of parking behind the building and on 1st Avenue S., or on Central Avenue, for those who prefer to drive. See you here!
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 2724 6th Ave St Pete
Meridith Coen is a local artist whose collection of functional pottery
incorporates cloud imagery with sleek rounded forms. Fleshy yet airy
clouds juxtaposed with black and white graphic designs are integrated
into cups, bowls, pitchers and various household pieces to create
whimsical moments in clay.


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The Duncan McClellan Gallery proudly presents “Body and Soul” with Alexis Silk, Deanna Clayton and Richard Logan!

At 5pm on Saturday, April 12th, the gallery doors will open to reveal amazing glass sculptures and photography depicting the human body from the perspectives of three very different artists. From abstract and powerful to dynamic and contemporary, each of these pieces will provide depth, beauty and amazement for all our guests to witness.

Tonight will also be the last glass blowing demo until October 2014 (due to warm weather). Visit us to watch Alexis Silk transform glass into gorgeous figures of the human body.

You won’t want to miss this amazing exhibit! While you browse, enjoy an adult beverage, soda or water for a donation from our custom bars (All donations benefit the DMG School Project).

About the Artists
The work of Alexis Silk is timeless. Working in cast bronze, hot sculpted blown glass and steel she explores interrelationships of humanity, culture and industry. Her primary subject is the human figure, dynamic or at repose, classical, familiar, and rich with meaning. Intrinsic beauty combines with conceptual depth.

Internationally known glass artist, Deanna Clayton, has been working with glass for over twenty years and was introduced to glass right out of high school. Her work fuses the aesthetics of ancient and contemporary techniques using glass techniques that are some of the first casting techniques to be used in history. Her forms are contemporary concepts. Combined they create an object for a contemporary setting with the essence of an archeological find from another era. The use of granulated glass mixed with binders allows her to work with glass as though she were painting a canvas. She uses layer upon layer of color to achieve depth and contrast. The addition of electroplated copper to the edges of the work provides structural integrity as well as a beautiful detail accentuating the intricacy of the cast glass.

Richard Logan is a fine art photographer and painter living in Clearwater, Fl. His career started by putting the colorful people and island scenery onto canvas while he lived in the Caribbean in the 70’s, then becoming a freelance graphic designer in Kansas City, MO in the 80’s to a career in commercial photography in Florida in the 90s, Richard has focused on photography and mixed media and is dedicated to “just creating the kind of art he wants.”

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5pm and by appointment.
Exhibit runs 4/12/14 to 5/2/14

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Theo Wujcik, 1936 - 2014.

Theo Wujcik was born in Detroit in 1936, second youngest of ten siblings. He studied and became a Master printer at the famed Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Hollywood, CA. He taught at The Center for Creative Studies in Detroit from 1962-1970. With his first wife, and two daughters, he moved to Tampa in 1970 and worked as Shop Director at USF's Graphic Studio.

Theo Wujcik at "Tipping Point" Opening.


During this time he was printing for "Earth Projects" suite by Robert Morris, as commissioned by the Detroit Institute of Arts, Jasper Johns, Karl Kasten, John Altoon, James Strombone, Billy Al Bengston, Michael Mazur, Eleanor Mikus, Ed Moses, 
Karl Kasten, John Altoon, James Strombotne, Billy Al Bengston,  Michael Mazur, Eleanor Mikus, Ed Moses,
Nicholas Krushenick, Edward Ruscha, James Rosenquist, and Richard Anuszkiewicz.


He divorced his first wife and took up a studio in Ybor City, all before 1980, became a resident in 1987, and taught at USF from 1970-2003, but he was not an academician. Many of his students remarked that his critiques were ruthless, direct and helpful,with a heavy emphasis on technique. His own work consisted of prints, drawings and paintings that fused disparate elements such as recontextualizing/exploring/interpreting major artworks, cultural movements, and his personal life. From early on to the end he did portraits of artists he had printed for, befriended and/or respected. I remember seeing these in prints, silverpoint drawings, and paintings, all the way to the end. The last of these were exhibited at Selby Gallery in early 2014.

Theo Wucik, "World Harmony"

I reported on this exhibit here: [Link]. What I did not know at the time was that he was in a wheelchair, painting these on his knees. Theo would launch into reading about his painting subjects in depth, and casually mention what he was thinking.

One of the great questions about him was posed on more than one occassion by James Rosenquist: Why had Theo chosen to stay and live in Tampa, which Rosenquist referred to as a "cultural wasteland"? The latter told me he had found fame and wealth elsewhere. Wujcik had chosen the desert instead of the Promised Land. Maybe it was having a wife and two daughters (in the beginning), but I like to think the "wasteland" had its charms for him.



He broke out of the academic mold, taking his energies to the streets, perhaps peaking out when he created a Dada-inspired movement called "Mododado", which nucleated around Punk Clubs and gathered at a place in downtown Tampa, rocketing him from art icon to underground celebrity and creating  a desperately needed sense of identity for Tampa artists. He divorced and married Susan Johnston, had a third daughter, Frankie, now 20, and moved into a studio across the street from The Castle. He divorced again, and stayed on good terms with Johnston, who cared for Theo as the cancer progressed -- to the end.

It is impossible to even attempt to condense an artists' life and oeuvre into a blog post...specially one like  Theo, whose work proved capable of eluding the cages of categorization, an independent thinker throughout his life. Maybe that is the lure of the Wasteland, I do not know.

I wrote about Theo here as well: [Link], [Link], [Link], [Link]

Theo was always kind, encouraging, and welcoming to me. I have many Theo stories: One night at the opening of his show at Mindy Solomon's in St. Pete, I went looking for him. He was outside, sitting on a bench, watching the gallery like a cat before an aquarium. He said hello and motioned me over. "You're covered in cat hairs". [My cat Bill knowing I had a black shirt on, had insisted on jumping on me.] Theo picked the orange and cream hairs off one by one as we talked about art and China under the stars.

 Thank you, Theo Wujcik for so many things.


Theo and Rosenquist at HCC Ybor "Tipping Point" on the right.


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Theo Wujcik

Painter and printmaker Theo Wujcik is one of Tampa’s most acclaimed artists.  A long-time inhabitant of Ybor City, he gives us a look inside his studio, talks about the nightlife, what it’s like not having a computer and swimming with Basquiat.  Photographed at his studio and home in Ybor City.
Why Ybor City?  I moved to Ybor in 1987 to be close to the clubs and not have to drive home drunk!  We would hang out at Masquerade and El Goya.  I still go out to the clubs, usually to The Castle and Czar. I know a lot of people here and I don’t pay for cover charges or drinks!  Plus I have plenty of studio space and cheap rent.
What’s different about Ybor today?  I still love the nightlife but the return on my investment in time isn’t as good. There used to be a lot more live music.  I would go out to hear garage bands.  Even if it was bad music it was still fun.  When the bands would stop everyone would go outside and smoke pot.  Now they all dance to DJ’s.  You can be gone for a year and hear the same songs.
How does your space affect your work?  The space includes all of Ybor City.  The old punk scene in Ybor influenced my work but not the neighborhood itself.  My studio is open to anyone, anytime.  I am not one of those artists that likes to work in seclusion.  But here’s a warning–in the summer I paint in my underwear.
How do you know when a painting is finished?  When you start adding strokes of paint that take away from the painting.
What is your favorite object in your studio?  My ex-wife Susan’s dad was a painter.  I have his chair and some of his brushes.  I say  “Hi Bill” when I pick up his brushes.
How would you describe yourself?  Dedicated.
If you could change one thing about the way you look what would it be?  I’d get rid of these wrinkles.  At heart I’m a young person but the camera doesn’t lie.
What’s it like not having a computer?   I write letters and people write to me.  I have a website but a friend maintains it for me.  My gallery dealer thinks it’s funny.
What’s on your nightstand?  I read every night before I go to sleep.  I try to stay in touch with what’s happening in the art world.  Art Forum is my favorite.  Art in America has great illustrations and articles.  I’m also reading about Chinese history.
Name five things that are always in your refrigerator.  Cigarettes, fruit, turkey pot pie, Gatorade and Dutch apple pie.  I have to have sweets with my coffee.
What is inspiring your work right now?  I’m working on an Asian series.  Is China going to replace the US as the center of art like the US replaced Europe in the 50s with the Abstract Expressionist movement?
Tell us about your journals.  I have stacks of them!  I got divorced from my first wife in 1979.  It was the first time I was on my own.  I started journaling to keep track of things – when I woke up, what I did, what I was working on.  I still do it everyday.  I just painted Swimming with Basquiat from a journal entry in 1986.  Some friends in Tampa had bought two Basquiat paintings and were throwing a party for him.  It was kind of boring so I stripped down and tapped on the kitchen window to get my girlfriend’s attention.  Next thing I knew, she and Basquiat were outside naked swimming with me.  The hostess, Maureen, brought out a magnum of champagne and white towels for us.  A year later he overdosed and died.
You are a strong believer in fate.  Things are meant to be.  Things happen.  In retrospect you can look through your journal and see it all worked out for the best.
- See more at: http://snapshottampabay.com/theo-wujcik/#sthash.Iz9rTuOh.dpuf

Theo Wujcik

Painter and printmaker Theo Wujcik is one of Tampa’s most acclaimed artists.  A long-time inhabitant of Ybor City, he gives us a look inside his studio, talks about the nightlife, what it’s like not having a computer and swimming with Basquiat.  Photographed at his studio and home in Ybor City.
Why Ybor City?  I moved to Ybor in 1987 to be close to the clubs and not have to drive home drunk!  We would hang out at Masquerade and El Goya.  I still go out to the clubs, usually to The Castle and Czar. I know a lot of people here and I don’t pay for cover charges or drinks!  Plus I have plenty of studio space and cheap rent.
What’s different about Ybor today?  I still love the nightlife but the return on my investment in time isn’t as good. There used to be a lot more live music.  I would go out to hear garage bands.  Even if it was bad music it was still fun.  When the bands would stop everyone would go outside and smoke pot.  Now they all dance to DJ’s.  You can be gone for a year and hear the same songs.
How does your space affect your work?  The space includes all of Ybor City.  The old punk scene in Ybor influenced my work but not the neighborhood itself.  My studio is open to anyone, anytime.  I am not one of those artists that likes to work in seclusion.  But here’s a warning–in the summer I paint in my underwear.
How do you know when a painting is finished?  When you start adding strokes of paint that take away from the painting.
What is your favorite object in your studio?  My ex-wife Susan’s dad was a painter.  I have his chair and some of his brushes.  I say  “Hi Bill” when I pick up his brushes.
How would you describe yourself?  Dedicated.
If you could change one thing about the way you look what would it be?  I’d get rid of these wrinkles.  At heart I’m a young person but the camera doesn’t lie.
What’s it like not having a computer?   I write letters and people write to me.  I have a website but a friend maintains it for me.  My gallery dealer thinks it’s funny.
What’s on your nightstand?  I read every night before I go to sleep.  I try to stay in touch with what’s happening in the art world.  Art Forum is my favorite.  Art in America has great illustrations and articles.  I’m also reading about Chinese history.
Name five things that are always in your refrigerator.  Cigarettes, fruit, turkey pot pie, Gatorade and Dutch apple pie.  I have to have sweets with my coffee.
What is inspiring your work right now?  I’m working on an Asian series.  Is China going to replace the US as the center of art like the US replaced Europe in the 50s with the Abstract Expressionist movement?
Tell us about your journals.  I have stacks of them!  I got divorced from my first wife in 1979.  It was the first time I was on my own.  I started journaling to keep track of things – when I woke up, what I did, what I was working on.  I still do it everyday.  I just painted Swimming with Basquiat from a journal entry in 1986.  Some friends in Tampa had bought two Basquiat paintings and were throwing a party for him.  It was kind of boring so I stripped down and tapped on the kitchen window to get my girlfriend’s attention.  Next thing I knew, she and Basquiat were outside naked swimming with me.  The hostess, Maureen, brought out a magnum of champagne and white towels for us.  A year later he overdosed and died.
You are a strong believer in fate.  Things are meant to be.  Things happen.  In retrospect you can look through your journal and see it all worked out for the best.
- See more at: http://snapshottampabay.com/theo-wujcik/#sthash.Iz9rTuOh.dpuf

Theo Wujcik

Painter and printmaker Theo Wujcik is one of Tampa’s most acclaimed artists.  A long-time inhabitant of Ybor City, he gives us a look inside his studio, talks about the nightlife, what it’s like not having a computer and swimming with Basquiat.  Photographed at his studio and home in Ybor City.
Why Ybor City?  I moved to Ybor in 1987 to be close to the clubs and not have to drive home drunk!  We would hang out at Masquerade and El Goya.  I still go out to the clubs, usually to The Castle and Czar. I know a lot of people here and I don’t pay for cover charges or drinks!  Plus I have plenty of studio space and cheap rent.
What’s different about Ybor today?  I still love the nightlife but the return on my investment in time isn’t as good. There used to be a lot more live music.  I would go out to hear garage bands.  Even if it was bad music it was still fun.  When the bands would stop everyone would go outside and smoke pot.  Now they all dance to DJ’s.  You can be gone for a year and hear the same songs.
How does your space affect your work?  The space includes all of Ybor City.  The old punk scene in Ybor influenced my work but not the neighborhood itself.  My studio is open to anyone, anytime.  I am not one of those artists that likes to work in seclusion.  But here’s a warning–in the summer I paint in my underwear.
How do you know when a painting is finished?  When you start adding strokes of paint that take away from the painting.
What is your favorite object in your studio?  My ex-wife Susan’s dad was a painter.  I have his chair and some of his brushes.  I say  “Hi Bill” when I pick up his brushes.
How would you describe yourself?  Dedicated.
If you could change one thing about the way you look what would it be?  I’d get rid of these wrinkles.  At heart I’m a young person but the camera doesn’t lie.
What’s it like not having a computer?   I write letters and people write to me.  I have a website but a friend maintains it for me.  My gallery dealer thinks it’s funny.
What’s on your nightstand?  I read every night before I go to sleep.  I try to stay in touch with what’s happening in the art world.  Art Forum is my favorite.  Art in America has great illustrations and articles.  I’m also reading about Chinese history.
Name five things that are always in your refrigerator.  Cigarettes, fruit, turkey pot pie, Gatorade and Dutch apple pie.  I have to have sweets with my coffee.
What is inspiring your work right now?  I’m working on an Asian series.  Is China going to replace the US as the center of art like the US replaced Europe in the 50s with the Abstract Expressionist movement?
Tell us about your journals.  I have stacks of them!  I got divorced from my first wife in 1979.  It was the first time I was on my own.  I started journaling to keep track of things – when I woke up, what I did, what I was working on.  I still do it everyday.  I just painted Swimming with Basquiat from a journal entry in 1986.  Some friends in Tampa had bought two Basquiat paintings and were throwing a party for him.  It was kind of boring so I stripped down and tapped on the kitchen window to get my girlfriend’s attention.  Next thing I knew, she and Basquiat were outside naked swimming with me.  The hostess, Maureen, brought out a magnum of champagne and white towels for us.  A year later he overdosed and died.
You are a strong believer in fate.  Things are meant to be.  Things happen.  In retrospect you can look through your journal and see it all worked out for the best.
- See more at: http://snapshottampabay.com/theo-wujcik/#sthash.Iz9rTuOh.dpuf