Saturday, November 14, 2015

This Our Brand is Crisis Weekend, 11/14/2015

At last, Fall has shown up. Mourning for the victims of the attacks in Paris and Lebanon. Second Saturday, a big night.

5:00 PM. Morean Clay Center

This show is the result of an exciting and innovative collaboration of artists on both sides of the lens. A diverse group of talented photographers was given the challenge of "exposing" the most intimate aspects of "the process" employed by some of our area's most prolific, creative and well known visual artists. The result is a photographic collection of the most revealing moments in the creation of art.
To make it even more exciting, the pieces depicted in the images will also be included in the show in their completed form. This will be a multi artist, multi genre, multi media, multi event experience in a beautiful and historic venue in the heart of the Warehouse Arts District!
Limited edition signed and numbered prints will also be available.

Friday, November 13th - Opening reception 6-10pm
Saturday, November 14th - Second Saturday ArtWalk 5-9p
Sunday, November 15th - Brunch/Talkback with the artists on both sides of the lens. 12-4pm

Photographers include:
Herb Snitzer-
Brian James-
Sheri Kendrick Photography-
Todd Richardson-
Rossie Newson-
Nikki Devereux-
Xina Scuderi-
Steven Le-
Todd Bates -
Megan Beckler -

Artists include: (More TBA)
Steven Kenny-
Ya La'ford-
Lance Rodgers-
Nathan Beard-
Margaret Juul-
Chad Mize-
Carol Dameron-
Spathose (George Medeiros & Scott Durfee)-
Wendy Durand-
Mark Aeling-
Carrie Jadus-
Funktionhouse Urban Lumber & Furnishings
(Rob Bocik & Zoe Bocik)-
Josh Poll of Zen Glass Studio-
Frank Strunk III-
Jules Cozine-
Sebastian Coolidge
James Oleson-
Rasta Geary Taylor-
J.Michael Taylor-
Tyler Houston-
Adam Yungbluthh-
Matthew Schiemann-
Heather Tinnaro H. Tinnaro Ceramics-
Rebecca Zweibel
Salvador Saint Germain


In partnership with the USF Contemporary Art Museum and the Tampa Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg is proud to bring the 2015 Creative Time Summit to the Tampa Bay area. This year’s theme is The Curriculum, exploring constructs of knowledge. Each venue will host live panels and performances, in addition to video footage of the Creative Time Summit in Venice. The MFA’s events will take place on Saturday, November 14th from 12 – 5pm in the Marly Room. Details are below.

This event is free with admission (includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day, and access to Museum galleries)
Please RSVP to by November 10

The Creative Time Summit is an initiative of Creative Time, a New York-based organization dedicated to presenting innovative art in the public realm. Each year, the Creative Time Summit explores the many ways in which artists, activists, writers and curators are tackling the world’s most challenging social and political issues.

12pm – buffet lunch is served
12:15pm – Panel discussion moderated by Tampa Bay art critic and curator Danny Olda, featuring speakers from each of the Tampa Bay presentation sites, focusing on the history of Creative Time and its relevance to the Tampa Bay area.
1:00pm – break
1:30pm – screenings from the Creative Time Summit in Venice
3:00pm – break
3:30pm – Jacqueline Mabey, founder of Art + Feminism, will give an overview of her Wikipedia Edit-a-thon project. This will be followed by an hour-long editing workshop (please bring your laptops!). Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well documented. In a 2010 survey it was revealed that less than 13% of its contributors identify as female. The practical effect of this disparity is clear—Wikipedia is clearly skewed in favor of male artists. This represents a huge inequality in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge. Edit-a-thons have taken place globally, encompassing 1,300 volunteers, 70 events on 4 continents, and nearly 400 new articles devoted to female artists. Complementing Marks Made: Prints by American Women Artists from the 1960s to the Present, this event aims to ensure the visibility of female artists in its permanent collection.



Do you like playing with your food? Now you truly can! I'll have a cornucopia of brand-new knitted and crocheted food items just in time for you to display on your holiday dinner table!

There will also be some funky jewelry and other little goodies so you can get a jump-start on your gift-giving list. A true 'cornucopia' for sure!

Find me outside Stash - A Place for Yarn - as part of the Second Satuday Art Walk. I can't wait to see you! - Kristi


 On November 14, Bloom presents Taking Shape, a curated exploration of sculpture in all forms, from monumental to miniature, from outdoor metal work to vinyl art toys.

Individuals and artist teams will present all types of three-dimensional art, including kinetic and interactive installations.

The audience will be encouraged to vote on their favorite works, with a trophy awarded to the People’s Choice winner.

Come enjoy our newly renovated sculpture garden, plus a custom vinyl toy exhibit and special appearance by the Strange Cat Toys bus. Interactive installation from

Opening reception: Saturday, Nov. 14 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission: $ 7
DJ and live music all evening
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We're excited to be celebrating the kick-off of the holiday season with "BeachWood," a gallery show + sale featuring 'beachland to woodland' themed, handmade artworks perfect for gift-giving. (The Friends & Family Holiday Party is postponed!) We'll be serving good cheer in addition to the fascinating, festive artwork of 100 established local and national artists. Please join us for the festivities from 5-9 p.m.!






Swatched: Woven in Clay is a solo exhibition by ceramic artist Gracie Herbert. The show features Herbert's newest work which includes bright colors and bold line work. The artist draws inspiration for her surfaces from textile designs. Often in the textile industry swatches are used as a sample and may represent a larger collection. Herbert uses this idea of a swatch as a way to explore a variety of techniques and patterns in her work. Each piece serves as a unique sample that unite to create a cohesive collection through color and design. Swatched: Woven in Clay takes place on November's Second Saturday Gallery Walk (Saturday, November 14, 2015) from 5 pm to 9 pm at Charlie Parker Pottery.



St. Petersburg's Second Saturday ArtWalk presents over 40 galleries and studios in the Waterfront Arts, Central Arts District, The EDGE District of St. Petersburg, Grand Central District Association and the Warehouse Arts District coming together as one arts destination.

Be the first to see new affordable works of art, as ArtWalk is Opening Night where many galleries and studios premiere new works. Some are only open on ArtWalk, and many offer demonstrations and refreshments. It’s impossible to take in the entire ArtWalk in one night! Plan to drive, walk, or take the trolleys to visit the districts of your choice.

Our free trolley shuttles will have an art guide on board talking about each venue on our one continuous trolley loop. You can park for free 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, the Morean Center for Clay at the Train Station, the Clay Center of St. Petersburg, and the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum.

The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, the Arts Association St. Petersburg Inc., the EDGE District, the Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District associations coordinate St. Petersburg’s Second Saturday ArtWalk. The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance strives to be the community voice, the umbrella organization for the arts -- facilitating artists, arts organizations and creative businesses to work collaboratively; empowering the growth of the arts community, and driving arts-related economic development.

Browse, watch and purchase “Where Art is Made”!

Be on the lookout for one red trolley and one white coach bus with ArtWalk signage.

Trolley starts here at 5pm
Craftsman House Gallery – 2955 Central Avenue - Shop early to get the best selection for the holidays. Complimentary champagne punch with any gallery purchase. Also, handmade Face Jugs from southern face jug artists. The gallery features handmade clay, blown glass, jewelry, wood, furniture,… all housed in an historic 1918 Arts & Crafts bungalow. Watch artists at work in the carriage house pottery studio.

Charlie Parker Pottery – 2724 6th Avenue S. – Swatched: Woven in Clay. A solo exhibition by ceramic artist Gracie Herbert. The show features Herbert's newest work which includes bright colors and bold line work. The artist draws inspiration for her surfaces from textile designs. Each piece serves as a unique sample that unites to create a cohesive collection through color and design.

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.

Funktionhouse Urban Lumber & Furnishings – 562 25th St. S - Funktionhouse rescues local trees (normally headed for a chipper or the landfill), mill the trees on site, then create one-of-a-kind furnishings, lighting, and art pieces. See the latest wood slabs fresh off the mill, peruse new gallery items, or be inspired to create a custom furnishing of your own.

Duncan McClellan Gallery – 2342 Emerson Avenue South – The Space Between, featuring glass sculpture by Pennsylvania artist and Rhode Island School of Design alumni Michael Schunke. Schunke will give a free glass blowing demonstration beginning at 6pm. A former professor at the Toyama Institute of Glass Art in Toyama, Japan, he continues to teach glassmaking around the world. Schunke has recently been recognized as a resident artist at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA, and the Toledo Museum of Glass in Toledo, OH. His work, both functional and sculptural, is housed in museum collections world-wide.

Clay Center of St. Petersburg - 420 23rd Street South – Large bowl throwing and handbuilding demo, as well as exhibition of sculpture work by Kyu Yamamotto and his students.

Dazzio Art Experience Gallery & School of Art - 535 22nd Street South - Work from various artists. Paintings completed over a ten-year period that tell the story of the Holocaust.

Soft Water Studios - 515 22nd Street South - Featuring works by resident Soft Water Studio artists.

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.

Gallerie 909 - 909 22nd Street South - Opening reception: Change Gonna Come. Featuring artist, Zulu. Artist talk @ 7pm.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum – 2240 9th Avenue S. - The Eluster Richardson Collection. An exquisite array of art pieves near and dear to the Artists heart that speak to lessons of life, culture, and his main passion of painting.

Morean Center for Clay – 420 22nd Street South - Peter Pincus show in the gallery. Gallery talk with Peter at 6pm. Exposure Show in the event room.

Richard Clark and Jim Corp - Five Deuces Galleria Building - 420 23rd Street South - Paper and paint, prints and canvas.

Nancy Smrekar Art Studio - 2135 3rd Avenue South, Unit #5, Five Deuces Galleria Garden Building. Featuring acrylic/oil paintings in impressionism, realism, and abstract styles by emerging artist Nancy Smrekar.

St. Petersburg Opera Company - 2145 1st Ave South - Prelude and Fugue: A solo exhibition by Gabriela Valencia, using oils, pastels and acrylics. Valencia, a native of Ecuador, resides in the Tampa Bay area. She began to paint and draw from childhood. Her artwork reflects images of nature, emotions, and daily life experiences; symbolizing the beauty of earth, the life of the sea, the nature of human being, and the love for life. She reflects the sensibility, the strength, and the spirit of women.

From Mayan Hands - 2006 Second Avenue South -
Exhibiting outrageous Mayan folk art and the paintings of Beba Contreras. Buy your Christmas nativities and gifts at wholesale prices.

Trolley Starts Here at 5pm
Creative Clay – 1114 Central Avenue - Celebrate Creative Clay's 20th Anniversary with good art and good folk. The Good Folk Show Invitational features portraits of Creative Clay studio artists created by local and regional Florida artists. The work in this annual exhibit includes painting by Steven Kenny, and Florida folk artist Sandy Hall, and drawings by Calan Ree, among others.

Michele Tuegel Contemporary – 320 Central Avenue - Holiday show featuring all things beach and sun.

The Gallery - 200 Central Ave. Suite 111 - Featuring the work of local artist Jason Skeldon. His original mixed media work is heavily influenced by street art and pop culture. The work will leave you with a taste of walking through a city full of vibrant and colorful graffiti.

SHAPIRO'S Gallery – 300 Beach Drive NE. - Showcasing the finest in American made blown glass, jewelry, pottery, wooden boxes and sculpture.

Lynn Merhige Gallery – 216 Fourth St North - Featured artist will be painter Janet Aponte, whose specialty is brightly colored minimalist paintings. Also beautiful carved and celedon pottery by Robin MacKay and a great assortment of small clay items for the season of giving by gallery artists.

Art on 1st – 550 First Avenue North – Chairs, chairs, chairs. Enjoy a glass of sangria while you admire a collection of paintings of unique chairs, chairs that were collected over the years in Europe by Joyce VanHorn. Also see artworks of artists represented by the gallery.

Florida CraftArt – 501 Central Avenue – Transformed into a holiday shopping experience with ornaments and gifts all hand crafted by Florida artists

The Art Lofts of St. Petersburg, FL– 10 Fifth Street North (upstairs) - TBD.

Graphi-ko Gallery/ Jewelry – 669 Central Avenue - 5-year anniversary celebration with a public juried Abstracts and Textures art exhibition. The show will feature an all-original collection of abstract themed art from local St. Petersburg artists. All works are sized 16” x 16”. The show’s theme is designed to introduce the public to original fine abstract art and to support local artists. The style and medium is up to the artists and will be varied and eclectic to satisfy all tastes in art.

The Local COOP - 645 Central Avenue - Featuring work from dozens of local artists and hand crafters. A constantly changing inventory of locally handcrafted gifts, home decor, and kids items in The Mini Coop.

D-gallerie - 645 Central Avenue inside the Crislip Arcade. - Up and coming talent presenting unique, modern, and contemporary works from Latin America & Tampa Bay.

St. Pete Art Works - 635 Central Ave - Featured exhibition Along the Way: A collection of paintings by Elizabeth Barenis. Live music by local favorite Rebekah Pulley.

NEW LOCATION! Strands of Sunshine – 633 Central Ave – new, bigger location on Central Avenue. Expanded selection of locally made art & goods.

Morean Arts Center – 719 Central Avenue – Opening reception for There's No Time Like the Presents: 2015 Holiday Show and Sale. Kim Turner-Smith: Labyrinth of Daydreams exhibition.

ARTicles Art Gallery & Custom Framing - 1445 Central Avenue – Pop-Up Show: Jewelry artist Cindi Samaha selects only the finest quality semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, and corals to create her works of art.

Leslie Curran Gallery - 1431 Central Avenue: Continuing the exhibition Where the Sea Meets the Sky: Leslie Neumann & David Erdman. Neumann's encaustic paintings are inspired by the wetlands and the vast cosmic night sky of her home in Aripeka, Florida. Erdman's sculptures of luxurious wood evoke the elegantly flowing lines of wind in sails.

NEW LOCATION - Woodfield Fine Art Gallery - 2253 Central Avenue #105 - Artwork by Jim Woodfield, Sean Alton, Nancy Smrekar, Dale TerBush, James Coleman, and more.

Creative Soul Studio : Coffee, Wine, Art – 2425 Central Avenue - Holiday gift show with multiple artists. Jewelry, art, photography, and more! All art under $150.

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

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


Saturday, November 7, 2015

This Spectre Weekend, Nov. 7,. 2015

Ok, we got gypped out of Fall. It's still hot out there. Global Warming? A curse?


Annual weekend of noise Saint Petersburg Noise Festival - USA is happening again.

6th November Friday
7th November Saturday

7:00pm start time!

15 minute sets, non-stop, free.

01:40-2:55 - Furwave (Furchick + Microwave Windows) (Australia)
01:20-01:35 - Andy Borsz (NC)
01:00-01:15 - Whitey Alabastard (St Pete)
12:40-12:55 - Ola Lindefelt (Sweden)
12:20-12:35 - XOME (CA)
12:00-12:15 - Laundry Room Squelchers (Miami)
11:40-11:55 - Joules (NC)
11:20-11:35 - AODL (UT)
11:00-11:15 - Victimes de Regime (TN)
10:40-10:55 - Clang Quartet (NC)
10:20-10:35 - Xela Zaid (Miami)
10:00-10:15 - Scott Bazar (Panama City)
09:40-09:55 - Wren Turco (DeLand)
09:20-09:35 - Sea of Apparitions (Jax)
09:00-09:15 - Intellectual Dryheave (Panama City)
08:40-08:55 - Con Rit (Jax)
08:20-08:35 - Sharp Pain (Orlando)
08:00-08:15 - Yobel Weenel (Spring Hill)
07:40-07:55 - NOISEKILLR (Spring Hill)
07:20-07:35 - Land of NOD (Clearwater)
07:00-07:15 - Ruff Bummer (St Pete)



Opening reception for recent art by Rebecca Skelton & Robert Holmes. Skelton will be showing paintings from the "Flow" series based on the movement of water, air, time & light. Holmes will show small paintings of local vistas. At Kahwa South. 7 PM

Help Us Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the
Gulf Coast Artists’ Alliance, Inc.
for your favorite piece(s) of artwork on our Double Digits online exhibition here on our Facebook page. Select the “Double Digits” photo album to “like” your favorites! DEADLINE TO VOTE: OCTOBER 31st

on display and for sale at the Opening Reception for the Double Digits Winners at:
Avenue 5 Art Studio, 2630 5th Ave. N.
Saturday November 7th, 7-9pm. Refreshments, Live Music

Join us on Sunday November 8th, 10am-5pm at Avenue 5 Art Studio for an Open House and More Festivities!
SILENT AUCTION of 4ft. x 8ft. Mural Panels painted in an Endangered Species theme.
(Part of the auction proceeds to benefit the animal charity of the artists' choice)


Ten works by John Stine.


Saturday, October 24, 2015

This Steve Jobs Weekend, Oct 24, 2015


The Vegg'd Out Vegan Kitchen presents...Bettersweetz: Vegan Dessert Fest.

This all vegan, #CleanerEatin, festive celebration will exclusively feature an array of desserts, sweets, and delicasies; in addition to LIVE MUSIC, LIVE ART, food demonstrations, and Vibes of Goodness.

Desserts will include Vegg'd Out CupKakez, Cookies, Raw CheeseKakez, Raw Pies, Gluten-Free treats, and more. These sweets will be for sale on site, as well as, allow customers to pre-order these items for the remainer of the Fall season, and for the upcoming Winter also, to serve at any special occasion one may have. One of the main purposes of this event is to allow the public to enjoy desserts without all of the intentional poisonous ingredients that are featured in most "conventional" constructed sweets. Also, to educate and inspire some on how to make their own #VeggdOut sweets with the highest quality ingredients, Thoughtfulness, and Cleanliness in mind. As well as, without even being said, to further combat the exploitation and ignorance that we as people in this society are subjecting ourselves to willingly and unwillingly.

-Unifiedbeings presents: Moel Metaphysical Jewelry
-Justin Seabolt


This event is free to the public, and is for all ages. It will also serve as a fund-raiser for The Ybor Daily Market, an establishment which has served, currently serves, and will serve as a beacon of Hope, a haven of safety, and a shelter for anyone in need with a Good Heart. Vegg'd Out is in great appreciation of their cooperative and giving Hearts.

So bring your Heal-Thy sweet tooth, cheerful Spirit, and open-mind, and come out to enjoy this celebration. See you there!


Please join us to see ALL the films made for the Third Annual Florida Free Film Fest Competition! -

This even will conclude with an awards ceremony. Remember, you get to vote on the $100 worth of pennies to be awarded to worst film!


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Legacy, History and Immortality.

An artist recently told me his goal had been to have a work in the Whitney before he was 40. Two decades later, he's dealing with that disappointment. Another expressed that and a little rage. At a recent show, an artist complained that no museum would take her entire oeuvre! She said she needed someone to write a ten million dollar check so she could open her own museum. That the Smithsonian has 200 of her prints is not enough.

These are just examples from the last month of the need for self-historicization. Ego plays a part in being included in a major collection. It serves as a kind of immortality, though in reality, Your work is unlikely to ever be seen and will languish in an off-site warehouse.

The Smithsonian has one of my prints, from a project I participated in decades ago involving a camera that went around the world. It sits in a warehouse in VA. Big deal.

Things have changed in the last 30 years. If one is concerned about these issues, the web's archives are probably the surest way to be remembered - and found.

For me, being remembered in people's minds and hearts is what matters.

Luis Gottardi

Saturday, October 17, 2015

This Fall Weekend, Oct 17, 2015


One Night Gallery Show at 13 Arrows Tattoo

On October 17th come out and support local artists!!! Showing new work by:

Laura Spencer (

Deidra Leigh (Instagram @relic_imagery)

Pepper Raefin (owner, 13 Arrows Tattoo)

Come out and enjoy light appetizers, a glass of wine and mingle with the artists and the creative community. We look forward to seeing you.

18 and over welcome, no children please. Artwork may preview adult content.

Parking is limited in front of the building, but there is street parking in the neighborhood behind the shop. Drink responsibly and locals can use Uber or Lyft!

We look forward to seeing you! More details to come!!!


"Florida-based artist Elizabeth Barenis presents a collection of paintings which celebrate moments she has captured, old and new, during the journey to her present location in St. Petersburg. Inspired by her own photos, Along the Way reminds us to appreciate the moments of beauty that happen when we are least expecting. It is those moments which become etched in our memories and ultimately compose the stories of our lives."

Shepherd Boy Records artists Direwood and LILITH team up together to present another in the enduring fundraising campaign to literally keep the lights on at the beloved The Venture Compound.
Tonight's spooky lineup includes sets from previous favorites the return of Brandeton's own Mirkwood and Shifted Grimm as well as dark set of DJ M0RT0S and DEA and Saint.
$5! Wear a costume! Bring candy.


United Photographic Artists at 620. 17 artists. WAAAY Underpublicized tonight is last night, 5-9 PM.  




Sophia Renee solo show @ Soft Water Studio.

Sophia ' s process is interconnective and immersive. Her subjects are not just models, but people she creates (platonic) relationships with. She is a new schools Humanist whose principles and concerns are palpably encoded into her portraits.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Dark Side of the SHINE mural Festival.

By most measures, the SHINE Fest was a success. Over a dozen artists created murals around the City of Saint Petersburg. Several are extremely colorful and decorative, a few are strong in composition, content and meaning. The city has been considerably art-ified by these (mostly) highly visible works. All were selected by the SHINE director, Leon Bedore.

Like any first year festival, there were some rough spots and complaints. Those are the subjects of this article.
Most recently, there was a Facebook post from John Taormina of ARTicles Gallery quoting Wayne Atherholt (City Arts Director) from an interview, quoting where he said that artists should be paid for participating in the festival, and paid directly. All of which is true, though hardly that simple. The City put up $25,000, sponsors raised that to around 30,000 (though I have not seen the accounting figs), Cities rarely make direct payments to artists, using non-profits to insulate themselves from many potential problems. John Collins' Arts Alliance served in this function. Non profits take money for their services, and AA did. Also the Ad Agency for the event.

But not the artists. Agencies prioritizing agencies instead of individuals is nothing new. At least funds paid for the housing, transport, lifts, food and paint used. The amount of money raised was almost minimal for a festival of this magnitude.

Many local artists have complained that they were excluded and that there was no call for artists for them to be considered. Others that the Fest Director, Leon Bedore (whose nom de spray is Tes One, although there was an earlier, original and well-known Tes One) did not return e-mails, or consider artists who were in the original "Leave a Message" show at the Morean.

There were only three women in SHINE, only two had their own walls/murals, Ya La' Ford and Carrie Jadus. The third was Klor, who collaborated with her husband. I asked Leon about Carrie Jadus' status because throughout the festival's duration she was not listed on the SHINE site, or publication. He said she was in SHINE, and right after I left Leon, I drove to Soft Water, and Carrie told me that as far as she knew, she was not part of it. This changed a few days later, and she was included in the SHINE site.

There should have been more women in SHINE. I'm not going to suggest a number, that is up to the organizers, just that three is really low.

The children who were in the educational aspect of SHINE, under the tutelage of Chad Mize, learned to paint and executed a mural of the SHINE design at the Amsterdam. This came down in about a month, disappointing the children, who had not been notified this would be the case.

Perhaps after the self- trumpeting quiets down, there should be a general meeting, open to the public, for these (and other) concerns to be voiced, recorded and hopefully acted upon before next year.

 Luis Gottardi.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

This SIcario Weekend, 10/10/2015

The Mornings smell like Fall, but the days are still cruelly Summer. At least the temperatures are dropping.







 At Bloom tonight....


 The band is back! Dust off your dancing shoes and join us for a fun evening of art and music. Purchase a mug, tumbler, cup or goblet and enjoy the beverage of your choice all evening long.
Special preview Thursday, October 8th from 4 to 7 pm







Join us tonight for the 2nd Saturday ArtWalk in downtown St. Petersburg (recently named the #1 Craft Lover's City in America!) as we celebrate American Craft Week with Cheers for Beer! and a fundraiser for CERF+.

Cheers for Beer! features a super-fun sale of handmade ceramic mugs and tumblers by professional local and national potters. A complimentary St. Pete Brewing Orange Wheat local beer comes with every mug purchase!

Along with many other St. Pete galleries, we"ll be conducting an important fundraiser to benefit the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+). The highlight of our fundraising effort will be an opportunity raffle to win a beautiful, ultra-large, oval signature ceramic casserole by Jonathan Barnes, pictured above. We will have additional, handmade raffle items, too. Drawing will take place at 9 p.m. as the 2nd Saturday ArtWalk on October 10th winds down. If you can't make it in tonight, we can take your raffle ticket orders over the phone. CERF+ has been assisting the livlihoods of artists in need for more than 25 years, and the money raised will go into a specific 'Florida Fund.'

The gallery is featuring an exhibition of large format black & white photography by Clyde Butcher, titled "Preserving Florida's Legacy."

So much going on!! Open today from 11 am - 9pm. Hope to see you!!


It's Here, It's Here! Today is the first day of Pinellas Park Better Block! Come to 5625 Park Blvd. Pinellas Park FL 33781 today from 11-8pm and see the exhibition called "The Space We Share" featuring 12 artists' work represented by ARTicles Art Gallery & Custom Framing. We've been revealing two artists in the show everyday this week, and now for the final two. Photographer Robin Dana is a native of Georgia who earned her MFA at the Univ. of Connecticut. She has exhibited throughout the eastern US and has been a teacher, curator,art writer, and publisher. Her current work focuses on mining in her hometown and the scarification of the landscape. David Erdman is a master wood sculptor. He has always been involved with tools since his family owned a hardware store and he draws inspriation for his forms from his many years in the yacht-building business. He is currently being featured along with Leslie Neumann in an exhibit called "Where the Sea Meets the Sky" at ARTicles Leslie Curran Gallery, 1431 Central Ave, St Petersburg FL 33705, which opens tonight during Second Saturday Art Walk!
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

On The Road After the Artpocalyse: Michael Covello's "Carry the Fire" at HCC Gallery 221.t

On December 12, 2012 Mayan writings prophecied the world would end. A whole industry of preppers, books, crazies and TV specials sprung up and experienced  a real Apocalypse of its own when nothing happened.

In the literary Apocalyptic tradition, there's usually cataclysms, plagues, floods and other high drama, Wrath-of-God type events to close out an Age.  In the novel "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy, there was enough drama to reduce the world (and oceans) to ashes, including the Gulf of Mexico. In this cthonic landscape stragglers, including the two protagonists in the story, struggle to survive, gather and conserve meager resources. Murder and cannibalism are commonplace, as are shifty characters with the names of Biblical prophets.  The father often wonders whether he will have the courage to shoot his son to prevent him from suffering in the event of a capture. The son, who was born after the conflagration, simply accepts the reality of the world as it is.


Gallery 221, @ HCC Dale Mabry Campus is showing "Carry the Fire", of works by Mike Covello. The title of the show refers to the litmus test the father and son character in the novel apply to those they meet, as if they were members of a Zoroastrian cult, but the metaphor is do they still carry the remnants and or seeds of humanity?

Covello talked about this at length during his speech at the gallery. Part of it in the context of the book, part in the context of the current state of the arts. There have been several essays about the Artpocalypse recently, how the arts have lost relevance, become a masturbatory exercise, mired in fame and chronyism, and more. The artist sees a similarity between the status of the duo of travelers in the scorched world and artists. Some artists, the truer, or purer ones, if you will. We, as artists and viewers, must also carry that fire.

In the Abrahamic traditions, Nature (The givens) is viewed as a medium- and gift- for Mankind to transform into useful forms.The artist affirmed the view that Nature is disorder and Man represents Order, which to me seems exactly backwards,and is part of why there has been such a strong, albeit oscillating,  tie between Art and Nature over time.


Covello's complex paintings engage this dialog via structure, colors, forms and more. He said this is deliberate and that he wants the viewer to spend time with the work. Has Art experienced an Apocalypse? Those who think of earlier art forms represent the apex of Art surely think so, as do those who believe culture is in a downward spiral. The people burning Elvis records in the early 60s thought so, at least until the Rolling Stones arrived.


Apocalypses (religious or otherwise) are like resistant subductions between a familiar past and an uncertain future. They are plentiful in recorded history, therefore serve a purpose. They are a form of temporal pagination or marker between two eras. Those that are being left behind (like the Father in The Road) have the gratifying distinction of being the last of their kind and having known the last of the great days. If it involves death, and all do at least metaphorically, the loneliness of a personal passing is lessened by the knowledge of a collective death. We will be seeing many others in the near future. In the Arts, too.

All images shown are the work of Michael Covello and are copyrighted, all rights reserved.

--- Luis Gottardi

Saturday, September 26, 2015

This Equinox Weekend, Sept 18, 2015

Join us for Free Museum Day!!
Saturday September 26, 2015

Learn more about the museum, take the curated tour; through our facility, current exhibit, and beautiful Legacy Gardens. We will have Live music, poetry, refreshments, and so much more for your entertainment pleasure. Won't you come by and see us... You'll be glad you did!

For more information please call our office or visit our website at 727.323.1104,


The bay area Art Car movement returns to St. Petersburg on Saturday, September 26 when Carmada rolls back into the Plaza at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts, between the Dali Museum and Mahaffey Theater, for a very special Arts Alive Day.

Bigger and better than ever in its second year, Carmada 2015 features a dozen custom art cars on display, live vehicle painting, free family craft projects from the NOMADstudio Art Bus, DJ Blenda, food trucks, a special edition of the St. Pete Indie Market, and more!

Join us afterward for the official After-Party at The Amsterdam to celebrate with live music from Luxury Mane, Funny Bunny, Smoke Stack Lightening, and Broken Things. They will tap a special Carmada beer and donate 20 percent of proceeds to our project! All that, plus we'll raffle off a giant gift basket of local goodies. Don't miss out!

Carmada creates opportunities for local artists, brings mobile arts programming to Pinellas County, and spreads awareness of the State of the Arts license plate. Funds raised through sales of this plate, available at Pinellas County Tax Collectors Offices, go directly to support the activities of local arts agencies throughout Florida—including Creative Pinellas and the Arts Council of Hillsborough County.

Don’t miss your chance to experience eye-popping street art in a beautiful waterfront setting. Join us for this exciting free event, and be there when the rubber hits the road in St. Petersburg!

Carmada is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.




The Central Avenue Solstice takes place in St. Petersburg all day Saturday, Sept. 26 -- from sunrise to sunset, culminating with Movies in the Park on the west end of Central in Sunset Park. The Solstice event is one of the big, culminating events of SPF15 (St. Pete Fest).

We'll be sharing solstice sunshine from 11am - 6 pm with CHEERS FOR BEER, a sale of handmade ceramic mugs and tumblers by nationally-recognized artists. Most of our collection is made by local, uber-talented potters. It just makes sense to promote owning a finely-crafted, artist-designed stein, mug, cup or tumbler to personalize your craft beer experiences!

Complimentary brew with every mug purchase! Shop local, and come see the selection and the collection. Prost!


ARTicles is excited to announce the expansion of our current exhibition space to include the Leslie Curran Gallery. On September 26th, we will celebrate the Grand Opening with a group exhibition to kick off this new venture in conjunction with the Central Avenue Solstice event. The exhibition highlights over 30 artists, many we've showcased over the last 10 years and several who will be featured during our upcoming exhibition schedule.

Leslie Curran Gallery will be the only venue in St Petersburg dedicated to showcasing emerging and mid-career artists with monthly solo and small group exhibitions. Located at 1431 Central Avenue in St Petersburg, this unique space is just a few steps away from ARTicles, our flagship location.

The Grand Opening will be held on the evening of Sept 26th from 7-10 pm. Come see the new showroom, meet the participating artists, enjoy live music by the Ben Winkler Trio, and help us launch this exciting new chapter.

Participating Artists:

Carol Bardes
Elizabeth Barenis
Emily Barnes
Nathan Beard
Jack Bond
Carrie Boucher
Rocky Bridges
Michael Conway
Jules Cozine
Michael Crabb
Carol Dameron
Robin Dana
David Erdman
Jeannine Hascall
Carrie Jadus
Margaret Juul
Steven Kenny
Ya La'Ford
Nin McQuillen
Chad Mize
Cathy Morgan
Leslie Neumann
Linda Newcomb
James Oleson
Eric Rabbers
Lance Rodgers
Xina Scuderi
Robert Simone
Herb Snitzer
John Taormina


 In Tampa, at QUAID on Florida Ave, Just N, of Nicko;s

In The Future, You Are Here features new video-based and sculptural works by Gigi Lage. By frequenting airports after dark, Lage observes the identity of space and travel: the human experience of formal, structural qualities and the periods of discomfort and waiting involved. As a curated whole, the exhibition explores the liminal recesses of technology through the construction of abstracted and corrupted analog media.

Gigi Lage is a visual artist from Miami, whose practice often involves sculpture, performance, video and multimedia installations. She currently lives and works in Tampa, Fl, where she received a BA in Fine Art from the University of South Florida in 2013. Lage has exhibited extensively throughout Florida including: Tempus Projects, Tampa, FL; The Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL; The Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL; Morean Art Center, St. Pete, FL; and Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa, FL. Her work has also been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago, IL for their Streetlight video series. She is currently a member of [UNDISCLOSED]collective.

Located at 4636 N. Florida Ave in South Seminole Heights, QUAID is an artist-run project space in partnership with TEMPUS PROJECTS. The artists who run QUAID are members of the Tampa Drawers Sketch Gang. Since March of 2013 this group of eight Tampa artists has met weekly to collaborate and draw. The Tampa Drawers Sketch Gang has been organizing exhibitions at QUAID since January 2014, including solo exhibitions of its members and various other group shows and events.