Thursday, February 12, 2015

This Jupiter Rising Weekend, February 13th-15th

It is Valentine's Day Weekend, a time for love and treasuring those close to us.Lots going on this weekend, so plan something special for your love.
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Thursday, Feb 12 -

Second Thursday of the Month, 6:30pm
Free with Museum Admission (Admission is $5 after 5pm on Thursdays and free all year round for Museum Members)
Join KEEP ST. PETE LIT, a local organization that supports the literary community, for a book club that connects the visual arts with the literary arts. Each month’s featured book will connect with the work in the Museum’s collection or special exhibition.

This month: Connecting to "Monet to Matisse: On the French Coast" is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘Tender is the Night’


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Friday, Feb 12th

 


The FEBRUARY group event for FAF St Pete/ Tampa Bay ... of course every Friday can be Free Art Friday!

ARTISTS: If you're interested in participating please do at your convenience--distribution is loosely concentrated in downtown st pete but you can place art wherever you like. Be sure to tag it with free art friday and your email or the web address of this group so people can post and let you know your art was found. Also feel free to post pictures on this page of your work/where it is placed.

FINDERS: Please limit yourself to 1 piece per person and let the artists know how excited you are to find their work by contacting them or posting a photo here. PLEASE I can't stress enough how much a thank you does to encourage artists to continue participating and without artists there is no FAF.

LOCATION VARIES: in general the focus is downtown st pete, between 8th street and beach drive, and between 1st ave south and 1st ave north with a concentrated effort around the 600 block of central BUT artists are free to place work wherever is in their normal paths so keep an eye out everywhere, artists can help by posting images/clues on where to look

the group URL is facebook.com/groups/FAFStPete for posting images

OF COURSE this event is merely a suggestion for those of us who like deadlines... not required, not limited to this or any specified date. THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR ART WITH THE WORLD generosity is its own reward.



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Friday, Feb 13th




Join us at the Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop and watch Jason Christian in action, showcasing his talent in the art of reticello. Standard demonstration fees apply - only $8.95 per person!

Jason is a participating artist in Italian Traditions, temporary exhibition on view at the Chihuly Collection from Jan 23 through Apr 19.

Jason Christian is a glass artist living in the Seattle area. He became involved in glass art at the age of 21 - slowly developing his glass knowledge through experience. He has worked with a variety of well-known artists in the Seattle community, including Martin Blank, Preston Singletary, James Mongraine, and Nancy Callan. For almost a decade he has been an integral member of Dale Chihuly's boathouse team, collaborating and working with international artists, including Pino Singnoretti. His individual work explores the art of reticello, classical Venetian techniques, and modern simplicity. As of recent, he has been developing art inspired by the works of Faberge- combining the delicate complexity of reticello with the intricate detailing Faberge's eggs are known for.

Additional events in conjunction with Italian Traditions:
- Artist talk with Raven Skyriver
- Artist talk with Nancy Callan
- Artist talk with John Brekke
- Make Your Own Murrine!
- Night Blow
 


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1906 North Armenia, West Tampa, Florida 33607
Free Parking
Food trucks, Local Art, Live music
Suggested Admission $10 per person at door (benefits the Special Operations Warrior Foundation)
 


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Venture Compound 

SAINT PETERSBURG!
It's the most wonderful time of the year, come celebrate Stephen Pastor AND JDavis's Birthday Bash with us!!

Okay guys, I really don't want to overhype this party too much, so I'll just leave it at this...This will be the best night of your life and I personally will 100% guarantee it.

Here's what some people are saying....

"This birthday party is going to be great!" - Twitter

"The birthday bash is the can't miss event of the year, only an idiot would do something else that night" - ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE (letter to the editor, submitted by me. no word on if they're going to use it yet. we'll see)

This party will have all the MAJOR elements of a typical party:

CAKE
PEOPLE
CHILDHOOD WHIMSY
DANCING
ENTERTAINMENT

MUSIC BY:

- ABSTRACT MACHINE

-Sonic Graffiti

-Jackson Davis and the Jackettes


******It won't be enforced, but attendees are encouraged to dress up! Show some class you guys.

Stay the whole night or drop in for just a minute to give the birthday boy(s) some love.
Lets make this a truly #blessed night to remember for one of the best dudes this town has to offer and also Jackie!


SEE YOU THERE
XOXOXO

ALL AGES!

$5!
 


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MUCH ADO Schedule:
Alley & Gallery open at 7PM (Food Truck + Bar)
Performance at 8PM ll Speak(=)Love After Party on 2/14 9:30PM

'Much Ado,' an immersive performance and exhibition, will be presented on February 13th and 14th @ 8PM at the historic Rialto Theatre in Downtown Tampa. This project features an interactive dance/theatre performance, cinematic installation, live music, and curated art exhibition all based on William Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing.' Boasting a cast of over 50 performers and 18 visual artists, 'Much Ado' is by far the most ambitious project we have undertaken and will present an experience never before produced in this area.

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'Much Ado' ll FEB 13 + 14 ll Historic Rialto Theatre
7PM - Gallery Opens (Food + Drink available)
8PM - Performance
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ALL DAY community-wide celebration with contests, prizes, discounts and specials at dozens of EDGE businesses! Here are just some of the highlights:

• Make-your-own funky Mardi Gras bead necklaces at Creative Clay from 11a-3p; Make Your Own Folk Art Valentine with Missionary Mary Proctor (2-4 pm); Art for Peace exhibit (10 am-9 pm)

• Nerdy Noah, Juggler Extraordinaire (1-9 pm)

• Tao Jones Tramp Clown (11 am-6 pm)

• Scott Howard, guitar, banjo, mandolin (10a-12p)

• Walk-up Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day painting for children & adults at Pinot's Palette - Downtown St. Pete at 3p, along with Valentine’s Day class for children at 2:30p and adult class at 7p (registration online)

• 10th Anniversary Party at ARTicles Art Gallery & Custom Framing; Artist Robert Simone hosts exhibition reception (6-9 pm); Music by Ben Winkler Trio (6-9 pm); Photobooth by Xina Scuderi (6-9 pm); Caricatures by Bruce Norris (6:30-8:30 pm)

• Brooklyn South Gumbo and Valentine’s Day cheese platters with chocolate covered strawberries, & free French cheese samples at Brooklyn South

• Special guest jewelry designer Cadyn & Charlie Jewelry (11am-3pm), and 20% off when purchasing both Ashe Couture apparel and Cadyn & Charlie Jewelry (11am-2pm) at Ashe Couture Boutique

* Wine sippers at plain jane st pete

• 50th customer wins gift certificate at Adele’s Pickwick Antiques

• Every customer wearing a Mardi Gras costume receives 50% off any item in the store at Three9 Shoes

• 25th customer who mentions Mardi Gras in the EDGE wins 5 free DVDs at CASA Collections Thrift Shoppe

• King Cake at Paper Street Market

• Raffle for 2 free yoga classes; special of $35 for 30-day unlimited yoga pass or $25 for 5-class pass at Peace of Yoga

• 50th customer at The Edge Lounge and Tapas receives a free drink (opens at 11 am)

• Win up to $20 in gift certificates & get $4 Abita taps at Bodega on Central

• Wear Mardi Gras garb, get $1 off beer at Green Bench Brewing Co.

• "Purple Reigns" Second Line Parade at 4pm (line up at Ricky Ps at 3pm)

• Mardi Gras costume contest at Ricky P's at 5p, followed by live music at 6p

• Free raffle ticket to every customer plus additional ticket with any drink purchase, prize drawings held throughout evening with two grand prizes -- 2 tickets to State Theatre & an Android 7” Tablet -- at Edge of 9

• Sweetheart Count contest and sweet soul music at The Bends from 5-10p, followed by DJ Dance Party at 11p

• Live music V.D. Burns featuring Marbin at The Amsterdam at 9p

• $4 Abita pints and free Mardi Gras beads during parade at The Flying Pig Taphouse

• Condition 6 performing at Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill

• And more contests and specials at Amulet, McB’s, Genaro, Milagros, and Designer Consigner!
 


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Get your valentine on! There's still time to catch our feature exhibit PORTRAITS: A Lot Like Real Life and join us for sweet treats at the gallery in the Central Arts District. Bring your Valentine! 

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This Saturday we have a special Valentines Day ArtWalk Edition planned for the opening of our newest exhibit, "Black Lives Matters 2". Take an in depth walk with us as we look into the eyes and events of those people who pioneered the efforts in this city to show that Black Lives Matter. A historical journey from then to now in St.Petersburg featuring the works of acclaimed photographer Rossi Newson. As a special treat be enchanted by the Dynamic Musical sounds of Ms Deneen Wyman, and Enamored by the Spoken Poetic Lyrics of Wally B Jennings, & Phil Scott. A night of Arts, Love, & Culture right here at the Dr. Carter G Woodson African American History Museum. Come by and see us... You'll be glad you did!"

ARTWALK BLACK LIVES MATTERS 2 Exhibit by Rossi Newson
LOVE N POETRY showcase ft. Deneen Wyman, Wally B Jennings, & Phil Scott

SATURDAY FEB 14TH.2015
5-10PM
ART Exhibit, Refreshments, Live Music, & Poetry
 



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On Valentine's Day this year, 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 that goes from the 3rd Street and Central Avenue to deep in the heart of the Warehouse Arts District. 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, the Florida Holocaust Museum and the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum.

Duke Energy is our sponsor. 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” and I ♥ ArtWalk with us!


Trolley starts here at 5pm
Craftsman House Gallery – 2955 Central Avenue - Free chocolate fountain will be flowing. Handmade jewelry & unique hearts galore for your Valentine. Meet artist-in-residence, Patrick Eckman from Montana. He unveils a new kiln load of pottery - bowls, casseroles, mugs, vases. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Craftsman-House-Gallery/158706022997

Charlie Parker-Pottery – 2724 6th Avenue S. – A sweetheart of a deal. Cupid says to go to Charlie Parker Pottery to get your sweetheart deals. 20% off everything in the gallery. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Charlie-Parker-Pottery/143278235683807

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 Josh Poll, Dave Walker, and Christian Zvonik https://www.facebook.com/events/650719271701234/


Duncan McClellan Glass - 2342 Emerson Avenue South – "Over the Top" with Seattle glassblower and Ted Talk lecturer Nancy Callan. She spins her magic in the Hot Shop with the assistance of Jason Christian, also of Seattle. Also in attendance with new work is Toronto artist Laura Donefer. http://dmglass.com/uncategorized/join-duncan-mcclellan-gallery-glass-artist-nancy-callan-opening-glass-exhibit-top/

Clay Center of St. Petersburg- 420 23rd Street South – Big bowl throwing. A demonstration of the clay broomstick method by Mitch Lyons and lots if great art!! https://www.facebook.com/ClayCenterofStPetersburg/

Soft Water Studios - 515 22nd Street South -
Closing reception of KEEP ST. PETE LIT's "Fantastic Ekphrastic" show. If you missed the performance you can still take a last peek at the hanging show and watch the performance video. Also featuring a rotating fine art gallery of paintings, photography, pottery and sculpture by our diverse and talented resident artists.
https://www.facebook.com/sws.art.art/timeline

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

Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum - 2240 9th Avenue S. “Black Lives Matter” Part Two. Photographic exhibit depicting the evolution of race relations in St. Petersburg. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-Carter-G-Woodson-African-American-Museum/116551169863?sk=timeline

Gallerie 909 - 909 22nd Street S. Face Up. Featuring artist Bridget Marshall. https://www.facebook.com/events/743017142456661/?ref=5

Morean Center for Clay - 420 22nd Street S. - Florida Heat Series continues with Surface Design. Demonstrating artists: Dan Anderson, Jason, Burnette, Ben Carter, Sunshine Cobb, Adam Field, Lorna Meaden, Doug Peltzman, & Sandi Pierantozzi. https://www.facebook.com/CenterForClay

Richard Clark and Jim Corp - Five Deuces Galleria - 420 23rd Street South - Paper and paint, prints and canvas. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=739036012796403

Alvarezphoto.com - 150 22nd Street South - New ArtWalk participant! Stop in for a quick Valentine photo with your friends and see it posted on Facebook.


St. Petersburg Opera Company - 2145 1st Ave South - The Mirella Cimato Gallery at Opera Central features pastel artist, Paul Nucci. Also featuring photos of Seville from Fernando Velasquez on display in the Bailey Family hallway. https://www.facebook.com/StPeteOpera

From Mayan Hands - 2006 Second Avenue South - Mayan Folk Art - antique and new-saints, demons, angels, devils, mary and joseph, day of the dead, textiles, and furniture. Spanish colonial furniture, dance masks, santos, and mayan ceremonial art. All the modern folk art is at wholesale prices. https://www.facebook.com/pages/From-Mayan-Hands/768725999853388?ref=br_tf

Board trolley at 5pm
Creative Clay - 1114 Central Avenue - Celebrating their 20th Anniversary with live music, chocolate tastings, and silent auction. Featuring art work by world-renowned folk artist Missionary Mary Proctor and Art for Peace a collaborative art by CASA youth and Creative Clay. https://www.facebook.com/events/696560047124028/

Michele Tuegel Contemporary - 320 Central Avenue - PORTRAITS: A Little Like Real Life. Sculptures by Darren Beistle. Paintings by Tracy Deer Kerdman. Mixed Media collages by Carleton Wing. Petit chocolat wine and sweet treats to share with your valentine! https://www.facebook.com/MicheleTuegelContemporary

St. Petersburg Museum of History - The unveiling of the "Greetings from St. Petersburg" mural on the north side of the building (facing the Vinoy). The mural is painted by local artist Derek Donnelly, depicting a vintage Greetings from St. Petersburg postcard featuring various St. Petersburg scenes. https://www.facebook.com/SPMOH

SHAPIRO'S Gallery - 300 Beach Drive NE. Unique gifts, jewelry, blown glass, pottery and metal art Showcasing the finest in American made contemporary crafts. Blown glass, jewelry, pottery, wooden boxes, and sculpture. https://www.facebook.com/shapirogallery

Lynn Merhige Gallery – 216 Fourth St North - "You Gotta Have Heart”. Raku fired hearts and art themed work by gallery artists.

Art on 1st - 550 First Avenue North – Featuring work by Suzy Schultz who explores themes of second innocence, choosing subjects that have gone through weathering or struggle and have been transformed through the process. https://www.facebook.com/Arton1st

Florida CraftArt - 501 Central Avenue – “The Power of Visual Vodou” Experience lavishly beaded flags and spirit figures created from recycled materials in this fascinating show curated by Mindy Solomon. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Florida-Craftsmen-Inc/352815711033?fref=ts

The Art Lofts of St. Petersburg, FL - 10 Fifth Street North (upstairs) - Love is in the Air: Take some Home wit You. Featuring resident artists Malanda Schmitz, Fine Art and Kathleen Kilgore. Vibrant colors and differing price points to suit every taste and budget. https://www.facebook.com/artlofts

St. Pete Art Works - 635 Central Ave - "Cuba Then and Now” paintings by Ben Cardoso. Live Bluegrass music by Two Chain Drive. Handmade Valentine card display. https://www.facebook.com/St.PeteArtWorks?fref=ts

Graphi-ko Gallery/ Jewelry - 669 Central Avenue - The perfect place to find a gift for your sweetheart. Jewelry for her - Jewelry for him! . https://www.facebook.com/pages/Graphi-ko-Gallery-Jewelry/125300180883521

Strands of Sunshine - 8 Sixth Street N - Discover handcrafted jewelry, art, and goods from over a dozen local artists and makers. New Florida and St. Pete themed art prints, and greeting cards from local designer Franny & Franky Design Co. now available! https://www.facebook.com/StrandsofSunshine/timeline

Morean Arts Center - 719 Central Avenue - A True Story: Beth Reynolds & the St Pete Photo Club. 7In/7Out: Florida ceramics. International Society of Acrylic Painters Florida: Annual juried exhibition. My Personal Hero: Word & image middle school exhibition. You Cubed Picasso Portrait Workshop: Reconstruct your photo Picasso style. https://www.facebook.com/MoreanArtsCenter

ARTicles Art Gallery & Custom Framing - 1445 Central Avenue - 10th Anniversary Celebration with an exhibition of new paintings by featured artist Robert Simone, music by the Ben Winkler Trio, photo booth by Xina Scuderi, caricatures by Bruce Norris, and 10 years of St Pete artists & art lovers! https://www.facebook.com/ArTiclesIncCustomFramingArtGallery

1of1 Customs/QRubini – 1701 1st Avenue North - Custom painted everything, putting paint where it ain't! Hand smocked children's clothing. Free samples of Mo's Mint Julep Craft Soda Pop. https://www.facebook.com/pages/1-of-1-Customs-Handpainted-Everything/115016055207067

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/

Creative Soul Studio : Coffee, Wine, Art - 2425 Central Avenue, Continuing the show of Jonathan Madzinga's art. He will be live painting via skype. https://www.facebook.com/CreativeSoulStudio


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!

Happy Valentine's Day!

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ARTicles Art Gallery & Custom Framing is pleased to announce their TENTH Birthday in business! We will be celebrating in style next Saturday, Feb 14th, 6- 9 pm in conjunction with St Pete’s Second Saturday Art Walk ~ Look out for Xina behind the camera, Bruce behind the easel, Ben behind the guitar, Tina behind the bar, Robert on the walls, and a WHO'S WHO OF ST PETE ARTISTS we've loved over the last decade! Everyone is welcome!
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Spend Valentine's night at The Venture Compound! Dance and stare at art and feel special.

Featuring
Mermutants - queer/fem performance art mermaid troupe
Mark Castle - Diva to end all Divas
Paris and the Night - R&B to slowdance to!

Saturday, 2/14/15
8pm | $5 | 18+

http://theventurecompound.com/



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Saturday, Feb 14

Bill Drugan "My Funny Valentine" Solo Show at Creative Soul Cafe. One of Saint Petersburg's best painters and ex-gallerists shows his latest work at 2425 Central Ave, Saint Petersburg.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

This Weekend, Saturday Jan 24 2015


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The influence of traditional Muranese techniques on Contemporary Glass Masters; curated by Duncan McClellan and Mary Childs of the Duncan McClellan Gallery. Exhibiting artists to include Nancy Callan, Jason Christian, Kerrick Johnson, Duncan McClellan, David Patchen, Stephen Rolfe Powell, David Royce, Charles Savoie, Sam Stang, Jacob Stout and others.
On view January 23 through April 19
Included with general admission to the Chihuly Collection

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

This Selma Weekend, Jan 17th 2014







Learn to paint wet and loose with brilliant and bold color with Carol Carter. Carter is known internationally for her explosive use of water and color in painting. Her technique is fundamental, yet immediately accessible to the beginning artist. She has held workshops internationally. Come and learn inventive color and fluid watercolor technique that incorporates painting from the heart! Class cost is $400. Register early, class size is limited. Register at https://www.softwaterstudios.com/carolcarter2015-reg.html.

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COME BEAT THE STREETS JANUARY 17, 2015 (12:00-3:00)

In the wake of recent and historical events we are being forced to acknowledge injustice, inequality, and lack of value for black lives…Let your voice be heard…BLACKLIVESMATTER


Starts- 12:00 @ 3180 Central Ave. St.Petersburg
Ending location- Straub Park 250 Bayshore Dr. Northeast

This is a march and will end with a rally. PLEASE DRESS ACCORDINGLY



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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2nd Saturday, January 1015, Part I

2nd Saturday, January 2015, Part I: Twenty-three venues, ten hours. Morean Arts Center, three wildly different shows. It was good to see Beth Reynolds, Amanda Cooper, Betsy Lester, Chuck Vosburgh, and many others. So good I went twice! Graphi-ko with Wilmer E. Vergara Homez...Artworks, showing a sneak preview of Ben Cardoso's upcoming show on 1/17....Dysfunctional Grace where a beginning taxidermy class had just wrapped up with some fine work...Strands of Sunshine was closed due to a death of a beloved (missed you, Amy Marshall)....Poppyhollow in the Crislip Arcade....Lesli Pringle Burke across that hall...Michele Michele Beckman Tuegel, who has a fine, nicely curated, Portrait Show in the Foyer Gallery, quite a shift. With Elena Helena Kazakova. Art on First, a large space, had a wide variety of work, notably two pieces by Margaret Juul Ammann...Kahwa South and Chad Mize's solo show....and the Arts Lofts with Rebecca Skelton. End Part I.
The List....



Morean Art Center


Three shows opened at the Morean. A ceramics show, a photography show of beth Reynold's work and her students', and one of paintings.






By the office at Graphi-ko Gallery.






Artworks Space, Ben Cardoso's paintings, a preview of his upcoming show on Cuba.







 Dysfunctional Grace Art Company.




At Poppyhollow gallery in the Crislip Arcade.





Watercolor by Leslie Pringle Burke preparing to illustrate a childrens' book.




At Michele Tuegel Contemporary.




 Art on First Gallery.




Margaret Juul Amman paintings at Art on First.





Work by Chad Mize at Kahwa South.





 Arts Lofts.




Morean Arts Center workshop.





 Morean Arts Center.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

This Inherent Vice Weekend, January 10th 2015










 

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 that goes from the 3rd Street and Central Avenue to deep in the heart of the Warehouse Arts District. 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, the Florida Holocaust Museum and the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum.

Duke Energy is our sponsor. 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” and kick off your New Year with New Art!

Trolley starts here at 5pm
Craftsman House Gallery – 2955 Central Avenue - Back by popular demand: S’mores with the Schorr’s. Make your own complimentary S’mores in the fire pit. Showcasing handmade art in blown glass, clay, jewelry, wood, metal, paintings, paperweights, tiles, lamps, silk scarves, handbags, … Representing over 300 American artists. . https://www.facebook.com/pages/Craftsman-House-Gallery/158706022997

Charlie Parker-Pottery – 2724 6th Avenue S. – Listen to the reggae and island sounds of the Caribbean Cowboy while you check out their new gas kiln. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Charlie-Parker-Pottery/143278235683807

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 Josh Poll, Dave Walker, and Christian Zvonik https://www.facebook.com/ZenGlassStudio

The Venture Compound - 2621 Fairfield Avenue South - The 3rd annual St. Pete Zine Fest. Also, Eli Blasko's installation "The Sublime Operator and the Science of Dropped Calls" will be on display. https://www.facebook.com/events/655513917898900/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Funktionhouse Urban Lumber & Furnishings - 562 25th St. S - One-of-a-kind quality wood furnishings and lighting. Also supply unique slabs, turning blanks, and lumber to artists and craftsmen world-wide using urban trees cut down and discarded from St. Pete neighborhoods. Love for wood and passion for the environment is translated into beautiful warm, modern, and elegant designs. https://www.facebook.com/Funktionhouse

Duncan McClellan Glass - 2342 Emerson Avenue South – “From the Sea” with Seattle based glass artist, Raven Skyriver. Special “Projections/ Video” Presentation by sculptor and multimedia artist Joseph Wheaton. Wheaton’s large metal sculptures will be on display in the new Duncan McClellan Gallery Sculpture Park and wine garden. http://dmglass.com/events/join-duncan-mcclellan-gallery-seattle-based-glass-artist-raven-skyriver-opening-glass-exhibit-sea/

Clay Center of St. Petersburg - 420 23rd Street South – Big bowl throwing demonstration by Kyu, sculpture demo. https://www.facebook.com/events/1527596500823363/

Soft Water Studios - Featuring nationally renowned watercolorist, Carol Carter, as well as a rotating fine art gallery of paintings, photography, pottery and sculpture by diverse and talented resident artists. Meet the artist as they open their studios to the public. https://www.facebook.com/events/388273337999260/

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

Uniquely Original Arts – 915 24th Street South. The Art of Jewelry. Featuring a selection of hand made jewelry. https://www.facebook.com/uniquelyorginalarts?fref=ts

Richard Clark and Jim Corp - Five Deuces Galleria - 420 23rd Street South - Paper and paint, prints and canvas. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=739036012796403

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. https://www.facebook.com/nancysmrekar.artist

St. Petersburg Opera Company - 2145 1st Ave South - The Mirella Cimato Gallery at Opera Central features pastel artist, Paul Nucci. Also featuring photos of Seville from Fernando Velasquez on display in the Bailey Family hallway. https://www.facebook.com/StPeteOpera

From Mayan Hands - 2006 Second Avenue South - Antique & new folk art, ancient art, Spanish colonial furniture, dance masks, Santos, Mayan ceremonial art, day of the dead https://www.facebook.com/pages/From-Mayan-Hands/768725999853388?ref=br_tf

Creative Clay - 1114 Central Avenue - Live music and the largest folk art collection in the region. On exhibit Gatherings, featuring collections of friends. Visit our store for handmade unique gifts. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Creative-Clay/129582707070749?sk=timeline


Trolley starts here at 5pm
Feathered Serpent Gallery - 1018 Central Avenue – Super sale of Latin American art, jewelry and folk art as the gallery prepares for their move. https://www.facebook.com/events/764877160247907/

Florida Holocaust Museum - 55 5th Street South - The Holocaust: Artwork by Murray Zimiles. Creating much of this work in the mid-1980s, Zimiles painted representations of lost places of worship and other scenes of the Holocaust. Other art from this body of work juxtaposes familiar historic scenes of the Holocaust with domestic animals in order to symbolize the dehumanization that Jews suffered at the hands of the Nazis as well as the latter’s savagery. The Germanic Guilt Symbols: Artwork by Richard Heipp. Heipp's photorealist paintings combine personal and cultural symbols of fear and security with images taken from historic photos used in the German race propaganda of the 1930s and 40s. He works through issues of his own identity by using his likeness in the paintings layered over those of what the Nazis viewed as stereotypical Jews. At the same, the works focus on the potential of one group to dehumanize and victimize another. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Florida-Holocaust-Museum/37754253773

Michele Tuegel Contemporary - 320 Central Avenue - PORTRAITS: A Little Like Real Life. Sculptures by Darren Beistle. Paintings by Tracy Deer Kerdman. Mixed Media collages by Carleton Wing. https://www.facebook.com/events/776606559087998/

The Gallery - 200 Central Ave S. Artist Jason Brueck exhibits “digital collage”. Explore his universe and discover New Art for the New Year! Entrance on the corner of 1st Ave S & 2nd St S. https://www.facebook.com/thegalleryart

SHAPIRO'S Gallery - 300 Beach Drive NE. Unique gifts, jewelry, blown glass, pottery and metal art Showcasing the finest in American made contemporary crafts. Blown glass, jewelry, pottery, wooden boxes, and sculpture. https://www.facebook.com/shapirogallery

Art on 1st - 550 First Avenue North – Featuring work by Suzy Schultz who explores themes of second innocence, choosing subjects that have gone through weathering or struggle and have been transformed through the process. https://www.facebook.com/events/792823050791527/

Florida CraftArt - 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 Street North (upstairs) - How Surreal. The artists at ArtLofts pay a tribute to Dali and Picasso in this group show. ArtLofts at Florida CraftArt is a community of 18+ working artist studios, located directly above Florida CraftArt https://www.facebook.com/artlofts

St. Pete Art Works - 635 Central Ave - A cooperative art gallery with guest artist exhibitions and multimedia events.
Featured Artist: Fred Spinks. Music by Barry Moses https://www.facebook.com/St.PeteArtWorks?fref=ts

Graphi-ko Gallery/ Jewelry - 669 Central Avenue - In recognition of Marriage Equality coming to Florida in January, Graphi-ko has a new collection of tungsten rings perfect for wedding bands. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Graphi-ko-Gallery-Jewelry/125300180883521

Strands of Sunshine - 8 Sixth Street N - Celebrating the New Year and another trip around the sun by owner Amy Marshall. Stop by for birthday cake and other treats while you peruse the latest jewelry and other locally made art and goods. https://www.facebook.com/StrandsofSunshine/timeline

Morean Arts Center - 719 Central Avenue - Opening reception for three fabulous exhibits (running thru March 1st). True Story: Beth Reynolds and the St Pete Photo Club. 7In/7Out. International Society of Acrylic Painters Florida: Annual Juried Exhibition. Also, My Personal Hero: Word & Image Middle School Exhibition (continues thru Feb. 7th). https://www.facebook.com/events/339403632913834/

ARTicles Art Gallery & Custom Framing - 1445 Central Avenue - Featured Artist: JOHN TAORMINA | New Paintings Showcasing recent works by many of the areas most celebrated artists ~ including Margaret Juul, Lance Rodgers, Nathan Beard, Steven Kenny, Nin McQuillen, Robert J. Simone and more. https://www.facebook.com/ArTiclesIncCustomFramingArtGallery

1of1 Customs/QRubini – 1701 1st Avenue North - Custom painted everything, putting paint where it ain't! Hand smocked children's clothing. Free samples of Mo's Mint Julep Craft Soda Pop. https://www.facebook.com/pages/1-of-1-Customs-Handpainted-Everything/115016055207067

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/

Grand Central Stained Glass & Graphics - 2401 Central Avenue - Celebrating the Grandiversity Block Party on Central Avenue with an array of terrific glass artists on hand, each working on their current piece - stained glass, fused glass or mosaics. Treat your ears to live music at three stages with Junç´”, GreyMarket, Kyle Chason & The Swindlin' Hearts, Meg Shannon Music, Kristan Bright and Tom Kersey - cellist and composer, Mave's Arcade. https://www.facebook.com/grandcentralstainedglass/timeline

Creative Soul Studio : Coffee, Wine, Art - 2425 Central Avenue, Continuing the show of Jonathan Madzinga's art. He will be live painting via skype. https://www.facebook.com/CreativeSoulStudio


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!











Three artists interpret the human form, circumstances and peculiarities in this exhibit which opens during St. Pete's 2nd Saturday ArtWalk at Michele Tuegel Contemporary. Very pleased to present the work of Darren Beistle, Tracy Deer Kerdman, and Carleton Wing











Sculptures Dream, Too: Studies in Conceptual Dimensionalism by John Taormina
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 10, 2014
6:00 – 9:00 pm
ARTicles Art Gallery
1445 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg
www.articlesstpete.com

St. Petersburg, FL – On Saturday, Jan 10th, John Taormina will open his solo show Sculptures Dream, Too: Studies in Conceptual Dimensionalism at ARTicles Art Gallery (1445 Central Ave, St Pete) in conjunction with the 2nd Saturday ArtWalk.

The former manager of Oleson Gallery, which closed over the summer, has new work in which he is answering seriously to a cosmic joke question, viscerally realizing he can do whatever he wants in painting and in life, in a style he has evolved to call Conceptual Dimensionalism. He’s calling it that now so people will stop calling it Cubism.

"Say you started out doing whatever you wanted, you soon develop a style that lasts for a certain amount of time. You just forget along the way, you start to follow your own patterns, even if you made them up." ~ John Taormina, on the nature of painting and doing whatever you want.

Taormina has a remarkable understanding of formal art theory — color, shape, and composition — but like anti-elites Basquiat & Rosenquist, he has absorbed significant portions of art history and reinvented the rules, yielding a dynamism that is both revelatory and street-wise. "There are rules to paintings and I don’t believe in any of them," explains Taormina.

The exhibition will be on view at ARTicles Art Gallery until February 7th, 2014. For more information about Taormina's thoughts and ideas, visit (http://nightlynoodlemonthly.com/post/107268418627/52-weeks-of-john-john-taormina) for the full interview by friend/artist Eva Avenue, who raises more questions than answers about this true visionary.

"Well if there’s a hand and it’s too big, there’s a reason."





SPZF3! IT'S BACK and RADDER than ever!

Join us on Saturday, January 10th, 2015 for the Third Annual St. Pete Zine Fest!

The St. Pete Zine Fest has found a comfortable spot in the St. Petersburg literary community, and over the years has managed to bring hundreds of self-publishers and alternative press material fans out to this much-anticipated event.

This event is FREE to attend and welcomes people of all ages!

This year will feature:
-- over 20 local writers, self-publishers and artists selling or trading their zines;
-- DJ RePete playing records during the fest;
-- The Bluebird Books Bus;
-- live screen printing of the very stylish St. Pete Zine Fest t-shirt, which will be available for purchase;
-- and the official unveiling of the St. Pete Zine Fest Zine Library!

Interested in securing a FREE spot to table for the event? Please leave a comment on this event page letting us know you want a spot! Keep in mind, you'll need to bring your own table, light source, an extension cord (just in case) and a chair!

St. Pete Zine Fest is sponsored by St. Pete Community Acupuncture, and because of them, we can keep this event FREE for all of you. Thanks for your support year after year!





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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2015 Person of the Year: Jesse Vance

The 2015 Art Taco Person of the Year is Jesse Vance, owner of the Venture Compound. I am keenly aware that Jesse has been lauded in many local publications, but I was at the Venture very early, and immediately recognized he had chops, and not only as a musician, but as a venue owner/director/operator/MC.

Three years later, and the Venture Compound continues to grow in several directions. Vance  and his crew can do anything from a Zine Fest to Modern Dance, to Hard core Noise music, and do it well. Whether the house is packed, or lightly attended, everyone is always functioning at 110%. This is not a tidy, corporate, conventional space. It is in the grand tradition of classic Bohemian Paris, a place where anything is possible, nd artists are encouraged to utilize the maximum degrees of freedom Jesse generously gives them. The audience, too. The Venturians, as I call them, are never more than a few feet from the performers, and they return the trust placed upon them with utter respect for the constraints of the space and performers.

The number of extraordinary performances at the VC Compound is totally out of proportion to its shoestring budget and tight space. Nequam Sonitus' performance leading the entire audience of the VC out into the streets, blocks away, the many masterful noise concerts, poetry fusion, Nick Boutwell playing a real cow's heart, and another time, a scantily clad woman, Eli Blasko's dance and installation, the list goes on, and all for a pittance admission price.

Then there's the Art Galleries, where similar energies are unbridled. The variety of shows has been eclectic, the quality, overreach into the unconventional consistent. Everything from post-it note art to a Victorian Parlor installation where a woman wearing a Bird's head mask spread Pimento cheese on my Co-pilot's arm, and I licked it off (!). The VC Galleries have also given many artists their first shows, and/or solo shows, and 100% of the proceedsback to the artists. No one does that!

After three years, I can clearly see the effects of the Venture Compound on the community, particularly the increased self-image/confidence in so many musicians and visual artists, particularly women artists. While the VC has had a macho aura for a lot of its existence, it always gave true equal opportunity to women artists. Many of them are now rising in prominence.

Jessee has bootstrapped and injected attitude and pride into the Warehouse Art District as well.

For all this, and being one of the top shining lights in the City of St Peterburg, Jesse Vance is Art Taco's 2015 Person of the Year.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Mural Fund Meeting 12/29/2014

The Mural Fund meeting at the Chamber of Commerce just closed.
Present were:
John Collins (Artists' Alliance)
Diane Shelly (Florida CraftArt)
Denise Deja (Citizen)
Derek Donnelly (Artist)
Frank Strunk (Artist)
Albie Mulcahy (Hair Master)
Jennifer Kosharek (Artist)
Anastacia Schrader (Banker/Regions pop u gallery)
Mr. Schrader (Citizen)
Willi Rudowsky (Wife of Hal Freedman)




I could do minutes of this meeting, but basically here is what happened...

1) It was decided by Diane Shelly, John Collins and Anastacia Schrader that the Indiegogo/Gofund Me money ($1177 presently) should go into an account held by Artists Alliance.

Derek Donnelly pushed the idea that the Woo mural damage requires painting the entire face, which would require a large portion of the money in the fund. I brought up that a restorer naed Carol Dameron viewed that damage in person and said t would be perfectly fixable.

After that it was decided funds will only be reimbursed for materials, not labor (a wise decision).

Any extra money will be kept in a fund for future repairs.

Other agendas pushed were a blackboard wall for short-term murals, which unknown to the three organizational leaders, has already been in existence for a year on the West wall of the Amsterdam bar, owned by John Cullen.

Diane Shelley also pushed the idea of putting term limits on murals, so they could be repainted (without touching on the obvious problems of who gets to paint over whose murals).

Jennifer Kosharek suggested artists act independently of these non-profits and negotiate their own walls with building owners.

 The meeting was barely in control, as Derek Donnelly seethed with open contempt, staring at Jennifer Kosharek and I and saying openly, out of turn, and for no apparent reason: "There are two people here I do not trust." on two or three occasions.

Jenifer Kosharek questioned the way Diane Shelley has handled the mural thing (something other artists have brought up privately, but are afraid to discuss). At that point, the following happened...

Derek Donnelly called Jennifer Kosharek a "Jack Off" clearly, out loud, across the table , and TWICE.

                                  *******While she was holding a 9 month baby!*******

It was an appalling moment, yet the meeting was not called to order (Robert's?). It was closed soon after that.

I published an abbreviated version of this on FB yesterday, and was basically told by several of the participants that I should have not published the sordid event. This, too, is how art works. In board rooms, with people pushing personal agendas and others' by proxy as well. This also includes low points, and casual savagery.

Whitewashing this kind of thing only encourages it. The attitude of several of those present is to sweep this under the rug, and keep it our dirty little secret, enabling the abuser while presenting an unreal image of a perfect, tourist-attracting city.

This is hardly unique to Saint Petersburg. Sadly, it (and worse) happens in every town and city in the world.

A nearly 100 response thread issued on FB...

But Derek Donnelly wasn't done. I received this unsolicited, ghost written, threatening/Bullying text from Derek on my phone...



Being threatened is nothing new for a critic or blogger.. I will gleefully avoid reviewing Derek's work at his request. I have more than enough to do as it is. I feel sorry for those in group shows with him, because they too will not be reviewed (Since I will be asked to leave!) and the gallerists as well.

 This kind of grade-school level bullying and arrogance does nothing to further the image of the arts anywhere. To support such an artist is to encourage this kind of behavior. Is this who we want to be?


Luis


*Note that seven days before this meeting, I warned two of the main participants that Mr. Donnelly had been bullying people around regarding this mural repair.




Friday, December 26, 2014

These calendars are avaliable from Jenifer Kosharek. I bought one and they are gorgeous in person. Jennifer can be contacted on Facebook. The calendars are $11 mailed, $5 picked up in Saint Petersburg Florida.

Me

This is what I look like....


Artist takes the initiative and begins the repair of the murals on the 600 blk.

Jennifer Kosharek has repaired her two murals as of Monday this week. Instead of waiting to see where the Indiegogo fundraiser goes and milking it, this single mother of four bought her own paint and proceeded to fix her two murals previously written over.

Jennifer Kosharek repainting part of her mural, "Frida",

New tenants on the 600 blk of Central Ave., St Petersburg

Where Blue Lucy was, a grilled cheese sandwich shop is going to open.

In the former Pale Horse space, a glass shop selling high-end bongs and other paraphernalia will be setting up shop.

Across the street, and the corner shop on the SWest end, the Scientologists are moving in. Expect the block to be littered with pamphlets.

--- Luis