Monday, July 18, 2016

Galleries as agents of gentrification.

Art Galleries seen as instruments of gentrification, urged to leave neighborhood.
Boyle Heights, the neighborhood east of the Arts District, just across the river, was long ago anointed as one of the next big neighborhoods to be gentrified. A group of…
www.laweekly.com|By Hillel Aron

Austin TX puts up 100,000 dollar prize for artists.

Austin TX puts up a $100,000 international art prize.
Austin now has a major international art prize that elevates the city to a new status in the global art world.
www.mystatesman.com|By By Jeanne Claire van Ryzin - American-Statesman Staff

Why I will take earbuds to poetry readings from now on.

I was at a poetry reading in Ybor City recently, right after going to a Black Lives Matter demonstration/march. At this event, a "Christian Rapper" got onstage and basically preached to the audience while feebly simulating rap. The last performer did undisguised far-right propaganda that rhymed somewhat.
Both lacked any semblance of creativity or grace. They were obvious propagandist political operatives (or lone nuts). Tampa is at the end of the I-4 corridor, birthplace of the Tea Party and a conservative hotspot. I know these things are open to the public, and there's no way to exclude them, which is why I will be bringing my earbuds so I can listen to music and block these people out.
When I want to be preached to, I'll choose a church. For political right-wing propaganda. I'll turn FOX News on.

--- Luis

Street Art is a Period.

Long, arduous and illuminating article on the history and current status of Graffiti/Street Art. It coincidentally pegs St Pete and SHINE perfectly. Make time to savor this one.
Let’s start off with a clear contention. Street Art, as I see it, is a period.
hyperallergic.com

Friday, July 8, 2016

This Horst at Dali Weekend, July 9, 2016

Ultra long day this 2nd Saturday....





Soft Water Studios 
Come join us for Second Saturday Art Walk and see what all of our Soft Water Studio resident artists are up to!
We are a part of the Second Saturday Art Walk Trolley tour. We are Trolley Stop 7.

LOOK FOR OUR ARTWALK SIGN OUT FRONT!

Our resident artists include:
Carrie Jadus
Mark Aeling and MGA Sculpture Studio
Wendy Durand
Nicko and Caitlin Dahlstrom
Katee Tully
Vanessa Seagraves
Bob Ribits



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Strands of Sunshine is tickled to be welcoming local artist Daniel Mrgan as our featured artist for July's ArtWalk! We don't want to give too much away about the various mediums and offerings that you'll see in the show, but rest assured it's going to be fun. The featured image is a wood burned and painted leaf. Let's Go Camping will remain on display through Friday, August 12th.




Strands of Sunshine
Hello, boys and girls! Do you enjoy frolicking in nature? Or pitching a tent on soft grass and fragrant pine needles? Is your favorite scent summer breeze? If you answered yes, then your visual senses might be tickled silly by this whimsical medley of art inspired by my camping and hiking trips and general lollygagging in the great outdoors.

Strands of Sunshine is tickled to be welcoming local artist Daniel Mrgan as our featured artist for July's ArtWalk! We don't want to give too much away about the various mediums and offerings that you'll see in the show, but rest assured it's going to be fun. The featured image is a wood burned and painted leaf. Let's Go Camping will remain on display through Friday, August 12th.

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 Michele Tuegel
Happy to introduce the work of artist/craftsman Cole Miles this Saturday during ArtWalk! Cole will set up shop and feature his handcrafted cutting boards, butcher blocks and small homegoods made from hardwoods such as maple, cherry and walnut. Cole will be with us Saturday night only, so please come by and meet this talented, young artist! Cole's woodwork will pair nicely with the current exhibition in the gallery, 'Jack King: Crossing Boundaries'. Two good reasons to come downtown this Saturday evening!

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Pop-over for the Pop Up inside the Phase One Warehouse at the ArtsXchange! This free show has plenty of parking, plus POPcorn and a special POP-tail! ;)

There will be a great variety of fine art and crafts available to peruse and purchase!


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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 two red trolleys! Download your ArtWalk map using the ticket link above.

Trolley starts here at 5pm
Craftsman House Gallery – 2955 Central Avenue - Once-a-Year Studio Sale. Artists of Craftsman House sell their seconds, oddballs, and overstocks at amazing prices. Work is stored in the studio all year in anticipation of this sale. https://www.facebook.com/craftsman-house-gallery-158706022997/?fref=ts

Charlie Parker Pottery – 2724 6th Avenue S. – Demos by Charlie Parker through out the evening. https://www.facebook.com/Charlie-Parker-Pottery-143278235683807/timeline

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

Funktionhouse Urban Lumber & Furnishings – 562 25th St. S - Closed July and August due to the heat. https://www.facebook.com/Funktionhouse

Duncan McClellan Gallery – 2342 Emerson Avenue South – Colors of Summer II: Cool Art on a Hot Night. New works by favorite artists, enjoy a live glassblowing demonstration around 6:00, and listen to cool jazz by the Henry Ashwood Jazz Project beginning at 8:00. http://dmglass.com/events/join-us-for-colors-of-summer-ii-cool-art-on-a-hot-night/

Dazzio Art Experience Gallery & School of Art - 515 22nd Street South - "All that Glitters" featuring the beautiful, creative paintings of artist, Jyotika Schoff. Primarily working with jungle animals, koi, and farm animals; Jyotika uses gold, silver, copper and variegated leaf to bring these unique acrylic paintings to life. https://www.facebook.com/dazzio.art.experience/?fref=ts

Soft Water Studios - 515 22nd Street South - Featuring the works by resident Soft Water Studio artists - Katee Tully, Carrie Jadus, Mark Aeling, Wendy Durand, Caitlin and Nicko Dahlstorm, Vanessa Seagraves and Bob Ribits. 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

Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum - 2240 9th Avenue South, Closed for July ArtWalk

Morean Center for Clay – 420 22nd Street South - Phantasia: New works by Haley Swanson. Celebrating the culmination of Haley’s work during her time as an artist-in-residence. https://www.facebook.com/CenterForClay/timeline

Trolley Starts Here at 5pm
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/?fref=ts

From Mayan Hands - 2006 Second Avenue South - Giant Summer Sale! Featuring handmade Mayan folk art, both new and antique. Also a large selection of santos, nativities, day of the dead, dance masks, colorful wooden animals, outrageous Mayan art, and religious folk art. https://www.facebook.com/From-Mayan-Hands-768725999853388/?fref=ts

Clay Center of St. Petersburg - 2010 1st Avenue South – Try your hand at throwing. See what's involved in making pots on the wheel. Demonstrations and more. https://www.facebook.com/ClayCenterofStPetersburg

St. Petersburg Opera Company / Mirella Cimato Art Gallery - 2145 1st Ave South - Departures From Digital Photography. A variety of colorful and artistically modified photographs by local artist Gene Norris. Also guided tours of the building through the Costumes' Room, the Grand Preis Hall, and the Work Shop where all the stages for the Operas performed at the Palladium are built. Also paintings by Creative Clay's students depicting “ South Pacific” being presented at the Palladium. https://www.facebook.com/StPeteOpera

Davidson Fine Art - 2036 Central Avenue - InStaPete: A Photographic Exhibit. Inspired by Instagram, featuring the works of over 15 artists and photographers whose submitted pieces were printed and stretched on canvas in-house.
https://www.facebook.com/davidsonfineart

Creative Clay – 1114 Central Avenue - Community Pride: The Art of Collaboration. A new exhibit of work by the artists of Creative Clay and Spathose. Featuring spathe sculpture, paintings, costumes, and objects. Live music by the duo Chant the Trees. https://www.facebook.com/events/643975429102837/

The Studio@620 - 620 First Avenue South - Annual Members Only Art Show with works from 30 local artists. Media ranges from sculpture to photography to painting, with the styles and subject matter reflecting the diversity of our community.
https://www.facebook.com/events/701257070016949/

Michele Tuegel Contemporary – 320 Central Avenue - Jack King: Crossing Barriers. Sculpture and wall reliefs.
https://www.facebook.com/MicheleTuegelContemporary/

The Gallery - 200 Central Ave. Suite 111 - Opening reception of local artist Chad Mize. Chad is a multimedia artist, as well as a designer - famous for his “London Paris Tokyo St Pete” t-shirts. Chad will be launching a new item exclusive to The Gallery as well as exhibiting his artwork. https://www.facebook.com/thegalleryart/?fref=ts

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

D-gallerie - 203 1st Street North - Showcasing top quality emerging and mid-career artists from Latin America and Florida. An unusually unpretentious place where art lovers can participate in the appreciation and collection of original art. https://www.facebook.com/dgallerieusa/

Lynn Merhige Gallery - 216 Fourth Street N. - Healing Art: New paintings by Janet Aponte, health care professional. Also a new collection of Raku hearts. https://www.facebook.com/Lynn-Merhige-Gallery-146904772019134/?fref=ts

NEW GALLERY! Mesu360 Project Gallery 578 First Avenue North - MESU360, an acronym for "Mix Emotions Stresses the Universe" was created by artist Geofran Carrington in 2009. The art company was mainly known for its avant-garde style of art works including paintings, furniture, collectible sculptures, custom costume designs and jewelry. Business partners/artists Chad Carrington and Katherine Gonzalez have decided to take Mesu360 from an art brand and turn it into a beautiful art gallery. https://www.facebook.com/Mesu360Llc/?fref=ts

Florida CraftArt– 501 Central Avenue – Imagine your own story about the artwork in A Well-Crafted Tale and document your thoughts on one of the vintage typewriters in the exhibit. https://www.facebook.com/Florida-CraftArt-352815711033/

Strands of Sunshine – 633 Central Ave – Let's go camping! If tents and pinecones put a smile on your face and you enjoy frolicking in nature then come view this selection of whimsical camping-themed art stuff by local doodle ranger Daniel Mrgan. Joyful fun for boys and girls of all ages! https://www.facebook.com/events/644403615708278/

St. Pete Art Works - 635 Central Ave - Featured Exhibition: “Life Painted Daily". New Paintings by David Larson Evans. Live Original Music by Singer/Songwriter Rebecca Zapen https://www.facebook.com/StPeteArtworksGallery/?fref=ts

Graphi-ko Gallery/ Jewelry - 669 Central Avenue - Summer Art Sale: 50% off original art from local artists. Plus some of the most unique, locally made jewelry you'll find anywhere. https://www.facebook.com/Graphi-ko-Gallery-Jewelry-125300180883521/?fref=ts

Morean Arts Center - 635 Central Ave - 98th Annual Members Show. https://www.facebook.com/events/296120330726719/

ARTicles Art Gallery & Custom Framing - 1445 Central Ave and Leslie Curran Gallery - 1431 Central Avenue
Justin Rabideau’s solo exhibition, Object Memory, focuses on the exploration of discarded materials found in the urban landscape and how these materials can be utilized to create a connection between the forgotten/past to the new/now. By using found/salvaged pieces of wood and discarded furniture, he creates works that have direct connections to the urban neighborhoods while also referencing ideas of history, gentrification, cultural wastefulness, and hidden beauty.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1817610071806548/

17 Art House Studio at 17 21st Street North, (727)385-8155. Featuring 8 x 10 inch Dali inspired framed collages.
Limited number of miniature framed complementary artworks.
Acrylic abstract paintings by Craig Petersburg.

Woodfield Fine Art Gallery - 2253 Central Avenue #105 - Continuing the exhibit Summer Heat…and all of artist/owner Jim Woodfield’s abstracts will be half-price during Art Walk! Plus, enjoy beautiful art by some of the most talented artists in St. Pete. https://www.facebook.com/woodfieldfineartgallery/

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!


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Atlanta based Justin Rabideau's solo exhibition, OBJECT MEMORY, focuses on the exploration of discarded materials found in the urban landscape and how these materials can be utilized to create a connection between the Past and the Now. By using found and salvaged pieces of wood and discarded furniture, he creates works that have direct connections to the these urban neighborhoods while also referencing ideas of history, gentrification, cultural wastefulness, and hidden beauty.

Opening reception: Saturday, July 9th, 6-9pm
On view until Saturday, August 6th, 2016
Gallery Hours: M-F 10-6, Sat 10-5



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 Rebekah Zapen at Artworks.

Rebecca Zapen performs solo/acoustic, croonin' tunes with her guitar, ukulele and violin at hand. 6-9pm at St Pete ArtWorks for Second Saturday ArtWalk.
635 Central Ave, downtown St Pete, FL. (727) 738-8010.
St. Pete ArtWorks is a cooperative art gallery run by Gulf Coast Artists' Alliance, Inc.
Website: www.gcaa-fl.org/st.-pete-artworks.html

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Maria Bevilacqua at FMOPA



[All work shown by Maria Bevilacqua]

Maria Bevilacqua has that observant, alert look that seasoned photographers acquire. Her work takes up half the wallspace in FMoPA's Community's New Visions Landscape themed show.
[Amy Martz's architectural details make up the other half.]
Bevilacqua's work is in varying long, wide. panoramic formats. This series began when she was traveling with an Holga medium format film camera, which has separate film transport and shutter release controls. She made several multiple exposures across where several frames would have been normally. They were developed, looked at, and put in a drawer, where they stayed for over five years.




Maria was born in Pittsburgh, to an amateur photographer father, and went to college in Indiana, where she graduated with an emphasis on painting and printing. Her family had a house in Florida, and they traveled  frequently during her formative years.In between, there were two marriages, and significantly, photographic workshops with Duane Michals, whose photographic sequences laced with text are famous in the photographic world. He told her her goal should be "to change photography", a very high bar for anyone.
In these landscapes (including some in the city), not only are there multiple image overlays, all of them are in multiple POVs and perspectives as well, with their own rhythm.



A movie is a sequence of frames. A photograph is a slice of time stacked, These are both Conceptually  similar to Chinese scrolls in many ways. Superficially, these are complex landscapes, but they are also innerscapes. Maria tells me they reflect on the photographer's personal emotional status, not in a direct, self-conscious manner, but in a transparent flow.
Maria's work comes from a painter's background more than a photographic one. This is evident in the subjects and themes. They are visually coherent, and have a smooth, creamy quality to them. Viewers are challenged to surrender conventional monotaxic, single perspective vision in order to enter these works, and are rewarded for it with resonant imagery that connects them with the artist and their own lives..



--- Luis

At FMoPA, closes on July 26th.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

This Spring Cleaning Weekend, 6-4-2016



Closing Recepiton with Artist, Ramel Jasir. This is your last opportunity to purchase this artwork locally here in Saint Petersburg, FL. This is a fun free evening with art. Remember, you can always enjoy dinner at Chief Creole Cafe or Deuces Barbecue before , after or during the reception (Gallerie 909 is between these two spaces)

22nd St  and 9th Ave. S.
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Tokyo is the most populous metropolitan area in the world. It combines the ultramodern with the traditional. Through the throngs and bustle of people in a very cosmopolitan city, one can find escape with the locals in a Japanese Izakaya, or a popular French fusion cafe. One can explore the past in the traditional temples and shrines, but also witness the future in Akihabara, the city's electronics district.


Please join Khalid Hameed and Zubair Hameed as they take a photographic journey through Tokyo.

Join them on Saturday June 4th, for a free and open to all ages show. Complimentary French wine and light Hors d'oeuvres will be offered.
Kahwa S, at 2nd and 2nd.


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Sponsored by Local Longboard Company in St. Pete. We are proud to bring together seventeen of the areas most creative individuals to do one-of-a-kind works on skateboard decks. Please join us for the opening reception at The Blue Goose on June 4. The participating artists are:

Bekky Beukes
Cam Parker
Chad Mize
Jon Stine
Chase Donald
Chico Madrid
Cynthia Longobardi
David Cabassa
Evan Scott Bradish
Jake Troyli
Jasmin Keyes
John Jairo Suarez
Joshua Jagger
Naomi Glueck
Perry DeVick
Reid Jenkins
Whitney Holbourn


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 In celebration of the tremendous life of The Amsterdam, I, Mark Etherington aka Mountain Holler will be perfomring one last time in the bar that gave me a home to showcase my music so many, many nights.
Some of the best expereinces I have had playing in my whole career happened within the brick walls known as The Amsterdam. Those brick walls were a fotrtress for music, art and people and the city of St. Petersburg owes a lot to it's staff, John Cullen and Zoie Torres for hosting such a welcoming atmosphere and creating a sacred place to cultivate this growing cities underground culture.
In honor of The Amsterdam and it's life I will be plyaing everything I know how to play. I'm not sure how long of a set it will end up being or if I even remember how to play all of my own songs but, it true Amsterdam fashion, we'll just plug in and see what happenes.
So, friends, please join me in giving thanks and love to a place that gave thanks and love one hundred percent of the time. No cover, bring something to sit on the ground with if you want. Bring candles or inscence, whatever you desire, but come share in this night with me.




In celebration of the tremendous life of The Amsterdam, I, Mark Etherington aka Mountain Holler will be perfomring one last time in the bar that gave me a home to showcase my music so many, many nights.
Some of the best expereinces I have had playing in my whole career happened within the brick walls known as The Amsterdam. Those brick walls were a fotrtress for music, art and people and the city of St. Petersburg owes a lot to it's staff, John Cullen and Zoie Torres for hosting such a welcoming atmosphere and creating a sacred place to cultivate this growing cities underground culture.
In honor of The Amsterdam and it's life I will be plyaing everything I know how to play. I'm not sure how long of a set it will end up being or if I even remember how to play all of my own songs but, it true Amsterdam fashion, we'll just plug in and see what happenes.
So, friends, please join me in giving thanks and love to a place that gave thanks and love one hundred percent of the time. No cover, bring something to sit on the ground with if you want. Bring candles or inscence, whatever you desire, but come share in this night with me.


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Florida Spring Cleaning Art Benefit for FLorida SPrings. TOday and Sunday,

2436 Emerson Ave S,
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Venture COmpound Noise SHow tonight!

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

This 4th Saturday in May Weekend, 5/28/2016

Karoline Karp at Artworks

Caroline Karp presents her series inspired from her love of nature, travel and reflection. Just as the poet defines beauty in his writing, Caroline captures it in her artwork. “I am compelled to create a beautiful world around my loved ones and me.” Caroline’s current body of work is an exploration of all different expressions of the mind. It is inspired by her own reflections into her psyche and the beauty which it projects upon the world. Equal measures of excitement and serenity are found within each work, with subtle displays of the intricacies of the ever-elusive human mind. The thick oils of the work are sculpted onto the canvas.

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Dazzio Multi-Media Show

This is an annual, multimedia Art show with $1,000 in cash/prizes for each category of: Painting, Drawing, Photography, Sculpture, Glass, Jewelry and Clay, PLUS a $2,000 cash/prizes for Best in Show.

Wayne David Atherholt, Director of Cultural Affairs wiht the Mayor's office in St. Petersburg, FL will be the 2016 Judge. Atherholt has a Master of Arts from American University in Washington, D.C and a Bachelors of Humanities from Pennsylvania State University. His professional experience includes: Director of Marketing at the Salvador Dali Museum, Vice President of Florida International Museum, CIO of the Morean Arts Center and Executive Director of Museum of Arts and Sciences.


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 Join the creative tribe at the fast-growing Pinellas Arts Village & Creative District for the inagural FOURTH SATURDAY Art Night Out on Saturday May 28th 6-9pm.
This monthly community event will feature art openings, artful activities, music, food, literature and more! Exciting and ever-changing, it promises to become a community and art lovers' favorite.

This month, expect events and offerings from the following:
Studios at 5663
Wordier Than Thou
Swartz Art
Complete Sweet Shoppe
Vince Pompei
Pinellas Park Art Society
Bottles Pub
Grumpy's Garage
Derek Donnelly Live/Work Container Unit & Gallery
...and more!
The list is growing so check back with us often.

This event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.


 5663 Park Blvd, Pinellas Park.
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Celebrate opening weekend of the new film "Alice Through the Looking Glass" with a visit to Bloom's real-life artistic Wonderland!

Journey down the rabbit hole and immerse yourself in Alice's world, as our interactive art installations transport you to impossible places.

8 p.m. to midnight
Costumes encouraged!
DJ and beer/wine/refreshments
$ 5 admission

Email questions to startbloomin@gmail.com


Current participating artists include:
Andrea Pawlisz, Andres Taborda, Ashley Sweet, Boo Ehrsam, Brandy Stark, Brooklyn, Cam Parker, Christopher Wharton, Derek Donnelly, Emily Stone, Erik Jasek, Freddie Fred, H. Sloane Adams, James Oleson, Jeanette St. Amour, Lissa Hatcher, Maureen McDole, Michael Wayne, Mitzi Gordon, OWCH, Reid Jenkins, Rheannon Cheri, Scott Hillis, Sebastian Coolidge, Svetlana Licciardi, THIRST, Tyler Weiss, Whitney Holbourn, Zulu Painter, and more to be announced.


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Saturday, May 14, 2016

This Film and Files Weekend, May 14th





Art Show Reception
13 artists ONE show.
Inspired by music, dance, wine and food. The Pleasures of Life.
FREE EVENT
Minimum Consumption Required. Tapas and a drink recommended.

513 N. Florida Ave.

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The Studio@620 invites you to experience two very unique art exhibitions. "That Child of Always" by April Hartley features modern textile interpretations of childlike images while "Paintings from LAla Land" by Eva Avenue express the surging vibrancy of Los Angeles through the medium of watercolor.
Each exhibit will transport you to places familiar, foreign, nostalgic and new.

“That Child of Always” by April Hartley

That Child of Always is a new body of work by textile artist, April Hartley, that turns traditional embroidery on its head while exploring how children who are experiencing hardship or trauma express themselves when they may not have the vocabulary to do so. Hartley began carefully transforming collected children’s drawings into embroidery on fabric when several children in her life were facing difficult circumstances, which flooded her with memories of her own childhood and that feeling of voiceless-ness that comes with being a kid.

Hartley connects embroidery, which is permanent, precious, and inherently tied to the household, symbolizing order and light-heartedness, like the “Home Sweet Home” piece on grandma’s wall, to the temporary nature of a child’s sketch, something often dismissed, and to the lasting effect of childhood.

Along with the original embroidery works, the exhibit will include site-specific embroidery installations, and will also officially launch the series’ accompanying art book, also titled That Child of Always. The book was created with funds from an Individual Artist Grant awarded by the St Pete Arts Alliance. The artist will donate books sales to the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Florida.

April Hartley, a Florida native, lives and works in St Petersburg, FL. Her art practice explores traditional textile methods through a contemporary lens, reflecting her appreciation for modernity while longing for tradition and ritual at the same time. She received her BFA from Florida International University in Miami.

Learn more about April Hartley: http://www.aprilhartley.com/

“Paintings From LAla Land” by Eva Avenue

While living in Los Angeles in March and April 2016 to attend a neon art/sign workshop, Eva Avenue painted a new series of large vibrant imaginal cell watercolors. Surging and falling through the energy fields of these paintings done around L.A., imaginal cells are nature's bio-units of resilience and change. She creatively uses them to represent the units of energy making up solid matter, reminding us that everything is alive, empty and full of music. Her neon art sign, designed and executed at Lili Lakich Neon Studio in L.A.'s Arts District, is also in the show.

Learn more about Eva Avenue: http://www.evaavenue.com/

Opening Reception: Saturday May 14, 2016 / 5-9 PM

Closing Reception & Artist Talk: Saturday June 11, 2016 / 5-9 pm -- Artist Talk at 7:30 PM

Additional gallery hours by appointment, call 727-895-6620
Admission is Free


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