Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Five Decades of Photography at the Saint Petersburg MFA,

The Museum of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg, Florida has been acquiring photographs for 50 years. Recently, they were the recipients of the Dandrew-Drapkin recently, and this show is centered around that gift, but all 300 images shown are from the MFA's permanent collection.

The front gallery functions as a highlights section with very famous works. This review focuses on one wall of that first room.



Upon entering the room, the first print is Winston O. Link's "Hotshot Eastbound, Iager, West Virginia. It is a picture of a drive-in, with a couple snuggling in a convertible in the foreground, other cars, the screen on which a military jet airplane is shown, and in the background the train going by. Anyone who has tried night-time photography immediately realizes this is expertly lit.

Link did it with flash bulbs, strung like Christmas tree lights, hundreds of them. He had one chance to get this shot right. It took days to get the bulbs in place. He covered his back by setting up several cameras on tripods, with the help of his assistant, to make certain he got the shot.

The photographer worked for the railroad, and in this image, we see literally a plane, automobiles and a train. The three major modes of human transportation integrated into one image. The trains were falling in popularity at the time and this photograph showed that they were contemporary and viable means of transport coexisting at the time.




 "The Steerage", by Alfred Stieglitz, is one of the best-known photographs in the medium's history. It was taken on an ocean liner on its way to Europe in 1907. He was at the height of his powers, 43 years old. The people at the lower level had attempted to emigrate to the US, and been rejected, forced to turn back home. At the height of his powers, Stieglitz empathized with the people below, but it was from the distance of the well-to-do. He remarked that this image represented the break with Pictorialism. He had no means to develop it aboard. Upon landing, anxious and eager, he sought out a photography studio, introduced himself, and asked if he could use the darkroom. He had brought his own developer! The result is what is referred to as the first Modernist photograph.
Nearly four decades later, when the money was gone, he was living in a room with few visitors, and he had sold remaining issues of Camera Work to a ragpicker,  Stieglitz visited an antique shop, and there hung a beautifully framed gravure print of "The Steerage". he no longer had any of his own. He asked the dealer how much, and he calculated that he would have to go hungry for eight days to buy it. He didn't.

Lewis Hine had a humanitarian mission. He was showing the miserable lives of American children working adult factory jobs. He took many of girls spinning cotton in the 30's. This one (which I was unable to find on the web) is a close-up of the arms and torso of one of these workers threading a machine. She is anonymous, there's no location given, but the thread is like the narrative of history. The future being spun. Hine would go on to document the building of the Empire State. He was instrumental in getting Child Labor Laws. He worked without permission, just looking around, and illegally trespassing into factories and photographing fast. He has a thread connecting him to this area.




That is one image of cigar roller boys taken in Tampa. He was here.






"Scott's Run, West Virginia. Coal Miner's house" 1936, by Walker Evans. A pivotal photographer best-known for the work he did for the WPA during the Depression. Roy Striker needed to sell the idea of the WPA and he needed photographs to convince a skeptical nation that farm aid was essential. He was very astute hiring many of  the best and brightest American documentarians of the day. Walker Evans, who thanks to Berenice Abbott had seen Atget's prints and was holding that fire (one that continues to this very day), was ready. He and writer James Agee would get lists of things to photograph, and a coal miner's house was on that list. It looks so poor, so humble, clean and orderly, but in reality, it wasn't.
Evans swept it out, rearranged the furniture and more, making it look as dignified as he possibly could. The people that lived there desperately needed the aid, and he did his very best to make sure they got it, while making a magnificent photograph through his aesthetic.


  

 Paul Strand, "The Lusetti Family", Luzzara, Italy, 1953. Strand was an accomplished photographer at the core of American Modernism. Close to Stieglitz. His wife, Rebecca, had an affair with Georgia O'Keefe in the American West by the time he took this photograph. The planes in this picture, the way people are locked into the geometry in the background, are all classic Modernist tropes. Strand was in Italy as an exile from the USA. Two years before this picture was taken, an outstanding photographic organization/collective in New York City was viciously destroyed by the House of Unamerican Activities. The photographer members, Margaret Bourke-White, Strand, Gene Smith, Helen Levitt, Arthur Rothstein, The Newhalls, Avedon, Weegee, Robert Frank, Ansel Adams, Edwar Weston, Minor White and many of the best and brightest in the medium at the time, were humiliated, persecuted by the FBI, and it disbanded. Corporations grabbed some of the photographers for magazine work. Strand left. This is one of the photographs he made during his exile.


All these photographs are on one wall in the front room of this fantastic exhibit. Photographs are coded with culture/time/space/ and more stamps. At the time(s) of these images, the medium was white-hot. These are not isolated moments, but a loop in a vast quilt of human history.

See this show at the Museum of Fine Arts, Saint Peterburg, Florida.
255 Beach Drive

This show closes on October 4th, 2015. 

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Monday, August 24, 2015

"A Peculiar Crossroads: A Celebration of the Life and Art of Flannery O'Connor at Silver Meteor.

[A contribution to Art Taco from correspondent at large, Lydia Gottardi]

A Peculiar Crossroads: A Celebration of the Life of Flannery O'Connor"
Silver Meteor Gallery 8/23/15

Silver Meteor Gallery, an art venue/black box theatre, is a tiny bright star in the local theater firmament. It's latest production, "A Peculiar Crossroads: A Celebration of the Life and Art of Flannery O'Connor" is an entertaining and interesting short play, that shows us how the most memorable art often does more with less. This is a one-act, one-actor play brought to life by Betty-Jane Parks in a set suggesting the sparse furnishings of the farmhouse where the author spends most of her brief yet amazingly-productive life writing 2 novels and the many short works for which she is known and beloved. The audience follows the author as she moves from scene to scene, memory to memory, pausing to reflect on the writing life, the life of the artist, depicting with complete naturalness all the wit, spirit, sensitivity, and Southern charm of one of our most enduring writers. This theatrical experience is simultaneously stark and dense..shining forth with dialogue culled directly from Flannery O'Connor's own speeches and letters seamlessly woven into a portrait of a woman whose theology stands firmly behind a loving yet unblinking gaze at human imperfections within a modern mystery play, balanced with homespun humor between the light and dark of her moral universe.

This play will appeal to anyone interested in knowing more about 19th century American literature,  the history of the Southern Gothic genre,  and who loves thought-provoking monologue, intimate small theatre, and chickens (yes, chickens!), told first person in the writer's own wry yet gentle words, a behind-the-scenes look at the writing life.

Betty-Jean Parks conjures with uncanny veracity the form, personality, and charm of a writer as colorful and memorable as her creations.
Landon Green, in his directing debut, presents an experience that is taut yet smooth from beginning to end.

Producer Michael Murphy creates a linear set that takes the audience to spotlighted  niches that act like paragraphs for the monologue, creating separate yet contiguous scenes for each memory-experience in the author's life, kept lively through the variety of placement and alternately addressing an audience that is both real and off stage. This becomes an effective device in dissolving the traditional separation between audience and stage and is a unique and gratifying experience.

Altogether, this short play is as remarkable an experience as the woman it depicts: large in prosaic beauty, philosophy, practical advice for writers, and a glimpse into the dedicated life of an artist in a most balanced and refined collaboration between playwright, director, actor, and producer, a treat not only for Flannery O'Connor fans, but also for those interested in creative theatre production.

But wait! There's more....

After a brief intermission, the play is followed by a hilarious 1 minute newsreel from the author's life and then a 26-minute vintage television production of one of Flannery O'Connor's short stories starring Agnes Moorehead and a debut for a very young Gene Kelly!  Sticking around for this is highly recommended to fill out the night (ask and Michael Murphy might tell you about the nonHollywood ending of the story).

Lydia Gottardi

August 13-30, 2015.
Thursday and Sunday @7PM
Friday and Saturday @8PM

Personal Note: I saw this play, and agree with Lydia"s review. See this! It's wonderful.


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Starving Artists Movers Company.

Real Starving Artists have started a moving company. I know these guys and they're cool, fair, trustworthy straight-up people perfect for that upcoming move.

11440 Harborside Circle, Saint Pete

Call 727-422-8326

Thank you.

Luis

This Straigh Outta Compton Weekend, 8/23/2015

Summer is slithering by between hellish temperatures and the daily deluge, but the doldrums, never ending as they seem, take us slowly to the best time o the year, soon to come.



Last year the Clearwater Art Alliance held an event called Piano’s in Pinellas. A local artist, Junior Polo, was selected to take an upright piano and create a piece of artwork with it which would be displayed around downtown Clearwater. That piano drew my attention and I approached Junior about being one our artists. He joined before the doors were even opened and he contributed a permanent piece to the center – the very elaborate backdrop for our stage.

Shortly after the art center opened, Clearwater Jazz Holiday announced that Junior would be the artist for Jazz Holiday 2015. In celebration of this, we are bringing the piano to the art center and launching a special display of his work. Junior will be here at the art center demonstrating his work and talking with people about what inspires him.

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Explore what it takes to become legend. Define what legends mean to you. Make a tribute to legendary acts and people.

BLOOM Art Center invites you to examine all this and more at Legendary, a new exhibit opening Saturday, August 22 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

BLOOM is located at:
910 5th Avenue N., St. Petersburg FL 33705
Admission $ 7

For this gallery-focused show, Bloom invited 25 artists to each interpret legends in their own way. The surprising results are exhibited for sale at our Legendary opening, when guests can enjoy chill DJ vibes, a donation bar, and our Bloom POD shop featuring small art in various mediums.

Throughout the night, Aerial Dragons will float high above you in displays of stunning performance art. And no one should miss the free self-guided tour of our painted building, displaying more than 15,000 square feet of exterior murals created by more than 30 artists.

Featured Legendary artists:
Allen Hampton
Aurailieus
Boo Ehrsam
Chon Mosley
Derek Donnelly
Emily Stone
Freddie Fred
James Oleson
Jeff Williams
Jennifer Kosharek
Jessi Donnelly
John Suarez
Justin Wagher
Korey Lightford
Mason Schwacke
Michael Vahl
Noelle Stillman
Reid Jenkins
Rheannon Cheri
Scott Hillis
Sebastian Coolidge
STOIC
THIRST
Von Zombo
Zulu Painter

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Strands of Sunshine








// A Fundraiser for The Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue //

Our sweet shop dog, Oscar, turns 10 years old this month! We're celebrating with a birthday party on August 22, and a two-week fundraiser for local non-profit pet rescue, Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue! 10% of all purchases made at Strands of Sunshine between August 18 and August 29th will be donated to this great rescue! PPPR saves small senior dogs and we want to help with their mission to rescue, rehab, and re-home these sweet seniors!

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***OSCAR'S PARTY DAY***

Saturday, August 22, 11am - 6pm

Stop by for some fun and to shop your tail off for PPPR!!!
-Treats & prizes for two and four legged friends!
-A visit by PPPR's Jamie McKnight & rescue pups!
-Artist Robert Phelps live painting Oscar's portrait!
-Oscar snuggles!
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Wait, there's more! Our friend Robert Phelps is donating a custom pet portrait, valued at $350, and we're raffling off tickets for $5 each / 5 for $20 during the fundraiser (Aug 18-29)
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How else can you help? Drop off an item from PPPR's Wish List: gift certificates to Sams Club or Publix (for rotissiere chicken for sick and critical patients), gift cards to Petsmart or Animal House for other food they need, donations directly to Partridge Animal Hospital on behalf of PPPR to help pay down the accruing vet debt and care for current cases.
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More about Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue:
PPPR is a 501c3 non-profit based in St. Petersburg, FL, founded in February, 2013 and caters to small breed seniors, handicap, critically ill, mainly focusing on rescuing from high kill county shelters all over the state of Florida that are scheduled to be euthanized. PPPR has rescued and adopted out over 200 dogs to date, including 60 so far this year.
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Saturday, August 8, 2015

This Sherlock Holmes Weekend, Saturday, August 8, 2015.

After the Deluge....




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 Michele Tuegel Gallery
320 Central Ave St Pete



Exhibition opening reception of large, abstract paintings by local Gulfport artist Judy Palaferro. Judy will be present to speak about her work during the opening Saturday night. [In conjunction with the Second 2nd Saturday Art Walk | St. Petersburg]

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Graphi-ko Gallery Keeps it Local with "Wild Out of the Box" the opening of a new show featuring animal themed art. The Gallery's proceeds of all artwork from the show will benefit Friends of Strays, a volunteer organization dedicated to the care and adoption of homeless pets, who operate a no kill shelter. Come and support local art and artists and a great organization.
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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.

This month, Keep Saint Petersburg Local (KSPL) is partnering with the arts districts. Olga Bof, Founder/Executive Director of KSPL states, “Since Keep Saint Petersburg Local launched, our Independent Business Alliance has supported the monthly ArtWalk. KSPL includes artists, art galleries/studios, museums and other cultural institutions among its members. Our mission is to work to build a thriving local economy and a unique community, and the arts are very important to St. Pete. KSPL is happy to return as a sponsor this year.”

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.


Parking
Free parking can be found on 1st Ave N and 1st Ave S from 15th St. to 30th St., The Clay Center of St. Petersburg, MGA Studios and the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum. Download the map and list of participants to plan your festive art evening at http://www.stpeteartsalliance.org/

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.

Trolley starts here at 5pm
Craftsman House Gallery – 2955 Central Avenue - Support your locally-owned businesses at the closing day of our Once-a-Year Studio Sale, where local potters sell their slight imperfections at amazing prices. The gallery features clay, blown glass, jewelry, wood, furniture - all housed in an historic 1918 Arts & Crafts bungalow. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Craftsman-House-Gallery/158706022997

Charlie Parker Pottery – 2724 6th Avenue S. – Summer Of Fun. Fun demos and unique pottery for the home or garden, as well as great gift ideas. https://www.facebook.com/events/1592710867657779/

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

Duncan McClellan Gallery – 2342 Emerson Avenue South – Help us Help them: Belize 2015 Medical Mission Fundraiser. Join the supporters of Nokumbaya,( a locally based organization dedicated to bringing medical relief to the peoples of South and Central American). Meet & greet the mission team, and learn about their work with the children of Belize. http://dmglass.com/events/help-us-help-them-belize-2015-medical-mission-fundraiser-on-saturday-august-8/

Clay Center of St. Petersburg - 420 23rd Street South – Stop in to try your hand at Clay printing. Do an actual print to take with you. Learn about the technique of Clay printing throwing on the wheel and handbuilding. https://www.facebook.com/ClayCenterofStPetersburg

Dazzio Art Experience Gallery & School of Art - 535 22nd Street South - Premier Gallery & School of Art....."where we believe that all people are meant to be creative, learning in a fun and relaxed atmosphere"...Let Us Release Your Creative Genius! https://www.facebook.com/dazzio.art.experience?fref=ts

Soft Water Studios - 515 22nd Street South - Featuring TranzLucid, a group show of artists who work at Soft Water Studios and MGA Sculpture Studio. TranzLucid refers to the etheral quality of light through matter and the meaning we attribute to meaning itself. 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. - The charcoal renderings of the award-winning master portraitist, Adrian Pickett Jr. Gifted in the use of many mediums including acrylics and oils, Pickett’s current passion for charcoal stems from the challenges it presents. He has developed a style of artistry that allows his charcoal renderings to exude soulfulness and the use of hues and shadows gives off a colorful presence. The artist views his vision as a gift, and feels his creativity derives from a natural force. https://www.facebook.com/WoodsonMuseum/timeline

Gallerie 909 – 909 22nd Street South – She is Music: Meet featured artist Salaam Muhammad. Artist talk on her amazing body of work. https://www.facebook.com/events/957023430997854/

Morean Center for Clay – 420 22nd Street South - Annual Member's Show. Also hosting a pot luck dinner during the opening that is open to the public. Please bring a homemade dish in a handmade dish if you wish to participate. https://www.facebook.com/CenterForClay

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

Woodfield Fine Art Studio - 5 Deuces Galleria Building, #3 @ 222 22nd St. S. - New commissions started and other works completed. Plus, abstract works from the "escape" easel are on display. https://www.facebook.com/woodfieldfineartstudio?fref=ts

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

Cory Allen Contemporary Art - 2121 Second Avenue South - Pop-up Church of Scientology, featuring The Shroud of Scientology. https://www.facebook.com/coryallencontemporaryart?fref=ts

St. Petersburg Opera Company - 2145 1st Ave South - Craig Petersburg has been a visual artist, designer and art educator for decades. He has exhibited and is collected in Europe and the United States. This exhibition of paintings and objet d'art will reflect the diversity of his visual vocabulary including: acrylic paintings, furniture and found objects. https://www.facebook.com/StPeteOpera

Trolley Starts Here at 5pm
Creative Clay – 1114 Central Avenue - 20th Anniversary with good art, good folk. New exhibit, Mirage, highlights paintings from our collection. Painted Poetry featuring paintings inspired by poems. Chant the Trees, a progressive acoustic folk duo perform live. https://www.facebook.com/events/675544829214150/

Michele Tuegel Contemporary – 320 Central Avenue - Opening Reception: Judy Palaferro - Spilling. Solo show of large abstract expressionist paintings by local Gulfport artist Judy Palaferro. https://www.facebook.com/MicheleTuegelContemporary/timeline

The Gallery – 200 Central Ave S. - Acclaimed artist from India, Dhiraj Choudhury. On display for a limited time, these works represent an exclusive selection of Choudhury’s work over many decades, creating a unique vision of culturally inspired compositions described through vibrant colors and spiritual subject matter. Inspired by a love for humanity and a concern for the world at large, Choudhury offers us an opportunity to transcend into his experience and desire to help others. https://www.facebook.com/thegalleryart

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

Florida CraftArt – 501 Central Avenue – World on a String: Masters of Puppetry featuring over 100 puppets from around the world. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Florida-CraftArt/352815711033?sk=timeline

The Art Lofts of St. Petersburg, FL – 10 Fifth Street North (upstairs) - Heat Wave. A group show of work by Artlofts artists in various mediums celebrating summer. Shop for paintings, jewelry, stained glass, photography and sculpture. Then visit with the artists in their working studios. https://www.facebook.com/artlofts

Graphi-ko Gallery/ Jewelry – 669 Central Avenue - Wild Out of the Box the opening of a new show featuring animal themed art. The Gallery's proceeds of all artwork from the show will benefit Friends of Strays, a volunteer organization dedicated to the care and adoption of homeless pets, who operate a no kill shelter. Come & support local art & artists and a great organization. https://www.facebook.com/events/836081123153955/

The Local COOP - 645 Central Avenue - Inside the Crislip Arcade. 10% discount with any diaper donation to benefit Baby Cycle. The Local COOP is a new donation drop location for Baby Cycle. Featuring 30 local artists and hand crafters. Come by to check out our constantly changing inventory of locally handcrafted gifts, home decor, and kids items. https://www.facebook.com/TLCStPete?fref=ts

St. Pete Art Works - 635 Central Ave - "Walk With Me", a watercolor series by FreddieFred. Live Entertainment: singer-songwriter Chris Cava. A co-operative art gallery featuring the artwork of 23 local artists in a wide range of media. https://www.facebook.com/St.PeteArtWorks?fref=ts

Strands of Sunshine – 8 Sixth Street N – Featuring local artist Alexandra Vasquez. Alexandra studies art at Creative Clay, where her colorful paintings of Mayan-inspired designs have been featured in several collective exhibitions. “Mayan Summer” is her first solo show, and she will be on hand to discuss her paintings. https://www.facebook.com/events/1452754195025550/

Morean Arts Center – 719 Central Avenue – Carter Venture talk at the Gallery to showcase his exhibit after winning last year's Best in Show at the annual Members' Show. https://www.facebook.com/events/102258373447242/

ARTicles Art Gallery & Custom Framing - 1445 Central Avenue – Surface Tension: New work by Nathan Beard and Nin McQuillen. Nathan Beard's new series of pastels on paper, Pond's Edge, depicts the commingling of water and plant life by contrasting celebratory gestures with a soothing color palette. Nin McQuillen's intimately scaled sculptures are a synthesis of line, shape and surface that evoke the harmony of standing stones and totems. With these bodies of work, both artists explore new media in pursuit of beauty. https://www.facebook.com/ArTiclesIncCustomFramingArtGallery/timeline

Art Central Studios - 2109 Central Avenue, 2nd Floor - A group of seven established visual artists - Bill Drugan, Kevin Nodland, Carol Dameron, Mary Grieco, Frank Lewis, Herb Snitzer, and Zala Highsmith. Look for the huge mural recently painted on our building's east wall. https://www.facebook.com/artcentralstudios?fref=ts

Creative Soul Studio : Coffee, Wine, Art – 2425 Central Avenue - Featuring a showcase from the winners of the 2014 and 2015 Files and Film Juried Photography Shows. As this is not a juried show, the exhibitors will be free to let their creative juices flow. https://www.facebook.com/CreativeSoulStudio?fref=ts

Our partner associations also have great listings for art events!!
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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Files & Film is announcing it's first Winners Showcase. This photographic art show features the award winners of 2015, and 2014. Artists are given the freedom present photo artwork with no jury, no fee. Some artists will take the opportunity to curate their own wall.

2015 Winners
Heidi Clapp-Temple, Fine Art Photographer (Juror's Award)
JGomez Fine Art (Juror's Award)
Joey Vadder (Juror's Award)
Photo Mixed Media and Fine Art Photography by Michael Conway (ARTicles Art Gallery & Custom Framing's Choice Award)
Joel Dominguez (#1 People's Choice Award)
Alison Amick (#2 People's Choice Award)
Kyle Fleming Photography (#3 People's Choice Award)

2014 Winners
Gabriel Ramos (Juror's Award)
Emelle Lee (Juror's Choice Award)
Photography and Design by Jessi Donnelly (ARTicle's Choice Award)
Marta Rhine (#1 People's Choice)
Jay Cee (#2 People's Choice)
Etn Art Evan Thomas Niemann (#3 People's Choice)

Join us for Second Saturday! No cover.

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Creative Soul Cafe
2425 Central

Files & Film is announcing it's first Winners Showcase. This photographic art show features the award winners of 2015, and 2014. Artists are given the freedom present photo artwork with no jury, no fee. Some artists will take the opportunity to curate their own wall.

2015 Winners
Heidi Clapp-Temple, Fine Art Photographer (Juror's Award)
JGomez Fine Art (Juror's Award)
Joey Vadder (Juror's Award)
Photo Mixed Media and Fine Art Photography by Michael Conway (ARTicles Art Gallery & Custom Framing's Choice Award)
Joel Dominguez (#1 People's Choice Award)
Alison Amick (#2 People's Choice Award)
Kyle Fleming Photography (#3 People's Choice Award)

2014 Winners
Gabriel Ramos (Juror's Award)
Emelle Lee (Juror's Choice Award)
Photography and Design by Jessi Donnelly (ARTicle's Choice Award)
Marta Rhine (#1 People's Choice)
Jay Cee (#2 People's Choice)
Etn Art Evan Thomas Niemann (#3 People's Choice)

Join us for Second Saturday! No cover.



Files & Film is announcing it's first Winners Showcase. This photographic art show features the award winners of 2015, and 2014. Artists are given the freedom present photo artwork with no jury, no fee. Some artists will take the opportunity to curate their own wall.

2015 Winners
Heidi Clapp-Temple, Fine Art Photographer (Juror's Award)
JGomez Fine Art (Juror's Award)
Joey Vadder (Juror's Award)
Photo Mixed Media and Fine Art Photography by Michael Conway (ARTicles Art Gallery & Custom Framing's Choice Award)
Joel Dominguez (#1 People's Choice Award)
Alison Amick (#2 People's Choice Award)
Kyle Fleming Photography (#3 People's Choice Award)

2014 Winners
Gabriel Ramos (Juror's Award)
Emelle Lee (Juror's Choice Award)
Photography and Design by Jessi Donnelly (ARTicle's Choice Award)
Marta Rhine (#1 People's Choice)
Jay Cee (#2 People's Choice)
Etn Art Evan Thomas Niemann (#3 People's Choice)

Join us for Second Saturday! No cover.

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ART SHOW FEATURING NEW WORKS BY STOIC ANUNNAKI BASED ON THE ANCIENT STORIES OF GILGAMESH.

WHERE: THE AMSTERDAM

WHEN: SATURDAY, AUGUST 8TH

OPENING RECEPTION: 7pm-10pm

Music provided for the reception by:

Mountain holler-
Atmospheric reverberating solo acoustic psych wizadry. He will be releasing a cd that night from his last performance at The Nine10 along with album art by STOIC.

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DJ KALANI-
Witch kicking psychedelia and weirdo synthesizer gut blasting tunes. The man with a million vinyl faces!

There will be a gallery talk at 9 o'clock where stoic will talk about the pieces and mythology behind the works. ONLY 60 LIMITED EDITION BROCHURES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE!

RAFFLE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR FOR $5.00. AT 10 A FEW NAMES WILL BE DRAWN! WINNERS WILL RECIEVE ORIGINAL PAINTINGS!

AFTER 10 O'CLOCK THE AMSTERDAM HAS PROVIDED AWESOME BANDS TO BLAST THE NIGHT AWAY!

THANK YOU FOR ALL THE CONTINUOUS SUPPORT!!
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Saturday, July 18, 2015

This Train Wreck Weekend, July 18.

It's only 83 degrees outside. Merciful.




27th Annual Cool Art Show at the St Pete Coliseum
presented by PAVA

Take shelter from the summer heat inside the historic Coliseum ballroom during this juried fine art and craft event, hosted by the Professional Association of Visual Arts. Browse cool art from 80 local and statewide artists specializing in paint, wood, ceramics, photography, metal, glass, mixed media and jewelry.

10 AM - 5 PM Saturday and Sunday

Price: Free.

Phone: (727) 736-2466

http://pava-artists.org/

Downtown St. Petersburg

More dates for this event:
Sunday, July 19, 2015 10:00am

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Caroline Karp Babis Creations presents her River Series, a solo exhibition up for the month of July. Enjoy an evening with the artist this Saturday evening. There will be special menu pricing for the evening.
 109 N 12th St.
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I'm leaving for Europe in 2 wks
so I am clearing out space in my house to install a big sea kelp forest

it'll b up all wknd and on Fri and Sat nite there will b a DJ and fruit n drinks

thnx (: c ya then

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Hello wildcats, this is QUAID Gallery, and Saturday night QUAID will be hosting a screening of the films of Danial Ryan. Dan put together a playlist of about an hour of classic videos as well as some world premieres of brand new ones.

The gallery will be open at 8 and the videos begin at 9. Complimentary chili cheese nachos will be served.

Click here to see Danial Ryan’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/WolfgoreShow



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Saturday, June 27, 2015

This PRIDE Weekend, 6/27/2015

Venture Compound, DIREWOOD in concert, starts at 8:00 $5-10 Admission.

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PRIDE PARADE. History washes away the bigots. Celebrate! Parade at 5 PM.

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Craft Art Puppet Show.  5:30


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Art Raffle at Bar 548

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Last Day of Bloom's Contemplation Show

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Member's Show at 620 5:30

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Declinism, Art and Entertainment.

 Culture and the Arts are declining with their once strongest demographics: Educated, upper middle class and up people. On the other hand, donor contributions increased by 9.2% in 2014 (over 2013).
The arguments are made that entertainment and democratization are major factors in this.
At the Museum of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg, Florida there is a show of Japanese prints. The ones prior to Modernism. There are portraits, representations of mythological stories, great romances, locations, landscapes and breaking news/important current events.These prints multi-tasked well beyond the aesthetic.
Medieval Art did too. In Europe and through Christiendom, the Gospel story was a common meme, known by everyone, even illiterates. The Art that the common man was exposed to, mostly in churches and government buildings, related images from those stories. The Art in church stained glass, sculptures and paintings portrayed apex dramatic moments from which believers easily discerned the characters and story depicted. This integrated the world of the viewers and simultaneously provided religious entertainment.
With the Enlightenment and thereafter, Western cultures became more secular and the functions once served by religion and Art were separated. This division is still ongoing. The democratization of the means of producing Art continues, with the number of people who file taxes as artists to Instagrammers all over the world.
With this egalitarian environment not only is everyone an artist, but also a critic. Right now, less than 10% of the number of critics employed in 1975 exist. A lot of people see this as a sign of decline in the quality and output of Art. The amount of Art has certainly increased, enabling anyone with a smartphone to partake of the benefits of making, showing and selling work.
Art Fairs have become the new ephemeral bastions of Art. They dominate the Art world. Here in Florida, artists make the pilgrimage to Art Basel  exactly like crazed sports fans to the Superbowl, and most voice fantasies of being in Basel. The few that have spent the time, effort and money to be in a satellite fair that I know have fared miserably, or broken even at best.
Art Fairs are all about the 1%-ers who have the place to themselves before the hoi polloi swarms, and they, still caught in the aftermath of Modernism, thrive on innovation, not quality.
There is now a Pilgrim's Road of Fairs all over the world, a Silk Road to the various markets. Auctions have also risen in prominence (and sales records). A yawning gulf of income inequality has widened between those at the top and all others.
The art world is rapidly evolving and shifting along with the rest of the culture. The old models have become obsolete, much to the consternation of those who came up through them and thought they would be around at least through their lifespan. The brick and mortars will still be around at the local level, particularly as nurseries for emerging artists in the lesser local markets.

Great Art continues to be made every day. Most of it will go unrecognized.

--- Luis


Saturday, June 13, 2015

This Spy Weekend, June 13th, 2015

  93 degrees today....Summer is here. Grieving for the pasing of Bud Lee, a friend and one of those people that always punched above their weight. Second Saturday, and I have no scheduled copilot(s) for tonight.

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Pangea Project #61 @ Venture Compound 8:00 PM, $8.00


Public Speaking is the music of Brooklyn, NY composer/multi-instrumentalist Jason Anthony Harris. Utilizing voice, radio, found objects and synthesizer, he pores over pedals to loop, warp and augment these sources. “He crafts coherent songs out of abstract processes and R&B from the tools of noise with the assured vision of an expert… a thrilling melange of found sound and pop music.” - Experimedia

Public Speaking

Whitey Alabastard

Jason Bundy

Otolathe

voice hoist


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2nd Sat Art Walk....

From 5-9pm Celebrate and Collect Cool Art on a Hot Summer Night at over 30 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.

Then starting at 9pm, enjoy a Saint Petersburg Preservation Porch Party at the Historic Seaboard Train Station at 420 22nd Street South! You are sure to have fun at this historic setting with live music, tasty desert treats and drinks and lots of great people! The brick train station has a lot of history and character and is a perfect setting for one of SPP’s porch parties. Admission is just $10, public is welcome.
http://www.stpetepreservation.org/event-1947498.
SPP members will receive two drink tickets (good for beer/wine).

During ArtWalk, our free trolley shuttles (one traditional red trolley and one white coach bus) will have an art guide on board from St. Pete Preservation presenting historic backgrounds on special venues throughout the night. When gallery owners & artists are in historic buildings with a unique character it completely aligns with their creative venture. Both Craftsman House Gallery (1918 Arts & Crafts Bungalow) and The Morean Center for Clay (1926 Seaboard Train Station) are listed on the local historic registry. However there are dozens of other art venues located in historic buildings throughout ArtWalk. Duncan McClellan Glass is located in a former tomato packing plant. Soft Water Studios is the former 1930 Soft Water Laundry Building and the newest addition to ArtWalk, the Local Co-op is located in the 1920's historic Crislip Arcade!

Parking
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.

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.

Trolley starts here at 5pm
Craftsman House Gallery – 2955 Central Avenue - The 7th Clay Pride Show. Featuring a collection of colorful ceramics by clay artists who are openly embracing the clay lifestyle. Clay, blown glass, jewelry, wood, all housed in an historic 1918 Arts & Crafts bungalow. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Craftsman-House-Gallery/158706022997

Charlie Parker-Pottery – 2724 6th Avenue S. – Great Gift Ideas for Dads and Grads. Come do your shopping for those hard to buy for people in your life. All work is handmade by either Charlie, or one of our talented members. Charlie will be doing demos throughout the evening. https://www.facebook.com/events/418837391574947/

Duncan McClellan Glass – 2342 Emerson Avenue South – The opening of "EnGraalMo!", with new works by Jake Pfeifer and Nic Emeric. Pfeifer and Emeric are the recipients of DMG School Project's May 2015 residency scholarship, which enables emerging and mid career artists a chance to develop new bodies of work, away from the stresses of daily life. Free glass blowing demonstration. http://dmglass.com/events/recipients-of-glass-residency-scholarship-premiere-new-work/

Clay Center of St. Petersburg - 420 23rd Street South – Demonstration in sculpture with Kyu Yamamoto. How to throw a 25 pound bowl. 41 artists work on display in our 1000 square foot studio. Live music and much more! https://www.facebook.com/ClayCenterofStPetersburg/timeline

Soft Water Studios - 515 22nd Street South - A fresh display of new and old works by resident artists in 2-D and 3-D. “Blue Nudes” by Carrie Jadus. 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. – Exhibit by Dallas Jackson: A compilation of drawings and paintings from 2003 to 2013 focusing on music through the experience and visual response. Less focused on popular icons, the imagery focuses on how man and instrument visually represents the harmonious interaction. It is essentially one’s interpretation of how music is visualized. The artist preferred mediums of pastels, acrylic paint, stencils. Every Dad that visiting the museum will receive a Rays baseball ticket as we celebrate Father's Day. https://www.facebook.com/WoodsonMuseum/timeline

Gallerie 909 – 909 22nd Street South – Opening Reception -- The Art of Reparations and Freedom of Speech Collection featuring Everett Spruill. Live music. https://www.facebook.com/events/700233966751615/

Morean Center for Clay – 420 22nd Street South - Kodi Thompson premieres "Oversprayed and Underglazed" show featuring alley graffiti artwork that should be very cool for guests to experience. Kodi is a hot, young artist who is expected to emerge soon as an incredible talent people can't get enough of. 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

Jim Woodfield Fine Art Studio - 5 Deuces Galleria Building, 222, #3 22nd St. S. - Featuring new portrait work and abstract paintings. https://www.facebook.com/woodfieldfineartstudio?pnref=lhc

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

Cory Allen Contemporary Art - 2121 Second Avenue South - Featuring anonymous artist Drown in the artist’s first solo exhibition at this gallery. The show will feature an installation piece titled “Happy Meal”. https://www.facebook.com/coryallencontemporaryart/timeline

From Mayan Hands - 2006 Second Avenue South - Showcasing the paintings of Beba Contreras and her famous "painted shoes". One day sale of all merchandise. 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

St. Petersburg Opera Company - 2145 1st Ave South - An exhibit of paintings by Kirk Ke Wang, a Professor of Visual Arts at Eckerd College, painter, sculptor, photographer, mixed media artist, and an educational software developer. This exhibition will explore paintings that depict the artist's two cultures he lives in. Born in Shanghai, China, he travels frequently between China and the US to promote art, education and culture. His works has been collected by museums, galleries and private collectors in the US and Asia. Wang maintains a studio in Tampa, Shanghai & NYC. Wang has exhibited his art works locally, nationally, internationally, and including the National Gallery in Beijing. https://www.facebook.com/StPeteOpera

Trolley Starts Here at 5pm
Creative Clay – 1114 Central Avenue - 20th Anniversary with good art, good folk, and a new exhibit. Painted Poetry features art inspired by poems, and invites the viewer to find poetic inspiration. The Lady and the Bard perform Americana music live. Also on exhibit are artist altered baseballs, and paintings of nature. https://www.facebook.com/events/105345599800724/

The Gallery – 200 Central Ave S. - Featuring a collection of paintings by Timothy Raines showcasing Major League Baseball. Join us for this opportunity to explore vibrant, sports themed artwork. Refreshments provided. https://www.facebook.com/thegalleryart

SHAPIRO'S Gallery – 300 Beach Drive NE. - 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 – Aquatic Adventures ArtWalk. See what makes the sunshine state special—beaches, tides, deep blue depths. Featuring photos by Gene Norris, and paintings by Florida artists. https://www.facebook.com/events/105509749785514/

Florida CraftArt – 501 Central Avenue – “Boundary Lines” featuring Michael Covello’s intriguing installation, Charles Parkhill’s understated, yet profound wood sculpture, Charles Hazelaar ceramics and fiber artists Raina Benoit and Kathy Halper. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Florida-CraftArt/352815711033?sk=timeline

The Art Lofts of St. Petersburg, FL – 10 Fifth Street North (upstairs) - Featuring young artists in “Student Showcase”. This innovative exhibit will showcase pieces from young, local artists. https://www.facebook.com/artlofts

Graphi-ko Gallery/ Jewelry – 669 Central Avenue - Opening of “Get Naked” art exhibition. The show will be a public juried event featuring over 80 local artists depicting the naked human form. Come and support local art and artists. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Graphi-ko-Gallery-Jewelry/125300180883521

The Local Coop - 645 Central Avenue - inside the Crislip Arcade. Celebrating its Grand Opening! Stop by to meet the owners/artists and see all the wonderful, locally handcrafted home decor, gifts, and the newly opened kids boutique - The Mini Coop. Live music, drinks, & a fabulous raffle. https://www.facebook.com/TLCStPete

St. Pete Art Works - 635 Central Ave - Featured Exhibition: The Flower Study Series: original acrylic paintings by Caroline Karp Babis. Live entertainment by Chris Garner on Steel Drum. St. Pete ArtWorks, (a subsidiary of Gulf Coast Artists' Alliance Inc.), is a co-operative art gallery featuring 23 local artists in a wide range of media. https://www.facebook.com/St.PeteArtWorks?fref=ts

Strands of Sunshine – 8 Sixth Street N – Local designer and artist Christina Lembo’s first solo exhibition. Using found paper, whimsical lettering, and a strong sense of wanderlust, Christina's works will stoke the imagination and drive for adventure. Paintings, hand-lettered vintage globes, and prints will be for sale. https://www.facebook.com/events/438705466310326/

Morean Arts Center – 719 Central Avenue – Opening reception for 2 new shows. 2015 All-Florida Juried Exhibition. 58 works from artists from all over the state, vie for nearly $2,500 in prizes. 2015 Instructor/Student Exhibition. Current works by our talented students and teachers in all mediums. https://www.facebook.com/MoreanArtsCenter?fref=ts

ARTicles Art Gallery & Custom Framing- 1445 Central Avenue – Changing Climates: from Cold Wars to Hot Flashes. Lance Rodgers' narrative paintings explode with energy, bravado, and an irreverent humor for pop culture iconography. Inspired by American nostalgia of the 50s and 60s, the artist incites an almost mythic childhood response full of whimsy and romantic irony. https://www.facebook.com/ArTiclesIncCustomFramingArtGallery

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 - Featuring art work by Xina Scuderi. 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!

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A collection of colorful pottery by clay artists who are openly embracing the clay lifestyle.
Opening Reception June 13th during ArtWalk.
Show runs through June 30th.

A collection of colorful pottery by clay artists who are openly embracing the clay lifestyle.
Opening Reception June 13th during ArtWalk.
Show runs through June 30th.



Craftsman House, 5-9 PM   .2955 Central Ave. Saint Petersburg.



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Soft Water Studios, 515 22nd St S. St Pete Artwalk.

Photography, painting, ceramics ... good company, good conversation, lots of parking.

 


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Morean Clay Center, 420 22nd St, S. Saint Pete.

Visit the Morean and look over the beautiful work by local ceramic artists. Bowls for Good will be outside with 3 lathes available for making pens and bowls. No experience necessary! Work ftom our stock of Purple Heart, Bloodwood, Wild Cherry, Rosewood, and Maple Burl! Local wood turners will be on hand for demonstrations and clinics!
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 Strands of Sunshine, 8 6th St. N. 5-9 PM St Pete.
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Charlie Parker Pottery 2724 6th Ave S.
Come do your shopping at Charlie Parker Pottery for those hard to buy for people in your life. We have a wide range of gift items to choose from. All hand made by Charlie and our very talented members.
Charlie will be doing demos thoughout the evening.


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Regions Bank




Artwork by Barry Rothstein, Stella Sanders & Sterling Powell will be featured during the June 13th. 2nd Saturday ARTwalk @ Regions Bank in downtown St. Petersburg.
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Celebrate Creative Clay's 20th Anniversary with good art, good folk and our new exhibit: "Painted Poetry," featuring art-inspired by poems. Viewers are invited and encouraged to find poetic inspiration in the images depicted. We welcome back " Lady and the Bard," who will perform Americana music. Also on exhibit are artist altered baseballs, and paintings of nature. Refreshments available for suggested donation.

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Join The Studio@620 during Second Saturday Gallery Crawl for one last look at SHADOWSPEAK: Curiosities from Polly Johnson and The Crafty Hag / Coralette Damme
Come see the giant bear head one more time! 6-9 PM.

Polly Johnson is a ceramics artist with a degree in Visual Communication and is currently an instructor at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota. Coralette Damme has a Fine Arts degree with emphasis on Printmaking and frequently exhibits her work as The Crafty Hag at art markets and festivals.

Admission is free and open to the public.


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ARTicles Art Gallery is pleased to present new paintings by LANCE RODGERS in the exhibition Changing Climates: from Cold Wars to Hot Flashes, on June 13, 2015 at 6:00 pm. Lance Rodgers' narrative paintings explode with energy, bravado, and an irreverent humor for pop culture iconography. Inspired by American nostalgia of the 50s and 60s, Lance incites an almost mythic childhood response full of whimsy and romantic irony.

Lance Rodgers earned his fine art degree from Florida State University in 1977. A pillar of the St. Petersburg art community, Lance gained notoriety as the curator of exhibitions at Salt Creek Artworks for its entire 15 year run. A renowned, award-winning artist, Lance currently resides and maintains a studio in the Old Southeast Artist Enclave of St. Petersburg, Florida. Rodgers’ thoughtful narrative, sometimes humorous paintings are displayed in numerous galleries, museums, public and private collections in the United States and abroad.

Rodgers' solo exhibition at ARTicles Art Gallery celebrates a10 year relationship with the gallery. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on June 13th, 6-9pm. His provocative work will be on view through August 1st. For more information contact the gallery at 727-898-6061.

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