Thursday, October 23, 2014

Portraits of Nigerians, both royalty and common men.

The portraiture of the Royals and commoners of 20th century Nigeria by Chief Solomon Olange

For over five decades Chief Solomon Osagie Alonge photographed the royal court and everyday life of Benin, Nigeria. Drawing on their collection of over 2,000 glass... [Link]

Saturday, October 18, 2014

This 5x5 Weekend, Oct 18-19, 2014

Saturday, Oct 18

one-night special art exhibit featuring Roy and 14 local artist that are part on the one week workshop leading up to this show. Evocative, large-scale abstract works that explore an affinity between music and painting will line the walls of the studio and stretch the imagination of the audience. Lerner has had 26 solo exhibitions; been included in 111 group exhibitions; has paintings in 13 museums, more than 8 galleries and many public and private collections. He has exhibited in ten countries, most frequently in the US, Canada, France, and Italy. His works are showing tonight from 5-9 at the Kokol Gallery, 3318 W. Bay to Bay in Tampa.

Workspace opens "Between Alpha and Omega" at 6:00 PM at 4501 N. Florida Ave.


Machine in the Ghost is a group exhibition at the Kirk Ke Wang Art Space. Six artist statements were randomly created using online artist statement generators. Six artists, in turn, created work based on those statements. This Saturday we get together to close the show. If you haven't seen the exhibition yet, this will be your last chance - Come hang out with us! 5120 N. Florida Ave.


  At Bayfest on Anna Maria Island. The rum happy fun locals welcome ( we're ALL LOCALS!) event on Anna Maria Island's pine street. Bands, booze and ME! RhondaK ,the real deal native Florida Folk Artist. I'll have a lot of one of a kinds and a huge mermaid, horse, cat lady and more. $3-150. Something for everyone!
Show link:
RhondaK link:

Nuri is getting into the spirit for tomorrow's 'Pops in the Park' with The Florida Orchestra. Come to Vinoy Park starting at 4 PM to join in the festivities! See you there!

We are so excited to be featured at The Florida Orchestra Pops in the Park.

We will have a kids reading area, a coloring station where kids can design their own book covers, and a song/poetry collage area. Come say hello to us!

Here’s the schedule for the afternoon on October 18:

4:00pm Osceola High School Women’s Choir
4:30pm Lakewood High School Jazz Band
5:00pm Tampa Bay Children’s Chorus
5:30pm St. Petersburg Community Band
6:00pm Matt Weihmuller Jazz Quartet (VSA)
7:00pm The Florida Orchestra performance

Other arts groups with tents and activities:

Armillata Designs
TFO Instrument Petting Zoo
Tampa Bay Children’s Chorus

Enjoy a picnic under the stars with guest conductor Damon Gupton and The Florida Orchestra. It’s a varied program of pop tunes, film scores, patriotic themes, Broadway hits and more with an Armed Forces Salute, Bernstein’s Candide Overture, Shostakovich’s Festival Overture and Sousa’s El Capitan March, along with music from GrofĂ©’s Mississippi Suite, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Rodgers’ South Pacific...all with the evening ending in Tchaikovsky’s explosive 1812 Overture ...... fireworks!!

Canned Food Donations: Concertgoers are invited to bring canned food donations for Tampa Bay Harvest for their food bank services in the Tampa Bay area.



30 artists interpret their own land on provided landscape sized panels.

Participating artists:
Chris Giuffré
James Michael McCraken
Timothy Innamorato
Melissa Yungbluth
J Michael Taylor
Stephanie McKee
T Cris Alencar
Anthony Krol
Mason Schwacke
Julie Price
Curtis Sneary
Justin Wagher
Carol Davis
Josh Poll
Ken Echezabal
Lainey Rhodes
Salvatore James
Jedd Lancaster
Kristin Northup
Joshua Fuller
Angela Faustina
Heinz Hinrichs
Justin Arnold
Josh Stover
John Taormina
David Cabassa
Jeffrey Jacoby


Friday, October 17, 2014

[From Donna Gordon and the Official St. Petersburg City site]

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (October 13, 2014) – St. Petersburg high school student Molly Doyle had no idea that something she saw during a family vacation in Greenville, South Carolina, would lead to a public sculpture installation on one of St. Petersburg’s busiest downtown thoroughfares. “Birds On Beach,” to be unveiled Tuesday, October 21, is the city’s newest addition to a growing collection of public art.  
At 4 p.m. on October 21, Mayor Rick Kriseman and artist Donna Gordon introduce the Warbleson bird sculptures to St. Petersburg during a ceremony in South Straub Park, just south of Second Ave. N.  Molly, friends and family members, District 4 Council Member Darden Rice, the city’s Public Art commission liaison, District 6 Council member Karl Nurse and Elizabeth Brincklow, manager of the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs, will be in attendance.
During the family’s 2012 Greenville trip, Molly, now a Northside Christian School senior, noticed a whimsical public art project called Mice on Main, a city-wide mouse hunt that served as an engaging way for people to learn more about the city. Molly realized the concept would work well in St. Petersburg and Birds on Beach was hatched.
 “Watching the project move from an idea to an actual art installation was exciting,” reflected Molly. “I learned a lot, especially that you shouldn’t let age or inexperience keep you from achieving your goals.”
After receiving city approval for her idea and finding seven local sponsors to host the birds, Molly hired figurative sculptor and St. Petersburg resident Donna Gordon. Working closely with Molly, Gordon began the process of creating eight, 5 1/2-inch bronze birds that now perch along or near, Beach Drive.
 “The sculpting was a lot of fun, but the best part of this project for me was working side-by-side with Molly,” stated artist Donna Gordon. “Few teens her age have the determination to undertake a project of this scope, let alone see it through.  She is an impressive young woman.”
The entire project took almost two years, from the idea’s inception to the birds’ installation.
Birds on Beach is a bird quest whereby visitors and residents are invited to locate the Warbleson bird family who are visiting St. Petersburg but have lost track of one of their flock. The task is to help Mama, Daddy, Betty, Brian, Beatrice, Benny, and Bethany find missing fledgling Buddy and, while doing so, discover the history of downtown St. Pete.
“Combining details of art and of St. Petersburg’s history with the story of the Warbleson family provides a delightful opportunity for both our residents and visitors to engage with the beauty of our downtown waterfront,” said Elizabeth Brincklow, manager of the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs.  “Our partners in the public and private sector have been enthusiastic supporters of   Molly’s idea and a unique opportunity to share her love of art with the city.”
The public is invited to help locate the missing Warbleson with free clue flyers available at seven sponsor locations or at External Link - please view our web policies at the bottom of the page for more information, which will launch October 21. Sponsors include the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Administrative offices, 1400 19th St. N.; the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel, 501 Fifth Ave. NE; The Birchwood, 340 Beach Drive NE; Bruce Watters Jewelers, 208 Beach Drive NE; The Dali Museum, One Dali Blvd.; the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE; or the St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE.
For information about Molly Doyle and the Birds on Beach project, visit External Link - please view our web policies at the bottom of the page for more information.

Between Two Quaids: Christina Humphreys interviews Ericka Richardson about her "Night Moves" show.

Ericka Richardson, on the left, interviewed by Christina Humphreys on the right, about her current show at QUAID, "Night Moves" on Oct 16th, 2014.

QUAID is a co-op owned by USF adjuncts and profs. The space seems to only show USF students, profs, grads. These interviews are more than a little incestuous, and almost the entire audience were USF (including me). Academese is spoken to a largely academic audience. It is still a fascinating discourse, laden with insights into the artists, process and work.

--- Luis


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Roy Lerner Workshop at Beth Kokol Studios

Pulling into the parking lot at Beth Burley Kokol's studio at 3318 W. Bay to Bay in Tampa, there were paintings drying on the tarmac, looking like scattered giant azulejo tiles shining in the sunlight.

In the studio, easels were everywhere, with a wide variety of abstract paintings in different stages being worked on. Music played loudly, some of the painters swaying to it. Beth Kokol introduced me to Roy Lerner, an international artist based at the Northern border of NY State who is conducting this spirited workshop. 

       Work by Roy Lerner.

Work by Roy Lerner.

In the studio, easels were everywhere, with a wide variety of abstract paintings in different stages being worked on. Music played loudly, some of the painters swaying to it. Beth Kokol introduced me to Roy Lerner, an international artist based at the Northern border of NY State who is conducting this spirited workshop. 

We talked about his work, which is very sculptural and done with pigmented acrylic gels. Unlike many artists, Roy is at the zenith of his powers, very outgoing, open, clear, confident and obviously a great teacher, given the energized workshop members and their work.

As with any mature artist's work, there are multiple ties and roots woven into it. Music and time figure prominently, not to mention color. Miles Davis and Clement Greenberg were mentioned. I photographed the painters at work as seen below.
Roy Lerner's own show at Beth Kokol gallery opens this Saturday, October 18 at 5:00 PM at 3318 W. Bay to Bay Blvd.

Close-up of one of Roy Lerner's paintings showing the terraced rhythms, very similar, yet each different. Like Time descending a staircase.

I particularly liked this work by a workshop member because the artist "paints" beyond the edges of the frame. By the dynamics of the forms the viewers' mind choreographs the dance of the abstract forms extending them beyond what can be seen. We are enjoined as collaborators. Lovely.

Roy Lerner and one of his works.

--- Luis

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Notes from 2nd Saturday, October 2014, Part III

Feathered Serpent had "Obscured by time", magazine illustration-caliber work by Hermann Trappmann, which in fact, has been used (very appropriately, I might add) for signs in parks. Gallery owner Linda Ramirez objected to the work being photographed, saying "It's copyrighted". It is time even lawyers who own galleries educate themselves on the issue of copyright. All current art is copyrighted. They should also educate themselves on the Fair Use provisions of copyright law.


In the interests of Full Disclosure, I should say that Creative Clay is perhaps my favorite stop on 2nd Saturday. The above cat should explain why.

Artist Robert Phelps kindly took time from holding court to pose with his work at Creative Soul Cafe. He asked me to make it clear that only one of those glasses on the table was his.

Work by Robert Phelps at Creative Soul Cafe.

Painter Carol Dameron and photographer Herb Snitzer in Carol's studio.

John Lichtenstein Monster Movie TV Pop themed work at the Venture Compound.

John Lichtenstein talking about his work, and "trace shame".

Venture Compound jam...

The list from this 2nd Saturday.

End, Part III

--- Luis

Notes from 2nd Saturday, October 2014, Part II

Artist Evelyn Dufner with her work at Dysfunctional Grace Art Company.

Wendy Durand moved into her new studio space in Soft Water Studios.

Carla Bristol's Galerie 909 featured "Earth Tones"  by Scott Davis.

(Right-to-left) Mitzi Gordon, of Creative Pinellas, Carla Bristol, Galerie 909, Bradley Kokay, artist, ex-Venture Compound Art Directos, Jim Grinaker, esquire, at Galerie 909.

Gulfport Artist Cora Marshall and her historical portraits at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African-American Museum. These was one of the standout shows of the evening.

Laura James and her work. She shares a studio with Saori Murphy at Five Deuces.

Nathan Beard and his work, which is partially about the pseudo-cyclical nature of time as we experience it, at Leslie Curran's ARTicles gallery.

End, Part II


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Jamie Wyeth's portraits of Rudolf Nureyev at the Museum of Fine Art, Saint Petersburg Florida.

If you are a ballet fan, and particularly of Rudolf Nureyev, or are entranced by figurative art, you can stop reading here. This show is for you.

The artist is not the Wyeth you've heard of, or seen in books, Andrew. This is his son Jaime, who from an early age was groomed by the family to be the third-generation chapter of a budding arts dynasty. No less than Lincoln Kirstein (who admittedly was a close family friend) referred to him as "the finest American portrait painter since the death of John Singer Sargent" (!). In my opinion, this was a monumental lapse in judgment or a moment of hyperbolic sentimentality.

This show is not the same as the one in the Boston MFA, which was a retrospective of 100 plus works, but only nineteen (19) of the portraits Wyeth painted of Rudolf Nureyev in the 1970's or done later- from photographs. The Boston show is traveling to the Walton-Walmart Crystal Bridge Museum.

There are also a few of the artists' notebooks in glass cases, a room full of costumes worn by Nureyev in the ballet, another full of Nureyev dance posters by photographers and loop video of the dancer. To a dance aficionado, a feast, to an arts lover, slim pickings and lots of filler.

Jaime Wyeth is 68. He is a significant and widely recognized American artist, but with these portraits, he seems to have been overwhelmed by the subject. He does much better with regular mortals, as seen below.

   "Orca Bates"

All work shown by Jamie Wyeth.

--- Luis

Notes from 2nd Saturday, October 2014, Part I

[2nd Saturday is the monthly gallery walk in the city of Saint Petersburg, Florida.]

Amy Marshall's Strands of Sunshine featured Coralette Damme in a Pop-Up show. The work, consisting mostly of smaller pieces, was arranged altar-like on two tables. People were staring at the work, mouths agape. It reminded me of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Epiphany day, of people lighting candles.

Being in Michele Tuegel's decorative art gallery, watching her lovingly teaching her beautiful young grand-daughter elemental accounting and math.

Selfie at Michele Tuegel Gallery.

The Crislip Arcade has been undergoing an enormous amount of turn-over for months. The latest departures were Dawn and Ungala, leaving Leslie Pringle Burke as the only painter left there. Rande James is managing now. It is acquiring a flea-market-ish aura from what I can see, which is a shame.

Panoramic of the interior of Leslie Pringle Burke's studio.

End Part I.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

This Left Behind Weekend, Saturday Oct 11, 2014

This is a 2nd Saturday. I have a carful of luminary co-pilots at the ready. Supposedly 40 venues will be open....if everything goes perfectly, I'll make 18-25....

Located at the corner Bloomingdale Avenue and Providence Road in Riverview, Winthrop Town Centre is a shopping, dining and entertainment center that brings a historic vibe to the modern town center. Adding to the fabric of this unique development is an Artisan Market showcasing local artists with a range of retail goods from jewelry, clothing, paintings and much more.







Join us next Saturday, October 11 for St. Petersburg's SECOND SATURDAY ARTWALK.

Visit the working studios of our resident artists: Wendy Durand, Katee Tully, Carrie Jadus, Clifford Holensworth, Paul Glass and Mark Aeling and view their latest works in the Soft Water Gallery.


We will be holding an opening reception for John Lichtenstein's unintentional art opening this Saturday for Artwalk.

On display is the body of work from 2014

Also, because this is a special Music-Day artwalk, we will have the polar oppisite of Music: people performing with John. If you are interested in co-habitating the stage with John Lichtenstein, please email



St. Petersburg's Second Saturday ArtWalk with over 40 galleries and studios in the Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, EDGE District, Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District will celebrate “Universal Music Day” as one arts destination. Many venues will offer music and/or its artistic representation for the festive October celebration of art.

Visitors will 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. These studios and galleries provide an informal, engaging social evening to drop in and meet our community's artists.

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 and the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum.
Handmade, one of a kind, unique, local art make excellent gifts! It’s impossible to take in ArtWalk in one night so please download the map for a list of participants to plan your artful evening. Browse, watch and purchase “Where Art is Made”!

Duke Energy is our sponsors. The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, the Arts Association St. Petersburg, and Warehouse Arts District and the Grand Central District associations coordinate St. Petersburg’s Second Saturday ArtWalk.

Trolley starts here at 5pm
Craftsman House Gallery– 2955 Central Avenue - Buy a handmade bowl & receive complimentary pot roast or veggie stew. Buy a tumbler & receive a complimentary iced tea or mimosa.

Charlie Parker Pottery – 2724 6th Avenue S. – SangriaFest, buy a drinking vessel of your choice and get free beverage, including our homemade sangria, then dance the night away while you listen to our amazing band.

Zen Glass Studio – 600 27th Street South - Pipe Dreams III continues showcasing a collection of functional glass art sculptures from artists nationwide. To shed more light on the creative process involved in making these functional sculptures, view live demonstrations from 5-9pm. Special jam session celebrating Universal Music Day.

Funktionhouse Urban Lumber & Furnishings – 562 25th St. S - One-of-a-kind quality wood furnishings & lighting can be seen at Soft Water Studios during ArtWalk.

Duncan McClellan Glass – 2342 Emerson Avenue South - The Texture of Glass: Part II Featuring Licha Ochoa Nicholson and Sam Stang. Two free glassblowing demonstrations beginning at 6:30pm.

Trolley starts here at 5pm
Clay Center of St. Petersburg - 420 23rd Street South – Artists will be doing a Saggar Firing, (buy a piece and try it out), as well as throwing and hand building demonstrations. Artists will be on hand to discuss the center and show their work. Wine and snacks available, as well as live music.

Soft Water Studios - 515 22nd Street South - A 4000 sq ft warehouse space has been beautifully transformed into a fine art gallery and working studio space. Featuring a rotating fine art gallery of paintings, photography, pottery, and sculpture by our diverse and talented resident artists. Truly a place "where art is made". Guests will be able to meet the artist as they open their studios to the public for Artwalk.

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.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum – 2240 9th Avenue S. - Sonya Griffin Evans

Uniquely Original Arts - 915 24th Street South - The sounds of our soul/music trivia, plus recycled musical-themed mix media art.

Gallerie 909 – 909 22nd Street South - Portraits of a People. Fine art gallery specializing in art of the African and Caribbean diaspora.

Morean Center for Clay – 420 22nd Street South - The Biennial Cup Show. This show will showcase some of the country's most talented and up and coming ceramic artists. We will have over 100 ceramic cups, mugs, tumblers and yunomis made by artists from all over the country.

Richard Clark and Jim Corp - 5 Deuces Galleria Building - 420 23rd Street South - Showing master works in limited edition prints and original paintings.

St. Petersburg Opera Company - 2145 1st Ave South - An exhibit of paintings by Mirella Cimato Smith that is themed in conjunction with our upcoming production of Neapolitan Festival / Pagliacci.

Dorothy Louise Inspiring Home - 1949 1st Ave South - A unique, fun, eclectic art gallery. Featuring a heavy focus on art and artisan made home decor. Also custom build furniture.

ARTicles Art Gallery & Custom Framing - 1445 Central Avenue - Upward Spiral: studies in rhythm from the series of paintings Exit Music, by Nathan Beard.

Creative Clay – 1114 Central Avenue - On exhibit, artist painted guitars and drums, along with paintings of Humming House and von Grey, the headliners performing during Folkfest St. Pete. Local singer-songwriter Amy Diaz, will also be performing an eclectic mix of acoustically driven songs, highlighting folk, indie, and rock & roll. "Good Folk Show Invitational" continues.

Feathered Serpent Gallery - 1018 Central Avenue - The 3rd Annual Dia de la Raza , celebrating the indigenous people of the Americas and their cultures. Art, music and spoken word. Also featuring "Obscured by Time" paintings by Hermann Trappman who brings to life the Tocobaga and Calusa people of Florida thru a photorealistic style of painting.

Morean Arts Center – 719 Central Avenue - EyeSplice Collective: Spatial Disruption. Explores the variety of approaches that 12 emerging female artists take to mapping the boundaries of private and public space. Painting, drawing, printmaking, video, sculpture, and installation will examine how we control and are controlled by public and private environments. Myron Hansen: Water Marks: Hansen’s latest series of paintings focuses on the movement and energy of water and light in fountains, rendered in large-scale black and white images.

Michele Tuegel Contemporary – 320 Central Avenue - Opening: JOHN GARRETT: Eclectic. Internationally-recognized master craftsman explores creative textile technologies through the use of metal, wire and mixed media to construct layered metal curtains, metal quilts, sculptural works and installations.

Lynn Merhige Gallery – 216 Fourth St North - Porcelain clay by Robin McKay: Celadon glaze with sgraffito, carving and other surface treatments. Local singer-songwriter, poet, storyteller Stacey Rush will be bringing you smooth vocal sounds of jazz, blues, gospel, and neo-soul.

The Gallery – 200 Central Ave S. (entrance on 1st Avenue South across from Midtown Sundries) - An exhibition featuring Carlton Ward Jr., the renowned conservation photographer who brings visibility to Florida’s natural beauty & treasures.

Graphi-ko Gallery/ Jewelry – 669 Central Avenue - New works by Cuban artist Ramiro Ramirez as well as newly created, Fall inspired, one of kind hand crafted jewelry.

St. Pete ArtWorks -- 635 Central Ave - A cooperative art gallery with guest artist exhibitions and multimedia events. Featured artist, Debbie Pridgeon.

Strands of Sunshine – 8 Sixth Street N - Skin Crawl Art Crawl, a spooky pop up art exhibit for one night only! Coralette Damme, aka The Crafty Hag, will premiere a new series of animal inspired artwork which mixes in a day of the dead flavor to give the works a creepy but delicate feel. In addition to this new series of linocuts, there will be abundant Halloween inspired creations.

Florida Craftsmen, Inc. – 501 Central Avenue – Look around the corner to the Florida Craftsmen Pop-Up Gallery at Central and 5th Street, and watch for the grand re-opening of the gallery coming soon!

The Art Lofts of St. Petersburg, FL – 10 Fifth St N Upstairs – Featuring Mavis Gibson’s recent work. A community of 18+ working artist studios. Our artists’ work includes photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry, copper and mixed media.

Regions Bank – 510 Central Avenue - Rollins Fine Art will present a contemporary art exhibit which will include the luminous oil-encaustic landscape and cosmic paintings of Leslie Neumann of Aripeka. Also included will be the highly textured oil on canvas tropical paintings by Joyce-Ely Walker of Palmetto. Josh Pearson of Tampa will show his dimensional mixed-media abstract paintings, and Ken Rollins will display photographs from his Textures and Lucha Libre series.

Art on 1st – 550 First Avenue North – CatWalk featuring paintings of our furry, feline friends. Their way of celebrating All Hallow's Eve on "Little cat feet." Come in costume if you dare! They promise we won't laugh. Candy corn and witch's brew, nibbles, sweets, and art for you. BOO!!!

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.

Augustine Ludovico Studio & Academy of Art - 2851 1stAve North - Annual Resident Artists Show with wine, light hors d'oeuvres, and a door prize.

Cimino Gallery and Custom Picture Framing - 2511 Dr. MLK Jr St - Live music by The Bixler Brothers as well as craft beer from Cycle Brewing. Also featuring local photographer, Phil Celli, and jewelry by Becky Jamin and Liz Gemelas.

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!





If you haven't seen our current exhibit, "Good Folk Show Invitational," stop in during October Art Walk. Peruse our gallery of the largest collection of original folk art in Pinellas, fashioned by Creative Clay artists. Also enjoy live music by local musician and songwriter Amy Diaz.

Buy a drinking vesssel of your choice and get free beverages, including our tasty sangria, while you are entertained by our amazing band.
We have lots of great pottery to choose from while you dance the night away.


Playful, curious, quasi-bohemian creative, Evelyn Dufner is a local artist who has re-emerged from a 15 year hibernation to dance a tango of blazing colors, illustrated paper experiments, subtle found art elements, and self-expression. She describes herself as a soulful self-explorer, and brings her playful vision into the world through illustration, mixed-media paintings, photography, and writing. Her work often explodes with color, something that always strikes her (if you ask) as odd, yet she continues to let it flow, weaving in continued messages of emergence from the darker places where she found her “self “laying quiescent. She enjoys the serendipitous encouragements within her community that continue to gently nudge her to grow and share her work.


The gallery is celebrating its 2nd Anniversary, which coincides with our current exhibit JOHN GARRETT: Eclectic, Universal Music Day and downtown St. Pete's 2nd Saturday ArtWalk. Join us between 5-9 p.m. for eats, treats and with any purchase that day, you'll be registered to win a $100 Gallery Gift Certificate! 


Join the Duncan McClellan Gallery for The Texture of Glass: Part II featuring Licha Ochoa Nicholson and Sam Stang.

In addition to this exhibit, guests can watch two free glassblowing demonstrations beginning at 6:30pm.

About the Artists
Raised in a traditionally large Mexican family in Kansas City, Missouri, Licha Ochoa Nicholson began working with glass in early 1980. She studied at the legendary Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, where she learned the challenging technique of glass-fusing. She continues to explore the unlimited potential and natural beauty of fused glass art.

Sam Stang attended Washington University in St. Louis and was a student of Fritz Dreisbach at Penland School of Crafts in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and of Lino Tagliapietra at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. He was a founding partner in Ibex Glass Studio and started Augusta Glass Studio in Missouri, which he still operates. He uses traditional European glassblowing techniques to create his stunning pieces.

Come by on Saturday evening and enjoy this wonderful experience while sipping a cool beverage with great people in our galleries and lit courtyards. (All donations benefit the DMG School Project).

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5pm and by appointment.



Machine in the Ghost is a group exhibition open now at the Kirk Ke Wang Art Space. Six artist statements were randomly created using online statement generators. Six artists, in turn, created artwork based on these statements.
This Saturday we speak with the artists and take a look at the story behind the work, the experience of working with these "fake" statements, and each artist's outlook on artist statements and theory in art making. Curator Danny Olda will be speaking with artists Michael Covello, Shawn Pettersen, Selina Roman and Mikaela Raquel Williams.