Tuesday, April 8, 2014

This Noah Week, March 8th - 13th 2014

Tuesday, March 8th, 2014

This unique open mic focuses on storytelling -- no poetry or music. So come share your finest prose, or if you're just in the mood for listening, catch some tales from our area's wordsmiths.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Readings will begin around 7 p.m.

A featured reader will kick off the night, followed by open mic slots. Open mic readers get 10 minutes and will be timed.

Featured readers:
Stand-Up Librarian Meredith Myers

Suggested donation at the door and refreshments available for donation.



Wednesday, April 9, 2014


*** It's "Pay What You Can" night***

At 9:09pm April 9th Sarah Thee "Queen of the Robots" Campagna, along with David "World's most Wonderful Husband" Campagna will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Sarah's arrival on Earth (for this incarnation).

At that moment Dave and Sarah will be at Demens Landing, enjoying the first preview performance of American Stage Theatre Company's production of the Wiz.

You are invited to enjoy some live musical theater under the stars and celebrate with them.

(Yes, it's a Wednesday night, but the price is "Pay What You Can" - which has its advantages.)

DO NOT BRING GIFTS!! The pleasure and surprise of seeing each person who actually shows-up will have Sarah grinning for days and probably hopping-up-and-down a bit ('cause that's what she does) - and this will be MORE than gift enough.

There is no one who is "not invited" to this dealio. We've mostly kept it "invite only" to minimize heckling. Please, if you want to bring someone or know someone who's name slipped past us on the invite list, bring or invite them. The show will be fun and the more the merrier!

The gates open at 6pm, and the show starts at 8.
Because blanket seating is "first come first seated" we are usually waiting at the gate at 6pm.
(Will Call opens at 5:30 pm)

If you've never attended one of these outdoor productions, there is a large (but not unlimited) area where people spread out blankets to watch the show, and that's where we plan to be. Some people bring a picnic including beverages. THERE WILL NOT BE FOOD FOR SALE on this night because it is a preview night.

Here's is American Stage's info page for the show:

We will be adding more details later, but this is a chance to consider putting the event on your calendar.

Dave and I are have now committed to saving space for four late arrivals. That's probably as much space as can be saved by two peeps. Others who will be late but want to sit with the group might need to send someone with a blanket to help with the space saving. Thanks!!


Join us for one last musical extravaganza with a free concert by the legendary Joe Craven! Wednesday, April 9th at the City Gazebo, 7-9pm. Bring your chair or blanket your picnic basket and your favorite beverage! 

 5th and Main St. Gazebo, Safety Harbor

Lauren Bone will talk about sketch comedy and improv basics, play theater games, and discuss what makes good comedy. Total beginners to seasoned thespians are welcome. Participation is recommended.
This may become an ongoing series on a separate day. Those interested in becoming part of an improv/sketch comedy team should contact Lauren Bone or sign up at the class.

This is a FREE educational event.

2732 6th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Our April Second Thursday Social host is the Gallery on First Ave & Second St, in Progress Plaza, Suite 111. The beautiful gallery, formerly the Timothy Raines Gallery, features the works of Raines and other prominent local and national artists.

Free for LocalShops1 Business, Artist, Non-Profit and Shopper Members
$10 for non-members

Chart 411: Non-profit promotes the idea that those who Treasure the Gulf and our Gulf Coast way of life can do our part to create a sustainable and healthy water way while meeting the needs of a growing population.

Aussie Designs: Unique hand painted custom creations, glass, baskets, gifts, recycled art and more.

The Cystic Fibrosis' St. Petersburg chapter will also be there, giving out information about their upcoming walk and having a special fundraising raffle. For more information contact Cherlene at Cherlene@LocalShops1.com.

One Progress Plaza
200 Central Ave., Suite 111

Reservations http://www.localshops1.com/social



Morean Arts Center and Keep St. Pete Lit presents
Mythos, Art and Writing: Stories and Poems Inspired by The Heroic Journey.

Featured writers are writing a story or poem using the heroic journey as a theme. Their writings are inspired by the artists' works that are currently on display at Morean Arts Center. The event is free.

The featured writers who will be reading their work at this event are:

Sheree L. Greer
Lynn Waddell
Rob McCabe
Shelly Wilson
C Abraham Bellamy
Gloria Munoz
Samira Obeid
Velva Lee Heraty
Maureen McDole
Enrique Matta
Beth Jackson
R Mona Leza
Peter Hargital

The featured artists whose work is currently on display at Morean Arts Center are:

Diane Elmeer
Carol Dameron
Stuart Asprey
Amy Lee
Eleen Lin
Ian Everett

For more info: keepstpetelit@g

 Morean Art Center, 719 Central.

We've now moved our Florida Folk Scene Showcases to a 2x/month event so be sure to come out for them and bring your friends who like good music!

Additionally, the showcases will now start at 8:00PM and will showcase 3 artists.

This week you're in for an especially good treat, because our very own Mark Etherington will be gracing us with a MOUNTAIN HOLLER set!

Back by popular demand, Morgan Soltes and Todd-Rider McBride as YEARS BEFORE NOW will also be performing solo sets. ∞

To Reiterate - MAR 27th FEATURED ARTISTS:

Mountain Holler

Morgan Soltes
(of Sons of Hippies)

Years Before Now

When? APRIL 10TH - 8:00PM
Where? Green Bench Brewing Co..

The Florida Folk Scene is an organization of folk musicians from all over the state of Florida whose mission is to organize, support and expose folk artists.

Green Bench Brewing Co. and the FFS have paired together to create a showcase every other Thursday that acts as a foundation for the exposure of members of the Florida Folk Scene.

Every showcase will feature 3-4 members of the Florida Folk Scene from St. Petersburg and around the state of Florida.

Thanks for supporting your local and state wide music scenes!

The Florida Folk Scene


Friday, April 11th, 2014


Every Friday night the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club opens its doors to shufflers of all ages as different generations gather to play what is becoming the uber-hip game of shuffleboard.

The April 11th Shuffle will feature the Floridiana Bazaar displaying the wares of Florida and American roadside authors and collectors. Participants include writers, photographers, and dealers of Florida vintage ephemera, also known as Floridiana.


Saturday, April 12th, 2004
 Eve N Odd resurrects for one night only at Strands of Sunshine on Saturday.




The Warehouse Arts District in collaboration with the Arts Association St. Petersburg Inc., The EDGE District of St. Petersburg, the Central Arts District, the Grand Central District Association and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance is proud to announce the Second Saturday heARTwalk on April 12, 2014 from 5-9 p.m.

The heARTwalk trolley is sponsored by the Heart Gallery of Pinellas-Pasco (http://www.heartgallerykids.org/) and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. Look for Heart Gallery volunteers and posters to learn how they support the arts community and their dedication to helping foster children find forever families.

Ride our red trolley or the white coach bus as they take you on a tour of over 35 warehouses, galleries and studios that are staying open late just for you! This one continuous loop goes from the roundabout at 10th Street and Central Avenue to deep in the heart of the Warehouse Arts District. The shortened loop is to help reduce rider wait time! You can also use The Central Avenue Trolley ($.50) to reach galleries and shops on Central Avenue to Beach Drive.

Free trolley parking can be found 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 Duncan McClellan, Soft Water Studios, St. Pete Clay Company and the Florida Holocaust Museum.

Handmade, one of a kind, unique, local art make excellent gifts! Ride the trolley to these venues or download the map and drive yourself. Browse, watch and purchase “Where Art is Made”!

The studios and galleries provide an informal, engaging social evening to drop in and meet our community's artists. Many will have demonstrations and refreshments. Be the first to see new affordable works of fine, glass, and clay art!

TROLLEY STOP – Trolley starts here at 5pm
Craftsman House Gallery – 2955 Central Avenue - A one-day pottery sale with potter Tom Homann, featuring earthy, organic tableware forms including mugs, bowls, pitchers, vases, pie plates, and canister sets. Also, a percentage of sales from ceramic & glass hearts will be donated to The Heart Gallery of Pinellas. Housed in an historic Arts & Crafts bungalow, this gallery features clay, blown glass, jewelry, wood, handcrafted furniture, from over 300 national & local artisans. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Craftsman-House-Gallery/158706022997

Charlie Parker Pottery – 2724 6th Avenue South - Fleeting Permanence - Meridith Coen is a local artist whose collection of functional pottery incorporates cloud imagery with sleek rounded forms. Fleshy yet airy clouds juxtaposed with black and white graphic designs are integrated into cups, bowls, pitchers and various household pieces to create whimsical moments in clay. https://www.facebook.com/events/620227668047624/

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.
5-10pm https://www.facebook.com/ZenGlassStudio

The Venture Compound – 2621 Fairfield Ave South - The Future Sucks – A Sci-Fi group show. https://www.facebook.com/events/1418330875080305/?ref=5

Funktionhouse Urban Lumber & Furnishings at U562 Art Studios & Showroom – 562 25th St. S - A working art studio and showroom. Currently showing the works of Christian Zvonik (blown glass sculpture), Evan Neimann (painter), Jeremiah Jacobs (ceramics and sculpture), and Kendra Zvonik (painter). https://www.facebook.com/Funktionhouse https://www.facebook.com/Utopia562?fref=ts

Duncan McClellan Glass – 2342 Emerson Avenue South - Body and Soul: Glass sculptures by Alexis Silk and Deanna Clayton; photography by Richard Logan. Free glass blowing demonstration by visiting artist Alexis Silk.

Clay Center of St. Petersburg - 420 23rd Street South - Demonstration by famous sculpture Kyu Yamamoto, special sale from Bill Sabo before he leaves for Michigan, watch a sagger firing, and enjoy visiting artists from St. Pete Art MASH. the Clay Center offers studio space, handbuilding, and wheel throwing classes in a warm, friendly environment.
https://www.facebook.com/events/758737184145901/?ref=5 https://www.facebook.com/events/1460458350850645/

Soft Water Studios - 515 22nd Street South - A 4000 sq ft warehouse space has been beautifully transformed into a fine art gallery and studio space. Featuring a rotating gallery of paintings, photography, printmaking and sculpture by resident Soft Water artists: Carrie Jadus, Paul Glass, Emily Miller, Clifford Hollensworth & Mark Aeling 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.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum– 2240 9th Avenue South - The hub for African American art and culture in St. Petersburg. April is Jazz History Month and "The Woodson" will honor the legacy of Jazz greats with featured art throughout the gallery representing a rich history in this music genre. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-Carter-G-Woodson-African-American-Museum/116551169863

Uniquely Original Arts - 915 24th Street South - Featuring African American art and mixed media collages. Special book signing by author Yah-Tay Keaton. https://www.facebook.com/uniquelyorginalarts?fref=ts

Train Station Center for Clay – 420 22nd Street South - St. Pete Clay Artist-in-Residence Opening: COMMON GROUND - New works by Jeremy Wallace. Opening Celebration: Joining together of St. Pete Clay: Artist In Residence and Morean Arts Center Clay Studio at the Historic Train Station. Includes member CA CAFE open for sandwiches, beer and snacks during artwalk. https://www.facebook.com/Train.Station.Center.for.Clay

RedZenArt – 222 22nd Street South - A working studio where creativity is the focus, with many pieces in progress! The studio is home to artist Jim Rolston's Fine Art Paintings and Sculptures. Most of Jim's work is abstract expressionism and ceramic sculpture pieces. https://www.facebook.com/RedZenArt?fref=ts

Nancy Smrekar working studio - 2135 3rd Avenue South, Unit #5 - In the garden courtyard building, with other artists working in various mediums. Featuring acrylic/oil paintings in impressionism, realism and abstract styles by emerging artist Nancy Smrekar.

Richard Clark and Jim Corp - Five Deuces Galleria - 420 23rd Street South - Fine art prints and paintings. The Galleria complex will also be open featuring works of art by several artists. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=739036012796403

Works in Progress Art Studios & Gallery - 24 22nd Street South - Carolynn and Daniel invite you to visit their studios and see the latest works in progress. You will find them working on ceramics, painting, drawing....even custom framing! Also in the studios, Calusa Press, a hand-fed custom letterpress business, with some wonderful antique presses on display. https://www.facebook.com/worksinprogressartstudio

St. Petersburg Opera Company - 2145 1st Ave South St. Petersburg Opera’s new home, Opera Central, where the heart of the building is a 750 sq. ft. gallery for visual art. View an exhibit of Paper Solo works: works on paper from artist Patsie McCandless. https://www.facebook.com/StPeteOpera

ARTicles Art Gallery & Custom Framing - 1445 Central Avenue - Showcasing recent works by Margaret Juul, Lance Rodgers, Nathan Beard, Steven Kenny, Nin McQuillen and more. The gallery represents an eclectic group of artists and serves as a friendly and approachable place for everyone to discover and support local art in St Pete. https://www.facebook.com/ArTiclesIncCustomFramingArtGallery

Creative Clay – 1114 Central Avenue - Opening Reception of Flora and Fauna: A Riotous Garden of Delight. The exhibit is filled with an abundance of garden themed art and objects for sale. Paintings of flowers and birds, mixed media mushrooms, garden stones, and fiber art flowers. https://www.facebook.com/events/734885756544232/

Feathered Serpent Gallery - 1018 Central Avenue Americas Intertwined. Tour the Caribbean, Central America, and South America through the work of more than 20 artists https://www.facebook.com/events/606505672771824/?ref=5

Us Artists Group, LLC- Electric Zoo Studios – 1741 First Avenue North - Featured musical guest Guitarist/Songwriter, Christie Lenee' - two free shows at 6pm & 8pm. See the books and illustrations by artist E.B.Yates, and TVM3D™ projected images set to original music by James McNeely. Live webcast will be taking place! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Us-Artists-Group-LLC-Electric-Zoo-Studios/693304274028442

Art Central Studios - Art Central Building, 2109 Central Avenue, 2nd Floor - Six established visual artists - Carol Dameron, Mary Grieco, Frank Lewis, John Bartone, Herb Snitzer and Zala Highsmith, will be showing and speaking about their most recent works. http://www.artcentralstudios.com/

Grand Central Stained Glass & Graphics – 2401 Central Avenue - We'll have an array of terrific glass artists on hand, each working on their current piece. All will be eager to chat with you about their techniques and experiences. Watch and learn as artists craft stained, fused, mosaic, wire-wrapped, and painted glass pieces for your enjoyment and amazement! https://www.facebook.com/grandcentralstainedglass

Creative Soul Studio : Coffee, Wine, Art – 2425 Central Avenue - Meet internationally renowned artist Jonathan Manzinga from Zimbabwe. Jonathan has exhibited in Europe, Africa, Australia, and now St. Petersburg. He recently finished his Australian tour as Artist in Residence at the Gold Coast Art School. His bright, vibrant colors and expressions of life are sure to move any art aficionado. https://www.facebook.com/CreativeSoulStudio?ref=br_tf

Augustine Ludovico Studio & Academy of Art - 2851 1stAve North - The gallery & art studios will be open for viewing. Paintings and jewelry for sale, with artists available to visit. The Academy will also be holding a "Painting with Attitude" workshop from 7:00-10:00 for $30. The workshop includes a fun evening, all supplies, and snacks. Participants take home a painting. https://www.facebook.com/AugustineLudovicoStudio

Also accessible via the Central Avenue trolley (50 cents):

Central Ave Trolley Stop
Morean Arts Center – 719 Central Avenue - On view: Storytellers, Barcelona and Stick and Stones, Leaves and Grass. Featuring Carol Dameron and Diane Elmeer. https://www.facebook.com/MoreanArtsCenter?fref=ts

Central Ave Trolley Stop
Graphi-ko Gallery/ Jewelry – 669 Central Avenue - Meet featured artist Painter Loki of Sarasota. Loki will be painting live as he works on his new body of work titled “Expressions of the Gulf Coast”. Catch a first glimpse of works for his upcoming showing. He has recently inspired interest in his “Epoch Expressionism” paintings from recent showings at the gallery in 2013. See all of the galleries creative paintings and jewelry. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Graphi-ko-Gallery-Jewelry/125300180883521

St. Pete Art Works -- 635 Central Ave - A cooperative art gallery with guest artist exhibitions and multimedia events. Graphite illustrations and "Brick 'n' Mortar" mixed media works by Jim Kirkman. Music by Beginner's Luck. https://www.facebook.com/St.PeteArtWorks?fref=ts

Strands of Sunshine – 8 Sixth Street N - Strands of Sunshine is thrilled to host guest artist Jennifer Kosharek. Jennifer will be showing her newest work, including paintings, drawings, dolls, and more. Come get your Eve N Odd fix, and meet the artist! Amy will also have new jewelry perfect for your spring wardrobe! https://www.facebook.com/StrandsofSunshine?fref=ts

Central Ave Trolley Stop
Florida Holocaust Museum – 55 Fifth Street South - Fire In My Heart: From Slavery to Freedom Part 1 - The Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Two members from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) were enslaved a mere 145 miles from downtown St. Petersburg and Clemantine Wamariya who was just six-years-old when genocide erupted in her native Rwanda. https://www.facebook.com/events/401550409987066/

Florida Craftsmen, Inc. – 501 Central Avenue - Expect to be dazzled by the finest contemporary clay, glass, jewelry, fiber, metal, wood & mixed media hand crafted by over 300 Florida artists. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Florida-Craftsmen-Inc/352815711033?fref=ts

The Art Lofts of St. Petersburg, FL – 10 Fifth St N Upstairs - April features new work by artist Haleh Phinney in the upstairs gallery. A community of 18+ working artist studios, located directly above the Florida Craftsmen Gallery. Our artists’ work includes photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry, copper and mixed media. https://www.facebook.com/artlofts?fref=ts

Berk Fine Art Collective – 10 Fifth Street N, #100 - Opening reception of the new gallery. Featuring works by Robert "the quadfather" Sutherland, Karan Porter, and Tammy Berk. Scenes of downtown St. Petersburg, oil paintings, encaustic mixed media pieces, and other original works. Musical entertainment and refreshments. https://www.facebook.com/berkfineartcollective

Art on 1st – 550 First Avenue North - Introducing works by well-known artist, Jean Grasdorf along with art works by Rita Gould. https://www.facebook.com/Arton1st

Central Ave Trolley Stop
Michele Tuegel Contemporary – 320 Central Avenue - “Art Tales”; mixed media works by Laura Balombini and necklace constructs by Diana Samper. https://www.facebook.com/MicheleTuegelContemporary?fref=ts

Gallery on First Avenue South – 1st Ave S - Ongoing exhibition of gallery artists, featuring new contemporary works by Timothy Raines and Shane Bowden. https://www.facebook.com/timothyrainesgallery

Central Ave Trolley Stop
SHAPIRO'S Gallery – 300 Beach Drive NE - SHAPIRO'S Gallery features work by over 250 American artists and craftsmen. April's ArtWalk highlights the blown glass by brother's Andrew and Robert Madvin. Open until 10PM. https://www.facebook.com/shapirogallery

Central Ave Trolley Stop
Lynn Merhige Gallery – 216 Fourth St North - New oil paintings by Carolann Mancuso. Last opportunity to see Omarr Otero's photography.

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

Stop by one or all! You won’t be disappointed!


You are invited to the second Art MASH of 2014. We are going to help celebrate the one year anniversary of the Clay Center of St. Petersburg!!!! In 2013, the St. Pete Art MASH produced a total of nine pop up shows that collectively had over $92,700.00 in commission free sales for artists - all monies went directly to local artists in the area! In 2014, we are looking forward to continuing this pattern of success and would like you to come meet our artists, have a good time, and support the local art community.

Light food, entertainment, and beverages are provided.

The St. Pete Art MASH is an opportunity for artists to increase visibility and sales and frequently we highlight artists that are "new" or "emerging" and often our participating artists use the ART MASH as an opportunity for their first show so it is an opportunity for you to "find" a great new artist!

We are proud of the artists that have participated and of all the new artists we can help bring into the art "scene". Come enjoy their work, support new artists, and have fun!

Clay Center, 400 234rd St S.



Spring is here! What better time to get outside and enjoy the lovely cool evenings while they last! Starting this month, we invite you to stop and visit with us as we work in our studios….. get to know us and learn what or who inspires us. It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy our beautiful courtyard! As always, we are a stop on the Warehouse Arts District Trolley, generously sponsored this month by the Heart Gallery of Pinellas-Pasco and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. There’s also plenty of parking behind the building and on 1st Avenue S., or on Central Avenue, for those who prefer to drive. See you here!


 2724 6th Ave St Pete
Meridith Coen is a local artist whose collection of functional pottery
incorporates cloud imagery with sleek rounded forms. Fleshy yet airy
clouds juxtaposed with black and white graphic designs are integrated
into cups, bowls, pitchers and various household pieces to create
whimsical moments in clay.



The Duncan McClellan Gallery proudly presents “Body and Soul” with Alexis Silk, Deanna Clayton and Richard Logan!

At 5pm on Saturday, April 12th, the gallery doors will open to reveal amazing glass sculptures and photography depicting the human body from the perspectives of three very different artists. From abstract and powerful to dynamic and contemporary, each of these pieces will provide depth, beauty and amazement for all our guests to witness.

Tonight will also be the last glass blowing demo until October 2014 (due to warm weather). Visit us to watch Alexis Silk transform glass into gorgeous figures of the human body.

You won’t want to miss this amazing exhibit! While you browse, enjoy an adult beverage, soda or water for a donation from our custom bars (All donations benefit the DMG School Project).

About the Artists
The work of Alexis Silk is timeless. Working in cast bronze, hot sculpted blown glass and steel she explores interrelationships of humanity, culture and industry. Her primary subject is the human figure, dynamic or at repose, classical, familiar, and rich with meaning. Intrinsic beauty combines with conceptual depth.

Internationally known glass artist, Deanna Clayton, has been working with glass for over twenty years and was introduced to glass right out of high school. Her work fuses the aesthetics of ancient and contemporary techniques using glass techniques that are some of the first casting techniques to be used in history. Her forms are contemporary concepts. Combined they create an object for a contemporary setting with the essence of an archeological find from another era. The use of granulated glass mixed with binders allows her to work with glass as though she were painting a canvas. She uses layer upon layer of color to achieve depth and contrast. The addition of electroplated copper to the edges of the work provides structural integrity as well as a beautiful detail accentuating the intricacy of the cast glass.

Richard Logan is a fine art photographer and painter living in Clearwater, Fl. His career started by putting the colorful people and island scenery onto canvas while he lived in the Caribbean in the 70’s, then becoming a freelance graphic designer in Kansas City, MO in the 80’s to a career in commercial photography in Florida in the 90s, Richard has focused on photography and mixed media and is dedicated to “just creating the kind of art he wants.”

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5pm and by appointment.
Exhibit runs 4/12/14 to 5/2/14



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