Saturday, January 24, 2015

This Weekend, Saturday Jan 24 2015



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



Saturday, January 17, 2015

This Selma Weekend, Jan 17th 2014

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




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

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

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

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




Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2nd Saturday, January 1015, Part I

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

Morean Art Center

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

By the office at Graphi-ko Gallery.

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

 Dysfunctional Grace Art Company.

At Poppyhollow gallery in the Crislip Arcade.

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

At Michele Tuegel Contemporary.

 Art on First Gallery.

Margaret Juul Amman paintings at Art on First.

Work by Chad Mize at Kahwa South.

 Arts Lofts.

Morean Arts Center workshop.

 Morean Arts Center.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

This Inherent Vice Weekend, January 10th 2015


St. Petersburg's Second Saturday ArtWalk presents over 40 galleries and studios in the Waterfront Arts, Central Arts District, The EDGE District of St. Petersburg, Grand Central District Association and the Warehouse Arts District coming together as one arts destination.

Be the first to see new affordable works of art, as ArtWalk is Opening Night where many galleries and studios premiere new works. Some are only open on ArtWalk, and many offer demonstrations and refreshments. It’s impossible to take in the entire ArtWalk in one night! Plan to drive, walk, or take the trolleys to visit the districts of your choice.

Our free trolley shuttles will have an art guide on board talking about each venue on our one continuous trolley loop that goes from the 3rd Street and Central Avenue to deep in the heart of the Warehouse Arts District. You can park for free on 1st Ave N and 1st Ave S from 15th St to 30th Street. Additional parking will be available for trolley riders in the vacant lot at the Northeast corner of Central Avenue and 29th Street (Please note that this is NOT one of our trolley stops). In addition, venues with large free parking lots are Soft Water Studios, the Morean Center for Clay at the Train Station, the Clay Center of St. Petersburg, the Florida Holocaust Museum and the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum.

Duke Energy is our sponsor. The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, the Arts Association St. Petersburg Inc., the EDGE District, the Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District associations coordinate St. Petersburg’s Second Saturday ArtWalk. The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance strives to be the community voice, the umbrella organization for the arts -- facilitating artists, arts organizations and creative businesses to work collaboratively; empowering the growth of the arts community, and driving arts-related economic development.

Browse, watch and purchase “Where Art is Made” and kick off your New Year with New Art!

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

Charlie Parker-Pottery – 2724 6th Avenue S. – Listen to the reggae and island sounds of the Caribbean Cowboy while you check out their new gas kiln.

Zen Glass Studio – 600 27th Street South - Enjoy live glassblowing, auctions, demonstrations and a gallery show of our newest creations. Featuring the works of Zen Glass artists Josh Poll, Dave Walker, and Christian Zvonik

The Venture Compound - 2621 Fairfield Avenue South - The 3rd annual St. Pete Zine Fest. Also, Eli Blasko's installation "The Sublime Operator and the Science of Dropped Calls" will be on display.

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

Duncan McClellan Glass - 2342 Emerson Avenue South – “From the Sea” with Seattle based glass artist, Raven Skyriver. Special “Projections/ Video” Presentation by sculptor and multimedia artist Joseph Wheaton. Wheaton’s large metal sculptures will be on display in the new Duncan McClellan Gallery Sculpture Park and wine garden.

Clay Center of St. Petersburg - 420 23rd Street South – Big bowl throwing demonstration by Kyu, sculpture demo.

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

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.

Uniquely Original Arts – 915 24th Street South. The Art of Jewelry. Featuring a selection of hand made jewelry.

Richard Clark and Jim Corp - Five Deuces Galleria - 420 23rd Street South - Paper and paint, prints and canvas.

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.

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

From Mayan Hands - 2006 Second Avenue South - Antique & new folk art, ancient art, Spanish colonial furniture, dance masks, Santos, Mayan ceremonial art, day of the dead

Creative Clay - 1114 Central Avenue - Live music and the largest folk art collection in the region. On exhibit Gatherings, featuring collections of friends. Visit our store for handmade unique gifts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Florida CraftArt - 501 Central Avenue – Expect to be dazzled by the finest contemporary clay, glass, jewelry, fiber, metal, wood & mixed media hand crafted by over 300 Florida artists.

The Art Lofts of St. Petersburg, FL -10 Fifth Street North (upstairs) - How Surreal. The artists at ArtLofts pay a tribute to Dali and Picasso in this group show. ArtLofts at Florida CraftArt is a community of 18+ working artist studios, located directly above Florida CraftArt

St. Pete Art Works - 635 Central Ave - A cooperative art gallery with guest artist exhibitions and multimedia events.
Featured Artist: Fred Spinks. Music by Barry Moses

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Choose 4 or 5 to visit this Saturday then come back the next Second Saturday to visit more!

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

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

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

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

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

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

The exhibition will be on view at ARTicles Art Gallery until February 7th, 2014. For more information about Taormina's thoughts and ideas, visit ( for the full interview by friend/artist Eva Avenue, who raises more questions than answers about this true visionary.

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

SPZF3! IT'S BACK and RADDER than ever!

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

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

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

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

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

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


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2015 Person of the Year: Jesse Vance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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