Saturday, January 9, 2016

This Revenant Weekend, 1/9/2016.

Oh God....Gasparilla Day nears. Ack.




Visit Bloom all afternoon for demonstrations, open studios, and info about our latest class offerings, including:

Can Control (aerosol painting)
Solar Plate Etching
Figure Drawing
Origami and Papercraft
Metal Sculpture
and more

Light refreshments and donation bar.
12 noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9


910 5th Avenue North

Please join us Saturday, January 9, at 2 pm for a book signing by author Losang Samten. He will be signing copies of his book Ancient Teachings in Modern Times. 253 Beach Drive N.E.

Please join us to toast a New Year and meet painter Clovis Dean Rusk in honor of the Opening Reception of his solo exhibition at Michele Tuegel Contemporary. The reception, from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m., will coincide with St. Petersburg's Second Saturday ArtWalk.

A recent body of figurative oil paintings by Brooksville, FL visual artist Clovis Dean Rusk will be on exhibition from January 9th through February 27, 2016 at the gallery in downtown St. Petersburg.
Pursuing fine art painting only since his recent retirement as a 35-year career as a graphic designer, ‘Dean’ has already amassed an impressive collection of work in a style reminiscent of Modernist Realism. His large canvasses, in most instances, consist of “cropped” and meticulously-detailed sections of the human female body, focusing on the form with equal concern for technical design in the background. Other subjects hint of contemporary portraiture and magnified images of objects in nature.
Clovis Dean Rusk received his B.A. in painting, drawing and photography in the late 70’s from the University of Tampa. Today, he lives in Brooksville, FL where he maintains a painting studio and is also a songwriter and musician with the band Those Unscrupulous Sunspots, performing in Central Florida-area venues.
Rusk’s work is represented by Michele Tuegel Contemporary. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 11am-6pm. All events are free and open to the public. Welcome!_____________________________________________________

 Join us for an evening full of floral arrangements using the Ikebana method. Watch as trained Ikebana specialists demonstrate the art of Ikebana using pottery from member artists. Second Saturday Gallery ArtWalk. 400 23rd St. South.

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

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

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

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

Browse, watch and purchase “Where Art is Made”!

Be on the lookout for two red trolleys! Download your ArtWalk map using the ticket link above.

Trolley starts here at 5pm
Craftsman House Gallery – 2955 Central Avenue - Get a jump on unique, handmade jewelry and artwork for your Valentine. Specials on select jewelry and complimentary champagne punch with any gallery purchase. The gallery features handmade clay, blown glass, jewelry, wood, furniture,…all housed in an historic 1918 Arts & Crafts bungalow. Watch artists at work in the carriage house pottery studio.

Charlie Parker Pottery – 2724 6th Avenue S. – Join us while we welcome in the New Year with 20% off any purchase over $20.

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.

Funktionhouse Urban Lumber & Furnishings – 562 25th St. S - Rescues local trees (normally headed for a chipper or the landfill), mill the trees on site, then create one-of-a-kind furnishings, lighting, and art pieces. See the latest wood slabs fresh off the mill, peruse new gallery items, or be inspired to create a custom furnishing of your own. Also will include the ever changing and expanding vintage collections of Andrew Panton, owl-doreable paintings by Audrey Durham, massages, and card readings by Lori Lynn Budnick.

Duncan McClellan Gallery – 2342 Emerson Avenue South – Opening of "Into Eden", featuring works of world renowned glass artist Richard Jolley and his wife, Tommie Rush. Jolley is known for his larger than life size blown and hot sculpted figures and assemblages. Jolley will give a glass blowing demonstration between 6:15pm and 8pm. Jazz with the Ashwood Jazz Group will be playing between 8-10:00 pm on the gallery’s new sound stage in the covered courtyard.

Clay Center of St. Petersburg - 420 23rd Street South – An ikebana exhibition, along with demonstrations of ikebana flower arranging.

Dazzio Art Experience Gallery & School of Art - 535 22nd Street South - Thinking Like An Artist: Each artist displays work that most represents his or her individual expression of style and technique. Also, see the Dazzio Museum of Holocaust Art.

Soft Water Studios - 515 22nd Street South - Featuring guest artist Carol Carter, an internationally known water colorist. Works will be exhibited by the resident Soft Water Studio artists.

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.

Gallerie 909 - 909 22nd Street South - Let Freedom Ring Artist tribute to Dr. King featuring 17 local and national artists, each submitting one piece of gallery wrapped 24” x 36”, or 24” x 24”.

Morean Center for Clay – 420 22nd Street South - Featuring the exhibition Florida Heat: Wood Fire. The exhibition showcases work by renowned artists John Balistreri, Josh Deweese, Chris Gustin and Matt Long.

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.

St. Petersburg Opera Company - 2145 1st Ave South - Gabriela Valencia, international artist residing in St Petersburg, exhibits her paintings inspired by the nature in Florida. Her paintings are in oil, acrylics and pastel. Prints of her paintings are also exhibited.

Trolley Starts Here at 5pm
Creative Clay – 1114 Central Avenue - Celebrate the new year with Creative Clay's good art and good folk. The Peace Show features paintings from our folk art collection. The evening includes a free art making workshop, Mandalas for Peace, 5 –7pm.

Michele Tuegel Contemporary – 320 Central Avenue - Opening reception to meet the artist. Cropped: Oil paintings by Brooksville, FL visual artist and painter Clovis Dean Rusk. A recently-completed body of work, with a sharp focus on the human figure and daily life.

The Gallery - 200 Central Ave. Suite 111 - Featuring the work of artists Shane Bowden, Jason Brueck, Jason Skeldon, Timothy Raines and more. Contemporary fine art in a selection of styles, sizes and mediums. Subjects range from abstract expressionism, limited edition pop prints, and sport lifestyle imagery.

SHAPIRO'S Gallery – 300 Beach Drive NE. - Showcasing the finest in American made blown glass, jewelry, pottery, wooden boxes and sculpture.

Lynn Merhige Gallery – 216 Fourth St North - Add some clay work or paintings by gallery artists to your art collection. Reasonably priced and great way to spend that money you received over the holidays.

Art on 1st – 550 First Avenue North – Featuring the Florida Artists Group show in addition to the Gallery’s represented artists. During the evening, Ronn Johnson will be working on handcrafted wine goblets, with vases available, special gifts for special people.

Florida CraftArt – 501 Central Avenue – “Role Models”, a collaborative ceramic exhibition with the Morean Arts Center. The exhibition showcases the work of seventeen clay artists, their mentors and those who they mentored.

The Art Lofts of St. Petersburg, FL – 10 Fifth Street North (upstairs) - January White Sale is all color. A colorful group show from the resident artists.

Graphi-ko Gallery/ Jewelry – 669 Central Avenue - Offering a large selection of unique items for men and women in all price ranges. Specializing in jewelry created on site, as well as brought in from around the world and artwork by local artists.

The Local COOP - 645 Central Avenue - Featuring art and handcrafted items from over 40 local artists and makers. The Mini COOP features all locally handmade children's items.

D-gallerie - 645 Central Avenue inside the Crislip Arcade. - Giving up-and-coming and mid-level career talent the spotlight to present unique, modern, and contemporary works from throughout Latin America and Tampa Bay.

St. Pete Art Works - 635 Central Ave - Featured Exhibition:"Passion for Color", Original paintings by Alan Metzger. Live music by singer songwriter Jun Bustamante.

Strands of Sunshine – 633 Central Ave – Surface Work, a solo exhibition featuring new encaustic paintings by Sue Woodall-Metas. Meet the artist and browse the rest of the shop, which carries a variety of locally made art, gifts, and home goods.

Morean Arts Center – 719 Central Avenue – Role Models: A collaborative ceramic exhibition with Florida CraftArt. Also the annual student/instructor exhibition where instructors in various media will showcase their work side-by-side with their students.

ARTicles Art Gallery & Custom Framing - 1445 Central Avenue – Opening reception for the new exhibition Charles Parkhill: Rare Form. Parkhill's monumental sculptures made primarily of reclaimed materials embrace the color, grain, old paint, dents, scratches, and nail holes of its previous use while transforming them into remarkably harmonious and sublime forms.

Leslie Curran Gallery - 1431 Central Avenue: Opening reception for the new exhibition Charles Parkhill: Rare Form. Parkhill's monumental sculptures made primarily of reclaimed materials embrace the color, grain, old paint, dents, scratches, and nail holes of its previous use while transforming them into remarkably harmonious and sublime forms.

Woodfield Fine Art Gallery - 2253 Central Avenue #105 - The works of local artists Sean Alton, Nancy Smrekar, Melissa Harasz, Fred Woods, David Rule, Linda Southworth, and Jim Woodfield will be displayed.

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!


Strands of Sunshine welcomes local artist Sue Woodall-Metas (Sue Woodall-Metas Fine Art) for January's Second Saturday ArtWalk, featuring a collection of the artist's encaustic wax paintings in a show entitled 'Surface Works'. A variety of sizes and price points will be available to view and purchase, and Sue will be on hand during the show to meet visitors and discuss her craft.

Surface Works is Sue’s second solo show and this time features her encaustic paintings. Each piece begins using heat to create a thick, translucent layer of beeswax to a paint-primed panel and then continuing to fuse multiple layers of wax and color. She then scrapes away some areas to smoothen and cause nuances, marks and enhancements that expose emerging textures. The scraping back is sometimes what creates the most desired affect. Sue sometimes adds collage and oil paint to create a desired affect. The work is done quickly, intuitively allowing the layering to go where it wants to go. A piece may start in one path and quickly change direction, somewhat like how life and events change quickly.

Surface Works will remain on display through Thursday, February 11th.




Join us for the first Artwalk of 2016, as we host a Mandala Lecture & Mixed Media Workshop 5-7 p.m. Workshop is free and open to the public.

Learn about the traditional use of mandalas in world cultures from Creative Clay teaching artist Cara Weaver, M.A.A.T. Create your own mandala for personal peace and well-being. This workshop is also part of a collaboration between Creative Clay and CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) for a Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service Project.

Also enjoy live music from 6 to 8 p.m. and wine, beer and other beverages for donation.



It's time for the 4th annual St. Pete Zine Fest! Over the years, there have been incessant bad jokes made, thousands of friendships formed, love made (maybe?) and tears shed over stapled zines, and it is time to do it all again!

This local event welcomes zine-makers, artists, poets, authors, comics and whatever-the-hell-else you want to describe yourselves as, to set up shop for a night to share handmade works. Veterans and first-timers welcome!

This event is ALL ages!

Thanks to our dedicated sponsor, St. Pete Community Acupuncture, this event is free to attend and/or table!

Our community partner, Keep St. Pete Lit, will have their popup BookSpace at this year's event, featuring a curated selection of books for sale!

The Bluebird Books Bus will be parked in the yard all night, giving away free books for ALL ages and make-and-take mini zines!

Music eloquently spun by DJ RePete throughout the event, with a live performance by Ricky Steece to close out the night.

If you're interested in tabling -- for free!! -- at SPZF4, please email Kelly at to reserve your spot. The details if you're tabling: show up between 5:00pm-5:30pm to set up -- please bring your own table, chairs, lamp/light source, and an extension cord if you have one.

In order to keep this event free every year, and help support the Venture Compound, donations will be accepted at the door!



This exhibition will feature approximately 36 small drawings by Anna Kiuber. This body of work contains soulful imagery, often, self-portraits in both rural and urban landscapes, which are references to her life in the city of Tampa and the landscapes of incarceration. These artworks were created as a form of therapy while enrolled in a drug rehabilitation program.

OPENING RECEPTION - Sunday, Jan 10th, from 5 to 9PM. Admission is Free.
Please note that although the exhibition runs from Jan 4 to the 17th, the Opening Reception will be on SUNDAY, Jan 10th, midway through the run.

Other hours by appointment: 813-300-3585


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