Monday, July 18, 2016

Galleries as agents of gentrification.

Art Galleries seen as instruments of gentrification, urged to leave neighborhood.
Boyle Heights, the neighborhood east of the Arts District, just across the river, was long ago anointed as one of the next big neighborhoods to be gentrified. A group of…|By Hillel Aron

Austin TX puts up 100,000 dollar prize for artists.

Austin TX puts up a $100,000 international art prize.
Austin now has a major international art prize that elevates the city to a new status in the global art world.|By By Jeanne Claire van Ryzin - American-Statesman Staff

Why I will take earbuds to poetry readings from now on.

I was at a poetry reading in Ybor City recently, right after going to a Black Lives Matter demonstration/march. At this event, a "Christian Rapper" got onstage and basically preached to the audience while feebly simulating rap. The last performer did undisguised far-right propaganda that rhymed somewhat.
Both lacked any semblance of creativity or grace. They were obvious propagandist political operatives (or lone nuts). Tampa is at the end of the I-4 corridor, birthplace of the Tea Party and a conservative hotspot. I know these things are open to the public, and there's no way to exclude them, which is why I will be bringing my earbuds so I can listen to music and block these people out.
When I want to be preached to, I'll choose a church. For political right-wing propaganda. I'll turn FOX News on.

--- Luis

Street Art is a Period.

Long, arduous and illuminating article on the history and current status of Graffiti/Street Art. It coincidentally pegs St Pete and SHINE perfectly. Make time to savor this one.
Let’s start off with a clear contention. Street Art, as I see it, is a period.

Friday, July 8, 2016

This Horst at Dali Weekend, July 9, 2016

Ultra long day this 2nd Saturday....

Soft Water Studios 
Come join us for Second Saturday Art Walk and see what all of our Soft Water Studio resident artists are up to!
We are a part of the Second Saturday Art Walk Trolley tour. We are Trolley Stop 7.


Our resident artists include:
Carrie Jadus
Mark Aeling and MGA Sculpture Studio
Wendy Durand
Nicko and Caitlin Dahlstrom
Katee Tully
Vanessa Seagraves
Bob Ribits



Strands of Sunshine is tickled to be welcoming local artist Daniel Mrgan as our featured artist for July's ArtWalk! We don't want to give too much away about the various mediums and offerings that you'll see in the show, but rest assured it's going to be fun. The featured image is a wood burned and painted leaf. Let's Go Camping will remain on display through Friday, August 12th.

Strands of Sunshine
Hello, boys and girls! Do you enjoy frolicking in nature? Or pitching a tent on soft grass and fragrant pine needles? Is your favorite scent summer breeze? If you answered yes, then your visual senses might be tickled silly by this whimsical medley of art inspired by my camping and hiking trips and general lollygagging in the great outdoors.

Strands of Sunshine is tickled to be welcoming local artist Daniel Mrgan as our featured artist for July's ArtWalk! We don't want to give too much away about the various mediums and offerings that you'll see in the show, but rest assured it's going to be fun. The featured image is a wood burned and painted leaf. Let's Go Camping will remain on display through Friday, August 12th.




 Michele Tuegel
Happy to introduce the work of artist/craftsman Cole Miles this Saturday during ArtWalk! Cole will set up shop and feature his handcrafted cutting boards, butcher blocks and small homegoods made from hardwoods such as maple, cherry and walnut. Cole will be with us Saturday night only, so please come by and meet this talented, young artist! Cole's woodwork will pair nicely with the current exhibition in the gallery, 'Jack King: Crossing Boundaries'. Two good reasons to come downtown this Saturday evening!


Pop-over for the Pop Up inside the Phase One Warehouse at the ArtsXchange! This free show has plenty of parking, plus POPcorn and a special POP-tail! ;)

There will be a great variety of fine art and crafts available to peruse and purchase!


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 - Once-a-Year Studio Sale. Artists of Craftsman House sell their seconds, oddballs, and overstocks at amazing prices. Work is stored in the studio all year in anticipation of this sale.

Charlie Parker Pottery – 2724 6th Avenue S. – Demos by Charlie Parker through out the evening.

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 - Closed July and August due to the heat.

Duncan McClellan Gallery – 2342 Emerson Avenue South – Colors of Summer II: Cool Art on a Hot Night. New works by favorite artists, enjoy a live glassblowing demonstration around 6:00, and listen to cool jazz by the Henry Ashwood Jazz Project beginning at 8:00.

Dazzio Art Experience Gallery & School of Art - 515 22nd Street South - "All that Glitters" featuring the beautiful, creative paintings of artist, Jyotika Schoff. Primarily working with jungle animals, koi, and farm animals; Jyotika uses gold, silver, copper and variegated leaf to bring these unique acrylic paintings to life.

Soft Water Studios - 515 22nd Street South - Featuring the works by resident Soft Water Studio artists - Katee Tully, Carrie Jadus, Mark Aeling, Wendy Durand, Caitlin and Nicko Dahlstorm, Vanessa Seagraves and Bob Ribits.

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, Closed for July ArtWalk

Morean Center for Clay – 420 22nd Street South - Phantasia: New works by Haley Swanson. Celebrating the culmination of Haley’s work during her time as an artist-in-residence.

Trolley Starts Here at 5pm
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.

From Mayan Hands - 2006 Second Avenue South - Giant Summer Sale! Featuring handmade Mayan folk art, both new and antique. Also a large selection of santos, nativities, day of the dead, dance masks, colorful wooden animals, outrageous Mayan art, and religious folk art.

Clay Center of St. Petersburg - 2010 1st Avenue South – Try your hand at throwing. See what's involved in making pots on the wheel. Demonstrations and more.

St. Petersburg Opera Company / Mirella Cimato Art Gallery - 2145 1st Ave South - Departures From Digital Photography. A variety of colorful and artistically modified photographs by local artist Gene Norris. Also guided tours of the building through the Costumes' Room, the Grand Preis Hall, and the Work Shop where all the stages for the Operas performed at the Palladium are built. Also paintings by Creative Clay's students depicting “ South Pacific” being presented at the Palladium.

Davidson Fine Art - 2036 Central Avenue - InStaPete: A Photographic Exhibit. Inspired by Instagram, featuring the works of over 15 artists and photographers whose submitted pieces were printed and stretched on canvas in-house.

Creative Clay – 1114 Central Avenue - Community Pride: The Art of Collaboration. A new exhibit of work by the artists of Creative Clay and Spathose. Featuring spathe sculpture, paintings, costumes, and objects. Live music by the duo Chant the Trees.

The Studio@620 - 620 First Avenue South - Annual Members Only Art Show with works from 30 local artists. Media ranges from sculpture to photography to painting, with the styles and subject matter reflecting the diversity of our community.

Michele Tuegel Contemporary – 320 Central Avenue - Jack King: Crossing Barriers. Sculpture and wall reliefs.

The Gallery - 200 Central Ave. Suite 111 - Opening reception of local artist Chad Mize. Chad is a multimedia artist, as well as a designer - famous for his “London Paris Tokyo St Pete” t-shirts. Chad will be launching a new item exclusive to The Gallery as well as exhibiting his artwork.

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

D-gallerie - 203 1st Street North - Showcasing top quality emerging and mid-career artists from Latin America and Florida. An unusually unpretentious place where art lovers can participate in the appreciation and collection of original art.

Lynn Merhige Gallery - 216 Fourth Street N. - Healing Art: New paintings by Janet Aponte, health care professional. Also a new collection of Raku hearts.

NEW GALLERY! Mesu360 Project Gallery 578 First Avenue North - MESU360, an acronym for "Mix Emotions Stresses the Universe" was created by artist Geofran Carrington in 2009. The art company was mainly known for its avant-garde style of art works including paintings, furniture, collectible sculptures, custom costume designs and jewelry. Business partners/artists Chad Carrington and Katherine Gonzalez have decided to take Mesu360 from an art brand and turn it into a beautiful art gallery.

Florida CraftArt– 501 Central Avenue – Imagine your own story about the artwork in A Well-Crafted Tale and document your thoughts on one of the vintage typewriters in the exhibit.

Strands of Sunshine – 633 Central Ave – Let's go camping! If tents and pinecones put a smile on your face and you enjoy frolicking in nature then come view this selection of whimsical camping-themed art stuff by local doodle ranger Daniel Mrgan. Joyful fun for boys and girls of all ages!

St. Pete Art Works - 635 Central Ave - Featured Exhibition: “Life Painted Daily". New Paintings by David Larson Evans. Live Original Music by Singer/Songwriter Rebecca Zapen

Graphi-ko Gallery/ Jewelry - 669 Central Avenue - Summer Art Sale: 50% off original art from local artists. Plus some of the most unique, locally made jewelry you'll find anywhere.

Morean Arts Center - 635 Central Ave - 98th Annual Members Show.

ARTicles Art Gallery & Custom Framing - 1445 Central Ave and Leslie Curran Gallery - 1431 Central Avenue
Justin Rabideau’s solo exhibition, Object Memory, focuses on the exploration of discarded materials found in the urban landscape and how these materials can be utilized to create a connection between the forgotten/past to the new/now. By using found/salvaged pieces of wood and discarded furniture, he creates works that have direct connections to the urban neighborhoods while also referencing ideas of history, gentrification, cultural wastefulness, and hidden beauty.

17 Art House Studio at 17 21st Street North, (727)385-8155. Featuring 8 x 10 inch Dali inspired framed collages.
Limited number of miniature framed complementary artworks.
Acrylic abstract paintings by Craig Petersburg.

Woodfield Fine Art Gallery - 2253 Central Avenue #105 - Continuing the exhibit Summer Heat…and all of artist/owner Jim Woodfield’s abstracts will be half-price during Art Walk! Plus, enjoy beautiful art by some of the most talented artists in St. Pete.

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!


Atlanta based Justin Rabideau's solo exhibition, OBJECT MEMORY, focuses on the exploration of discarded materials found in the urban landscape and how these materials can be utilized to create a connection between the Past and the Now. By using found and salvaged pieces of wood and discarded furniture, he creates works that have direct connections to the these urban neighborhoods while also referencing ideas of history, gentrification, cultural wastefulness, and hidden beauty.

Opening reception: Saturday, July 9th, 6-9pm
On view until Saturday, August 6th, 2016
Gallery Hours: M-F 10-6, Sat 10-5


 Rebekah Zapen at Artworks.

Rebecca Zapen performs solo/acoustic, croonin' tunes with her guitar, ukulele and violin at hand. 6-9pm at St Pete ArtWorks for Second Saturday ArtWalk.
635 Central Ave, downtown St Pete, FL. (727) 738-8010.
St. Pete ArtWorks is a cooperative art gallery run by Gulf Coast Artists' Alliance, Inc.



Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Maria Bevilacqua at FMOPA

[All work shown by Maria Bevilacqua]

Maria Bevilacqua has that observant, alert look that seasoned photographers acquire. Her work takes up half the wallspace in FMoPA's Community's New Visions Landscape themed show.
[Amy Martz's architectural details make up the other half.]
Bevilacqua's work is in varying long, wide. panoramic formats. This series began when she was traveling with an Holga medium format film camera, which has separate film transport and shutter release controls. She made several multiple exposures across where several frames would have been normally. They were developed, looked at, and put in a drawer, where they stayed for over five years.

Maria was born in Pittsburgh, to an amateur photographer father, and went to college in Indiana, where she graduated with an emphasis on painting and printing. Her family had a house in Florida, and they traveled  frequently during her formative years.In between, there were two marriages, and significantly, photographic workshops with Duane Michals, whose photographic sequences laced with text are famous in the photographic world. He told her her goal should be "to change photography", a very high bar for anyone.
In these landscapes (including some in the city), not only are there multiple image overlays, all of them are in multiple POVs and perspectives as well, with their own rhythm.

A movie is a sequence of frames. A photograph is a slice of time stacked, These are both Conceptually  similar to Chinese scrolls in many ways. Superficially, these are complex landscapes, but they are also innerscapes. Maria tells me they reflect on the photographer's personal emotional status, not in a direct, self-conscious manner, but in a transparent flow.
Maria's work comes from a painter's background more than a photographic one. This is evident in the subjects and themes. They are visually coherent, and have a smooth, creamy quality to them. Viewers are challenged to surrender conventional monotaxic, single perspective vision in order to enter these works, and are rewarded for it with resonant imagery that connects them with the artist and their own lives..

--- Luis

At FMoPA, closes on July 26th.