Celebrate Earth Day with Mail Art Contest

Pinellas County residents are encouraged to combine their love of environmental conservation with their creative talents to celebrate Earth Day this year. The UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County is currently accepting entries for the 2017 Earth Day Mail Art competition. Participants may mail in their artistic entries for a chance to have them featured on social media.

Contest judges are looking for distinctive handmade entries based on the following themes:

• #ToEarthWithLove: creative art about giving back to Earth by recycling, composting and conserving water
• #LoveTampaBay: art pieces that express love for Tampa Bay’s waters and wildlife
• #PlasticAware: visualize how plastics impact the environment, people and/or communities

Entries in each category will be judged by age groups (12 and under, 13-18, and 18 and over). Prizes include a guided hike of Weedon Island Preserve, gardening-themed prize packs, energy saving kits, a tour of the Pinellas County Solid Waste Facility and more. To qualify, entries must be postmarked by Wednesday, April 5.

All artwork must be original and must not contain reproduction of existing artwork or images. Submit artwork to:

UF/IFAS Exension Pinellas County
Earth Day Mail Art Contest
Attention: Trevor Ackerman
12520 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33774

Artists must include their name, email address, phone number, age and category that the artwork should be judged in. Winners will be contacted by phone or email on Friday, April 21.

All entries will be posted on the Pinellas Extension Facebook page and automatically entered in the “Facebook Fan Favorite” contest. That winner will receive a special prize as well. Vote for those entries atwww.facebook.com/PinellasExtension/.

For more information about the Mail Art Contest, prize information and further details about the rules, email Trevor Ackerman at tackerman@pinellascounty.org or visit http://pinellas.ifas.ufl.edu/MailArt.shtml.

Information courtesy of Pinellas County Government

Final Call for Artists & Volunteers! Artspring March 31 – April 2, 2017

The City of South Pasadena is looking for volunteers to help with the 31st Annual Artspring Exhibition. Shifts are available on the following dates March 27 – April 3, 2017. Please consider donating a few hours of your time. 
Artists are also needed to exhibit their artwork in the following mediums: clay, fiber, wood, metals, glass, photography, paper or paint.  Sculptures may be submitted in clay, wood, metals or glass. First, Second and Third Place ribbons will be awarded in three categories (artwork, photography, and sculpture), along with the Mayor’s Award and Honorable Mention ribbons. No entry fee required.
To register or for more information, please contact City Hall at 347-4171 or cityhall@mysouthpasadena.com.

Veteran’s Art Center Tampa Bay Grand Opening

The Veteran’s Art Center Tampa Bay will open its doors to the public on Saturday March 25, 2017 from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm.  The VACTB is Florida’s first art center for Military, Veterans, First Responders and Families that provide therapy, healing, wellness and education programming.

The Grand Opening’s Formal Ceremony will being at 3:00PM.  The event features art exhibits, tours of the gallery, street performers, musical guests and special guest speakers throughout the day. The purpose of the event is not only to showcase art created by our local veterans and first responders but to also raise awareness for the Center, what we do and how we help.

Veteran’s Art Center located in Gas Light Square, 6798 Crosswinds Drive N., St. Petersburg, Florida..

For more information contact Scott Macksam at 813.504.3092 or vactb@outlook.com

SHINE Mural Festival Announces Monthly Bike Tours

The SHINE Mural Festival continues their new series of guided bicycle tours bringing riders up close for a personal look at St. Pete’s colorful outdoor art gallery.

Dubbed Tour de SHINE, the tours spring dates include March 25th, April 23rd, and May 21st. A maximum of 75 guests can ride along for just $20 per person – or purchase a $40 ticket to also receive a commemorative Tour de SHINE T-shirt designed by Chad Mize.

A portion of tour proceeds, and all T-shirt proceeds, benefit the SHINE Mural Festival.

Now entering its third year, the SHINE festival illuminates the power of art in accessible spaces by revitalizing areas and inspiring dialogue. A non-profit public art project built in partnership between local artists and community members, the festival has brought more than 30 vibrant new murals to downtown St. Petersburg since being founded in 2015.

Expertly painted by international, national, and local artists, these murals enrich the city’s public outdoor gallery and unite the St. Pete community, reflecting the intensely creative spirit of our City of the Arts.

To learn more about Tour de SHINE and book your spot, please visit http://shineonstpete.com/tours.

What: Tour de SHINE – bicycle mural tours
Dates: Mar 25, Apr 23, May 21
Start time: 10 a.m.
Location: St. Pete Bike Co-Op, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Tickets: $20 regular ticket / $40 ticket includes commemorative T-shirt
Online: http://shineonstpete.com/tours

Arts & Culture News and Best Bets

Spring comes in like a lion, and for those of us who love festivals, music, arts, dance and partie. It’s a roaring good time in March. With the passing of legendary jazz artist Al Jarreau last month, I’m gung-ho to see as many famous artists as I can at Tampa Bay’s amazing festivals and performing arts venues especially the Plant City Strawberry Festival, Tampa Bay Blues April fest and the Charlie Daniels Band April 1at Pinellas Park’s England Brother Park. Art comes alive in the gardens (Sunken Garden, see sidebar) and at the Chagall-inspired designs at Marie Selby Gardens. For lit lovers, Carl Hiassenis at The Straz Center March ,5 as is Celtic Woman: Voices of Angels, while the exciting Tiempo Librestuns March 10 and Forbidden Broadway is a riot March 12. Ciao baby, see you around town!  – Nanette Wiser

For venue address, phone number and website, be sure to check our Events Listings in theback of the magazine. Sign up for our FREE Thursday newsletter with Top Five Events at www.paradisenewsfl.com.


Palladium/Side Door/Hough Hall 

  • On March 17 at the Side Door, Green Tambourine: Coo Coo Ca Choo celebrate classic rock favorites from The Beatles, The Animals, The Beach Boys, Jimmy Reed, The Walker Brothers, The Fortunes, Hendrix, Cream, Sly and the Family Stone, The Young Rascals, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Steve Miller & more.
  • Also on tap in March is the music of Stan Getz (March 12), Paul McCartney(March16) and in April, jazzy Nicole Henryand the kick-off to The Blues Festwith Samantha Fish(April 6). 253 Fifth Ave. N, downtown St. Pete 727- 822-3590 www.mypalladium.org


St. Petersburg Seafood & Music Festival Co-hosted by the City of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, this new festival (March 25-26) blends seafood dishes, delightful local restaurant fare, sensational sips, crafts, gourmet food products with live music (soul, classic rock, R&B, jazz, salsa) including Jah Movement, Orchestra Fuego, Mike Tozier, the Greg Billings Band, Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio, the Hubb Tones, RJ Howson and the Sarasota Steel Pan Band. Sat./Sun. 10 am – 8 pm North Straub Park, downtown St. Pete www.paragonartevents.com/S-45-St.+Petersburg+Seafood


The Mahaffey Duke Energy Center for the Arts, The Mahaffey Theater 400 First St. South 727-893-7832 www.mahaffey.com

  • Don’t miss Brain Candy Live! March15, an outrageous evening of entertainment from two amazing minds: Adam Savage, former co-host of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series Myth Busters, and YouTube star Michael Stevens (“Vsauce”) showcase three tons of their crazy toys, incredible tools and mind-blowing demonstrations for a celebration of curiosity that’s been described as “A cross between TED Talks and the Blue Man Group.” Adam and Michael’s BRAIN CANDY LIVE! experience is like a two-hour play date with Walt Disney, Willy  Wonka and lbert Einstein.  A limited number of VIP Meet & Greet tickets are available for $125 (includes a post-performance meet and greet & photo opportunity with Adam Savage and Michael Stevens, a signed 8×10 photo and a commemorative laminate). A separate show ticket must also be purchased to attend the Meet & Greet.
  • ‘Saturday Night Fever – The Musical’ dances our way March 17 for those who love the Bee Gees music and dancing Tony Manero from Brooklyn as much as I do.
  • Rock Stars & Stripes: A Rock ‘n Roll Road Trip Across America (April14) is the brainchild of former Boston front man and guitar player David Victor, Rock Stars & Stripes is a unique concert experience that takes audiences on a virtual road trip across the country by performing classic American rock ‘n’ roll hits set against the backdrop of engaging video of some of America’s most iconic landmarks, places and people. During this explosive performance, music lovers will hear a selection of songs from some of the best American bands in music history, including Aerosmith, The Eagles, Kiss, Bruce Springsteen, Journey, Boston and many more.
  • Country legend Dwight Yoakam strums hearts March 5.


Tampa Bay Blues Festival April 7-9: Alfresco at Vinoy Park, this is one of the year’s most anticipated music festivals. www.tampabaybluesfest.com

Friday –

  • Dennis Gruenling – 12:30-2p
  • The Jordan Patterson Band – 2:30 – 4p
  • Albert Cummings – 4:30 – 6p
  • Ana Popovic – 6:30 – 8p
  • Buddy Guy – 8:30 – 10 p


  • Matt Schofield – 12:30 – 2p
  • Samantha Fish – 2:30 – 4p
  • Toranzo Cannon – 4:30 – 6p
  • Coco Montoya – 6:30 – 8 p
  • The Rides with Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Barry Goldberg – 8:30 – 10p


  • Backtrack Blues Band – 1 – 2:15p
  • JW-Jones – 2:30 – 4p
  • The Lee Boys – 4:30 – 6p
  • Dawn Tyler Watson – 6:30 – 8p
  • Tab Benoit – 8:30 – 10p

VIP Experience Package: 

An unforgettable way to enjoy three days of great music, food, drinks and hospitality. Purchase a 3 – day VIP pass for this year’s festival, and become a member of our Tampa Bay Blues Club. The purchaser’s name published in our Festival program as a valued 2017 TBBF Blues Club member.

  • Special concert seating in padded chairs, located directly in front of main stage.
  • Use of two large shade tents, with tables & comfortable chairs; water views of Tampa Bay.
  • Dinners catered each evening at 6 pm.
  • Complimentary lunch presentations by local restaurants and on site chefs at 2 pm each day.
  • Free beers, wines, sodas and spring water. A private cash mixed drinkbar is also provided.
  • Upscale, air conditionedrestrooms for VIP patronsonly.
  • Free Festival programs for all VIP customers.
  • Complimentary champagne and mimosas served Sunday afternoon.
  • With each 3-Day VIP purchase, a listing of the purchaser’s name as a member of our Tampa BayBlues Club, recognizing you as a critical supporter of the Festival.


If you love swing, head over to the Coliseum. www.stpete.org/coliseum ; 727-892-5202.  If you want to shake your booty, downtown St. Pete’s Ruby Elixir and Del Mar Gastro Pub is for adults who want to trip the light fantastic. Over at Eckerd College, they are showing Live HD Opera Performances in Miller Auditorium.

  • La Traviata An Opera by Giuseppe Verdi March 11, 12:55 pm: Sonya Yonchevasings one of opera’s most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, a role in which she triumphed on the Met stage in 2015 opposite Michael Fabiano (as her lover, Alfredo) & Thomas Hampson (as his father, Germont). Carmen Giannattasio sings later performances of the title role opposite Atalla Ayan, with the great Plácido Domingoas Germont. Nicola Luisotti conducts.
  • Saint Joan A Play by George Bernard Shaw March 17, 1:30 pm: Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trials of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe.
  • Indomeneo An Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart March 25, 12:55 pm: Mozart’s first operatic masterpiece returns to the Met in the classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production, conducted by Emeritus Music Director James Levine. The superb ensemble includes Matthew Polenzanias the king torn by a rashvow; mezzo-soprano Alice Cootein the trouser role of his noble son Idamante; soprano Nadine Sierraas Ilia; and soprano Elza van den Heeveras the volatile Elettra, who loves Idamante to the bounds of madness. FILM Eckerd College International Cinema Series Films start 7 pm Miller Auditorium.
  • Right Now, Wrong Then March 10: The latest feature by Korean director Hong Sang-soo (Hahaha, Our Sunhi), Right Now, Wrong Then offers two versions of the same bare plot: A famous film director travels to a suburb of Seoul to show one of his films and meets a budding painter with whom he flirts both romantically and artistically. Taken separately, each is a simple episode in the life of an artist, but when compared, the differences between the two demonstrate how small choices add up to different results in people as much as events. Right Now, Wrong Then won the Golden Leopard at the 2015 Locarno International Film Festival.
  • Neruda March 17: From the director of Jackie, Neruda focuses on the relationship between art and politics in post–World War II Chile. After criticizing the sitting president in a speech to the National Congress in 1948,the Chilean poet and Communist senator, Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco), retreated into hiding. Neruda traces his struggle to continue to connect with life and his likeminded followers along-side the dogged attempts of a fascist policeman (Gael García Bernal) to track him down. This film was selected as the Chilean entry to the2017 Academy Awards.

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach continues on the jumbo-sized screen Fri.-Sat. beginning at 6 pm.


Artist Tour/Artists At Work – March 18 (10 am – 5 pm)  March 19(noon – 5 pm): This free, self-guided public art tour is sponsored by The Artist Enclave of Historic Kenwood. Enjoy two days exploring the architecturally rich neighbor-hood of Historic Kenwood while you view the exhibits of19 artists at 15 different stops. See work by ceramicists, sculptors, jewelers, photographers, illustrators, and fine art painters. This year’s theme, “Artists at Work,” allows patrons and visitors to engage with artists, and enjoy live demos throughout the two-day tour.  Learn about the creative process and what steps an artist takes to bring their ideas from concept to completion. FYI: www.kenwoodartistenclave.org

Duncan McClellan Gallery: 

Wild Life! showcases Seattle glass artists Kelly O’Dell & Raven Sky river opening March 11 (5 – 10 pm) enjoy an artist reception, glass blowing demonstration and live music with the Henry Ashwood Jazz Project. (thru April 7) 2342 Emerson Ave South; 855-436-4527. www.dmglass.com

Studio @ 620:

Music, art, spoken word, poetry, this performance/visual art gallery is a downtown treasure. 620 First Avenue S., downtown St. Pete 727-895-6620 www.thestudioat620.org

  • Jazzy Philip Charos Quartet – March 17, 7:30 pm – features Joe Porter(upright bass), Jason Charos (trumpet), Nick DeLuca (guitar), and led by dynamic composer, drummer, and vocalist Philip Charos performing a repertoire of colorfully original jazz music and select standards.
  • Photography takes center stage with Here And Thereopening March 10.  A group photography exhibit of six local artists whose work features vast landscapes, intimate spaces, spiritual travelogue, playful portraiture, unintentional paintings, and lazy after-noons. Photographers include Karen Kommer, Benjamin Ross Duensing, Laura Dante, Kevin Damphouse, Kéra Holzinger and Lenore Duensing.
  • Collective Soles Dance Company performs “With Love” March 24-25 (7 pm), a performance that investigate slove as it appears through empathy, compassion, and acceptance in a combination of text, dance, audience interaction and more with choreography by Artistic Director Alex Jones and newly appointed Resident Choreographer Sean McDonald.

The Chihuly Collection: 

This stunning, permanent collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s unique artwork is presented in a fabulous architectural space designed specifically for his art, showcasing how art and architecture can work together. An iconic 20 foot  sculpture created especially for the site welcomes you at the entrance. The Collection includes Chihuly’s spectacular large-scale installations (Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier, Macchia, Ikebana, Nijima Floats, Persians and Tumbleweeds). A pioneer of the studio glass movement, Chihuly is credited with transforming the methods of creating glass art and there by leading the development of complex, multi-part glass sculptures and environmental art. However, his contributions extend well beyond the boundaries of the studio glass movement and even the field of glass: his achievements have influenced contemporary art in general. Known internationally, his installations include Chihuly Over Venice” with the sculptures installed over the canals and piazze; Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem”, attended by more than one million visitors, and the Chihuly Bridge of Glass” in Tacoma, Washington.720 Central Avenue, downtown St. Pete 727-822-7872 www.moreanartscenter.org/chihuly

Syd Entel Gallery and Susan Benjamin Glass: 

The 5000square foot gallery located on Main Street in charming downtown Safety Harbor show cases acclaimed artists from around the World along with today’s premier American glass artists. 727-725-1808  fgalleries@tampabay.rr.com 247 Main St. Safty Harbor www.sydentelgalleries.com


Museum of Fine Arts Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. NE, 727-896-2667 www.fine-arts.org

  • Thru March 19: The Far North – Inuit Prints and Sculpture – These 30 works by accomplished Inuit artists spans the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
  • Through May 7: Greg Smith Multimedia Artist: Smith’s work often centers on a character attempting to “create something, trying to structure his environment, but who’s also kind of hapless and, in the end, probably doomed.”
  • March 4-July 2:  Dominique Labauvie: Dig: The formal explorations of inter-discipli-nary artist Dominique Labauvie are rooted in both material and a highly developed relationship to philosophies of the drawn line. He has written: “When a line bends, it slows down; as it expands, it suddenly appears as a flat surface—it carves out its presence in space like a black hole. The ground (any ground: earth, wood or stone)hosts the forged lines as the landscape that for centuries has been mapped by rivers, roads, and highways. The line informs us about the absent forms, as only the missing remain in our memories, our books, and in our images. The line attests to the desire of thought.”  Dig brings together recent works by Mr. Labauviein his signature media of steel and pastels. The theme of the ruin runs throughout, as he seems to take on the role of archaeologist, digging into the earth’s histories to try to understand their effect on current events.
  • Thru June 4: The Open Road- Photography and the American Road Trip: Nothing says spring break like this exhibition, a delightful journey through America’s kitschy landscapes. The Dali Museum http://thedali.org
  • Thru April 17 – Frida Kahloat the Dali: An exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s paintings and drawings, together with her personal photograph collection showcase her dream like work suggesting that love and suffering create a new sense of beauty. Kahlo’s art and storied life stir immense public interest. The Dali and Beyond Film Series fatures the A&E biography of Frida Kahlo.
  • Thru May – Dali/Duchamp: The father of surrealism and the papa of conceptual art, this is the first exhibit dedicated to Dali and Duchamp’s friendship and influence on each’s art, showcasing 60 works and supplemented by correspondence and collaborative projects.


Gasparilla Music Festival March 11 & 12 – Curtis Hixon Park, Tampa: Headlining 3/11 is Grammy® Award nominee Cage the Elephant while 3/12 features Ryan Adams who will celebrate the release of his new album, “Prisoner, at the festival .Joining the expansive lineup of 40 bands on four stages are: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Michal Menert &the Pretty Fantastics, Twin Peaks, Phoebe Bridgers, The Freecoasters, Inkblot and Patel Conservatory Vocal Arts Chorale. Tampa-based Cigar City Brewing is the exclusive beer sponsor and will debut their Gasparilla Music Festival Pilsner. In addition to music, brew and bites, there’s a wellness kickoff (3/11) with the Dubb Tenn Yoga and Ride the Park, a stationary bike ride hosted by SOHO Cycles. And the popular KidsFest which offers musical performances and interactive experiences for children of all ages. www.gasparillamusic.com/2017-lineup

A Touch of Classics: 

The South Pasadena Community Band will present an evening concert featuring classic favorites (including Benny Goodman) and lively marches including “Afternoon of a Faun” and “Old Comrades March.”  The band is composed of 40+ very talented local musicians. 7:30 pm.  For upcoming programs, visit www.southpasadenaband.com/upcoming-program

  • 3/8 Treasure Island Community Center, 1 Park Place & 106th Ave.
  • 4/12 Treasure Island Community Center
  • 5/18 Galatea Garden, South Pasadena Opera, Comedy, Blues @Iberian Rooster: Upstairs, they serve Colonial Portuguese Fusion Food, so savory and unique. Downstairs is the performance space; a sexy, vintage underground lounge.  In addition to opera, there’s a comedy night, amazing blues and jazz.  Sub Central At The Iberian Rooster. 475 Central Avenue, Suite 100 downtown St. Pete www.iberianrooster.com

Capitol Theatre:  

Little by little, downtown Clearwater gets more fun with a new coffeehouse, a Pierce Street Market and Blast Friday (3/31 showcases Bill Joel Legends). This summer, Ruth Eckerd Hall will bring John Legend to Coachman Park, home to the annual October Clearwater Jazz Fest. Grab home made pasta or pizza at Cristino’s, then head over to Capital Theater for;

Gordon Lightfoot (3/17), Sinbad (3/18), Michael Amante (3/19), Carrot Top (3/22), The Ten Tenors (3/24), A Bronx Tale starring Chazz Palmenteri (3/25), Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (3/26) and Los Lonely Boys(3/28).


50th Golden Baton Luncheon: 

The Florida Orchestra Guild of St. Petersburg will host its annual luncheon March 25 (11 am – 2 pm) in the Plaza Ballroom of the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel. Since 1965, the Golden Baton Award has been given by the Guild to individuals who have made significant contributions in leadership to benefit the Florida Orchestra. This year’s recipient is Mark T. Mahaffey, a St. Petersburg philanthropist who, with his wife, Marianne, has been a significant supporter of the Florida Orchestra for many years.  Enjoy music by members of the Florida Orchestra and a Silent Auction.  RSVP by March 10 for this Florida Orchestra benefit.

FYI: Charlene Miller, 727.254.1176Mozelle Bell, 727.522.8459 mozelle2@juno.com  Vinoy Hotel 501 5th Ave. NE, downtown St. Pete


March 21: Theatrical Journalism for LGBTQ Homeless Youth Project: 

In revealing study reveals the devastating issues LGBTQ homeless teens encounter, conducted by the Homeless Youth Project in partnership with Family Resources and underwritten by Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg. From 7 – 9 pm, Your Real Stories tells about the crisis, using theatrical journalism to portray the life experiences of five people either affected by, or working to solve the challenges of a truly underserved population. A post-show Q&A enhanced by the ability to give direct, real time feedback on personal devices  available. FYI: Larry@planningworksonline.com

Admission free, RSVP at www.eventbrite.out-of-the-shadowstickets-31755105375

The Palladium Theatre, 253 5th Ave. N.  St. Petersburg

  • March 3-19: West Coast Players Presents The Lyons by Nicky Silver A smart, dark comedy. As Ben Lyons lies dying, his wife of forty years, Rita, flips through decorating magazines, planning a living room makeover. Ben and Rita have been at war for many years and when they’re joined by their children, Lisa and Curtis, all efforts at a pleasant visit or a sentimental goodbye to the dying patriarch are soon abandoned. Terrible secrets & vicious accusations replace sentimental memories. Can the family take the first tentative steps toward new human connection? Performances Fri./Sat. 8 pm.; Sun. matinees at 2 pm. 21905 US 19 North, Clearwater, FL 33765 FYI: 727-437-2363  boxoffice@wcplayers.com www.wcplayers.org
  • Thru March 26: Free Fall Theater’s Red Velvet: While this award-winning new play will transport you to Victorian London, the questions it raises about race, diversity and the role of the arts could not be more timely. This stirring drama transports audiences to the turbulent backstage world of London’s Theatre Royal in the early1800s. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, can’t go on tonight as Othello, and his company is in disarray. A young American actor named Ira Aldridge arrives to step into the role—but no black man has ever played Othello on the English stage. His ground breaking performance upends stage tradition and changes the lives of everyone involved. Lolita Chakrabarti’s multi-award-winning play uncovers the fascinating true story of a pivotal figure in theatre history. Christopher Ruther-ford directs this stunningly theatrical production of a play that the London Telegraph called “informative, entertaining, and thought-provoking.”  FYI: 727-498-5205 www.freefalltheatre.com


  • March 11: St. Petersburg Second Saturday Artwalk: The Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, EDGE District, Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District become one arts destination for the St. Petersburg Second Saturday Art Walk on March 11 from 5 to 9 pm.  You’ll get to see opening night where 40 galleries and studios premiere new works, with artists and demos on-site. Free ArtWalk trolleys encompass the arts districts. Free parking can be found on 1st Ave N and 1st Ave S from 15th St. to 30th St., The Clay Center of St. Petersburg, MGA Studios and the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum. Download the map and list of participants to plan your festive art evening at www.stpeteartsalliance.org
  • Fourth Saturday Artwalk, Pinellas Park’s Creative District, 5851 Park Blvd.


Don’t forget about Tuesday’s Fresh Market and Swing Dancing Wednesday at the Casino!

  • Gulfport Artwalk 1st Friday and 3rd Saturday: On March 3rd, meet featured artist Lucas Pitzen who enjoys working with reclaimed and renewable wood products and transforming them into cutting boards to finely crafted tables. 3101 Beach Blvd., www.visitgulfportflorida.com
  • Gulfport Springfest (4/14-15): Gulfport’s 7.5 acre Clymer Park, along the Beach Blvd. transforms into an “enchanted village” inhabited by costumed faeries, sprites, gnomes, ogres and trolls. The event is free, family and pet-friendly, and open to the public. Activities and entertainment for all ages will be offered. Vendors bring live garden plants, garden art, flowers, herbs, Renaissance-period items, clothing, jewelry, art, hand-made crafts and more for your shopping pleasure. Assorted food and drink vendors will be on hand, and an enchanted beer garden offers adult beverages, with live music nearby, throughout the event. 550127th Avenue S. www.visitgulfportflorida.com


Ringling College of Art & Design 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota  www.ringling.edu

  • The elegant Glass Masters of Venice continues thru March 25 with Barbara Basch’s docent tours Wed’s. 10:30 am.
  • Homage to Andy Warhol runs through March18. Organized and produced by Wu-Shan, Inc. (Jeff Gordon and Path Soong), this thought-provoking exhibition at the Ringling College of Art and Design features silkscreen prints and original recordings, ranging from spoken word to music and sound. It was created by a diverse roster of artists, writers and performers who knew, worked with, were associated with or were inspired by Andy Warhol. Included are Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Ivan Karp, Billy Name, Ultra Violet, Lawrence Weiner, Carter Ratcliff, John Giorno, Vincent Freemont, Alexander Heinrici, Brigid Berlin, Christopher Makos, Yura Adams, Nat Finkelstein, Connie Beckley, Susan Breen, Path Soong, and Jeff Gordon. Jeff knew and admired Warhol, first conceptualized the idea of producing recordings (spoken word, sound pieces, music) by visual artists in the early ’80s, while he was the co-owner of the Greene Street Recording Studio. The exhibition juxtaposes each artist’s 12 x 12 inch (album sized) visual image with an audio work created in homage to Warhol. For instance, Patti Smith’s poem, “Edie,” muses on the life and death of  Warhol Superstar Edie Sedgwick. Nat Finkelstein’s screen printed photograph shows Warhol and Dylan in the Factory with one of Warhol’s Elvis paintings in the back-ground. In his song, “When I Paint My Masterpiece, Dylan critiques the Warhol ian notion of fame and success. Gordon’s screen print modifies one of Warhol’s Brillo Box sculptures as a visual analogy to his sound piece, which loops excerpts from a Warhol interview and lasts for the proverbial 15 minutes. Sony Music Entertainment sponsored the worldwide tour.


Capital Fundraising Campaign for Creative Clay: 

As Creative Clay enters its22nd year serving the Tampa Bay area through programs that make the arts accessible to all, the non-profit is looking to the future with an impending move, enhancement and expansion of programming, and the launch of “The 2017 Project: Securing Our Future. ”Donations to Creative Clay’s capital campaign will allow for increased quality programming, improved execution of services and an enhanced creative space that meets the needs of its artists as well as:

  • Raise $100,000 for our build out and renovations.
  • Increase the number of individuals the non-profit can serve as a result of gaining more physical space.
  • Allow for more programming to occur under one roof. renting space at an off-site location to accommodate classes of artists.
  • Allow for its “Around the World” Summer Camp to beheld on-site vs. an alternative location, and in an area specially designed for young campers, with dedicated lunch space and outdoor play area.
  • Additional ADA-approved restrooms.
  • In June, Creative Clay will move its headquarters form St. Petersburg’s EDGE District, to 1846 First Ave. S in the Grand Central District. This new space boasts an additional 1000 square feet more than their current location, allowing them to expand their Community Arts Program. FYI: CEO Kim Dohrman, kim@creativeclay.org www.creativeclay.org

St. Petersburg Opera Guild’s Annual 45th High School Vocal Competition Winners: Remember these young talents who were part of the amazing eighteen high school singers from Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. They competed before three adjudicators: Dr. Warren Jaworski, Associate Professor of Voice at USF; Ron Emery of Tampa and Tony Dillon who has appeared on many opera stages including St. Petersburg Opera.  Tony currently lives in Clearwater.

  • First Place Winner – Sarah Johnson, a resident of Largo, a home schooled sophomore is a vocal student of Linda Switzer of Tampa.
  • Second Place Winner -Amanda McAllister, a resident of St. Petersburg, is a senior at Gibbs HS.  She is a vocal student of Dawn Eubanks.
  • Third Place Winner – Julie LaPierre, a resident of Oldsmar, is a sophomore at Eastlake High School.  She is a vocal student of Linda Switzer.
  • Honorable Mentions: Cameryn Valiente of Blake HS in Tampa, and Tatiana Becklund of Eastlake High School in Oldsmar.  Palm Harbor Museum Re-Opens: If you like Heritage Village, you’ll want to take a road trip to see this jewel. With a beautiful facelift and refurbishing, this charming historical and heritage museum is better than ever. 2043 Curlew Rd. Palm Harbor www.palmharbormuseum.com

ART: Arts & Culture Best Bets

February may be short in days, but’s long on creative experiences. Check out this month’s articles on The Palladium, St. Pete College Jazz Festival, Gulfport’s Pink Flamingo Home Tour and The St. Petersburg’s Arts Alliance’s Muse awardees.

Look ahead to next month’s Strawberry Festival in Plant City music line-up (Patti LaBelle is coming!) and this July’s pairing of Rod Steward and Cindi Lauper at the Amalie Arena July 8. Don’t miss EPCOT International Festival of the Arts at Disney. Ciao baby, see you around town!  

– Nanette Wiser

BEST BET: The Mahaffey Theater 

In addition to stellar acoustics and glamorous theaters, you can buy a dinner and show package or a VIP experience package. On Feb. 3, rock out with the music of David Bowie a symphonic odyssey with The Florida Orchestra like you’ve never seen them before.

On Feb. 9, enjoy more Motown fun with incomparable Smokey Robinson or catch five-time Grammy award winner Dionne Warwick Feb.12 as she belts out your favorite tunes with special guest star Myles Savage (The Platters) in this Motown party show. Country fans will enjoy a rare appearance by Loretta Lynn Feb. 17 while old rockers can catch up with Yes, The Album Series Feb. 11. Like magic? The Masters of Illusion will thrill you Feb. 20. www.mahaffey.com

BEST BET: Epicurean Theater Feb. 11,  7-9 pm

Searching for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift? Look no further than ‘Candle Making & Date Night’ in the Epicurean Theatre!  Each class participant will be making two 14oz candles to take home to enjoy for Valentine’s Day in addition to their very own wine, cheese & charcuterie provided by Élevage! Attendees will also have an opportunity to compete to make the next Epicurean or Tipsy Candle fragrance to debut this spring.

BEST BET: Clearwater Sea-Blues Music Festival Feb. 17-19

Head down to Coachman Park for two days surrounded by the finest Seafood Clearwater has to offer while enjoying Blues music from International Recording Acts! For more information of this fun filled event visit clearwaterseablues.com for more details.


BEST BET: Florida State Fair

Feb. 9-20 There’s haute culture and there’s down home culture, served with deep fried delicious foods. Enjoy the rides, animals, arts and crafts competitions, a salute to Black History, petting zoo, circus Hollywood, Sea Lion Splash, Welde’s Big Bear Show, a state championship draft horse pull, K-9s in flight and SWEET: A Tasty Candy Journey. Concerts: All concerts are FREE with gate admission to the Fair, with the exception of the Country Gold Tour. Discounted admission and ride armband tickets, as well as tickets to Country Gold, are on sale now at  FloridaStateFair.com.

Among the featured performers:

  • The Roots & Boots Tour features Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippen and Collin Raye, an all-star line-up sure to please both hardcore country fans and those who simply enjoy great music. Kershaw has long been one of Country Music’s most definitive voices, with a string of hits ranging from the rowdy “Cadillac Style” to the romantic “Love of My Life.” Feb. 20 at 6 pm, Entertainment Hall, Coca Cola Stage
  • Shalyah Fearing of Hudson, FL, has been singing since the age of five. Flash forward 10 years to 2015, when she auditioned for Season 10 of The Voice and went on to earn a place in the Top 8 Semifinals. With her powerhouse voice and penchant for R&B, she drew comparisons to the likes of Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson. Catch Shalyah before her career explodes! – Feb. 10 at 8pm, on the Sleep Number Stage
  • Performing their award-winning songs and high-energy live shows is GRAMMY -nominated Christian rock band Building 429. The band took their name from the Bible verse Ephesians 4:29, which, to paraphrase, means “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Hailing from Fayetteville, NC, these four men are as committed to their music as they are their message.– Feb. 19 at 6pm, Entertainment Hall, Coca Cola Stage
  • The Country Gold Tour once again will return to the Fair. A fan favorite, the 2017 concerts will boast some of the biggest names to join the tour, including Johnny Lee, David Frizzell and Barbara Fairchild on Feb. 14 and Bobby Bare, the Gatlin Brothers & Marty Haggard (son of the legendary Merle Haggard) on Feb. 15. Leroy Van Dyke of “Auctioneer” and “Walk on By” fame will perform at both shows. $10 general admission, $20 reserved floor seating. Contact the Box Office at 813.740.4640 to reserve. Tickets do not include Fair admission. – Feb. 14 & 15 at 2pm, Entertainment Hall, Coca Cola Stage
  • Joe Zuniga divides his time between Tampa & Monterrey, Mexico. Zuniga grew up listening to music genres such as Tejano, Country, R&B, Hip Hop, Merengue, Salsa and  Bachata, and now is focused on creating a new Grupero style. He has played with several Florida bandsas a keyboard player and back-up vocalist, but recently recorded his first single, “Atado A Tu Amor,” in Mexico. – Feb. 19 at 7pm on the Sleep Number Stage
  • The Judge Talford Bandis comprised of five talented musicians from rural Tennessee. Well-known in the Bluegrass community, the band wanted to broaden their show by including other genres. They now add their own twist to classic rock ‘n’ roll songs – from the ‘50s to modern hits. – Multiple performances throughout the 12 days of the Fair on the Sleep Number Stage
  • The Lauren Mitchell Band is known for the feel and energy of their live performances. This Sarasota-based band is a tour de force, bringing their Blues & Soul to 250 national and international shows each year. – Feb. 18 at 7pm, Tampa Bay Times Stage
  • The River City Boys present a Tribute to the Statler Brothers, celebrating that band’s nearly 50-year career that included five GRAMMYs, two Academy of Country Music awards and three County Music Association awards. When the Statlers retired in 2002 they left millions of fans wanting more – and the River City Boys deliver. – Feb. 14-16 prior to the Elvis Extravaganza, Entertainment Hall, Coca Cola Stage


The St. Petersburg Coliseum’s Big Band Ballroom Dancing on Feb. 11 at 7:30 will get you in the swing of things for romance month.  The tribute to Harry James and the Andrew Sisters is a BYOB with snacks and set-ups available. www.stpete.org/coliseum; 727-892-5202.


Tampa’s Gasparilla International Film Festival runs from March 2 – 9 and features short films, U.S. narrative feature and College Student Feature Film, International Features, Made in Florida and U.S. Documentary features plus other categories. ww.withoutabox.com/login/5440  Sunset Cinema at Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach continues on the jumbo-sized screen Fri.-Sat. beginning at 6 pm.


4th Annual St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival:  Feb. 25-26 10 am– 5 pm This event in the North Straub Park adjacent to the Museum of Fine Arts – St. Petersburg features 120 of Florida’s and America’s top fine artisans and crafters, the mix including local, regional and national artists. These artisans weave a tapestry of exceptional art from exquisite works in painting, glass, mixed-media, ceramics, sculpture, photography, metalwork, digital art, fiber art, woodworking – and more.  Within each medium explore a diversity of styles, materials and creative vision.  Meet the artisans that create the work – they are all here!  Learn how they became artists and how your specific pieces were made.  If you do not find exactly what you want, consider commissioning a piece of art made expressly for you!  Know that many of these artisans are represented in America’s top museums and art galleries and in the most prestigious private collections.

Duncan McClellan Gallery: Featuring the work of one of Tampa Bay’s most distinguished artists, whose work can be seen at the Don Cesar and around town, the artist receptions always bring an eclectic crowd.

Duncan McClellan Gallery, 2342 Emerson Ave South; 855-436-4527. dmglass.com


The Dali Museum  http://thedali.org • Feb 11: Party prior to  Valentine’s Day for a special event featuring food, drinks and entertainment, amor and inspiracion. Eat, drink, drink, dance and tour the galleries. This all-inclusive inspired experience celebrates passion, obsession, infatuation, compulsion & fascination — the ingredients of love stories grand and small. Frida & Diego, Salvador & Gala, John & Yoko, Romeo & Juliet, you & yours. Enjoy Oyster wrapped in bacon with Cajun remoulade | Spicy and sexy goat cheese peppadew | Ahi tuna with mango salsa & pomegranate seed on a lotus chip | Brie and apricot tarts with fig jam | Avocado cucumber rolls | Chocolate-chili-dipped bacon | Fresh watermelon Salad | Lobster corndogs | Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus | Decadent desserts.  A special start to the evening, from 7-8pm, features a docent-led ProvocaTour plus private access to a “bubbly-bar” and chocolate-covered strawberries. Learn more: http://thedali.org/event/amor-inspirado/

  • Thru April 17 – Frida Kahlo at the Dali:

An exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s paintings & drawings, together with her personal photograph collection showcase her dreamlike work suggesting that love and suffering create a new sense of beauty. Kahlo’s art and storied life stir immense public interest.

The Dali and Beyond Film Series fatures the A&E biography of Frida Kahlo.

  • February – May 2017 – Dali/Duchamp: The father of surrealism and the papa

of conceptual art, this is the first exhibit dedicated to Dali and Duchamp’s friendship and influence on each’s art, showcasing 60 works and supplemented by correspondence and collaborative projects.

Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. NE 727-896-2667 www.fine-arts.org

  • Thru March 19: The Far North – Inuit Prints and Sculpture – These 30 works by accomplished Inuit artists spans the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Feb. 19-June 4: The Open Road- Photography and the American Road Trip: Nothing says spring break like this exhibition, a delightful journey through America’s kitschy landscapes.


Feb. 23-Feb. 28: Sunshine City Songwriters Festival: On Feb. 23 The Special Concensus Performs at the Craftsman House. This Grammy-nominated and International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awardwinners “Special C”.  Originating from the Midwest, they have been performing for over 40 years. Craftsman House, 2955 Central Avenue727-323-2787 SunshineCitySongfest.com

Shades of Buble: The Canadian crooner isn’t here in person, but the three man tribute band will stir your heart. A great Valentine’s Day concert Feb. 10 @ 8 pm. Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. 727-369-5746. pinellaspark.comCapitol Theatre  – Robert Earl Keen March 13 7:30 pm  www.AtTheCap.com

This show is sure to sell-out! Known for hits like The Road Goes On Forever, Feelin’ Good Again and I Gotta Go, this singer-songwriter was virtually unknown by name until fellow Texas icon Joe Ely recorded both The Road Goes on Forever and Whenever Kindness Fails on his 1993 album, Love and Danger, the secret was out on Keen’s credentials as a songwriter’s songwriter.

The ’90s may have been a boom period for Keen but his momentum hasn’t ebbed a bit since the turn of the century – nor has his pursuit of continued growth as a writer and artist. His latest project released in 2016, Live Dinner Reunion, was a night celebrating 20th Anniversary of the very first recorded live show at the iconic John T. Floores Store in Helotes, TX. It was a magical night of friends coming together to play music before a sold out crowd of 5000 fans and celebrate 20th Anniversary of No. 2 Live Dinner. Special guests on the album are Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, Cody Braun of Reckless Kelly, Cody Canada, Cory Morrow and Bruce Robison. Also making special appearances were two former band mates who also played on No.2 Live, Bryan Duckworth and Mark Patterson.


St. Petersburg Museum of History Benefit Feb. 25 6 – 10 pm: Leave your black tie at home, dress in your finest Shuffleboard Chic and celebrate the Sunshine City in style! St. Pete’s official vintage-era Florida tourism celebration, the 2nd Annual Cocktails on the Courts. Enjoy Florida cuisine, unlimited cocktails, dancing under the stars to the incredible Black Honkeys, and even a mermaid and two-headed cow! St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive North

Museum of Fine Arts

Culture & Cocktails Events: There’s always something fun going on with MFA, meshing cuisine, art, wine and movies in some unique way.

Mark your calendars for these events To buy tickets online –stuartsociety.org;  Email: WineWeekendReservation@stuartsociety.org, or call (727) 896-2667, ext 221.

  • Friday, Feb. 10 – 7:30 pm – Coastal Chic Party – Enjoy Florida Favorites, Craft Beer, Wine & Chocolate. Featuring The Mad Beach Band. Individual Ticket: $99. Location: MFA. Dressy Casual Attire.
  • Saturday, Feb. 11 – 7 pm – Paint the Town Red, White & Chocolate –Dinner and wine pairing by Chef Tyson of Parkshore Grill. Live and silent auctions.

Featuring The TomKats Jazz Orchestra. Individual Ticket: $300*. Location: MFA.

Cocktail Attire. • Saturday, Feb. 18 – 7 pm – 1000 Points of Wine Gourmet Dinner –Featuring Ten Robert Parker/Wine Advocate 100 Point Wines. Individual Ticket: $1,800.  Seating is limited. Location: The Rolls-Royce Tampa Bay Showroom. Dress to impress!

Brew-Ha Ha: Help raise money by drinking beer Feb. 17  7-10 pm at the Great Explorations Children’s Museum for A Night at the Brewseum where you can play like a kid again and compete against each other in various relays and games, while tasting the best craft beers in town. Challenge your friends at a game of nerf gun black jack, supermarket can stack (using only your elbows), tic-tac-toe beer pong and more! The team with the most points at the end of the event, wins a goodie bag with treats from your local favorites (and bragging rights of course)! We’ll also have live music, food for purchase,  1925 4th St N.

On Feb 23  6 pm Meet The Brewers at the Morean Arts Center for Clay: Making beer is an art and here you can enjoy unlimited sampling. Go big with the VIP-only hour from 6 pm to 7 pm where you can enjoy unlimited beer while you mix and mingle with your favorite brewers with a limited amount VIP – only attendees, unlimited beer sampling from 8 pm to 10 pm during GA hour, bites, & other VIP-only perks. cltampa.com/brewersMorean Arts Center for Clay  420 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg


Studio@ 620   www.thestudioat620.org/events/wordier-than-thou-34

  • Wordier Than Thou, an open mic for storytelling, share prose or just catch tales from area wordsmiths.
  • In partnership with Keep St. Pete Lit there will also be a Poetry Open Mike Feb. 22, May 17, June 21, July 26, Aug. 23, Sept. 27 and Oct. 25

Coffee Talks with Nan Colton: Connect with performing arts legend who transforms into a an artist or historical figure for a 30-minute presentation that includes coffee and pastries at the Museum of Fine Arts beginning at 10 am.

On Feb. 10, she portrays the charitable wife of Thomas Edison; March 9 debuts the eccentric Daisy Makeig-Jones the designer of Wedgewood’s Fairyland Lusterware and on April 13, the legendary novelist Virginia Woolf as she sits for French painter Jacques Emile Blanche. www.fine-arts.org/coffeetalks

Happy Hour with the Historian: Sharing the stories of the Sunshine City for 95 years, the St. Petersburg Museum of History’s popular lecture series features an evening of wine, words and wisdom. The 2017 series kicked off its fifth year in January with a journey through a religious cult that believed the world is hollow, its leader would live forever and sex was forbidden. Run out of Chicago, the Koreshans discovered wealth, power and paradise in what is now Estero, Florida.

335 2nd Avenue NE on the Pier Approach; 727-894-1052; www.spmoh.org

  • March 9: Craig Pittman:   Oh, Florida – America’s Weirdest State
  • May 11: Lisa Bradberry:  Weedon Island’s Sunhaven Movie Studios
  • July 13: Peter Meinke:  

An Evening with Florida’s Poet Laureate

  • Sept 14: Bill Leavengood:  Doc Webb and his World Famous Webb’s City
  • Nov 9:  Lynn Waddell:  Fringe Florida


Oz lovers, take note. Wicked is at the Straz Center Feb. 1-26, and Forbidden Broadway’s romp and musical spoof continues through March 12. Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the American Stage has been extended to the end of February due to popular demand.

On Feb. 16-20, Dangerous Gully is the latest concoction by local playwright , Joseph Alan Johnson ( Lovefool, Misconception) –a saucy tale of love and romance that pays homage to the fairy tales of our childhood with a modern twist at Studio@620.

At FreeFall Theater, Red Velvet opens Feb. 25 and runs through March 26. While this award-winning new play will transport you to Victorian London, the questions it raises about race, diversity and the role of the arts could not be more timely.  Acclaimed actor and director Sir Kenneth Branagh said of his production of Red Velvet: “I believe Lolita Chakrabarti has written an important and exhilarating play which in its discussion of performance, politics, and race is as entertaining as it is illuminating.” Listen to Sir Kenneth, and get your tickets now! You will be moved, challenged and thoroughly entertained.


Whether you have visitors or it’s a girls night out, these events are moving feasts, both visual and culinary. There’s always live music and never a dull moment.

Fourth Saturday Artwalk,  Pinellas Park’s Creative District, 5851 Park Blvd.

Gulfport Artwalk 1st Friday & 3rd Saturday  3101 Beach Blvd.S.,   www.visitgulfportflorida.com

St. Petersburg Second Saturday Artwalk 5-9 pm – Discover arts,crafts,bodacious brews & delicious bites.  www.StPeteArtsAlliance.org


Ringling College of Art & Design: The Glass Masters of Venice runs through March 25. Since 2010, Ringling College Curator Mark Ormond has worked with Sarasota arts patrons Richard & Barbara Basch to organize exhibitions from their extensive collection of glass art. Dr. and Mrs. Basch began collecting in 1993 by purchasing work American artists. They soon expanded the scope of their collection to include artists from around the world. This year’s exhibition at Basch Gallery will feature work by Davide Salvadore, a master glass artist from Murano, Italy, and his sons Marco and Mattia. Selected works by Lino Tagliapietra will be included in the exhibition. A series of artist talks and demonstrations will take place on the Ringling College campus throughout the exhibition.  Barbara Basch will offer docent tours of the exhibition on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Welcome to St. Petersburg Art Alliance’s new 2017 Board of Directors:

Wayne Atherholt, Office of Cultural Affairs, City of St. Petersburg (ex-officio)’ Jeff Baker, Community Relations Duke Energy; Kara Behar, Exec. Director, Behar+Peteranecz: Architecture; Kristy Boss, Deputy General Counsel, Taylor Morrison; Brook Canfield, CPA, Senior Tax Accountant, Gregory, Sharer & Stuart; Paul Carder, Retired; Yael Kelley, Artist; Katie Healey, Financial Planning, HSNi; Lisa Letizio, Alison James Estates & Homes; Angela Bond Markus, Actress; Zachary Messa, Partner, Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns, LLP; Mary Anna Murphy, President, MAM Exhibit Design; Duncan McClellan, Duncan McClellan Glass Art Studio and Hot Shop Joseph Papich, Select Business Advisor, Wallace, Welch & Willingham; Judith Powers, Artist; David Ramsey, Managing Director, Raymond James & Assoc.; Jim Rolston, Artist and Owner, Red Zen Art Gallery;  Stacia Schrader, Branch Manager, Regions Bank; Richard Wood, COO, Eagle Datagistics. 

Art News Compiled by Nanette Wiser

The Morean Arts Center Turns 100

The Morean Arts Center, the first art gallery south of Atlanta, is turning 100!

Drawing inspiration from the past 100 years, the Morean has created and enhanced a variety of offerings to the community in the form of master artist workshops, elevated events, classes in a variety of mediums, hands-on programs and the opening of the new garden space at the Chihuly Collection now located at 720 Central Avenue.

What started as one location has transformed into several amazing arts experiences, reknown in the U.S. and winner of many kudos. “I have seen two decades of change and growth here. Expanding from 7th Street into the Train Station and the new Chihuly gallery has been in keeping with 100 years of service to the Arts in St. Petersburg,” says Valerie Scott Knaust, Director of the Morean Center for Clay.

History: The Morean Arts Center’s story started in the early 20th century when a group of local artists in need of a place to work, teach and display their art connected with the Florida Winter Art School.

The Art Club of St. Petersburg – the first art gallery south of Atlanta – settled into space provided by the Florida Art School in their building on Beach Drive.

As St. Petersburg and surrounding areas grew, so did the Morean Arts Center from its informal beginnings in 1917, to become an integral part of the country’s top arts destinations.

After several relocations and name changes, the Morean Arts Center settled at its current location on Central Avenue. Today, the Morean offers programs for all mediums, styles, skill levels and ages housed in four locations in downtown St. Petersburg. The locations include the Morean Arts Center, Chihuly Collection, Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop and Morean Center for Clay.

At the end of a century of steady growth, the Morean Arts Center continues to provide a place for the arts in St. Petersburg. Staff, board members, artists, teachers and volunteers have witnessed the Morean Arts Center grow and become an institution where one can explore creativity and push boundaries.

Curator of Exhibitions, Amanda Cooper, has seen the Morean grow in her nearly 20 years as a staff member. “Being part of the Morean means approaching art in a way that is challenging and exciting, yet not intimidating,” said Cooper. “If you’re a local artist, we will be your champion. If you want to learn a craft, we’ll teach you skills in a welcoming atmosphere. If you see something you love in an exhibition, you can buy it and own it forever (or at the very least, touch it without anyone slapping your hand away).”

Cooper states, “The Morean has survived and thrived in this community for a century because it is a scrappy, risk-taking organization that adapts quickly to changing culture and the needs of the people we serve, all with a passion for art and a desire to share that passion with others.”

Chihuly Collection…In 2010, the Morean Arts Center opened a permanent display of Dale Chihuly’s unique installations in order to provide proceeds to support ongoing educational programming and exhibitions. The Chihuly Collection fired up local interest in glass art, and the Morean opened its own Glass Studio & Hot Shop to provide educational programs and demonstrations.

In October 2016, the Chihuly Collection moved to its new location at 720 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, Fla. 33701, in an effort to unite three of the four Morean Arts Center locations. ­Executive Director of the Chihuly Collection Andy Schlauch said, “The new location was re-imagined to allow guests the ability to experience the detail and creativity associated with Dale Chihuly’s work.”

The Collection boasts the return of the theater as well as an outdoor garden space set to open in early 2017. Included in the new space is also a temporary exhibition space to host rotating exhibits perfect for work from glass artists around the country. Admission also includes a demonstration at the Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop directly across the street where visitors can witness a live glass-blowing demonstration conducted by local artists.

St. Petersburg is a “hot” commodity for the growing glass culture. The Chihuly Collection was at the forefront of the glass movement in the city and is proud to connect people with not only Dale Chihuly’s glass art, but art from national and local artists whose pieces find temporary homes in the Collection’s rotating exhibits, said Schlauch.

Education: To celebrate the artists who created the foundation of the Arts Center, master artist workshops were developed in 2016 and launched in 2017 to welcome back notable artists who have made an impact on the Morean and patrons alike. Some of these artists, including Sam Abell, Tom McCarthy and Joe Pintz, are bringing their talent back to the Morean to connect with old and new faces and help foster growth of the education program.

The Morean also offers seven different class session start dates in which teachers return for three to six weeks to teach classes in mediums such as drawing, painting, jewelry, glass, photography and digital, clay, print making, metal sculpture, and fiber arts.

Jonathan Harrison, Director of Education, said the education department looks for relevant and intriguing options for classes to attract a range of individuals in the community.

“Our teachers are artists themselves, and many have been with us for years,” said Harrison. “The fact that we can invite returning artists back to the Morean and also host our range of classes gives individuals multiple opportunities to find something that fits within their schedules, skill range and interests.”

In addition, the Morean continues to connect with its overall vision of becoming a national model for creative community engagement and economic development by offering free programs to connect individuals with art. These programs include Saturdays and Sundays at the Morean, a free program for families to drop in and create an art piece as a family, as well as programs such as Fall Art Frenzy, a themed, all-day event for families.

Exhibitions: This year, the Morean is hosting special exhibitions to highlight art and artists both new and returning.

Kicking off the 100th Anniversary in exhibitions is Major Mud 3 and The Journey: Photographs Along the Way, juried by Sam Abell. Sam Abell, known for his work with National Geographic, chose 32 pieces out of almost 400 to be displayed in the first exhibit of 2017. The work focuses not on the destination of a journey, but how you get there — A beautiful linkage to the Morean’s journey to 100 years and the milestones accomplished and surpassed throughout the century.  

The next exhibit, on display from March 11 – April 30, is Fresh Squeezed:

Emerging Artists in Florida. Amanda Cooper, curator of exhibitions at the Morean Arts Center, said there were more than 80 submissions and only six were selected. All artists are local to Florida, including the quirky and intriguing Brian Feldman who will be setting up shop in the Morean Arts Center’s gallery window in the form of an orange juice stand.

For the price of one guest’s drawing of a glass of orange juice, Feldman will make the guest his or her very own glass of OJ to enjoy inside the Morean. The wall behind Feldman is envisioned to be filled with drawings by the end of the exhibit. Immediately following Fresh Squeezed, the remaining exhibits displayed include 100 Years/100 Artists, 99th Annual Members Show, Street/Urban Art Showcase & Josette Urso Solo Show, and the 2017 Holiday Show & Sale.

Nurturing Young Artists: Educating children about the arts, and offering them access to gallery and exhibition space has been a key component of the Morean Arts Center’s mission throughout its 100 years in the St. Petersburg art community.

The Morean Arts Center continues its celebration of youth in art with 20 Years of Word & Image: Arts in Education Partnership. Students in Pinellas County are tasked with writing a few words as well as creating a piece of art to tie in with this year’s theme, “On My Block.”

Cooper said this exhibition is one of the best the Morean offers. “Most of these kids have never seen their art in a professional gallery before, and we give them the opportunity to see their works framed and displayed in a popular exhibit.”

Following Word & Image includes An Artistic Discovery: 36th Annual 13th Congressional District Art Competition and Let’s Create! 2017 Summer Camp Exhibition.

The Morean Center for Clay: located at 420 22nd Street South, St. Petersburg, Fla. 33712, hosts its own exhibitions in conjunction with the Morean Arts Center on Central Avenue. Currently, the Center for Clay is conducting its Florida Heat Woodfire workshop in which more than 1200 pieces are loaded into the anagama kiln to be fired continuously for three days. Directly following this workshop is the Florida Heat Surface workshop and gallery show. Both of these workshops are national, drawing participants and nationally recognized artists from almost every state in the country.

The Center for Clay’s exhibitions also feature works from Artists in Residence (AIRs), a program which allows applicants to present their work in hopes of gaining one of the six coveted spots in the program.

In exchange for various work duties at the facility, the AIRs are able to have studio space and access to some of the best equipment and gallery space to both expand and display their work.

Additional exhibitions at the Morean Center for Clay include a Joe Pintz Solo Show, Artist in Residence Exit Shows, Morean Center for Clay Members Show, NEW Artist in Residence Show, Jeremy Randall Solo Show and Wood Fire Workshop Gallery Show to close out 2017.

Events & Art  Happenings

To celebrate their 100th Anniversary, it will be a year-long amazing moveable feast and outrageous parties: Cocktails at the Collection, Night Blow at the Hot Shop, 100th Birthday Party: 7th Annual Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest, Eat Rich, Play Dirty, and a New Year’s event to celebrate the start of our second century of bringing arts to the community – Masque 100 – The Party of the Century set for December 31, 2017.

From these events, patrons can expect the normal – or not so normal – festivities the Morean is known for, only heightened. For example, The 100thBirthday Party: 7th Annual Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest is expected to exceed its normal attendance of more than 1500 people at the Morean Center for Clay as each cupcake station’s job is to make the Morean’s 100th birthday extra sweet!

With that in mind, Masque 100 was created as the culmination of the Morean’s 100th Anniversary and a send-off to celebrating the next century of the arts in St. Petersburg.

Masque 100 is an exclusive, elite and ticketed New Year’s Eve event where one can expect to be transported to a world of mystery, history and elegance. Ring in the New Year with some of Tampa Bay’s most notable individuals in a venue that also reflects almost 100 years of history.

Adopt-an-Artist C.J. Cona Joins The Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk

Meet our Adopt-An-Artist, C.J. Cona, sponsored by Mangia Gourmet! C.J. is not only a fabulous artist, but teaches others how to hone their skills as well. Raised in New York, C.J. is a new Gulfport resident and is ready to share her sense of wonder with us all. She has two specialties: animal portraits using Swiss Crayon and found object assemblages. Come see C.J. and experience her spontaneity and energy.

On the first Friday of each month, you can visit Beach Boulevard in Gulfport for the fun and fantastic Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk! The event features art from several different perspectives. There are paintings, sculptures, photographs and even fanciful art created from upcycled items. That’s only part of what we exhibit. You can also find hand-crafted jewelry, self-designed and handmade clothing, accessories and bath & body products. There’s something for everyone!

When it comes to music, we’ve got you covered. There are several venues throughout the Waterfront District that host live bands, so you have your choice of who to listen to, or you can jump around and hear it all.

On top of all of that, downtown Gulfport features many unique shops, boutiques and galleries with charm you will only find here.  With over a dozen great restaurants, you are certain to find something that fits your taste, and it’s all within walking distance of all the evening’s festivities. Don’t miss out on your chance to eat at one of the foremost dining destinations in the Tampa Bay Area.

There is no charge for admission and complimentary parking is available nearby, with courtesy trolley rides available from off-site parking areas. Gulfport events are pet and family friendly. We can’t wait to see you there.

Vendor information can be found at SIKpromotions.com. For general information, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GulfportArtWalk, visit us at www.VisitGulfportFlorida.com or call 727-322-5217.

Who: Gulfport Merchants Association
What: Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk
When: Friday, February 3, 2017; 6PM to 10PM
Where: Near 3101 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707
Admission Fee: none

Arts: Fourth Annual MUSE Awards Recognizes Five Local “Muses”

MUSE will celebrate artistic inspiration on Friday, January 27, 2017 at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg at 7:30 p.m. The fourth annual benefit for the arts will recognize the breadth and beauty of art and culture in our City of the Arts, and pay tribute to those that continue to inspire and guide St. Petersburg to its standing as an international arts destination. Proceeds will benefit artists, arts education, and arts & cultural organizations through our Arts Alliance programs and services.
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MUSE VISUAL ARTS AWARD recognizes an artist or organization that has achieved excellence in the visual arts which include ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, glass-blowing, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, filmmaking and media arts.

Kyu Yamamoto: Kyu began studying sculpture as a fine arts student at Asahigaoka, the visual arts magnet school in Nagoya, Japan. Kyu moved his studio to St. Petersburg in 1992. He is now known throughout the Tampa Bay area for his contributions to public art (USF St Petersburg, Johns Hopkins/All Children’s Hospital, St Petersburg Fire Station #4). Kyu is currently teaches drawing at Eckerd College. He has also been faculty/instructor for the Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota; the Penland School of American Craft, Penland, NC; the Morean Arts Center, St Petersburg; the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Dunedin; and the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts, Asheville, NC. He is a founding faculty member of the Clay Center of St Petersburg.

“I do not find it so important to capture the physical details of a figure, as I do to capture the spirit, that which brings life. Art provides an avenue for communication. If a work of art causes you to react, to think, or to change the way you think or feel about something, then I have been successful. If you feel the sadness in the nodded head of one of my pieces; if you caught one of my figures moving out of the corner of your eye: if you smile back at a smile reaching out to you: then, and only then, have we communicated, and I have succeeded in my task.”

MUSE PERFORMANCE ARTS AWARD recognizes an artist or organization that has achieved excellence in the performance art field to include music, dance, theater and/or interdisciplinary which is presented to an audience.

Eric Davis: Eric is the co-founder and artistic director of freeFall Theatre in St. Petersburg, and while he’s quick to spread the praise, his remarkable spirit is providing the fuel to the company’s rapid ascent. “I am inspired by great writing and stories that are thrilling and speak to a universal poetic sense about the human experience,” Davis says. Eric has been nominated many times and won awards many times for best acting, direction, set design and costume design.

Founded in 2008 and resident in their current home since 2011, freeFall Theatre has rapidly been recognized for artistic and organizational excellence.

MUSE PATRON OF THE ARTS AWARD recognizes an individual or couple who, with their time and treasure, generously supports charities, organizations, and/or individuals that work in or concern the arts.

Kathryn Howd: Kathryn graciously worked with FCA staff in its day to day running during the 3-month transition process between Executive Directors and spearheaded the search and hiring process for the new ED. She pitches in and/or leads wherever needed during a peak time for Florida CraftArt – new fiscal year, SHINE Mural Festival, Holiday Show, Florida CraftArt Festival, New Mural Tours, etc.

Kathryn is on the City’s Public Art Commission and the sub-committee for public art at the new Police Station, Board Member of Florida CraftArt, studio member at the Morean Center for Clay, member of the SHINE Mural Festival Committee, and volunteer clay instructor at Sunflower School in Gulfport working with K-5th students.

MUSE LITERARY ARTS AWARD recognizes an artist or organization that has achieved excellence in the written word in fiction or non-fiction, journalism, poetry or prose, print or digital formats.

David Warner: David has been Editor in Chief of Creative Loafing since 2004, where he has overseen award-winning arts coverage, written about theater, dance and visual art, and spearheaded the multi-disciplinary arts events GASP! and Sensory Overload. A member of the Radio Theatre Project Live! acting company, he has appeared in Stageworks’ The Chosen, Studio@620’s Delicious Nut and A Simple Theatre, and will soon reprise his role as a supercilious art collector in Modigliani at Gulfport Community Players.

Before CL, he was the editor of Philadelphia City Paper, winning numerous awards for its arts coverage, and a theater critic and arts columnist at Seven Days in Burlington, VT. David has a B.A. from Harvard and an M.A. in Theater from Villanova, and was a 2001-2002 National Arts Journalism Fellow at Columbia University. e lives in the Historic Roser Park neighborhood of St. Petersburg with his husband, Larry Biddle, and their Cairn terrier, Walter.

 MUSE ARTS AMBASSADOR AWARD recognizes a beloved St. Petersburg artist (of any discipline) who is a stellar representative of the “City of the Arts” to the world.

Leon “Tes One” Bedore: “Tes One” is an artist, curator and founding member of the SHINE Mural Festival. Combining contrast nature with technology, grime with grace. His conceptual paintings are assembled from the foundation up; color and cast blanket organic substrates. Incorporating movement within his work brings his energy and message to the viewer, emotions envelope and hold focus.

“Murals are reflective of a city that takes pride in its community. Like all art, it is proof of life. I think the level of art and impact of murals in St. Pete are beginning to align – so there is a deeper appreciation for the work, and it can now co-exist with the community rather than fall into stereotypes of either graffiti or advertising.”

As an artist, Leon Bedore combines and contrasts nature with technology, grime with grace. His conceptual paintings are assembled from the foundation up; color and cast blanket organic substrates. Incorporating movement within his work brings his energy and message to the viewer, emotions envelope and hold focus.

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Arts & Culture Best Bets

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  1. ARTpool Gallery 2030 Central Ave. downtown St. Petersburg  www.artpoolrules.com
    • January 21, 8 pm: – midnight ARTpool Gala 11th annual celebration of  St. Pete’s creative culture through art/music/fashion
    • Call for Artists, Performers, Body Artists, Designers & Models! The 2017 show season is right around the corner, and ARTPool needs you. Apply on the website for these shows: I Love St. Pete, MUSE Body Art, Mad Hatter and the Underwater Anniversary Show!

  1. Heritage Village 11909 125th St. N, Largo 727-582-2123 www.pinellascounty.org/heritage
    • Jan. 7, 10 am – 4 pm: Roc Day Tampa Bay Join the spinners of Pinellas Weavers Guild to celebrate Roc Day as part of your New Year’s celebrations.  The annual Roc Day event will be held at Heritage Village’s McMullen House (also known as the Fiber Arts House) where Guild members plan to demonstrate fiber crafts including weaving, spinning and other portable fiber projects, answer questions about fiber crafts, share holiday stories, recruit potential new weavers and spinners, and generally have an old fashioned good time.
  1. Morean’s Glass Studio & Hot Shop – Discover how beautiful works of glass are created in real time with professional glass blowers educating you on the process. 719 Central Ave., downtown St. Pete,  727 822-7872 x 2220  www.moreanartscenter.org/hot-shop
    • Events include Ladies Night, Friday Hot Date Night, & Live Glass Blowing Demonstrations daily at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm. Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., downtown St. Pete 727-822-7872  www.MoreanArtsCenter.org
    • Keep St. Pete Lit  keepstpetelit@gmail.com $10 writing classes for beginners and pros. The Morean Center for Clay  420  22nd Street South, downtown St. Pete
  1. Florida Humanities Speaker Series continues through 2017 with these talks at St. Petersburg Museum of History 335 2nd Ave. NE, downtown St. Pete 727-894-1052  www.spmoh.com.
    • Feb. 9: – The Magnificent Drama – Martin Luther King, Jr. in St. Augustine
    • April 13, 2017: – Getting to Know Florida’s Engaging Water World from the Inside Out
  1. OLLI at Eckerd College  Classes on Music, Film, Television,  Florida Studies, Literature, Writing, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. www.Eckerd.Edu/Olli/Register  727-864-7600.
  1. Studio@ 620 620 First Ave. S, downtown St. Pete 727-895-6620 www.thestudioat620.org
    • Wordier Than Thou: Open mic for storytelling, share prose or just catch tales from area wordsmiths. http://www.thestudioat620.org/events/wordier-than-thou-34
    • Jan. 19, 8 pm: Anyan Dévery (pronounced “any and every”), is short for anything, everything, anyone and everyone. Their style ranges from alternative rock to funk to jazz fusion with influences including Snarky Puppy, Radio-head, & Jacob Collier. The band is comprised of Dave Hamar on drums, Daniel Navarro on bass, Stephen Dornfeld on keys, Joe Coyle on keys and Will Thomas Scecina on guitar and vocals (all former members of  the band “Us Four”).  Anyan Dévery would like to invite you to an exclusive live recording of their original music.
    • Feb. 16-20: Dangerous Gully is the latest concoction by local playwright, Joseph Alan Johnson ( Lovefool, Misconception).  A saucy tale of love and romance that pays homage to the fairy tales of our childhood with a modern twist!  Local stage  favorite Daniel J. Harris stars as Prospero – a professional story teller with a sexy web to spin! Mr. Johnson has been nominated the past three years in a row by the readers of Creative Loafing as Best Local Playwright. You won’t want to miss his latest magical journey into the human condition, glitter and all!
  1. St. Petersburg Opera 727-823-2040 http://www.stpeteopera.org
    • Jan. 27, 7:30 pm, Jan. 29: 2 pm, Jan. 31: 7:30 pm: The Elixir of Love
  1. St. Petersburg Arts Alliance 100 Second Ave. N, Ste. 150 St. Downtown St. Pete, FYI: John Collins 727-518-5142  john@stpeteartsalliance.org
    • Jan. 27:  Muse Award Benefit: The Muse Awards will celebrate artistic inspiration at the Museum of Fine Arts, 7 pm.  St. Petersburg’s fourth annual fundraising benefit for the arts will recognize the breadth and beauty of art and culture in our City of the Arts, and pay tribute to those that continue to inspire and guide St. Petersburg to its standing as an international arts destination.  Sculptor & painter Kyu Yamamoto will be honored as the Muse Award’svisual artist for the fourth annual Muse Awards benefit.  Kyu joins 2016 winner, Steven Kenney and 2015 winner, Carrie Jadus as the visual artist honoree. His artwork will be featured on the 2017 commemorative poster.
  1. Jan 25-29 Circus Xtreme at Amalie Arena  It’s time for your family to be amazed by all the X-TRAORDINARY things you know and love about America’s favorite live family entertainment experience. Be astonished by UN-XPECTED circus spectacles you’ve never seen before and that can’t be seen anywhere else but at The Greatest Show On Earth®. Get ready for an X-HILARATING adventure with X-TRAORDINARY circus artists and magnificent X-OTIC animals, like our big cats!  It’s time to awaken the spirit of Children Of All Ages and stir the imagination of your family! Buy tickets by phone or online 800-745-3000 www.ringling.com/shows/circus-xtreme.
  1. Jan. 27-28 Shen Yun at The Mahaffey Go beyond the boundaries of performing arts. Shen Yun combines ancient legends with technological innovations, and historically authentic costumes with breathtaking animated backdrops, letting classical Chinese dance do the storytelling, Filled with an enchanting orchestral sound, this is a mesmerizing experience you won’t find anywhere else. The Mahaffey Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts, 400 First Street South  http://www.themahaffey.com  Buy tickets / phone 888-974-3698. Info: sytampabay@gmail.com

ARTWALKS: Whether you have visitors or it’s a girls night out, these events are moving feasts, both visual and culinary.  There’s always live music and never a dull moment.

Gulfport Artwalks 1st Friday and 3rd Saturday, 3101 Beach Blvd. S.,  www.visitgulfportflorida.com

– St. Petersburg Second Saturday Artwalk  5 – 9 pm – Discover arts, crafts, bodacious brews and delicious bites.  www.StPeteArtsAlliance.org

CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS: Pinellas County’s nature preserves offer unique cultural and historical programs, including Weedon Island, Heritage Village and Florida Botanical Gardens. From guided nature walks and book readings  to photo excursions, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a sample below; for more events, visit   http://www.pinellascounty.org/Events.

Our Wildest Place: The Environmental Education Center at Brooker Creek Preserve: This permanent, hands-on educational exhibit that helps visitors understand how natural Florida has changed over time and the ecological footprints left by those changes. The Windows to Our Wildest Place exhibit allows visitors to experience the life of a gopher tortoise and includes educational videos and a touch-and-feel display of animal, insect and reptile skins and skeletons that have been preserved. Visitors will also find interpretive trail signs located throughout the boardwalks of the preserve that feature educational information about its ecosystems.

  • Jan. 8, 2: 30: 4 pm, Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve Music Jamboree Dust off that guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument and bring it to the Brooker Creek Preserve for a jam session in our outdoor music pavilion with a gorgeous view of the woods! Meet other musicians and learn some new songs. Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to come, listen and enjoy. The jam session will be led by a local musician.

People and Place: The Cultural and Natural History Center at Weedon Island Preserve: 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg.  (727) 453-6500; www.weedonislandpreserve.org.  This art-inspired, permanent hands-on educational exhibit that reveals the area’s history, ecology and people. Exhibits include Connecting People and Place,  Uncovering Past Cultures, Understanding Culture through its Pottery, A Gallery of Memories, Mischief and Movies, Discovery of Hidden Worlds, What a Watershed Is and a virtual tour of the Smithsonian Institution’s collection of Weedon Island artifacts.

  • Jan. 19, 7-8 pm: Archaeology Lecture Series: Complex Hunter-Gatherers of Interior British Columbia –  Archaeology of the Middle Fraser Canyon: The Middle Fraser Canyon of interior British Columbia is the traditional home of the St’át’imc people, famous for their intensive salmon fishing, large pithouse villages, and complex social organization. Archaeological research has identified the establishment of permanent St’át’imc villages in the Mid-Fraser Canyon shortly after 2000 years ago.This presentation provides an introduction to the ethnology and archaeology of the Middle Fraser Canyon with a particular focus on the Bridge River site, one of the largest and most intensively studied St’át’imc villages.
  • Jan. 12, 8:30 am Weedon Photography Hike: Hike the Preserve in search of that perfect shot. This program provides great opportunities for photographers of all levels to hone their skills. After a brief classroom session, Center volunteers highlight seasonal features of the Preserve, as well as specific wildlife behaviors that help participants capture the natural beauty of Weedon Island Preserve. Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center.

Objects from the Turner Family Permanent Collection: Geraldine “Jere” Turner bequeathed her family home to Pinellas County along with $100,000 in moving costs and the contents of her 1915 bungalow. When it was moved to Heritage Village in January 2014, thousands of objects and archival materials spanning 100 years of family history were discovered in the house. These included toys and games, glassware and china, personal accessories, pottery, clothing, furniture, artwork and items from the Belleview Biltmore Hotel. These objects are on display in the Ralph Reed Gallery in the Visitor Center. Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N., Largo. 727-582-2123; www.pinellascounty.org/heritage.

DANCE: Jan. 13: Beacon at The Palladium – See the profile of dancer/choreographer Helen Hansen French in this issue and mark your calendars for Gulf Coast Dance on March 11.

FILM: March 2 – Tampa’s Gasparilla International Film Festival – Currently accepting submissions (no deadline listed  for short films, U.S. narrative feature and College Student Feature Film, International Features, Made in Florida and U.S. Documentary features plus other categories. Details and the online application: www.withoutabox.com/login/5440

GALLERIES: Duncan McClellan Gallery 2342 Emerson Ave South; 855-436-4527. www.dmglass.com

  • Jan. 12, 5:30 – 8 pm: Fuel The Fire Fundraiser for 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares Enjoy an entertaining evening of fantastic food and drink, hot glass demonstrations with Shelley Muzylowski Allen and Rik Allen – two of the world’s finest glass sculptors – and overall great fun! Complimentary valet parking.
  • Jan.14, 5 – 10 pm: Dream / Space with Shelley Muzylowski Allen and Rik Allen Welcome Seattle Glass Artists  Shelley Muzylowski Allen and Rik Allen, two of the art forms most imaginative and innovative creators! Watch them blow glass 6 – 8 pm. The Henry Ashwood Jazz Project will perform from 8-10pm. Cash Bar & food truck on premises.

MUSEUMS: The Dali Museum  www.thedali.org
Thru Apr. 17: Frida Kahlo at the Dali  An exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s paintings and drawings, together with her personal photograph collection showcase her dreamlike work suggesting that love and suffering create a new sense of beauty. Kahlo’s art and storied life stir immense public interest. Frida Kahlo at The Dali will be Florida’s first solo exhibition showcasing the extraordinary career and life of the acclaimed 20th century artist. The exhibit will feature a collection of more than 60 Kahlo pieces including 15 paintings, seven drawings and numerous personal photographs from the celebrated female artist and influential icon. The exhibition will extend outdoors where a special collection of flowers and plants representative of those in Kahlo’s own garden at Casa Azul, her home in Mexico, will grace the grounds of the Museum’s Avant Garden.

“With her dreamlike images, Kahlo has stirred huge public interest beyond the traditional art audience. In a way, Kahlo created a persona that serves as a contemporary feminine ideal – both tender and fierce,” said Dali Museum Executive Director, Dr. Hank Hine. “Much like Dali, she constructed an eccentric identity through the iconography in her paintings and then dressed and carried herself as the personality she created in her art. Painting by painting, she becomes a heroic figure of struggle and perseverance.”  The Frida Kahlo exhibit continues to attract national and international attention. What’s amazing is that our downtown museums feature two amazing collections; you can explore the primitive icons of the Inuit culture and the raw emotion and symbolic paintings of Kahlo.

February – May 2017 – Dali /Duchamp The father of surrealism and the papa of conceptual art, this is the first exhibit dedicated to Dali and Duchamp’s friendship and influence on each’s art, showcasing 60 works and supplemented by correspondence and collaborative projects.

Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. NE 727-896-2667 www.fine-arts.org

  • Thru March 19: The Far North – Inuit Prints and Sculpture – These 30 works by accomplished Inuit artists spans the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Inuit people of the Arctic, formerly known as the Eskimo, have combined traditional and contemporary worlds in their work and have developed a distinctive visual language using modern materials and techniques. Through their art, the Inuit have continued a vital storytelling tradition among themselves, while reaching out to the broader public. They are especially known for their prints and sculpture.
  • Thru Jan. 22: Our America – The Latino Presence in Latin American Art Explore how Latino artists shaped the artistic community of their day with 92 original works that delve into the history and imagination of the artists and the world that inspired them.

MUSIC: Feb. 23 – Feb. 28: Sunshine City Songwriters Festival If you are a musician and would like to perform, reach out now and be part of this amazing festival. On Feb. 23, The Special Concensus Performs at the Craftsman House. This Grammy-nominated & International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awardwinners “Special C”. Originating from the Midwest, they have been performing for over 40 years.  Craftsman House, 2955 Central AveSt. Petersburg, 727-323-2787 www.SunshineCitySongfest.com

PARTIES: Museum of Fine Arts Culture & Cocktails Events – There’s always something fun going on with MFA, meshing cuisine, art, wine and movies in some unique way. Mark your calendars for these events. Buy tickets online – www.stuartsociety.org    WineWeekendReservation@stuartsociety.org  (727) 896-2667, ext 221.

  • Friday, February 10, 7:30 pm Coastal Chic Party – Enjoy Florida Favorites, Craft Beer, Wine & Chocolate. Featuring The Mad Beach Band. Individual Ticket: $99. Location: MFA. Dressy Casual.
  • Saturday, February 11,  7 pm – Paint the Town Red, White & Chocolate– Dinner & wine pairing by Chef Tyson of Parkshore Grill. Live and silent auctions. Featuring The TomKats Jazz Orchestra. Individual Ticket: $300*. Location: MFA. Cocktail Attire.
  • Saturday, February 18, 7 pm – 1000 Points of Wine Gourmet Dinner –Featuring Ten Robert Parker/Wine Advocate 100 Point Wines. Individual Ticket: $1,800*.  Seating is limited. Location: The Rolls-Royce Tampa Bay Showroom. Dress to impress

Jan. 29, 5 pm: American Stage Century Cycle Celebration:  Join American Stage artists and friends at  Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum and Legacy Garden as we celebrate the exciting conclusion of our 10-year commitment to producing playwright August Wilson’s epic Century Cycle. Enjoy a night to remember that will include live visual & performing arts entertainment along with cocktails, dinner and festivities in support of American Stage as we pay tribute to this momentous accomplishment together. Century Cycle Celebration is a special fundraiser benefitting American Stage Theatre. For more information contact 727-823-1600 ext. 207 or development@americanstage.org.
Venue: Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum, 2240 9th Ave. S, St. Petersburg 33712

PERFORMING ARTS: Jan. 11, 7:30 pm: Cirque Dreams – Jungle Fantasy: An exotic encounter inspired by nature’s unpredictable creations that are brought to life by an international cast of soaring aerialists, spine-bending contortionists, acrobats, jugglers & musicians!  The astounding feats performed in this action packed Cirque Dream are enhanced with spectacular costumes nominated for an American Theatre Wing Best Costume Design Award. The journey comes to life in a fantastical jungle setting filled with flowers, magical trees and a variety of special effects. From the Butterfly Ballet and Flipping Monkeys to Hopping Frogs & Stretching Lizards, this world-class explosion of imagination, athleticism & Broadway theatrics will exhilarate and entertain audiences of all ages. Tix: 727-893-7832 The Mahaffey Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts, 400 First Street S., St Petersburg http://www.themahaffey.com

SPOKEN WORD: Jan. 8, The Women of Temple B’nai Israel Present – Warriors Rising:   Temple B’nai Israel brings New York Times best-selling author, inspirational speaker, courageous truth-teller and hope-spreader Glennon Doyle Melton to her long -awaited first speaking engagement in the Tampa Bay area. Glennon uses her trademark wit and candor to easily express what so many of us think, but would not dare say aloud. Through a conversational keynote presentation, Glennon will encourage us to celebrate sisterhood and find our inner love warriors. We invite you to be a part of this inspirational evening. www.warriorsrising2017.com

Glennon Doyle Melton is the author of New York Times bestselling memoir Love Warrior, which was chosen as the latest novel in Oprah’s Book Club and New York Times bestselling memoir Carry On, Warrior. Glennon is also the founder of Momastery, an online community reaching millions each week. She is the creator & president of  Together Rising, a non-profit organization that has raised over $5M for families around the world through its Love Flash Mobs, which have revolutionized online giving. www.warriorsrising2017.com

Jan. 15, 7 pm: Captain “Sully”  Sullenberger commemorates the Eighth Anniversary of the “Miracle on the Hudson”  Captain Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger will make a special appearance in St. Petersburg (the birthplace of scheduled commercial aviation) to share his emergency water landing experience that captivated the world at Mahaffey Theater, Sunday, Jan. 15 at 7 pm. Ticket holders will hear the true story of an American hero who will share words of courage, inspiration, hope and joy. His story is captured in the film Sully, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters and also Making a Difference: Stories of Vision & Courage from America’s Leaders. Ticket holders can re-live what the world witnessed eight years ago. Tickets, $45.50, $57.50, $75.50 from www.TheMahaffey.com, by phone at 727.893.7832, in person at The Mahaffey Theater Box Office or at least 90 minutes prior to event.

Happy Hour with the Historian: Sharing the stories of the Sunshine City for 95 years, the St. Petersburg Museum of History’s popular lecture series features an evening of wine, words and wisdom. The 2017 series kicks off its fifth year Jan. 12 with a journey through a religious cult that believed the world is hollow, its leader would live forever and sex was forbidden. Run out of Chicago, the Koreshans discovered wealth, power and paradise in what is now Estero, Florida. 335 2nd Ave. NE on the Pier Approach; 727-894-1052 www.spmoh.org

  • Jan. 12: Lyn Millner: The Allure of Immortality – An American Cult, a Florida Swamp & a Renegade Prophet.
  • Mar. 9: Craig Pittman: Oh, Florida  America’s Weirdest State
  • May 11: Lisa Bradberry: Weedon Island’s Sunhaven Movie Studios
  • July 13: Peter Meinke: An Evening with Florida’s Poet Laureate
  • Sept. 14: Bill Leavengood: Doc Webb and his World Famous Webb’s City
  • Nov. 9:  Lynn Waddell: Fringe Florida

THEATER: Jan. 12 – 22: “Parfumerie” –The Gulfport Community Players present Parfumerie by Miklos Laszlo, at the Catherine Hickman Theater, 26th Ave and Beach Blvd. Parfumerie is the romantic comedy that inspired several film classics: In the Good Old Summertime, Meet Me in St. Louis, You’ve Got Mail and the musical She Loves Me. The action takes place in the pleasing old shop Hammerschmidt’s Parfumerie. The play follows the tangled tale of Parfumerie employee George Horvath and his secret love interest. This old-fashioned, romantic tale is set in 1937 Budapest. Patrick Brafford directs. Performances Thur-Fri-Sat 8 pm; Sat & Sun 2 pm. Advance tickets $18. Available online and at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar. Tickets at the door $20. www.gulfportcommunityplayers.org.

Jan. 18 – Feb. 19: – Joe Turner’s Come & Gone at American Stage –Don’t miss the epic conclusion of American Stage’s journey through August Wilson’s Century Cycle.  In a Pittsburgh boarding house in 1911, owners Seth & Bertha Holly play host to a makeshift family of people who come to stay – some for days, some longer. Each denizen of the boardinghouse has a different relationship to a past of slavery as well as to the urban present. They include proprietors, an eccentric clairvoyant with a penchant for old country voodoo, a young homeboy up from the South, and a mysterious stranger searching for his wife. One of the most spellbinding and emotionally rich plays in the Cycle, JOE TURNER shines a light on America’s newly freed men and women determined to take their rightful place in a new world.  American Stage 163 3rd St. North. Box Office: 727-823-PLAY (7529); boxoffice@americanstage.org  http://americanstage.org.


Ringling College of Art & Design 2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota –Thru Jan. 27, 2017: Jenny Medved’s – exhibition INDIGENOUS PEOPLE will be on display in this glorious Sarasota cultural mecca.  Jenny Medved (Class of 2004) is a figurative artist & illustrator based in Sarasota, Florida. Medved’s meticulously crafted watercolors of Hawaiian and Polynesian dancers and Native Americans are part of an ongoing visual exploration of indigenous cultures prompted by the discovery of her own Native American roots. In December of 2015, Medved was featured as one of ten artists to watch in Watercolor Artist Magazine.


Mahaffey Theater: Big3 Entertainment, which manages the Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater, has expanded its programming team with the addition of veteran New York talent booker and promoter Harlan Halper. Halper has been working with Big3 since 2011, bringing standup comedy to The Mahaffey and The Palladium Theater. As Vice President of Programming, his role now expands to include all genres of the performing arts. His years of experience include operations management, booking, promoting and talent buying for theaters and performing arts venues around the country. “The Mahaffey is an absolutely gorgeous building, and needs to be experienced by locals, as well as visitors to this dynamic community,” Halper said. “And we want more and more artists, regardless of the genre of entertainment, to experience how amazing The Mahaffey is, how they’re taken care of, and how we put on and present shows.”

Call to Artists: Superheroes on Parade is a whimsical, dog-centered art affair inspiring the community with its menagerie of life-size dog sculptures created by local artist and sculptor, Scott Moore.  Call for hand painting by local artists for the Superheroes on parade sculptures to benefit Southeastern Guide Dogs.  $400 stipend. Planned events include placing 50 painted dog-in-cape sculptures around town and an online contest where the community votes for their favorites and an awards celebration.  The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance plans to host the painted sculptures during SPFestival ’17 in September on South Straub Park. Please send your contact information with you website URL or three photos of your work to  Frances.Marinaro@guidedogs.org.

Jan. 19, 10 am: Ikebana International, St. Petersburg

Japanese Floral Demonstration Presents Fusako Hoyrup of the Wafu School of Ikebana: Fusako Hoyrup will demonstrate Japanese floral arranging to guests at a luncheon sponsored by Ikebana International, St. Petersburg Chapter.  Ms. Hoyrup holds the highest ranking teacher’s degree in the modern Wafu School of Ikebana. Her theme will be “Shinnen Omedeto Gozaimasu” which translates “Happy New Year.”  A raffle for gift baskets donated by members will be held following lunch. Registration required. 727-729-9445, The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway. PN

Art News Compiled by Nanette Wiser