Visual Arts

Bees in the Hive | Inside Bekky Beukes’ Studio

 In light of the artistic success of Nick Kekllas’ community gathering/mural party, “Full Service at the Courtyard,” Creative (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | VISUAL ARTS

Ezra Johnson’s Cap’n Crunch – Florida Takes Manhattan

USF studio art professor Ezra Johnson is now the lord of a small, Colonel Kurtz-style jungle outpost on the shore of the Hillsborough River – but (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | VISUAL ARTS

Inside ‘Outside-In,’ SHINE’s outstanding grand finale

What an incredible effort by all the SHINE organizers, supporters and artists. With a multimedia feast for the senses that included murals, music (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | VISUAL ARTS

Performing Arts Highlights: Oct. 15-31

Here we are, well into the hot Florida autumn. This season change typically brings a bit of spookiness. Let me stop stirring the cauldron and get (...)

BY VIVIAN TAYLOR | PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Support Young Artists at ‘Not Your Average Art Show’

One of the most crucial aspects of building a sustained and flourishing local creative culture is developing, supporting, and encouraging young (...)

BY VIVIAN TAYLOR | THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

New SHINE 2017 Muralists make a Glowing Impression

    SHINE 2017 Oct 5-14 shineonstpete.com All photos by Daniel Veintimilla   The 2017 SHINE mural fest is on our radar and for a (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | VISUAL ARTS

Muralists create a buzz in ‘Hive’ Courtyard

Celebrate artistic enterprise and the DIY spirit this Friday in a courtyard surrounded by diverse murals. Full Service at The Hive Friday, Oct (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Theater Review | The Royale
packs a punch at American Stage

If you were to personify the word swagger, your closest approximation might be  Jay “The Sport” Jackson. The Royale’s protagonist — loosely (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Interfaith Week celebrates religions’ influence on culture and the arts

Joran Oppelt founded Tampa Bay Interfaith Week to celebrate all the religions in the Tampa Bay, encourage fellowship, and to heal and solve (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things to Do | Sept. 29-Oct. 5 |
Offbeat Bonanza Edition

Saturdays are such a conundrum around here. It sometimes seems like a challenge to get people out of the house on non-weekend days (maybe it’s (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Helping local arts organizations and others recover from recent natural disasters

  It’s heartbreaking to think about all the devastation natural disasters have caused in the past month. Hurricane Irma’s winds ripped (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | VISUAL ARTS

Review: Wearable Art 13
Wows Again

  As the figurative dust from Hurricane Irma settles, some arts venues are still dealing with damage in Tampa Bay, depending on where on the (...)

BY VIVIAN TAYLOR | PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Have Irma, Will Travel

When the storms came a-knockin’, two Creative Pinellas contributors hightailed it out of state and discovered some choice sights and people (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Performing Arts Highlights |
Sept. 20-30

Hurricane Irma wreaked varying degrees of havoc across the state, but now electricity has been restored to Tampa Bay and a little razzle dazzle (...)

BY VIVIAN TAYLOR | PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Warehouse Arts District Social Mixer Recap

The community came together to mix and mingle at the Warehouse Arts District (WADA) Social Mixer on Aug. 24 at the charming, expansive Brick (...)

BY VIVIAN TAYLOR | COMMUNITY BUILDING, VISUAL ARTS

Performing Arts Highlights: Sept. 1-14

Welcome to the first installment of a new bimonthly column in which I highlight unique, must-attend performing arts events. Let’s see (...)

BY VIVIAN TAYLOR | PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

August Arts News Roundup

Art was in the news this month in a way nobody would have chosen. In Charlottesville, Va., white supremacist protests against the removal of a (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things to Do | Aug. 24-31

  Howdy, and welcome back to Five Things to Do after our brief Summer Doldrums Hiatus! I hope you’re weathering this sun-drenched time with (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Review | Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration at Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

I anticipate that for most avid Bay area arts lovers, the new triple-museum exhibition Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration will elicit one of (...)

BY DANNY OLDA | VISUAL ARTS

Connection and Inspiration at Film Meet-Ups

 Where and when to network with other film enthusiasts. The nature and technical structure of great movie making is collaborative and communal. (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | VISUAL ARTS

The Seeds of Digital Hollywood are Sprouting in Pinellas

The movies aren’t what they used to be. The recording and editing that once took a small army of technicians can now be pulled off, more or less, (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | VISUAL ARTS

Essential Tampa Bay Film Festivals for Cinephiles

According to film expert and theorist, Dr. Philip Sipiora, Professor of English and Film Studies at University of South Florida, film festivals (...)

BY VIVIAN TAYLOR | FILM, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

A Different Type of Filmmaker Bids Adieu to Tampa Bay

Parting words from beloved local artist Nancy Cervenka as she relocates to New Mexico. Gulfport-based artist Nancy Cervenka studied film but what (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | VISUAL ARTS

The Minimalist Altar of Fonchen Lord, at MFA through Oct. 1

In a room at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, enveloped by its permanent collection, four pieces of captivating minimalism are on (...)

BY SK WEST | THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Yass, Queen! Marie Antoinette’s Girl’s Guide to Royalty

  freeFall Theatre Company‘s production of Marie Antoinette (the last in this season’s series of true stories) unfolds like a (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Regional Arts Summit Gathers Arts & Cultural Community

Artists, arts leaders and representatives of arts organizations descended on Clearwater’s EpiCenter at St. Petersburg College on July 21 for the (...)

BY DANNY OLDA | FILM, LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

A Conversation with Kathy Gibson, Art Advisor Extraordinaire

Katherine (Kathy) Gibson, a Florida native, feels a deep-rooted connection to the Sunshine State and the artists who inhabit it. Born in Miami, (...)

BY SK WEST | VISUAL ARTS

Down with ol’ PP — Pinellas Arts Village becomes a routine stop for culture hounds

Ah, Pinellas Park. Once maligned but full of potential, its once severed cultural roots are blossoming again. For arty youth who grew up nearby (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Justin Wagher examines our predatory instinct in Hunger Strike

The COVE  seems to be making immersive art a signature event in Pinellas Park, entreating the public to step momentarily into alternate worlds. (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | VISUAL ARTS

July Arts News Roundup

This month in our regular roundup of news you may have missed, we have fine art controversies, television honors, musical passings, and a (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

13 on the 13th — Victoria Jorgensen among women artists in HCC-Ybor show

  Artist and filmmaker Victoria Jorgensen conveys a compassionate but discerning awareness of the human condition. Leftovers, her latest (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | VISUAL ARTS

In View | Wrapped Up in Quilts at the Dunedin Fine Art Center

In the Douglas-Whitley Gallery at the Dunedin Fine Art Center (DFAC) some of the 18 finalist and winning quilts in the Nation Quilt Museum’s 23rd (...)

BY MIKELL HERRICK | VISUAL ARTS

Five Things to Do | July 7-13

As Pinellas County arts institutions and creators celebrate milestones, favorites such as the Morean (pictured above), Bananas Music and local (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Cunsthaus: Ways of Seeing Through a Feminist Lens

I saw my wife’s eyes well up with tears as she stood in the gallery space. Tracy Midulla Reller, a member of the Cunsthaus collective and (...)

BY DANNY OLDA | VISUAL ARTS

Unified – An Extravagant Celebration of Women, Their Art and Their Future

On July 27th, St. Pete’s Morean Center for Clay will host a unique feast for the eyes, mind, and soul, focused on the challenges and (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Review | Slow Seeing: Erin E. Castellan

In her new solo exhibition at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, Slow Seeing, Artist Erin E. Castellan marries painting and textiles, two disciplines (...)

BY DANNY OLDA | VISUAL ARTS

5 Things to Do | June 30-July 6

The coming week will, of course, be full of celebrations of our nation, in all its messy and complex glory. The Tampa Bay Times has provided a (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Live in Pinellas, June 24-28

Swampy but finally sunny weather and a swamped schedule this week. Here’s a noteworthy sampling: On Saturday, June 24, the powerful and (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | MUSIC, VISUAL ARTS

June Arts News Roundup

Here’s your monthly dose of headline arts news, from painting to film, and with a good squeeze of Florida. This month has seen protest, (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

From the Guest Editor,
Margaret Murray

When there is no threshold, there can be no fear of stepping across it. Art can be a transformative experience, even more so when it unexpectedly (...)

BY GUEST EDITOR | GUEST EDITOR, LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

‘Gateway Arts’ — How Artists are Promoting a Healthy Addiction

A look at the inventive ways artists, venues and organizations are getting the community hooked on arts. We’ve all heard the term “gateway drug” (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | VISUAL ARTS

Inspiring Action Through Art

Artists have taken social engagement a step further to encourage advocacy through their work. According to Ryan Swanson, the revelation came with (...)

BY DANNY OLDA | VISUAL ARTS

Pride in Pinellas Arts — Celebrating our Uncommon Bonds

Pride Month means every June is full of parades and performances that recognize the long struggle for equality for queer people in the U.S. and (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Moved by Art — Nomadic, Outdoors and On Tour

Pinellas artists achieve success with creativity in motion. The dynamics of art in our postmodern society are uniquely varied. Our local art (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | LITERATURE, VISUAL ARTS

4D3 — Four Decades & Three Years of Chad Mize Inspiration

  St. Pete’s Prince of Pop Culture enjoyed a big moment in St. Pete Saturday night. An almost impenetrable crowd of art lovers (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | VISUAL ARTS

5 Things to Do

June 9 – 15 Here are our picks for this week’s best arts events in Pinellas County. (We’ll skip the commentary for once!)   (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Sebastian Coolidge’s “Place” at the COVE

Sebastian Coolidge‘s latest opus entreats visitors like a theme park attraction for the unconventionally inclined. Creative Pinellas peeked (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | VISUAL ARTS

Keep St. Pete Lit Poetry Open Mic Lures Your Biome

Keep St. Pete Lit’s Poetry Open Mic offers an opportunity for local writers to share their polished or unpolished pieces in a nonjudgmental (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | LITERATURE, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

May Arts News Roundup

The past few weeks have included some serious local milestones for institutions new and old, hints of a return for utter extravagance in the art (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

May 12 – 18 It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday. Here’s how to handle that: First, check out Creative Loafing’s exhaustive guide to Mother’s (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

PHOTOS: DFAC Garden Party Full of 1920s Fun

Waiting for the crowds to arrive for the 37th annual Dunedin Fine Art Center (DFAC) Garden Party, a wide variety of silent auction items are (...)

BY DANNY OLDA | VISUAL ARTS

From the Guest Editor, Paul Wilborn

What is an arts town? If you follow most media reports, you might think an arts town is where 18,000 people grab up all the Paul McCartney (...)

BY GUEST EDITOR | GUEST EDITOR, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Catherine Woods on Art Going Public

Catherine Woods decided to sell her house to support herself making art full time during a three-week trip to South Africa. The St. Pete-based (...)

BY EVA AVENUE | VISUAL ARTS

5 Things to Do

May 5 – 11 This week in Pinellas, we have free comic books, a couple of musical icons to choose from, glass blowing in the dark (!!!) and a (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Literary Carousel Delights and Amuses at the MFA

Through the show-and-tell art of the ekphrastic — a literary interpretation of a piece of visual art — prominent Bay area writers (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | LITERATURE, VISUAL ARTS

Art-Camp Cures for Kids’ Summertime Blues

Summertime isn’t just for zombie-ing out in front of the TV or video games (well not all the time, anyway). Finding activities to fill time can (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Politics of Invisibility: Interview with Sharon Norwood

Sharon Norwood’s artistic vision is entangled with hair and she loves the transformational simplicity of a line. All of her current work revolves (...)

BY EVA AVENUE | VISUAL ARTS

5 Things to Do

April 25 – May 4 No time for a witty intro this week, folks, there’s just TOO MUCH GOING ON! Get to it.   SpaceBalls with Daphne (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Building a Dream: Preview of CONSTRUCT Group Art Exhibition

The Gallery AIA show CONSTRUCT is more than an art show. For artist-curator Nathan Beard, it’s the strengthening of a vision to connect art (...)

BY EVA AVENUE | VISUAL ARTS

April Florida Arts News Roundup

There’s a lot going on around the Tampa Bay and Florida arts scene these days, including star-studded exhibitions, new hirings and major (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | GRANT RECIPIENTS, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Review | RoundSquare

Curator Katherine Gibson eliminated person after person on her computer screen as she sifted through the works of 25 artists until she was left (...)

BY EVA AVENUE | VISUAL ARTS

Keeping it Noodle with Eva Avenue

Visual art and writing find themselves intersecting in many places and people. A dynamic and local example is Eva Avenue. Avenue is a contributor (...)

BY DANNY OLDA | LITERATURE, VISUAL ARTS

New Music Fest Draws Thousands to Celebrate Local Music and Mentorship

Safety Harbor’s all-day Primavera Music Festival drew thousands  to spread awareness of youth mentoring opportunities. The sounds of (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | MUSIC, VISUAL ARTS

Art and Creativity When Words Aren’t Enough

A New LGBTQ Youth Arts Program is Underway in Pinellas Park. Because words alone aren’t often adequate for teens with fears around coming out or (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | VISUAL ARTS

Art Critic Jerry Saltz Visits Tampa

If the unabashedly nerdy realm of art criticism had to proffer a rock star to call their own, it would most certainly be Jerry Saltz. The critic (...)

BY DANNY OLDA | VISUAL ARTS

5 Things to Do

March 31-April 6 It’s a great week for weirdness in Tampa Bay, from surrealist painters to edgy theatre to even-more-surrealist rock icons. (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Blood Sisters Arts Salon Host a Well-Versed Diversion at DFAC

The duo also known as Jenni Nance and Lacie Meier are hosting recurring events around the written word at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. In a (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | LITERATURE, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Don’t Stop St. Pete Revs On With Continuously Satisfying Sounds

The Pinellas fest entertained with social and cultural consciousness as well as an impressively diverse sampling of indie music. Photos by Daniel (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | MUSIC, VISUAL ARTS

March Arts News Roundup

This month has been chock full of art-world controversy, tragedy, and triumph. Here are the highlights from around the world and around the Bay. (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | VISUAL ARTS

5 Things to Do

March 24 – 30 It’s a bit of a rare quiet week in Pinellas County – by which I mean there are only two music festivals. Get outside and make (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Five Things to Do

March 17 – 23 Another week, another top-notch, diverse selection of mind- and soul-expanding opportunities in the land of sunshine. This (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

From the Guest Editor, Kirk Ke Wang

Our guest editor during the month of March 2017 is artist Kirk Ke Wang. In addition to creating work in painting, sculpture photography and more, (...)

BY DANNY OLDA | GUEST EDITOR, VISUAL ARTS

“Don’t Come Back.”

Kirk Ke Wang’s Journey from China to the U.S. and the Tampa Bay Arts Community’s Journey to the Present Kirk Ke Wang moved to Tampa (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | VISUAL ARTS

A Look at Cuba and a Look Inward

I’ve always felt a double sense of blurriness in regards to U.S. foreign policy. My parents immigrated to the United States from a socialist (...)

BY DANNY OLDA | VISUAL ARTS

“I Wish to Say”

Sheryl Oring’s unusually well-written artist website says she “examines critical social issues through projects that incorporate old and new (...)

BY EVA AVENUE | VISUAL ARTS

The Ever-Changing Art of Collecting

From high-profile collectors commissioning works for four digits-plus to $3 magnets at the indie market, art collecting remains a personally (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | VISUAL ARTS

Five Things to Do

March 10 – 16 Hey folks! Some quick housekeeping: We’re experimenting with a new occasional feature highlighting some fringier cultural (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Five Things to Do

March 3 – 9 It’s one of those weeks when you can’t possibly do everything you’d like, as a huge free art fair goes head-to-head with a (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

The Impresssive Artistic Trifecta of Fantastic Ekphrastic

Keep St. Pete Lit’s showcase spotlights collaborative works of visual art, literature and performance. Derived from Greek, ekphrasis (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | LITERATURE, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Working Title, Working Artists

A painting show catches my attention last Friday so I go – ARTicles Art Gallery and Custom Framing has been holding shows in the Staybridge (...)

BY EVA AVENUE | VISUAL ARTS

Review | The Open Road at the Museum of Fine Arts

There’s nothing I love more than traveling throughout our aesthetically magnanimous amber waves of small-town smog factories and the (...)

BY EVA AVENUE | VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

February 24 – March 2 We have a problem, folks. Everything this week is happening Saturday. Or, at least, too much great stuff for one (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

In View | Viva Cuba!

On February 10 the Dunedin Fine Art Center celebrated a trio of new exhibitions with a what was billed as “the hottest party north of (...)

BY DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

February 17– 23 It’s spriiiiiiing! At least, spiritually. At least, in Florida. Actually, in Florida, it’s already summer. So no wonder this week (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

From the Guest Editor, Carla Bristol

Our Guest Editor this month is Carla Bristol. Bristol is a curator and gallerist of St. Petersburg’s Gallerie 909. However, both Bristol (...)

BY DANNY OLDA | GUEST EDITOR, VISUAL ARTS

For Art Museums to Survive, They Must Serve Minority Audiences Better

Art museums are failing to serve minority audiences – and if they want to survive, that has to change. According to a recent assessment by the (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | VISUAL ARTS

Much More Than Art For Sale

The Community Embrace of Carla Bristol’s Gallerie 909   On entering Gallerie 909, you’ll notice wall-to-ceiling displays of (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | VISUAL ARTS

Gentrification Cycles: The Artists

This article is part one of a three-part series in which we explore the perspectives of three groups of people affected by gentrification.   (...)

BY EVA AVENUE | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

From Florida to New York | Emily Miller

A Young Painter’s Journey from Pinellas to the Capital of the Art World. Pinellas County has a thriving visual and performing arts scene, and (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | VISUAL ARTS

Derek Donnelly’s COVE Displays a Broad Spectrum of Visual Art Trendsetters

All images by Daniel Veintimilla for Creative Pinellas Derek Donnelly, muralist, Carmada painter,  former owner of Saint Paint and member of (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | VISUAL ARTS

“The Point is to Encourage and Uplift” | A Conversation with Catherine Bergmann

Catherine Bergmann does things her own way. Having studied art and religion before becoming, first, the education director and then the curator (...)

BY EVA AVENUE | VISUAL ARTS

5 Things to Do

February 3-9 Decisions, decisions. This Friday is jam-packed with stuff, though there’s plenty to fill out the rest of the week, too. And while (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

February Arts News Roundup

  It has been an eventful few weeks, and not only because the arts are entwined with the complex, challenging landscape they comment on. (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Local Creatives Gain Inspiration and More from Women’s March

Local Artists and Writers Who Participated in the Marches Discuss the Role of Creative Expression and Collaboration in Shaping the Historic Event (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | LITERATURE, MUSIC, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

January 20-26 With the holidays over, and the North still frozen, right now is prime time for touring acts coming through Florida. This week (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

January 12–19 Does it still feel like the holidays to anyone else? Like you’re just not ready to return to the real world, with all its joy and (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Ed Lowery Drums Up Delicious Interplay Between Food and Art

A handful of local restaurants have positioned themselves to be an integral part of our local arts scene — providing an inspiring symbiosis (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | VISUAL ARTS

Good Morning, Art!

A Conversation with Artist Sebastian Coolidge, the First Speaker for the New St. Pete Chapter of CreativeMornings There’s a brand new (...)

BY EVA AVENUE | VISUAL ARTS

From the Guest Editor, Duncan McClellan

Our guest editor for the month of January is Duncan McClellan. This experienced glass artist studied in Italy and the U.S. before opening his (...)

BY GUEST EDITOR | VISUAL ARTS

Culture-Fueled Growth

Transforming “a Pretty Sleepy Place” to “America’s New Hipster Metropolis” Through the Arts Over the past (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | VISUAL ARTS

In the Hot Shop

At Duncan McClellen’s hot shop in the Warehouse Arts District, the glass-blower’s process is a fast ever-flowing water ninja – quick (...)

BY EVA AVENUE | VISUAL ARTS

Pinellas Glass Art Map

Pinellas is home to a variety glass art studios, galleries and hot shops. Find one to enjoy on the map below. Are we missing your favorite glass (...)

BY DANNY OLDA | VISUAL ARTS

The Success of St. Pete’s ArtWalk and its Identity Moving Forward

Local artists and a curator talk about the monthly event, how it’s evolved and what they’d like to see in the future. Once a month, thousands (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

January 6-January 13 And now, from famine to feast. As the holiday season closes and the New Year kicks off, the Pinellas arts and culture scene (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Junk Mail Sculpture Grid Awareness: An Interview with Cynthia Mason

St. Petersburg-based artist Cynthia Mason loves plaster, junk mail and gold – any material going up against a complementary material (...)

BY EVA AVENUE | VISUAL ARTS

A Conversation with Art Critic and Local Historian Luis Gottardi

The man who inspired local historian Luis Gottardi to document the local visual art scenes for the past seven years quietly died of cancer more (...)

BY EVA AVENUE | VISUAL ARTS

Interview | Painter and Muralist Tessa Moeller

Tessa Moeller is spending the month in a lift, paint brushing and rolling a mural on the fascade of the St. Petersburg College Dowtown Center and (...)

BY EVA AVENUE | VISUAL ARTS

Art News Need-to-Know

December saw Golden Globes, Rock and Roll, and some local moves of note.   New Class at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame New inductees to the (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

December 23-29 The holiday season forces even the hardest-charging of us to put the brakes on, which can be either liberating or uncomfortable. (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Review | Jenn Miller: Christie’s Embrace at PORTSPACE Gallery

Fragile Prettiness Belying a Strong Concept The artwork of Jenn Miller is pretty. I don’t say this blithely or facetiously. English boasts a (...)

BY DANNY OLDA | VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

December 16 – 22 It’s another jam-packed week in Pinellas, and a great time to get out and see it all with family and friends. In (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

A Venture For the Arts

Investor Frank Wells has ventured south of St. Pete’s craft brew hubs and trendy restaurants to start work on a cultural hub — and home (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

December 9-16 Wow. It’s another absolutely jam-packed week of big names, local and national, doing the big work here in Pinellas County. We’ve (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

From the Guest Editor, Dr. Hank Hine

Frida Kahlo at The Dali? Does this cause you to wonder? Does the Mexican artist who has become the best known female artist in the world, lodging (...)

BY GUEST EDITOR | GUEST EDITOR, VISUAL ARTS

Pondering Frida Kahlo and the Latin American Muse

Dalí Museum prepares to toast the world’s most famous Latina painter at a time when the Hispanic population in America looks ahead with (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | VISUAL ARTS

The Shadow Behind the Light

Pain, Healing and the Art of D YaeL Kelley The role of art in healing is as diverse and enduring as its role in life itself. Some of the earliest (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | VISUAL ARTS

Celebrating Inspiration by Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo and Her Legacy Continue to Inspire In the time since her death, the artwork of Frida Kahlo has been celebrated by and influenced (...)

BY DANNY OLDA | VISUAL ARTS

It Takes a Museum…

The Museum-wide Effort to Prepare the Dali for Kahlo Fueled by Frida Kahlo’s wild spirit, the Dali Museum is blooming to life in a whole new way (...)

BY EVA AVENUE | VISUAL ARTS

No Wrong Way to be an Artist: An Interview with Carrie Boucher

When artist and School of the Art Institute of Chicago-grad Carrie Boucher worked as an art teacher, she thought seriously about who had access (...)

BY EVA AVENUE | VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

November 25 – December 1 You’ve survived Round 1 of the holidays, but to make it all the way to the finish line, you’re going to need to (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Give Thanks For a Long-Awaited Grand Opening – SHAMcGiving in Safety Harbor

North Pinellas arts lovers have been gearing up for a long-awaited milestone this Turkey-Day weekend: SHAMcGivinG, which promises a creative (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

November 18–24 I hope you’ve got good shoes and some protein bars, because this weekend is PACKED, folks. From Russian folk songs to graphic (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

In View | Art Harvest 2016

One of Tampa Bay’s Most Popular Art Fairs, this Annual Dunedin Event is Filled With Artsy Fall Fun           (...)

BY MIKELL HERRICK | VISUAL ARTS

5 Things to Do

November 11– 17 Whether you’re celebrating victory or nursing your political wounds, at least we’ve all got a little bit of a breather – so why (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Review | Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art

“Art is a record, a document, that you leave behind showing what you saw and felt when you were alive. That’s all” (...)

BY EVA AVENUE | VISUAL ARTS

Out of Galleries and Into Odd Places

Founder of the Art in Odd Places Festival, Ed Woodham, Speaks at Eckerd College, Dreams of St. Petersburg Festival. Running East-West across (...)

BY EVA AVENUE | VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

November 4-10 There’s a heck of an election coming up next week! If you’re too close to the edge of your seat, it might be time to distract (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

October 28-November 3 It’s Halloweeeeeeeen! And while Fall may rarely show her true face down here in the tropics, it’s still a time for change, (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Arts and Culture With a Dash of Spookiness

Hauntingly Cool Events for Your Pre-Halloween Weekend (and Afterward) Sometimes traditional haunted houses and pumpkin patches don’t hit that (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | LITERATURE, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS

Chihuly Collection Debuts New Space

St. Pete’s Glass Menagerie Celebrates a Homecoming All images by Daniel Veintimilla for Creative Pinellas Overseers of the Chihuly (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | VISUAL ARTS

Momentary Masterpieces

Ahead of the 5th Annual Clearwater Beach Chalk Art Festival, We Take a Quick Look at the 400 Year Old Art of Sidewalk Painting. Great art will (...)

BY MIKELL HERRICK | VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

October 15–21 Music and theatre and comedy, oh my! It’s another packed week of events here in Pinellas, but we’ve once again picked the (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

October 8 – 14 It’s gonna be a heck of a week – and especially, a heck of a weekend. Things are so packed, in fact, that we had to leave a (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Musical Fest, Visual Past

One of Tampa Bay’s Most Beloved Music Festivals also Boasts a Rich Poster Tradition. The Clearwater Jazz Holiday is a four-day/four-night (...)

BY JULIE GARISTO | MUSIC, VISUAL ARTS

5 Things To Do

October 1 – 7 Welcome to the first installment of our weekly 5 Things to Do event guide. There are already some great comprehensive (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | LITERATURE, MUSIC, PERFORMING ARTS, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS

Review | Shana Moulton, Journeys Out of the Body

Impressions of Shana Moulton, Journeys Out of the Body, a Solo Exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. Installation Folding cane (...)

BY DAVID MORRIS | VISUAL ARTS

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