Laura Kepner

Laura Kepner lives and writes in Safety Harbor. She teaches writing through the Safety Harbor Art & Music Center, the city, and online. She is passionate about local history and… Read More

Focusing on Foundation

By Laura Kepner. Tommy Bell is a musician, teacher, stand-up-comedian – and he can’t remember a time when he wasn’t a visual artist. “It’s been all kinds of art on and off since I was born, really.” Bell teaches at the Morean Arts Center and believes foundation must be the initial focus in any creative endeavor…. Read More

Safety Harbor Storytelling

By Laura Kepner. Storytellers Walt Belcher and Maureen Belote talk about the art of storytelling, and special guest Andy Offutt Irwin’s performance at the Safety Harbor Art and Music Center before their monthly storytelling open mic. … Read More

Enjoy Christmas in 1883 in Tarpon Springs

By Laura Kepner. The City of Tarpon Springs has every right to be proud of its oldest house turned museum. Every December they offer a glimpse back in time through their Victorian Christmas Celebration – held this year on December 10 and 11… Read More

St Pete’s New Workshop Space

By Laura Kepner. The new Morean Workshop Space in St. Pete’s Warehouse Arts District opens this weekend, hosting a low-cost, locally-focused workshop with Doris Conner, Charlie Parker and Don Williams, who have over 100 years of collective ceramics experience…. Read More

Safety Harbor’s Thankful for the Arts – a Photo Celebration

By Laura Kepner. Safety Harbor Art and Music Center celebrated their anniversary with a joyful march through side streets and onto Main Street in Safety Harbor. “It’s wonderful to see how it’s grown,” said Nancy Vellucci, a longtime volunteer. “SHAMc has become the cornerstone of art, music and so many enriching events for children.”… Read More

Jonesin’ to Make a Difference

By Laura Kepner. Poet Ed Derkevics has written many poems about “people who were a little outside of the mainstream. Some were struggling.” But he’s recently spent several years creating visual art – which in many ways, better depicts what his poetry has always touched on – people who are Jonesin’ for opportunity, for help, for understanding…. Read More

Lifting Nonprofits and Showcasing Local Artists

By Laura Kepner. “We bring people together,” says Jennifer Malin of Community Foundation Tampa Bay. “We work with philanthropists who invest their money with us and we match them with a community need.” CFTB’s newest space at 110 Central Avenue in downtown St. Pete is dedicated to showcasing local art. Right now their space hosts paintings by Nathan Beard, works by Nick Davis and a permanent mural by Ya La’Ford…. Read More

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