Arts Annual 2023 Artists

Meet our amazing group of performers, musicians, exhibitors and artmakers!

Exhibited art is available for purchase by clicking on the artist’s page.

Alexander Guini

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Kirk Ke Wang

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Chad Mize

By Creative Pinellas

Chad Mize is a multimedia artist, designer and muralist residing in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1974, and then moved to Tampa Bay Florida,… Read More

Jean Blackwell Font

By Creative Pinellas

Jean Blackwell Font is the co-founder of FontSquared and collaboARTive. She is a mixed mediaartist and arts marketer living and working in Miami,FL. Working in assemblage, mixed media, and collage,… Read More

Denis Wayne Gaston

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Marlene Rose

By Creative Pinellas

Marlene Rose is an internationally known award-winning sculptor who produces stunningly beautiful works of art in her chosen medium, sand-cast glass. Seen in museums and galleries across the US and… Read More

Chomick+Meder, figurative art and automata

By Creative Pinellas

The husband and wife duo, Peter Meder and Chris Chomick, have been collaborating for over four decades. They draw inspiration from unconventional and captivating visuals that possess both beauty and… Read More

Candace Knapp

By Creative Pinellas

I believe that art making can lead me deep into the essence of what life on earth is all about. Painting is venturing into a dark cave where my spirit… Read More

Desireé Moore

By Creative Pinellas

Desireé Moore is a time-based artist who hybridizes film modes and media technologies. Her practice is collection/archive-driven and emphasizes themes of female subjectivity, memory and loss in the 21st Century…. Read More

2 Happy Ukers, Emily and Mike Stehle

By Creative Pinellas

Mike and Emily Stehle met 48 years ago in the news room of The Waterbury Republican in Connecticut and have been a couple ever since! Six years ago, they joined… Read More

Sheree L. Greer

By Creative Pinellas

Sheree L. Greer is a writer living in Tampa, Florida. In 2014, she founded Kitchen Table Literary Arts to showcase and support the work of Black women writers and is… Read More

Gregory Byrd

By Creative Pinellas

Greg Byrd is the winner of the 2018 Robert Phillips Chapbook prize from the Texas Review Press for The Name of the God Who Speaks. His fiction has appeared in… Read More

Marianne Craig, Dunedin Music Society

By Creative Pinellas

The Dunedin Music Society (DMS) helps enthusiasts engage in live music which is essential to the heart. This primarily includes in-person, momentary, un-amplified, organized sounds generated by people and their… Read More

Jason Hackenwerth, Board Vice President & Artist

By JasonHackenwerth

Arts Coast Galleries Artist Since 2005, Jason Hackenwerth has explored the phenomena of temporality and joy through the transformation of ordinary … Read More

Courtney Clute

By Courtney Clute

Courtney Clute lives in St. Petersburg, FL. Her work has appeared in Passages North, Fractured Literary, Ghost Parachute, Flash Frog, New Flash Fiction Review, and more. Courtney’s chapbook, The Fermi… Read More

Troy Bernardo, In Memory

By Troy Bernardo

Troy loves spending time reading, writing, camping, and drinking local craft beer. He is an English Department Head at an alternative online school, and lives with his wife Laura, his… Read More

Siobhan Monique

By Roman Black

Heavily influenced by her uncle, Buster Cooper, a ten-year member of the famed Duke Ellington Band, Siobhan has been dancing to jazz tunes well before she could walk. At the… Read More

Richard Savid

By Richard Savid

Ric Savid was born in New York City, earned a BA from Rollins College in 1976, then served two years in the U.S. Peace Corps in the Philippines. Following his… Read More

Kristy Andersen

By Kristy Andersen

Kristy Andersen is an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work is centric to Florida, where she has worked for more than 40 years. The documentary, ZORA NEALE HURSTON: JUMP AT… Read More

Charlotte Johnson

By Charlotte Johnson

Charlotte Johnson, a native of Saint Petersburg Florida began her dance training at the early age of seven attending The Academy of Ballet Arts. She later went on to attend… Read More

Tom Sivak

By Tom Sivak

Tom Sivak, Composer. Notable credits include Prelude and Fugue, performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die! In 3-D!!! (2011 New York Musical Theater Festival), and The… Read More

Sarah Emery

By Sarah Emery

Sarah is a freelance teaching artist and choreographer based in St. Petersburg/Tampa, FL. She has been teaching dance to all ages for over 20 years in schools including the Atlanta… Read More

Roxanne Fay

By Roxanne Fay

Roxanne Fay is an actor, playwright, and director. As playwright, Roxanne was named a 2016 Hawthornden Writers’ Fellow (in residence, Hawthornden Castle, Scotland) and was twice awarded the Creative Pinellas… Read More

Rachel Stewart

By Rachel Stewart

Rachel Stewart is a sculptor and printmaker concentrating on experimental prints using her relief sculptures as a matrix for her prints. She received a BFA in sculpture from Boston University… Read More

Frederick “Rootman” Woods

By Frederick Woods

Frederick Woods (Rootman) is a Florida native who grew up in the small North Florida town of Hampton. From an early age he loved to draw and taught himself by… Read More

Ketsy Ruiz (Sketzii), Marketing Associate

By Sketzii

Ketsy ‘Sketzii’ Ruiz, a painter, digital illustrator, & muralist, conveys her ethnic identity and culture in her art. Growing up in the Puerto Rican diaspora of the United States greatly… Read More

Teresa Mandala

By Teresa Mandala

2022 Emerging Artist Teresa Mandala is an artist whose work embraces the divine feminine through a dance of color, visual movement, and unique textures. She enjoys exploring new mediums and… Read More

Heather Rippert

By Heather Rippert

2022 Emerging Artist Heather Rippert, fine artist, living in Clearwater, Florida, has been painting and drawing from the time she could hold a pencil. Growing up an only child, she… Read More

Ashley Rivers

By Ashley Rivers

Ashley Rivers is a Contemporary Multidisciplinary Artist living in Gulfport, Florida. She is primarily focused on creating unique works of art through inspiration from the earth, nature, our identities, and… Read More

Reid Jenkins

By Creative Pinellas

Reid Jenkins’ current work focuses on the display of the range of human emotion and experience. His art is a reflection of a person or people’s status, stature, and relationship… Read More

Kevin Grass

By Creative Pinellas

Kevin Grass grew up in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, a small river town about an hour southeast of St. Louis. Since there were no art supply stores nearby, Grass’s father, who… Read More

Jim Gigurtsis

By Creative Pinellas

Jim Gigurtsis was born in Crete, Greece and moved to England as a young adult. Jim moved to Seminole, Pinellas County from Europe in 2016. Jim Gigurtsis is an award… Read More

Gabriel Ramos

By Creative Pinellas

Gabriel Ramos was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and currently lives and works in Tampa Bay, FL. He obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of… Read More

Steph Hargrove

By Steph Hargrove

Steph Hargrove is a painter and installation artist engaged in social practice art. Steph collects community donations of items such as cereal boxes and junk mail to create interactive installations… Read More

Judy Vienneau

By Judy Vienneau

Judy Vienneau is a Professional Artist and Arts Administrator with a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Since moving to Florida from Massachusetts in 1989, having… Read More

Cora Marshall

By Creative Pinellas

Cora Marshall, born in Washington, DC, is an artist and arts educator. She received her B.F.A. from Howard University, Master of Science in Education from Bank Street College of Education… Read More

Kenny Jensen

By Kenny Jensen

I am a multidisciplinary professional artist and amateur naturalist currently focused on growing an oil painting practice which can sustain my goal to live life in the woods. My wide… Read More

Zoe Papas

By Creative Pinellas

Zoe Papas lives in Clearwater, Florida, and has her BFA in drawing and illustration from the University of Central Florida. She is currently attending the Florence Academy of Art’s inaugural… Read More

Rose Marie Prins

By Creative Pinellas

Rose Marie Prins’ mixed-media paintings and sculptures have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in museums, cultural centers, and galleries throughout the United States, including the San Francisco Museum… Read More

Babs Reingold

By Creative Pinellas

Venezuela-born American artist Babs Reingold creates sculptures, drawings, and installations focusing on the environment and poverty. Ms. Reingold has an extensive showing history with 16 solo exhibitions and over 75… Read More

Christina Bertsos

By Christina Bertsos

Stone is inherently a beautiful medium. My intention and focus as a sculptor is to listen to the stone and to coax it into a moving expression of sensual form…. Read More

Donald Gialanella

By Don Gialanella

Donald Gialanella (Jell-a-nella-a) is an artist specializing in the field of public art. Originally from Maplewood, NJ, he now works out of his studio in St Petersburg, Florida. Donald apprenticed… Read More

Elizabeth Barenis

By Elizabeth Barenis

She believes that what the viewer finds in the art is one of the most important things about it. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally…. Read More

Laura Spencer, Miss Crit

By LauraSpencer

Laura Spencer is an Illustrator and Graphic Designer based in St. Petersburg, FL. Having started her formal art training at a very young age,… Read More

George Retkes

By George Retkes

I create art because I seek to further develop my appreciation for nature and technology…. Read More

Gianna Pergamo

By Gianna Pergamo

Gianna Pergamo is an artist from Brooklyn, New York who now lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. She received her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in… Read More

Angela Warren

By Angela Warren

Angela Warren lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. In 2018 she received a Pollock and Krasner Fellowship to attend Vermont Studio Center artist in residence program.Angela spent 2017 and 2018 teaching art post hurricane Irma in St. John, US Virgin Islands where she helped people heal through art…. Read More

Javier T Dones

By Javier Dones

Javier’s current work springs from a lifelong passion and fascination for the elements of nature, her power, arrangements, and structures. The medium is metals and chemistry. Copper is the main working material…. Read More

Daniel “R5” Barojas

By Creative Pinellas

Daniel Barojas (a.k.a. R5, Rope5) Born in Mexico City and now living in St. Petersburg, Florida. Daniel works in various artistic mediums including painting, mixed media illustration, watercolor, graphic/product design,… Read More

Neverne Covington

By NeverneCovington

Neverne Covington’s drawings, prints, paintings and sculpture explore childhood, language, landscape, memory, and the American south where she grew up. Her work has been exhibited at the Florida Museum for… Read More

Joseph Weinzettle

By Creative Pinellas

Since his 2010 Artist-in-Residency in Everglades National Park, Joseph Weinzettle has been dedicated to making his art en plein air. Weinzettle believes that his art should respond to the surrounding… Read More

Mark Mitchell

By MarkMitchell

Arts Coast Galleries Artist Mark Mitchell is an International Multimedia Artist, specializing in painting Conceptual Pop Art…. Read More

Patricia Kluwe Derderian

By PatriciaKluweDerderian

Arts Coast Galleries Artist Patricia Kluwe Derderian has always loved to draw, even the smell of her uncle’s colored pencils inspired her to major in architecture – since art was not an option in the little city where she was raised in Brazil. She has used her art to express her projects and ideas…. Read More

Akiko Kotani

By Akiko Kotani

Akiko Kotani, born in Waipahu, Hawaii, received her BFA in painting from the University of Hawaii and her MFA in Textiles from the Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA…. Read More

Tatiana Baccari

By Tatiana Baccari

TATIANA BACCARI – (she/they) is a generative director making new plays, musicals and radical adaptations of classics. She is committed to anti-racist, accessible and inclusive spaces. Tatiana is currently a… Read More

John Gascot

By John Gascot

Queer Latin American/Caribbean artist John Gascot spent the first twelve years of his life in Puerto Rico, a fact to which he attributes his love of bold color. While he… Read More

Victoria Jorgensen

By Victoria Jorgensen

Writer, Director & Producer Featured Arts Annual Film Victoria Jorgensen is an award winning Tampa Bay based filmmaker, writer and film festival organizer who’s film/ video career spans over four… Read More

Steven Kenny

By Steven Kenny

Steven Kenny was born in Peekskill, New York in 1962. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1984. His final year… Read More

Sheila Cowley, Arts Coast Magazine Managing Editor

By Sheila Cowley

SheilaCowley is a playwright and audio producer. She serves as Managing Editor of the Arts Coast Magazine. s.cowley@creativepinellas.org… Read More

Takeya Trayer

By Takeya Trayer

What is the past, present and future tense of creativity? It is a passion that knows no limits of time. The expression of imagination is free at the earliest ages… Read More

Sara Ries Dziekonski

By Sara Ries Dziekonski

Sara Ries Dziekonski was named Runner-Up in the Press 53 Poetry Award for her manuscript, Today’s Specials, which is projected to be published in the Fall of 2024 as a… Read More

Emily Lee Stehle/The Happiest Rabbit

By Emily Lee Stehle

Emily Lee Stehle is a mixed media fiber artist who has been three times an Emerging Artist. First with Florida CraftArt in 2017, second with the Gasparilla Festival of the… Read More

Carol Mickett & Robert Stackhouse

By Carol Mickett Robert Stackhouse

Arts Coast Galleries Artists Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse have worked collaboratively for over sixteen years…. Read More

David Manson

By David Manson

David Manson is a composer, trombonist, arts presenter, educator and producer. His degrees include a doctorate from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. As director of the nonprofit EMIT, David has… Read More

Mason Gehring

By Mason Gehring

Mason Gehring is an actual Florida native born into a family of artists in Dunedin, Florida. She is a studio artist, drawing and painting instructor, and an artist in healthcare… Read More

Nikki Devereux

By Nikki Devereux

I took my first oil painting class when I was just 13 years old. It was in the basement of an old stone house down the road from my childhood… Read More


Arts Annual 2023: Discovery

Now in its sixth year! This year’s Arts Annual features some of Pinellas county’s most well-known artists as well as innovative up-and-coming creators…. Read More


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