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Arts Coast Journal

Multimedia coverage of dynamic arts and artists
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Welcome to the Arts Coast Journal, the Creative Pinellas online magazine. Stories of the Visual, Literary and Performing Arts. . .  and all the kinds of Art that merge and mix and fall between.



Kehinde Wiley Brings The World Stage Close to Home

January 10, 2019 | By Steven Kenny Kehinde Wiley Brings The World Stage Close to Home Now part of the permanent collection Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg Details here One of the many ways in which art functions is to help familiarize us with ideas, cultures and individuals we may otherwise not be exposed to. This has always been [...]


Daniel Barojas

January 9, 2019 Arts In: Daniel Barojas . . .  Muralist, painter, designer and all-over creative Daniel Barojas talks with Barbara St. Clair about the art of graffiti, the inspiration he draws from indigenous communities and his own Mexican heritage, experiments with Op Art-style patterns and illusions. . .  and the stories behind two murals in St. Pete that are [...]


Journeys in Journalism Photography Showcase

January 6, 2019  Through Our Eyes Midtown and Beyond January 10-29 The Studio@620 Details here The Studio@620 in downtown St. Pete welcomes what's grown into an annual celebration of Pinellas County Schools' Journeys in Journalism program, on display January 10-29.  Midtown and Beyond is a photography exhibit created by scholars in grades K-12. The three-school magnet program immerses students [...]


Call and Response — A Month of Poetry Writing Via Email

Poetry Reading: 30 Days Two Writers . . . . . . What: Reading from Thirty Days Two Writers, a limited edition poetry chapbook, the result of a month-long call-and-response email exchange between Hank Hine, the Dalí Museum director and Jeff Goodby, co-founder of GS&P, a San Francisco-based advertising agency. Presented by St. Petersburg Poet Laureate Helen Wallace as [...]


Painter Carrie Jadus Collaborates with Chamber Players

January 2, 2020 As a creative collaboration to start the new year, we asked painter Carrie Jadus to create a sketch inspired by The Palladium Chamber Players, artists-in-residence at downtown St. Pete's historic Palladium Theater.  Carrie shared two versions. .  .  Night and Day, to celebrate the Chamber Players' current season. . . .  Carrie Jadus - Chamber [...]


Tarpon Springs Art Association’s Plein Air Event

January 1, 2019 | By Lynn Whitelaw Tarpon Springs Art Association’s Plein Air Event February 18-28 Registration here Sue Thomas, It's Spring, color photograph, 2019 Established in 1887, Tarpon Springs is the oldest city in Pinellas County.  It has maintained its small-town character over the years and was voted Best Historic Town in 2018 by USA Today.  Part of [...]


Poet Peter Meinke Collaborates with Rigoletto

January 1, 2020 Poet Peter Meinke Collaborates with Rigoletto . . .    To celebrate a creative and collaborative new year, we asked Florida Poet Laureate Peter Meinke to write a poem inspired by the opera Rigoletto, a classic that the St. Petersburg Opera Company is performing this month. Peter got a taste for opera in Italian and in Polish [...]


Helen Pruitt Wallace

Arts In: Helen Pruitt Wallace . . . . . . St. Petersburg Poet Laureate Helen Pruitt Wallace talks with Barbara St. Clair about growing up in St. Pete’s “Pink Streets” neighborhood and shares poems inspired by her rollicking childhood, the joys and grief of family, and her mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s. With laughter and enthusiasm, she talks about [...]


Fiction and Poetry

. . . Fiction and Poetry .. . . December 18, 2019 | Curated by Maureen McDole The Beachside Motel By Daphne Taylor Street . . . The moment you think that you have the words to describe everything, you hear music. The sound of a trumpet off in the distance filled the air, painting it [...]


Ceramic Art Reflecting on Division and Connection

December 15, 2019 | Amanda Sieradzki Morean Center for Clay Opens The Great Divide Ceramic Art Reflecting on Division and Connection Through December 29 Tue-Sat 10 am - 5 pm Details here   photo by Beth Reynolds “A house divided against itself, cannot stand.” Abraham Lincoln, who would eventually become the nation’s 16th president, famously delivered those words [...]

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