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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.

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Scientists and Artists Collaborate at USF’s College of Marine Science

Steel transmission parts, rebar. 50" tall, 2020 Don Gialanella Emiliania Huxleyi Inspired by seeing the phytoplankton, Emiliania Huxleyi, under the microscope, this eclectic sphere is composed of dozens of transmission gears welded together. It is a sculptural interpretation of a beautifully intriguing tiny marine organism that forms the basis of the global food chain. The sphere is the perfect [...]


Victoria Block: Tree Inspirations 

Printing Without a Press - A Workshop by Victoria Block Saturday, February 15 10 am to 1 pm Victoria Block will teach a printmaking workshop on Saturday, February 15 in the Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center Classroom.   This introductory class requires no printmaking experience and is based on a simple printing process that resembles linocut, but without lengthy [...]


How Isabel Allende Encouraged Me to Read and Write in My Mother Tongue

January 20, 2020 | By Gloria Muñoz How Isabel Allende Encouraged Me to Read and Write in My Mother Tongue Isabel Allende will be speaking on Monday, January 27 at Tampa Theatre Details here Gloria Munoz - photo by Stephen Zane Growing up in the U.S., I did not read many authors who looked or sounded like me. [...]


On His 250th Birthday, Beethoven Never Grows Old

January 20, 2020 | By Kurt Loft Discovering the genius of Beethoven, up close and personal Wednesday, February 5 The Palladium Theater Details here photo by Marco Borggreve Beethoven will be busting out all over this year as the world celebrates the 250th anniversary of the great composer’s birth. Festivals and musical groups everywhere are making Beethoven the [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]

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