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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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The Visual Art of Gary Lemons Inspires a Film Performance

July 7, 2020 | By Jake-ann Jones A Conversation with Artist & Writer Gary L. Lemons How his work inspired the upcoming film REFLECTIONS July 14 at 8 pm at Self portrait by Gary L. Lemons On Tuesday, July 14, The Studio@620 kicks off an expansion of their Social Justice Round-table series with a presentation of REFLECTIONS, [...]


Socially Distant Dance on Saturday

July 6, 2020 More Socially Distant Dance Performances . . .  Amanda Sieradzki at the performance site of Volution, Davis Islands Sea Plane Basin Park, alongside the Davis Island Bike Path - photo by Alvaro G. Gabaldon Dance Linkages & Poetica present Dance in the Time of Coronavirus, a series of socially distanced dance performances. All performances are [...]


Celebrating Photographer Lee Miller

July 1, 2020 | By Robin O'Dell Celebrating Photographer Lee Miller . . . Self portrait (variant on Lee Miller par Lee Miller), Paris, France c1930 © Lee Miller Archives England 2020. All Rights Reserved. The life of photographer Lee Miller unfolded like the best of Hollywood films, full of adventure, romance, bravery, betrayal and extraordinary beauty. [...]


Virtual Reality – Art in the Age of Coronavirus

June 29, 2020 | By Kurt Loft Virtual Reality Art in the Age of Coronavirus An Evolving Online Exhibition by the USF Contemporary Art Museum Through December 12 Diana Al-Hadid, And a Comet Appeared as if Frozen for a Whole Year, 2019. Polymer gypsum, fiberglass, steel, plaster, gold leaf, copper leaf, pigment. 58 x 64 x 3-1/2 in. [...]


Colleen Cherry Pens Personalized Songs About Other People’s Pets

June 25, 2020 | By Eric Snider A Pet Project Colleen Cherry creates personalized songs about people’s pets. She once wrote and recorded 61 songs in a week. . . . Colleen Cherry and an SPCA client When SPCA Tampa Bay held a fundraiser in mid-May —  including its first virtual pet walk — Colleen Cherry, who [...]


Everything is Water – A Conversation with Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse

June 22, 2020 | By Tom Winchester Everything is Water A Conversation with Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse Tuesday, June 30, 7-9 pm Facebook Live Collaborators Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse create artworks that investigate the structures of the world around us. Mickett, who has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Minnesota, analyzes the concepts conveyed by [...]


Socially-Distant Dance Photos – and More Dance to Come

June 15, 2020 Dancing in the Time of Coronavirus . . Cheers to choreographers Andee Scott and Amanda Sieradzki, who created a beautiful socially-distant dance performance along St. Pete's 1st Avenue South this past Saturday.  The Dance in the Time of Coronavirus series organized by Poetica and Dance Linkages is just getting started, with a ride/drive-by performance planned for [...]


The Everchanging Imperatives of Tampa Bay Arts in 2020

Online Performance Favorites Theater professionals weighed in on their favorite online programming from other performers (with some overlap) during the quarantine period.  “One super-creative program was the Tiny Bedtime Stories for Kids and the Stressed-Out that was created by Sheila Cowley and brought live actors and audience together over conference calls for short plays for kids. I thought that [...]


We Are Here: A Celebration of Resilience, Resistance and Hope

We Are Here: A Celebration of Resilience, Resistance and Hope Sunday, June 14 at 2 pm . . . Join The Florida Holocaust Museum and 60 other museums and cultural institutions around the world for We Are Here: A Celebration of Resilience, Resistance, and Hope on Sunday, June 14 at 2:00 p.m. EST. . . . This special concert event commemorates [...]


The Lost Art of Communicating by Snail Mail

MAIL ART PROJECTS YOU CAN DO FROM HOME Pandemic Postcard Project To help us connect during the pandemic, local fiber artist and teacher Sara Norine James has created “Greetings from Home: the St. Pete Postcard Project.” As part of her socially engaged project, Sara will be sending 1,500 people a zine explaining the tradition of postcards in St. Petersburg, [...]


Dancing in the Time of Coronavirus

June 1, 2020 | By Kurt Loft Dancing in the Time of Coronavirus Saturday, June 13, 11am-noon 1st Ave. South from 27th-23rd Streets St Petersburg Free Charlotte Johnson performing look/see (the view from here), choreographed by Helen Hansen French, from OUR TOWN: A Moving Dance Tour of St. Pete - photo by Tom Kramer We could all use [...]


Eckerd College Theatre Professor Uses Her Skills to Help Medical Workers and More

May 28, 2020 | By Laura Kepner Eckerd College Theatre Professor Uses Her Skills to Help Medical Workers and More . . . Jessica Thonen Eckerd College Theatre Professor Jessica Thonen has designed scenery and costumes in Europe, Off-Broadway and throughout the United States. Her work has included dance, performance art and anime Shakespeare. She’s worked at Radio [...]

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