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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 Secret Language of Intimacy

November 16, 2020 Visual artist Saumitra Chandratreya shares this new series of work developed in collaboration with poet Kevin Mooney. "The Secret Language of Intimacy" is part of the Creative Pinellas 2020 Arts Annual Virtual Festival.  . . . "Language is a transcription of a perceived thought, concept, emotion or image. In this installation we have taken the perception [...]


Steven Kenny Explores the Reimagined MFA

November 11, 2020 | By Steven Kenny MFA Galleries Transformed . . . Sadly, a bad cold kept me from attending the first press walkthrough of St. Petersburg’s Museum of Fine Arts’ newly renovated galleries. Then, like a miracle, Lashonda Curry, Manager of Communications and Public Relations, reached out to offer another opportunity and I jumped at it! Adding to my [...]


The Creative Pinellas Arts Annual

November 9, 2020 | By Shae Vehorn The Creative Pinellas Arts Annual Online Event November 15 from 4-6 pm Details here Physical and Online Exhibit November 14-December 20 Details here Dancer Marquis Floyd Creative Pinellas’ 2020 Arts Annual is returning for its third year – and this year, like so many other events scheduled during the pandemic, it [...]


The Hybrid Model – Online and In-Person Art Experiences

November 9, 2020 | By Tom Winchester The Hybrid Model Online and In-Person Art Experiences . . . As the country reopens, the Coronavirus pandemic has created a new hybrid model for art experiences. Many art institutions in Tampa Bay have adopted a combination of in-person and online forms of exhibition. This hybrid model allows viewers to experience art safely [...]


Studio Tours Reinvented

November 5, 2020 | By Suzanne Norman Studio Tours Reinvented . . . Connie Parkinson creating glass beads In past years, the cooler months motivated friends to get together to enjoy art walks and studio tours. Local artists displayed their work and demonstrated their craft to "oohs and ahhs" from gift-buying customers. Shoppers who prefer a personal touch [...]


Spotlight on Innovative Thinking in the Performing Arts

November 2, 2020 | By Kurt Loft A Spotlight on Innovative Thinking in the Performing Arts   The Straz Center's Morsani Hall - photo by Rob Harris Productions The show must go on may be a cliché, but it takes on new life in the age of coronavirus, when arts groups in lockdown struggle to cover the electric [...]


Touring Tampa Bay Book Sites with Alice in Wonderland

November 2, 2020 | By Margo Hammond Touring Tampa Bay Book Sites with Alice (yes, that Alice!) and the Florida Bibliophile Society . . . “We apologize to Alice for all the words, but promise plenty of pictures.” — Charles Brown in his introduction to the Florida Bibliophile Society’s virtual book tour . . . Alice (of [...]


Curtains Rise at The Palladium

October 30, 2020 | By Eric Snider Curtain Rising The Palladium Theater is presenting live shows in new ways . . . The Palladium is back in the game. After months of planning and a couple of postponements, the downtown St. Pete venue resumed programming with three shows in October. Six concerts are scheduled for November. The Palladium staff managed [...]


American Stage Production Shines Light on Political Women of Color

October 30, 2020 | By Julie Garisto A Virtual Whirlwind American Stage Production Shines Light on Political Women of Color Through November 8 Available Online Details here From left, Dee Selmore (Charlotta Bass), Renata Eastlick (Charlene Mitchell), Mia Tagano (Patsy Mink) star in Letters to Kamala at American Stage. The script and production is very much of the [...]


Let’s all go to the drive-in at freeFall Theatre

October 19, 2020 | By Julie Garisto Let’s all go to the drive-in at freeFall Theatre The company kicks it old school in a creative approach to socially distanced theater Extended through December 6 freeFall Theatre Details here . . . Leave it to Eric Davis, Michael Raabe and the creative cabal of freeFall Theatre to come up with a [...]


The “Mt Rushmore-atization” of Gay Cowboys – Bob Devin Jones on Blake Little’s Photography

October 16, 2020 | By Bob Devin Jones The “Mt Rushmore-atization” of the Gay Cowboys Blake Little’s Photography Through February 14 The James Museum Blake Little – Hollywood Style Cowboys, Sun Valley, California, 1991; archival pigment printed on Epson exhibition fiber paper, 14 x 20 inches; Loan courtesy of Blake Little. . . . Well, it’s about time [...]

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