Arts Coast Magazine – Visual

SHINE Murals in 2022

By Gabrielle Reeder. If you stroll through any art district in St. Petersburg, you will inevitably stumble upon a mural. Monumental displays of colorful statements splash the walls of this artistic city. Each year the St. Pete Arts Alliance and their SHINE Mural Festival bring the best local, national and international muralists to the Burg with … Read More

St Pete’s New Workshop Space

By Laura Kepner. The new Morean Workshop Space in St. Pete’s Warehouse Arts District opens this weekend, hosting a low-cost, locally-focused workshop with Doris Conner, Charlie Parker and Don Williams, who have over 100 years of collective ceramics experience…. Read More

Welcoming Domestic Violence Survivors With Art

By Jennifer Ring. Domestic violence survivors are diverse, but they share a common problem – bureaucracy. Now survivors can find all the services they need at the new Family Justice Center at CASA – where art by Zulu Painter welcomes domestic violence survivors and guides them on a path to healing. … Read More

Unexpected Visual Conversations

By Emily Lee Stehle. Thanks to the Art Bridges loan program, the MFA has paired old favorites from the permanent collection with a dozen major works from Joslyn Art Museum in Nebraska and St. Pete’s James Museum. I found the contrast of the MFA’s master artworks next to these modern, avant-garde pieces striking, unexpected, thought-provoking and delightful…. Read More

Family Visit to the Arts Annual

By Harriet Monzon-Aguirre. My husband and I were thinking of an activity to do with the kids on Sunday afternoon when we decided to combine art and nature by visiting the Arts Annual at The Gallery at Creative Pinellas and the Florida Botanical Gardens. There is something for everyone…. Read More

Lost Trees

By Tony Wong Palms. in an installation titled Lost Trees by Babs Reingold, the artist expresses her concerns about how humans are impacting our natural environment – and the quality of our own existence in survival or extinction…. Read More

Sharing the Art of Nature

By Luci Westphal. The visual, biophilic, and social art project “St. Pete Moving Still” brings nature indoors – especially to those who cannot easily visit the great outdoors. I initiated this project to improve the emotional, mental and physical well-being of the residents of Westminster Suncoast Senior Living Center, connecting them to nature while stuck indoors… Read More

Gender Exploration Through Photography

By Robin O’Dell. Mariette Pathy Allen started photographing cross dressers and transgender people in the day when most of the people she photographed were forced to exist underground. She has now been exploring this topic with dignity and empathy for over 40 years…. Read More

Honoring the Leepa-Rattner’s 20th Anniversary

By Lynn Whitelaw. The 20-year evolution of Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art and its collection has advanced the importance of this museum as a significant “cultural gem” on the West Coast of Florida. The current exhibitions celebrate and contemplate the arts which root us to our humanity…. Read More

Elizabeth Barenis in Sarasota

By Harriet Monzon-Aguirre. I admire visual artist Elizabeth Barenis for several reasons. The first is her ability to elevate a common subject matter for Florida, the palm tree. Now everytime I look at the light hitting a palm frond a certain way, Elizabeth comes to mind. She’s developed a style she calls “Abstract Precisionism.”… Read More

Arts Annual Artists Share Their Work

Opening Celebrations November 11-12 Free Gallery at Creative Pinellas Details here   Five visual artists whose work will be featured at the Creative Pinellas Arts Annual celebration share the stories… Read More

Arts In – Christina Bertsos

Arts In audio podcast – Christina Bertsos shares her passion for sculpting in stone and marble with host Barbara St. Clair, and how her work with fabric and hand-crafted couture influences her creations now…. Read More

Jonesin’ to Make a Difference

By Laura Kepner. Poet Ed Derkevics has written many poems about “people who were a little outside of the mainstream. Some were struggling.” But he’s recently spent several years creating visual art – which in many ways, better depicts what his poetry has always touched on – people who are Jonesin’ for opportunity, for help, for understanding…. Read More

Fiber Artists Are Flourishing Here

By Margo Hammond. Evidence of the revival of fiber works as fine art — these are not your grandmother’s handicrafts — certainly has been seen all over Tampa Bay this year. Here are details about these artistic fiber explosions in our area…. Read More

Honoring an Early Experimental Typographer

By Bob Barancik. Perhaps the greatest compliment a living artist can pay to a dead artist is to be actively inspired by his or her images. In this case, H.N. Werkman’s experimental typography and graphics have become seed crystals in my own art journey from the late 20th century to the new millennium…. Read More

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