Get to know the Emerging and Professional artists and their art practices

Florida Man: Poems with a Heat Advisory

By Tyler Gillespie

A lot has changed – both in Florida and my writing – since the original publication of my collection Florida Man: Poems in 2018. To reflect this reality, the publisher… Read More

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Reflections – An Artist Father’s Daughter

By Luci Westphal

In a way, I lost part of my emerging artist grant cycle because of two “interrupting” trips to Germany (adding up to 6 weeks) to help my ailing father, Günter… Read More

The “Journo-Poems” of Florida Man

By Tyler Gillespie

In March 2024, the Orlando-based publisher Burrow Press is releasing a new edition of my poetry collection Florida Man: Poems. The book “revisits” the original work and extends its themes… Read More

Zines: Intensely Personal, Yet Universal

By Kaitlin Crockett

I’ve always loved zines from the moment I discovered them, but one of the first zines that *really* left an impact on me was “Fat at the Gym” by Kallie… Read More

Inky Hands Full Heart

By Kaitlin Crockett

I’ve always loved ‘Love’ and Valentine’s Day. Some of the very first greeting cards I printed when I got my Chandler & Price tabletop press and started my printmaking practice… Read More

We Are All Magic

By Harriet Monzon-Aguirre

Last week I started to write about my progression as an artist starting with what it was like growing up in Barbados and the support I received from the artistic… Read More

The Poetry of Broadsides

By Tyler Gillespie

After we met at Indie Flea, Kaitlin Crockett and I got coffee at the Black Crow on Central. We talked about Florida and poetry and her experience as a printmaker…. Read More

Inspiration for a Still Life

By Vanessa Cunto

I am very inspired by Dutch painter Adriaen Coorte, whose work often features elements on the verge of falling. His compositions are set up in a way that imply “imminent… Read More

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Bajan Broughtupsy

By Harriet Monzon-Aguirre

Broughtupsy: (noun) Diminutive of brought up. (Caribbean) good manners.    What was it like growing up on a Caribbean Island? This is a bit of a loaded question. I lived… Read More

Public Poetry: “Flowers for a New Year”

By Tyler Gillespie

On the last day of 2023, I stand in an alley with a staple gun. My artist/poet friend Keifer hands me one of the poetry collages we’ve made with our… Read More

Beginning the Third Painting of the Triptych

By Fran Failla

As promised, I am continuing to take you through the development process involved in the creation of a themed triptych of oil paintings. The theme that embraces all three works… Read More

Empty and Full

By Antonia Lewandowski

Empty and Full In what sense might we say a poem is ordinary?  For the most part, thoughts that come from unexpected directions get pulled together by everyday language. I… Read More

A Florida Man Comes Back Home

By Tyler Gillespie

I’m a fifth-generation Floridian born and raised in Pinellas County. I’ve written about Florida for over a decade, so people often ask me about it. Recently, they’ve been asking if… Read More

Letterpress: a multi-sensory experience

By Kaitlin Crockett

One of the things that keeps me coming back to Letterpress in my art practice is the way it engages my senses. When much of my day is spent looking… Read More

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Community Building as Practice

By Kaitlin Crockett

Community building is an important part of my art practice as a printmaker and book artist. Finding ways to engage others in the work brings meaning to my personal work,… Read More

Mindful Marketing

By Harriet Monzon-Aguirre

Once I heard that I’d received the 2024 Creative Pinellas Emerging Artist Grant I knew that I wanted my artist stories to journal the process from beginning to end.  Last… Read More

Open your eye girl, graffiti, brick building, photo transferred to wood, Luci Westphal

Now What? How To Choose Your Art Path

By Luci Westphal

My biggest dilemma as an artist: So little time, so much to create. There seems to be a lot of talk about where to find inspiration. But I’m more concerned… Read More

Completing the Second Painting

By Fran Failla

Well, the second painting of the series I’m creating is now complete. Its title is “The Big Apple is Burning” and it’s a rather dark metaphor of the destruction of… Read More

Painting to Grow and Growing to Paint

By Fran Failla

At the end of December 2023, I completed the first painting in the series I’m creating for the upcoming Creative Pinellas Emerging Artist Exhibition. I documented that journey from initial… Read More

Reflecting on the Anthropocene

By Vanessa Cunto

When I first learned about the proposed idea of the Earth entering a new geological epoch, transitioning from the Holocene to the Anthropocene, I was fascinated to be alive during… Read More

Old Box #5: My Sun Daze Obsession, A Fable

By Thomas Sayers Ellis

It’s easy to make a Sunday. All you need is faith, the desire to explore the invisible geometry and the forced matrimony between stages of light. In an old box,… Read More

Telling A Story

By Antonia Lewandowski

A Good Story Seven-year-old Vilemina and I sat down to write a story. “I don’t know,” she began. “Well, I suggested, “Let’s think about what happened this week. What do… Read More

Old Box #4: Loco Foto Motion

By Thomas Sayers Ellis

One of my favorite, normal Florida things to do is to drive from St. Pete to Amtrak’s Tampa Union Station, park my car in the weakly fenced lot, take the… Read More

Old Box #3: Temporal Slices of Literacy

By Thomas Sayers Ellis

I hate bookshelves but that has not always been the case. I once had an apartment with a full bookcase of shelves built into the wall––one end of the main… Read More

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Meeting My Mentor Maureen McDole

By Harriet Monzon-Aguirre

As part of the Creative Pinellas Emerging Artist Grant, grantees are paired with mentors. I think it’s only fitting to use alliteration in the title of this article because my… Read More

The Next Steps: The Painting Process

By Fran Failla

So far you have seen the beginning steps to creating an oil painting, going from the initial idea and sketch phase to the first “underpainting” on the stretched canvas.  These… Read More

Old Box #2: Candid “I” Exams

By Thomas Sayers Ellis

Because creation, both capital C and small c, is continuous, there is no such category as non-creativity not even amidst a waste land. The all of life, included death, bleeds… Read More

Igniting New Life

By Gabriela Rosa

As we strolled through the soft white sand towards the calm water at Treasure Island beach, the clear skies above seemed to promise the perfect backdrop for a sunset –… Read More

Accelerate: who me?

By Antonia Lewandowski

I search for time. Not the gap of fifteen minutes between boiling pasta and serving dinner, but time like a safari, two or three hours tracing my steps in the… Read More

Old Box #1: A Difficult Love

By Thomas Sayers Ellis

A friend of mine, a local photographer, and I were brainstorming a name for a new photography magazine. Back and forth, in a cafe, the math of verbal volley. No… Read More

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Opportunity, Inspiration, Discipline, and Anxiety Ahead

By Luci Westphal

I’m not sure which feeling came first: honored or startled. A few weeks ago, I sat through a rather intense online experience with many invisible peers, as we watched a… Read More

Continuing the Painting Process

By Fran Failla

The Next Step In my last blog/story, “Beginning the Painting Process”, I outlined the first steps to creating a finished still life oil painting. There I took the process from… Read More

An Ode to Our Library System

By Vanessa Cunto

Being an avid user of our library system, I often find myself led to unexpected literary treasures. In a quest for William Morris’s ‘How We Live and How We Might… Read More

Original oil painting of Old Tampa Bay

In Constant Conversation

By Harriet Monzon-Aguirre

When I sit to think about what I want to share for the Artist Story blog Creative Pinellas Emerging Artist Grant Artist Story I ask myself what has already been… Read More

Beginning The Painting Process

By Fran Failla

As a visual artist, working with oil paints as my medium, I usually go from initial idea, to setting up the still life, to sitting down in front of my… Read More

A Leap Forward

By Antonia Lewandowski

One Wednesday afternoon in fall  2021, I walked into the Creative Pinellas art gallery, having read about it in the Sunday Tampa Bay Times. The work I saw in the… Read More

Inspiration Behind the Drawing “Override”

By Vanessa Cunto

In this drawing, I am working with elements often found in Dutch Golden Age paintings that not only symbolize the transience of human existence but also serve as poignant reminders… Read More

Brimming with Excitement

By Harriet Monzon-Aguirre

  Brimming with excitement. That is how it feels to have been awarded the Emerging Artist Grant from Creative Pinellas. I admit that painting on larger canvases instills a healthy… Read More

Entering The Experience

By Fran Failla

The Start I’m sure that there have been dozens of artists before me that were lucky enough to receive an artist grant from Creative Pinellas. So technically, I shouldn’t feel… Read More

That’s a wrap!

By Elizabeth Barenis

As the grant period draws to a close, I look back at the past five months in gratitude to Creative Pinellas for their continued support of my journey as a… Read More

A Rose by Any Other Name (except Idalia)

By Elizabeth Barenis

There’s nothing quite like the threat of losing everything to shake up one’s life. My first major hurricane experience came in 2017, when Irma was headed straight for us as… Read More

Making New Work

By Andee Scott

First of all, thank you. Thank you to Creative Pinellas for the incredible support you provide for artists in Pinellas County. Thank you in particular to Charlene Harrison. Charlene, please… Read More

The Shape of Memory

By Andee Scott

Video: The Shape of Memory (excerpt) I created this piece for my mother in the spring of 2023. I am so grateful that I have a place to put all… Read More

Upcoming Work: Robert Moses

By Andee Scott

Another project I have on the horizon is the commission of a new duet from renowned San Francisco-based choreographer, Robert Moses, for Bliss Kohlmyer and myself. We applied for and… Read More

MOVE! St. Pete Dance Festival

By Andee Scott

In 2022, I received a Pinellas Partnership grant which stipulated partnering with a local arts organization in order to support creative research. One of the main areas of focus for… Read More

Dance in the Time of the Coronavirus

By Andee Scott

During the summer of 2020, as we were just (barely) emerging from the lockdown, Amanda Sieradzki and I were commiserating about the state (lack) of live dance in these (early)… Read More

How did the pandemic change you?

By Andee Scott

As a dancer, the pandemic was devastating, particularly the lockdown. Dance is a social art form – we take class together, we rehearse together, we perform together – for an… Read More

The Invitation Situation: Sarasota premiere, Dec. 2023

By Andee Scott

This is a project I have been working on since the zoom-days of the pandemic – late 2020-ish. In the great pandemic shifting of life from 3-D to 2-D, moving… Read More

What do you practice?

By Andee Scott

Tracking is both a fundamental and a meta skill in dancing. The ability to sense/feel the complexity of what one’s body is doing is essential to becoming a compelling dancer… Read More

On Grief

By Andee Scott

I lost my mother two years ago. I didn’t actually lose her, she passed away. She didn’t pass away, she died. She’s gone. She’s not here anymore. Except that she… Read More

Dancers

What does it mean to dance?

By Andee Scott

Close your eyes for 15 seconds and imagine yourself dancing (with zero judgment). What were you doing? What were you wearing? How old were you? Where were you? Were you… Read More

Some of my favorite performances this coming season

By Anna Kate Mackle

As I near the end of my summer break and get ready for performance season to start up in September, I’ve started thinking about the various concerts coming up and… Read More

The joy of commissioning new music

By Anna Kate Mackle

One of the most fulfilling projects that I have been a part of in my career has been the creation of a harp and percussion duo with my husband, The… Read More

The Worlds

By Eric MacNeill

The first time I traveled to Scotland was in August 2004, to compete at the World Pipe Band Championships.  From that first trip, I was hooked and completely fell in… Read More

Sacred Stone

By Christina Bertsos

There is a compelling force that drives my artistic practice. It feels automatic, but my strong curiosity and search for meaning in everything beckon me to ask the “why” behind… Read More

What It Was Like Attending a Flash Fiction Writing Retreat in Colorado

By Courtney Clute

Imagine: you’re tucked away on a cliffside lodge in the Colorado mountains, within walking distance from Rocky Mountain National Park trails. The air is crisp and cool, the afternoon sun… Read More

Windfield No.1

By Mikhail Mansion

UPDATED 8/28/2023 …I wanted to do something a little different with this post. I’ve decided to turn it into a “living” blog post, continuously updating with details of my process… Read More

A painting by Elizabeth Barenis is shown, depicting a vibrant white bird of paradise flower with multiple blooms and a green and yellow background.

Paradise Found

By Elizabeth Barenis

With the exception of an occasional request for parrots, most of the birds that I paint grow from the ground. They are birds of paradise.   Although it is native… Read More

How I spend the off-season

By Anna Kate Mackle

Being a professional musician can be a 7-day-a-week, 365-days-a-year job. Schedules are unpredictable and can range from rehearsals in the mornings and afternoons to performances in the evenings, with practicing… Read More

Elizabeth Barenis is shown wearing a pink hat and standing next to her painting of two monk parakeets on a navy blue background. One parakeet is perched on a cypress branch; the other is mid-flight with wings spread. Behind and overhead are oranges and orange blossoms hanging.

The Artist and Her Symbols (Part 3)

By Elizabeth Barenis

My last two blog posts have centered on three-dimensional work I’ve made using the bird as a symbol for transformation. And if you’re curious about other iterations of that work,… Read More

A great drum sound

By Eric MacNeill

Playing the drums is one of the things I enjoy most in my life.  But something I also really enjoy is listening to great playing and there’s no doubt that… Read More

Mikhail Mansion, Truchet Tiles

The Truchet Series

By Mikhail Mansion

Truchet tiling is a valuable technique for crafting intricate geometric designs using tiny tiles. Originally conceived by French mathematician Roger Truchet in the early 18th century, it has been widely… Read More

Forged With Love

By Christina Bertsos

Nestled high in the mountains of  Tuscany lies the small village of  Pomezzana, home of the family-run business, Milani Utensili. Visiting this idyllic place and meeting the lovely Milani family… Read More

Preparing for My First Writing Retreat

By Courtney Clute

The ultimate dream of any writer is to devote 100% of their time to their craft in a full-time capacity. However, in most instances, this is just not feasible. There’s… Read More

Keeping performance anxiety under control

By Anna Kate Mackle

As a professional musician, I perform in front of people constantly. Sometimes it is in front of smaller audiences in a room or small theater, and sometimes in front of… Read More

Glengarry Highland Games

By Eric MacNeill

The Glengarry Highland Games are held each year in the small community of Maxville, Ontario, which is about a one hour drive west of Ottawa, Ontario.  This is one of… Read More

Mikhail Mansion, L-System

On Algorithmic Art

By Mikhail Mansion

Recently I was invited to speak at the Dali Museum in St. Pete on the topic of algorithmic art. In this post I’d like to share some of my code… Read More

Dunedin Tide Summer school for piping & drumming

By Eric MacNeill

My first piping and drumming summer school was in the summer of 1996.  I attended the Invermark College of Piping and Drumming in mid-July for a week-long study of drumming. … Read More

Performing chamber music at a summer music festival

By Anna Kate Mackle

Each summer while The Florida Orchestra is on hiatus my husband and I travel to North Carolina to play and teach at Eastern Music Festival, a summer music festival for… Read More

The Building Blocks

By Eric MacNeill

I was fortunate to have a few really great English teachers during high school.  I still recall many of the lessons on building well-constructed sentences and how that led to… Read More

Preparing for a Solo Show!

By Shawn Dell Joyce

Getting a solo show is a big honor, and something you want to build for rather than have too quickly in your career. If you are not prepared for a… Read More

Working from other people’s photos and copyright law

By Shawn Dell Joyce

Almost every artist I know works from photos at some time or other. Most artists shoot photos that wind up being paintings, and some use photos culled from social media… Read More

The Artist and Her Symbols (Part 2)

By Elizabeth Barenis

Since I created the “Freebird” window sculpture in 2005, the bird has been a recurring symbol in my three-dimensional work. In 2012 while I was working full time as a… Read More

Dunedin Scottish Arts Foundation

By Eric MacNeill

A few weeks ago the Dunedin Scottish Arts Foundation held their Annual General Meeting to report on the past year’s activity to the local membership. I have been the president… Read More

Water, Women and Wu Wei

By Christina Bertsos

That’s a lot of W’s” but what these words also have in common is that they are what’s inspiring my latest work. Inspiration is what propels a work into existence,… Read More

Weekend Workshop: Immersive Flash Fiction Lab

By Courtney Clute

The weekend before last, I had the pleasure of participating in a 3-day weekend virtual writing workshop called “Weekend Immersive Flash Lab” led by Kathy Fish. A wonderful way to… Read More

the opening of the 2023 emerging artist show.

Beyond the Exhibition: The Artistic Journey Continues

By Jenipher Chandley

As the Emerging Artist 2023 exhibition draws to a close, I find myself eagerly looking forward to what lies ahead in my artistic journey. This transformative experience has provided me… Read More

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Navigating the Artistic Path: A Guide for Emerging Artists

By Jenipher Chandley

As an artist who has walked the path of emergence, I understand the excitement, passion, and uncertainty that comes with beginning a career in the art world. Many newer artists… Read More

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Embracing Growth: My Journey as an Emerging Artist in 2023

By Jenipher Chandley

As I reflect on my journey as an emerging artist in 2023, I can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of excitement and gratitude upon receiving the prestigious grant. This… Read More

The Lady of Shalott is a painting of 1888 by the English painter John William Waterhouse. It is a representation of the ending of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's 1832 poem of the same name.[1] Waterhouse painted three versions of this character, in 1888, 1894 and 1915. It is one of his most famous works

A Visual Artist’s Journey of Inspiration

By Jenipher Chandley

As a young girl, my journey as a visual artist began with a profound fascination for the Romanticism period of art. The use of symbolism and metaphors in the masterpieces… Read More

How to take care of your body when you are a musician

By Anna Kate Mackle

Playing an instrument is very physically demanding and uses both large and small muscle groups, and sometimes it is hard to remember to stay relaxed and loose during long hours… Read More

Transcendentalism, symbols and meanings in my paintings

By Shawn Dell Joyce

What does your art mean? Ever see the light filtering through the trees and it leaves you gobsmacked-mouth agape in wonder, eyes wide with awe? Then you have experienced Transcendentalism…. Read More

After school art class.

My Teaching Philosophy

By Marie Cummings

I believe that every person is creative. We are born that way. Art comes from our souls; it is sacred and therefore there are no “mistakes.” I encourage my students… Read More

Left over pieces of Yupo from original.

The Show Is Over

By Marie Cummings

The Art show at Creative Pinellas is over. The paintings I created for the show are down and neatly packed into my small studio. Now I’m pondering the question, “Where… Read More

Imagine Nation

By i.b.o.m.s

Imagination is the motherland of all knowledge and the precursor to all spirituality. While creating for my ghetto gods showcase I came across the word imagination but instead of leaving… Read More

Trustpassing

By i.b.o.m.s

Within the veil of original darkness I share with you not only my light but I share the very ground our hands are being trusted to hold. Trust passing was… Read More

The power of silence

By i.b.o.m.s

Often times my peers will Mistake my silence for me not caring but that could not be further from the truth. For my silence is me showing how much I… Read More

Reedr of Hearts Bearer of Watts

By i.b.o.m.s

Mystic Arts When it comes to creation nature is always the first and last inspiration. With this piece I was walking back to my studio from my family’s house. As… Read More

Music influence

By i.b.o.m.s

One thing that is a must above all else and my creation process is music. Music is the voice of each painting. Since I was young my mom and my… Read More

Anime influence

By i.b.o.m.s

For those who know my work it is no surprise that anime has been a major influence. Whether it be crazy power ups,character design,storyline or dynamic poses anime is a… Read More

Logos & Commissions

By i.b.o.m.s

Logos and commissions Often times when a client comes to me for commission they ask for rates and sizes. This may vary whether it be a digital commission or a… Read More

The Power Of Illegal Beauty On My Streets Compels You

By i.b.o.m.s

GHETTO GODS Exhibition will be taking place ., August 11, 2023 at studio 620 Located at 620 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33701 Since I was younger, the topic… Read More

Studio 69

By Marie Cummings

https://youtu.be/kZM0kN8K8eU Welcome to Studio 69, the place where I created my paintings for the Creative Pinellas Emerging Artist show. The video is on YouTube. The building was built in 1969, thus… Read More

Upcoming: My Work to be Featured In Create! Magazine

By Kimberly Engel

My work has been accepted for inclusion in Create! Magazine! Edition #40 will be available in print or digitally sometime in late 2023.  Create! Magazine is a contemporary art magazine that… Read More

The Artist and Her Symbols (Part 1)

By Elizabeth Barenis

The first time a bird appeared in my work was in 2005. I had just finished college and I had moved back to the Mississippi Delta, where the horizon has… Read More

Sharing My Work

By Marie Cummings

I love my work and means of expression as well as sharing it with others. Teaching and contributing ideas that I have learned brings joy to my heart. Richard Bach… Read More

Mentors (the importance of)

By Shawn Dell Joyce

Many artists I’ve met proudly proclaim that they are “self-taught” and for many years, I often said that myself because I didn’t learn pastel from a specific person. However, I’ve… Read More

The Making of “The Swan”

By Christina Bertsos

I am so happy to share my latest finished work with you, ” The Swan”. This piece took me 8 months to complete and is carved from a 300 lb… Read More

Monthly Literary Reading Series: Read Herring

By Courtney Clute

Intro to Read Herring Since 2019, I’ve had the pleasure of hosting and co-coordinating a literary reading series called Read Herring. Read Herring occurs every third Wednesday of the month…. Read More

Gallery Visited

By Kate Cummins

Galleries like pubs are on every corner in London England. Yes I am exaggerating but there are so many art shops, art supply shops, museums and galleries boutiques and exhibitions… Read More