Glass is Hot and Learning is Cool

By Tom Winchester. The DMG School Project brings the art of glass to students who don’t otherwise have access to this art by offering demonstrations and workshops on-site at local schools. This project is funded, in part, by the Pinellas County Recovers Grant that’s awarded by Creative Pinellas through the National Endowment for the Arts’ American Rescue Plan. The DMG School Project helps to put the power of creativity into the hands of the next generation…. Read More

Creating a Chess Set and Community

By Jackie Kaufman. The St. Petersburg Chess Club is a hidden gem close to downtown St. Pete. They have been operating in the same location longer than any other chess club in the United States, 91 years – yes that is right, since 1931 in the same building. Through this NEA/Pinellas Recovers grant project, the members will make their own individual chess pieces out of pewter, and learn the whole creative process.
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Frankenthaler and Martin – A Delicious Pairing

By Tony Wong Palms. The Lyrical Moment exhibition currently at the USF Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) features the works of two artists – Helen Frankenthaler and Heather Gwen Martin. Can there be a more different pairing of two artists? Probably yes, but in this case, while both fit the category of abstract artists, in a way The Lyrical Moment is an exhibition of two halves as the artworks representing each artist come off different routes and media, each speaking from a very different point in history…. Read More

Community Dance Classes Welcome Everyone

By Amanda Sieradzki. In November, I began an interdisciplinary, community dance class at downtown Tampa’s Water Works Park Pavilion. Classes are donation-based and open to anyone who wants to discover the world around them through movement and poetry. my goal as writer, poet, dancer and educator, is to provide a safe, welcoming environment for anyone with a desire to reconnect with themselves through movement…. Read More

Visual Storytelling

By Judy Vienneau. Judy Vienneau’s recent art employs her talent for using various media, paint and a unique technique with wire to “draw in space,” resulting in artwork which falls somewhere between two and three dimensions. In Visual Storytelling, Judy Vienneau presents pieces which portray concepts of human social interaction, as well as environmental concerns. … Read More

Bilingual Artist Talk with Robyn Crosa

By Robyn Crosa. On Saturday, July 9 at 3 pm Robyn Crosa will host an Artist Talk at Gallery 120 at Largo Public Library about her solo exhibition, Gourdgeous Goddess Gals. The event includes a children’s storytelling time and a musical performance of the folksong “Follow the Drinking Gourd.” There will be a Spanish language interpreter at the event and it will be videotaped … Read More

Celebrating Books as Art

By Emily Lee Stehle. I was thrilled to witness this celebration. I was not prepared to see the diverse variety and the indescribable beauty of “books” at the Beyond Words: Celebrating Books as Art exhibit. Books were made out of paper, recycled and handmade paper, museum board, metal, clay, leather, fabric, glass, wood, edible flowers and herbs embedded in pastillage dough, found objects – and even, books…. Read More

A Lyrical Collaboration

By Kurt Loft. Two visionary women of the art world combine for a powerful impression in the new exhibition The Lyrical Moment: Modern and Contemporary Abstraction by Helen Frankenthaler and Heather Gwen Martin, through July 30 at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum. This Thursday evening, students and faculty from the USF School of Music perform original interpretations of the visual artwork…. Read More

The Art of Synchronized Swimming

By Amanda Sieradzki. I step through the side gate to the Southwest Pool, part of the Largo Recreation Center and home of the Suncoast WaterWorks’ Synchronized Swimming team. The club thrives as Pinellas County’s only competitive synchronized swimming program. I’m mind-boggled by the endurance demonstrated by these young swimmers who so often hold their breath while achieving the unimaginable. I’m also elated… Read More

Listeners Connect with Ona Kirei

By Kurt Loft. “If I’m authentic on the stage, with the music I do, the way I sing, how I present myself – the audience, no matter their background, will connect with what I’m giving them,” says Ona Kirei. “I try to focus on that everywhere I go and I always feel the warmth of the audience, and it’s the best feeling ever.” Kirei believes people need that “best feeling” in large doses today because of the anxiety from COVID, mass shootings and so much political division. “Art always plays one of the biggest roles in difficult times… Read More

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