Healing Inspired by Zora

By Kendra N. Bryant. Creating a work on Zora Neale Hurston might seem trite for a Florida literary journal. However, years ago, while I was a student of Deborah G. Plant, Hurston scholar who edited Hurston’s Barracoon, I asked her, “How much more can we write about Zora?” Just as much as we can write about love, she said. & so it is…. Read More

Robyn Crosa

Robyn Crosa was born in Miami, Florida to immigrant families from Lebanon and Cuba. Her early childhood was spent in the Tampa Bay area, later relocating to the greater Atlanta… Read More

Mitzi Gordon

Mitzi Jo Gordon is a multidisciplinary artist based in St. Petersburg, Florida, whose practice centers on social engagement and publicly-accessible installations. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in journalism from NYU… Read More

Creating Gourd-geous Art

By Robyn Crosa and Christina Marko. An NEA/Pinellas Recovers grant update. Visual artist Robyn Crosa has a solo exhibition, Gourdgeous Goddess Gals, on display at the Largo Public Library. Robyn first became enchanted by gourds when she was in a small town country store in Georgia. “When I looked at the basket of gourds, it looked like my mother and my sisters and I sitting together… Read More

Community Healing Through Visual Art

By Dwaine Watts. An art community is a place where people of all ethnicity, gender, ideology can express their artistic talents freely without repercussions. It is a place that provides a platform for freedom of expression in any art form. It inspires and nurtures the growth of one’s talents. I began drawing in my early years growing up because I wanted to. I never thought of it as my true calling in life. … Read More

The Crystal Clear Pond

By Pamela Joy Trow. I was awarded an NEA grant from Creative Pinellas for a project encompassing my poem, Scanned Electron Microscope images and a message about the unseen world of water pollution. With the focus on engaging both children and adults in Pinellas County, the project vehicle is a coloring book to educate and provide solutions to achieving clean water…. Read More

Art Therapy in Tarpon Springs

By Robin Saenger. Peace4Tarpon is a community initiative that began in 2010 making Tarpon Springs the first trauma-informed community in the nation. One healing method we wholly embrace is Art Therapy and several of our community partners offer this healing opportunity in their practices…. Read More

Performing Arts in Paint

Creative Clay’s member artists showcase work inspired by a wide range of performing arts at the Mahaffey Theater, when the Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts hosts their Inaugural Community Art Exhibit. On June 16 from 5:30-7:30 pm the Mahaffey hosts a public reception with a live acoustic set by Nate Najar and Daniela Soledad. Artwork is available for sale…. Read More

Inspired By Chihuly

The Morean Arts Center wanted to see what glass artist Dale Chihuly’s impact is on artists who work in other mediums. They selected 10 area muralists, painters, installation artists, ceramicists and more – and asked each to select a piece from the Chihuly Collection they admire, and create a work of art ‘inspired by’ that particular piece…. Read More

Beautiful Grief

By Kayte Bush. I approached the Gallery at Creative Pinellas anxious to see the exhibit featuring artwork and memories from loved ones who have passed away. After the last two years of heartbreak and loss, my expectations were heavy. I was very surprised that I didn’t leave with a tear-stained face but instead, a soft gentle nudge towards healing. I felt as though I had gotten to know these beloved artists, their family members and friends…. Read More

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