Things to Do
Tampa Bay Arts Scene
Welcome to Creative Pinellas’ ongoing, continually updated listing of upcoming and ongoing events. We’ve created this listing to help locals find enriching and amusing things to do in their spare time and provide visitors with an event guide that reflects the diversity of culture in the central west coast region of Florida.
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Catherine Wheel/ICU Reunion Inspired by the Museum of Fine Arts’ upcoming Theo Wujcik exhibition, the MFA will present in concert the original members of local 1980s/90s favorites ICU and the Catherine Wheel, who will play together for the first time in almost 25 years. The young five-piece cut their teeth in underground music clubs like the long defunct Impulse and Masquerade in Ybor City, St. Pete’s Channel Zero at Club Detroit and Gulfport’s Swamp Club. Featuring Jonathan Harrison, Gerald Hammill, Martin Conner, and Doug Prescott, they will be joined on keyboards by good friend Mark Warren, a member of Mod-L Citizen, back-in-the-day contemporaries of ICU. Coinciding with the Theo Wujcik exhibition, the group will focus on their original material from 1987 to 1991, halcyon days for both the band and Wujcik, who would often be seen in the same Ybor City club or after party. April 20, 6 p.m. fine-arts.org.
44th Annual Mainsail Art Festival Return to the picturesque setting of Vinoy Park for one of St. Pete’s premier cultural events on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Browse a wide variety of fine art, take the juniors to the Kid’s Create tent, enjoy live music and “a vast assortment” of food and drink. The Mainsail committee of hard-working volunteers produces the annual festival, which exhibits artists competing for $60,000 in prize money. Click here for information and updates.
Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival See elaborate sculptures made out of sand inside a 21,000-square-foot tent. The event used to be a around a week long and now runs 17 days, through April 28. $10 adults, $8 children 4-10, free for 3 and younger. $8 for seniors, military, police, firefighters and teachers with proper identification. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Pier 60, Clearwater Beach. 727-871-8060. sugarsandfestival.com.
QUEST: A Celebration of Glass/SunLit Ekphrastic Presented in tandem with the Glass Art Society Conference (GAS) March 29-31 in St. Petersburg, Duncan McClellan and Mary Childs have curated an exhibition of glass masters at Florida CraftArt. The exhibition features artists from across North America who draw on mythological, cultural and personal imagery. Each work of art, they say, illustrates the artist’s intimate and expansive journey of self-exploration and communication. Paul J. Nelson talks about his art on April 18, 5:30 p.m., and a closing reception with people’s choice award will take place April 20, 5:30-7 p.m. 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. For more information, visit FloridaCraftArt.org.
5th Annual SunLit Festival The SunLit Festival brings together cultural organizations, writers, artists and businesses for 18 days of “Litertainment.” It runs April 11-28. Proceeds will support Keep St. Pete Lit’s literary programming. Read story by Tiffany Razzano here. keepstpetelit.org/sunlit-festival.
Festivals & Celebrations
Cocktails & Collections Visit the Museum of Fine Arts the third Thursday of each month to mingle into the Museum garden and browse the galleries after regular opening hours. Enjoy live music in the Marly Room, order from a bar and partake of hors d’ouevres served in the gardens. Free or museum members. Takes place third Thursday of month 5-7 p.m. Click here for details.
Jamboree at the James The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art invites members and potential future members to celebrate their first anniversary by kicking up their heels and enjoying Western dance instruction by Swing Time, live music by Cadillac Cowboys and a specialty menu by Dr. BBQ. Dress code includes blue jeans, cowboy boots & hats, western shirts or other gear that evokes the Wild West. Saturday, April 27, 6-10 p.m., 150 Central Ave, St. Petersburg. $250 per person, $10,000 for sponsor table. Click here for information and tickets.
Painting in the Park Bring the kids to the MFA for a free, hands-on arts and crafts event. Includes 13 art stations, and the NOMAD Art Bus will pull up to the event. Dog-friendly, the event will offer a dog-watering station, beverages, food trucks, and beer from Green Bench Brewery. Noon-4 April 28, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. http://mfastpete.org.
Upcoming Visual Art Events, Openings & Receptions
Before Dalí: Goya – Visions & Inventions One of Spain’s most influential artists, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828) made his mark on the world with paintings, drawings and etchings celebrated for their revolutionary spirit. Goya’s life and works deeply influenced Salvador Dalí and are considered by many scholars to be the basis for modern art, bridging Classicism and Romanticism and introducing democratic themes into a previously elite art form. The exhibition will feature two suites of first-edition prints, published in Goya’s lifetime, alongside three significant paintings representing unique themes of Goya’s works. Includes Los Caprichos (1799), arguably one of Goya’s most famous works (through Sept . 15). La Tauromaquia (1816), which depicts the evolution and history of Iberian bullfighting, will be featured in a series of satirical prints that explore his visions of the superstitions and societal ills, on view mid-September through the end of the exhibit, Both suites highlight Goya’s printmaking, which was new in his day. Opens June 15 at The Dalí Museum, One Dalí Boulevard, St. Petersburg. 727-823-3767, TheDalí.org.
Undertones: The University of Tampa’s BFA graduation Exhibition Discover promising artists on the verge of breaking out. Undertones features 10 graduating artists working in a variety of techniques, including oil painting, papermaking, photography, experimental printmaking, encaustic painting, mixed media, sculpture, ceramic and video installation. The title references two main aspects of the exhibition: The techniques and processes within the artwork, which incorporate the influence of time on the visible surface of the art, plus political, emotional, ecological, personal, economic and social concerns. The seniors featured in the exhibition study art therapy, painting, drawing, printmaking and graphic design at UT. A reception will close the exhibition on Friday, May 10, 7-9 p.m. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, 310 N. Boulevard. or more information, contact Jocelyn Boigenzahn, gallery director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 813-253-6217.
Visual Magic: Dalí’s Masterworks in Augmented Reality Brace yourself for a breakthrough special exhibition at The Dalí Museum this summer, when museum-goers can enjoy the Salvador Dalí masterworks thought a high-tech lens that uses Augmented Reality (AR). All we can tell you now is that the technology will provide information and a deeper understanding of the meaning behind Dalí works and was created after gaining feedback from visitors who’ve enjoyed other virtual experiences such as the museum’s cloud room in the Magritte & Dalí exhibition. What’s more surreal than that? Opens June 15 at The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg. 727-823-3767, TheDalí.org.
Abstract Expressionism: A Social Revolution, Selections from the Haskell Collection Get up close to the works of Willem de Kooning, Hans Hofmann and Helen Frankenthaler as well as newer artists. Runs through Aug. 11 at the Tampa Museum of Art, tampamuseum.org.
The Cultural Connections of Edward S. Curtis The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art displays the images of early 20th century photographer Edward S. Curtis, who traveled the country to document “vanishing” Native American cultures. Curtis’ vivid portraits and scenes from daily life captured a humanity and a romantic view that appealed to the Anglo-American public of the day. His respect for Native people was ahead of his time, and the relationships he nurtured allowed for information gathering that would have otherwise been lost to history. Step back in time to explore tribal traditions and early photographic processes through Curtis’ lens, with premier images and masterworks on loan from the Robb and Susan Hough collection. thejamesmuseum.org.
Imagine Museum Imagine Museum’s collection presents major works of American art created by founding, leading, current and emerging artists working in the field of studio glass. imaginemuseum.com.
Leepa-Rattner Museum Artists Nathan Beard, Akiko Kotani and Rob Tarbell reveal unique and innovative art-making processes in UNEXPECTED: Art by Alternative Means, an intriguingly multifaceted exhibition at the Leepa-Rattner Museum. Beard utilizes a labor-intensive art process using tape as a means to create complex, undulating layers of painted patterns. Kotani is a fiber artist who creates drawings with bamboo silk thread, explores mark-making on glass and crochets a “melting wall” from plastic. Tarbell employs the medium of smoke to create portraits on paper and porcelain. All three artists will present a gallery talk at the museum on Sunday, April 14, at 3 p.m. Event is included with admission, and the works will be up through May 19. Additional exhibitions include David McKirdy: From the Collection (through May 19); Rattner and Surrealism (through July 7); Elemental: Fine Crafts from the Collection (through Sept. 15); and Made in Florida: The Art of Giving (through Aug. 9, 2020). leeparattner.org.
Museum of Fine Arts A Feast for the Eyes: European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection, shows through July 28. Featuring 40 Old Master paintings of still lifes, landscapes and banquet scenes from the 17th and 18th centuries, the exhibition includes artists from the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Spain. On loan from the Grasset family of Spain, the exhibition will be shown publicly for only the second time internationally; Theo Wujcik: Cantos, begins April 13 and runs through June 2. The show celebrates literary references in the work of the late accomplished master printer and painter — his series inspired by Dante’s Inferno; Fairyland Lustre: The Darkly Magical World of Daisy Makeig-Jones continues through Aug. 11. The exhibition excites the eye with vivid colors, metallic surfaces, and oftentimes bizarre imagery. mfastpete.org,
Penumbra: Corridor of Ambience The fine art worlds of Tampa and St. Pete often converge when speaking of the painter, muralist and installation artist Ya la’Ford. Her upcoming installation at Seminole Heights’ Tempus Projects will take the viewer into a transformed and illuminated space with geometric-laden layers. On view through May 3. The gallery is at 4636 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. tempus-projects.com.
Pin Point: David McKirdy with special guest Larry Allen Leslie Curran Gallery presents two artists with a keen attention to detail. David McKirdy lives and works in Tampa. His patterns and fields “evoke associations from the atomic to the cosmic.” The origins of his award-winning body of work came from his time at the University of South Florida where he earned a master’s degree in biology before launching his art career. The dots he once used to illustrate scientific specimens, as well as his penchant for experimenting with materials, are the basis for his signature abstract dot fields. Larry Allen, a graduate of Berea College, has spent decades perfecting the glazes and techniques you can find today in his art work. All of his pottery is wheel-thrown, made from a special black stoneware clay. The formed vessels are covered with a slip solution followed by a wax coating that allows for carving of designs into the clay, a technique known as Sgraffito. The vessels are bisque fired, then the interior is glazed and fired again to maturity. Exhibition opens April 9 and will be up through May 25. Reception is Saturday, April 13, 6-9 p.m. articlesstpete.com.
Roadside Attractions April Seelbach left her homebase in St. Pete and took to the road to travel the country by van, but the resulting timeless and nostalgic paintings that organically emerged have turned out to be the artist’s bread and butter. Read Creative Pinellas interview here. Runs through April 28. Gallery hours are Saturdays 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m.-3 p.m. or by appointment. Click here for Facebook event page.
Second Saturday Art Walk, St. Petersburg The Central Arts District, EDGE District, Grand Central District, Warehouse Arts District and downtown Waterfront District unite once a month to extend hours of studios and galleries. Expect romantic/Valentine’s Day themes with gift ideas that offer a unique, personalized, local-friendly alternative to candy and flowers. Find a map of participating galleries, studios, trolley stops and parking options at stpeteartsalliance.org/artwalk. Free ArtWalk Trolleys run every 30 minutes. In addition, the Waterfront District galleries can be seen by using the free Downtown Looper, which runs every 15 minutes.
Sheryl Oring: Writer’s Block A grid stretching dozens of feet, 18 rusty metal cages imprison hundreds of 1920s and ’30s-era typewriters. The silence of Sheryl Oring’s sculptural installation powerfully implicates a 1933 Nazi book burning while protesting censorship today. 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. creativepinellas.org.
Theo Wujcik: Cantos Runs through June 2 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Cantos celebrates literary references in the work of the late Tampa master printer and painter — specifically, his series inspired by Dante’s Inferno. 255 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg. Read more details at fine-arts.org.
Bill Graham & the Rock and Roll Revolution Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution explores the extraordinary life of renowned music promoter Bill Graham (1931- 1991) who helped launch and promote the careers of numerous rock & roll artists. The exhibition also looks at the life of a trailblazer brought to the United States as an 11-year-old Jewish refugee fleeing the Nazis, fueling a lifelong passion and advocacy for justice. Extended through June 30 at the Florida Holocaust Museum. flholocaustmuseum.org.
Peace Memorial Concert Series Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church (the pink church downtown) hosts touring, internationally acclaimed ensembles at 110 S. Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. After concerts, there is a light reception in the fellowship hall. peacememorial.org. Click here for a schedule.
Woodson Chamber Concert Enjoy a Sunday afternoon immersed in art and music at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum in St. Petersburg. Admission is pay what you can at the door; proceeds benefit the museum. Seating is limited. The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum is located at 2240 Ninth Ave. S., St Petersburg.
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Lectures & Literary Events
True Stories Writers are invited to share tales. Stories start at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month, so get there early to get your name in the bucket, grab a seat, and order drinks and dinner. $5 at the door. Click here to reserve a spot as a reader.
The 14th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival The St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission team up once again to celebrate movie magic April 25-28 at the AMC Sundial Theaters and other venues in downtown St. Petersburg. Official selections include feature films with Jim Gaffigan, Ed Asner, Anna Paquin, Melissa Leo and Cynthia Nixon. Also, the Martin Scorsese-produced feature Tomorrow, spotlights a war veteran who’s befriended by a man who lives every day as though it’s his last. It won Best Feature Film at the Savannah Film Festival. Of the 128 films there are 106 shorts, 14 narrative feature films and five documentaries. In addition to flicks from the United States, there will be movies from Canada, Chile, Ecuador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Italy, Kenya, Latvia, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. For festival information, visit sunscreenfilmfestival.com.
Creatives Support & Workshops
LitSpace Writing Classes Keep St. Pete Lit’s LitSpace offers low-cost, professional-quality lessons in writing poetry and fiction, creativity workshops and other literary-inspired classes. The classes give a voice to the community and helps create a vibrant new literary arts scene for St. Pete. $10-15 per class. The LitSpace Literary Arts Institute is located in the Morean Arts Center, 720 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. moreanartscenter.org, keepstpetelit.org.
SHAMc Peer Review Group Essayists, fiction writers and poets are invited every fourth Wednesday of the month to the Safety Harbor Art and Music Center (706 2nd St. N., Safety Harbor) at 6:30 p.m. until all writers have presented. Bring one project (one poem, one chapter, one essay, one short story) of no more than 2,000 words, double-spaced, 12-point font, and the group will help you make it shine. Please come prepared as there are no copy machines or staplers available at SHAMc. Rules for critique and the way this group functions will be posted on safetyharborwritersandpoets.com.
Gulfport Rise & Shine Grant The Gulfport Merchant’s Chamber (GMC) strives to support Gulfport’s and Pinellas County’s creative community and to promote Gulfport as an art destination. Two grants, including funding, marketing/advertising support, and exhibition space will be offered with a total value of $1000 each. Preference will given to artists residing in Gulfport. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Each grant includes $500 up front to be used exclusively for displays, materials and supplies related to the artist’s aspirations; $300 in 10 paid booth reservations at the twice monthly Gulfport Art and Gallery Walks within a one-year period, with direct professional social media and marketing support; quarterly mentorship with a professional artist board member and one-on-one consultations with the art committee throughout the year; and $200 after completing 10 events and a post grant report. All grant monies are expected to go directly into the artist creating work and creating a professional display that can be used for future festivals and shows. Applicants must furnish proof of residency, a resume, artist statement, digital images of previous work and online links. For complete details, go to VisitGulfportFlorida.com and click on “Artist Grant” at the bottom of the home page. For questions, send email to email@example.com.