Mermaids and Myths at The Factory

I am always keeping my eye out for calls to exhibit work especially locally and nationally. I regularly select exhibitions to apply to based on whether or not the work I have already created fits that of the  theme or concept that the curator has chosen.

Severance by Kimberly Engel Acrylic on Canvas 60 x 48 inches 2020

Two of my paintings were selected for the current exhibit, Mermaids and Myths at The Factory in  St. Petersburg. I created them in 2020 at the height of the pandemic.  Then as now, my creative process starts with little to no intention. I start off thinking that I will create some kind of abstraction but soon I often find the water elements emerge. The atmospheric build up of space along with unplanned figurative components also appear. Sometimes I paint the recognizable objects out, other times the composition shifts to accommodate them.

Shore by Kimberly Engel Acrylic on Canvas 36 X 48 inches 2020

The opening was so engaging that I forgot to document it on video and take pictures of the space while I was there. I had a blast walking through the artists’ studio spaces adjacent to the gallery. I talked to many people and the evening was filled with memorable conversations.  Here is a select preview of work from the participating artists that also have work in this dynamic show. Please come and celebrate National Mermaid Day Wednesday March 29th by planning a trip to the Fairgrounds and the Factory while visiting some of the artists that have studio spaces here.

The Lost Slaves by Ashley Welch


Sarah Shepeard


Lucky Leroy

Mermaids and Myths will be up through March. Gallery hours are 7 days a week 12-6PM. The Factory is located at 2606 Fairfield Ave. S In St Petersburg, Florida. The gallery is accessible by the entrance to the Fairgrounds.

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