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Emerging Artist Grant 20

A Grand Experiment – Emerging Artist 2020!

By Emily Stehle

2020: NOT THE BEST YEAR Blog #1, Nov. 4, 2020 I have to admit, 2020 has not been a stellar year for most of us. But it is the year… Read More

Listen Up Film Series presents We Are Little Zombies

By Lea Umberger

By Lea Umberger You may have heard/ read in my previous blog that Listen Up Film Series hit it 2nd Anniversary and we are celebrating by teaming with Oscilloscope Laboratories… Read More

Emerging Artist Grant 21

How Long Does it Take to Write a Play

By Tatiana Baccari

By Tatiana Baccari   How long does it take to write a play? For some, they write a play in 24 hours. For others, it can take weeks, months, even… Read More

A Petrified Forest

By Takeya Trayer

A Petrified Forest   The trunks and branches bare no leaves The trees still made sound The wicked wind from the West huffed and puffed The roots held tight to… Read More

The Opening

By Yuly Restrepo

Emerging Artists Paint a Vivid Picture of the 2021 Emerging Artists Exhibition When I walked into the Creative Pinellas Gallery on Wednesday, July 14 for the opening of the 2021… Read More

From Solitude to Togetherness

By Chelsea Catherine

Emerging Artists Paint a Vivid Picture of the 2021 Emerging Artists Exhibition Writing has always been a solitary pursuit for me. I’m an only child of much older parents and… Read More

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon or My Misadventures in Social Connecting And the Installation Blog #26

By Emily Lee Stehle

We were done with Blog #25, so I thought. But some things have happened since then that will complete Part 1 of my Emerging Artist journey. My story, my work… Read More

Emerging Artist Grant 22

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


By Marie Cummings

A month after it was delivered I received a facebook message from CalNY asking me if  the painting “Huey Tiatoani” was still available for purchase.  I confess I do not… Read More

Hank Rippert, My Dad

By Heather Rippert

What can I say about my Dad? I could speak for hours and hours about him and about our relationship. I’ll do my best to give a deep glimpse into… Read More

Ricks and Rippert; A Friendship Steeped in Forever

By Heather Rippert

Ricks & Rippert, a friendship steeped in forever… Kellie Ricks and I met in art school at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 1989. Kellie’s roommate, Tracy, was in… Read More


By Kayte and Adam Bush

When my words flood out onto the page, someone’s paint splatters across a canvas or melodic tunes drift by on a whisper of the wind only the musician can hear…… Read More

Emerging Artist Grant 23

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

Im painting a mural for the first fresh fest in tampa

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

A photo of my dear friends Irma and william at the emerging artist 23 opening

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

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

Emerging Artist Grant 24

Planned Obsolescence

By Vanessa Cunto

Here in St. Petersburg, we are incredibly fortunate to host a museum dedicated to the Arts and Crafts Movement. This museum is a testament to a period that emphasized the… Read More

A Foot Forward

By Antonia Lewandowski

Putting My Foot Forward Early in February, while most people were thinking about hearts, flowers, and chocolate, I was paying attention to the color gray – specifically the dull gray… Read More

writing on the public walls and in-between spaces installation at Creative Pinellas

Your Thoughts, Feelings, and Actions Inside In-Between Spaces

By Luci Westphal

If you have seen the installation I created for the 2024 Emerging Artists Exhibit, then you probably know it’s a growing, changing, and interactive artwork. There three main dynamic aspects… Read More

My Artist Talk: A Revelation

By Fran Failla

Well, the opening reception for the 2024 Emerging Artists has come and gone. It was an amazing and thrilling evening. Hundreds of people came out, many of whom I know… Read More

Old Box #13: Because Art, Like A Dermatologist in Love, Knows Exactly How to Read A Viewer’s Face

By Thomas Sayers Ellis

The photographer steps in, when, at the very second the art being viewed turns the viewer’s face into an art influenced by art, another expression of the artist or shall… Read More

Pinellas Recovers Grant 2022

Pinellas Recovers Grants

By Creative Pinellas

New Funding Opportunity for Pinellas Arts Organizations and Professional Artists.
Get ready to apply to Creative Pinellas’ Pinellas Recovers grants funded through the National Endowment for the Arts. 
Creative Pinellas is excited to announce applications for Pinellas Recovers grants will open online on February 1 at 3PM…. Read More

Professional Artist Grant 19

July 20. . . Reading and Revising

By Sheila Cowley

July 20. . . Reading and Revising This week I get a new version of Dancing together, thanks to feedback from the teacher and students of the PlayPenn New Play… Read More

April 20. . . Trio, Duck, Perception Shift

By Sheila Cowley

April 20. . . Trio, Duck, Perception Shift Sending scripts out to development and production opportunities this week, like every week, and working on rewrites of The Burlesque Astronomy Play…. Read More

March 16. . .  GASP!

By Sheila Cowley

March 16. . .  GASP!   When David Warner asked Helen Hansen French and I last fall to come up with an outdoor dance-theatre piece for  Creative Loafing’s GASP! Festival,… Read More

Professional Artist Grant 20

Back to Teaching

By Sarah Emery

pc: Sorcha Augustine I have been teaching dance for 20+ years. When the pandemic happened, like many others, I took time to assess what I wanted for my life and… Read More

Beyond The Drama and Into The Symbolism

By JasonHackenwerth

The symbols happen spontaneously but are edited with consideration. Many of the marks I make even in the form of numbers, letters, or words happen spontaneously. There is often an… Read More

Why Make Them So Big

By JasonHackenwerth

Making Huge Paintings Is Exciting But The Challenges Are Just As Big An important component of my DARKMATTER exhibition are the four extra-large paintings. When guests walk in to the… Read More

Secret to Self-Tape Success

By Courtney Elvira

After a very active summer full of self-tape auditions and successful bookings (I booked a SAG film, but I’ll get to that in a future post), I figured I should… Read More

Happy New Year – a Sparks Collaborative Film

By Paula Kramer

September 8, 2020 BLOG #7 HAPPY NEW YEAR a Sparks Collaborative Film By PAULA KRAMER . . . Well, our interdisciplinary project has Sparked a wild, loop-the-loop ride through time… Read More

Professional Artist Grant 21

Do It Anyway

By Tenea Johnson

Well that went quickly. Already it’s time for the last blog post. The last 5 months have been packed with events both personal and professional. I’ve appreciated the opportunity to… Read More

Too Modest?

By Don Gialanella

By Don Gialanella Too Modest? An anti–artist‘s statement for my last blog entry! Self deprecating and satirical, from the point of an artist with impostor syndrome. Donald was born on a dark… Read More

Blueprints for Better Words

By Tenea Johnson

Writing speculative fiction acquaints one with liminal spaces: where things come to be, areas of transition. Luckily that’s one of my favorite places to be.  Again I find myself in… Read More


By Tenea Johnson

August 2021 | By Tenea D. Johnson   An artistic career demands many decisions that enable one to create before you can even get to the decisions in the creative… Read More

Seeing Creativity in the People Around You

By Kaitlin Murphy-Knudsen

August 2021 | By Kaitlin Murphy-Knudsen Looking Outward – Seeing Creativity in the People Around You   One of the best things about teaching and coaching writers is witnessing that… Read More

Professional Artist Grant 22

Developing AQ&REE: Brother Fire, Sister Fly

By Jake-ann Jones

The year of my fellowship is almost ending, if it hasn’t already. But the experience has been absolutely stellar for me. I delved deeper into incredible and impactful Tampa Bay… Read More

New York (Audition) State of Mind

By Courtney Elvira

September marks the beginning of the opera audition season! Let the singing begin! So, I’ve touched upon opera auditions briefly before in past blogs, but I figured I’d break down… Read More

Broadway Bound: Backstage with Blanche!

By Courtney Elvira

Broadway Bound was a MASSIVE success. Now that we finished our final show on Sunday (back-to-back performances, I might add), I’ve had time to relax and reflect on this amazing… Read More

That time I visited the National Museum of African American History & Culture…

By Tamia Iman Kennedy

Earlier this year, I had the privilege of visiting the National Museum of African American History & Culture and it was honestly the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen in… Read More

The Show Must…

By Roxanne Fay

Most of us will recognize the romanticized image of the tortured artist, suffering for their creative life. Artists have famously struggled with their mental health- Vincent van Gogh. Kurt Cobain…. Read More

Professional Artist Grant 23

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

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