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Fairgrounds St. Pete Announces Partnership with Creative Clay

Fairgrounds St. Pete Announces Partnership with Creative Clay

Visual Arts

Published 4/7/21

The exhibit will be in place when Fairgrounds St. Pete opens later this spring. The Fairgrounds St. Pete Community Room is an initiative to highlight local arts and community organizations. Through a series of temporary exhibitions and programming, the space offers organizations an opportunity within Fairgrounds St. Pete to educate the public about their good works. Creative Clay has curated a selection of 11 paintings and 64 painted records for the debut Community Room exhibit.“Supporting the local arts community is at the heart of what Fairgrounds St. Pete is all about,” said Liz Dimmitt, Fairgrounds CEO/Co-Founder, “so for our first Community Room exhibit, partnering with Creative Clay was a natural fit. Their mission to help people with disabilities achieve full and inclusive lives through art embodies Fairgrounds’ motto ‘Art for All, Play for All, Joy for All,’ and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the artwork of their talented artists.”Since …

Jim Rolston Memorial Professional Development Grant Application is Now Open!

Jim Rolston Memorial Professional Development Grant Application is Now Open!

Visual Arts

Published 3/31/21

An accomplished artist and sculptor, Jim Rolston was a founding board member of the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. He truly found his artistic voice when he was able to devote all of his time to his art after retiring. Continually working to develop his talent, he was committed to arts education and training. Jim’s family and friends established this fund in his memory, feeling that it is a fitting tribute to his belief that an artist’s journey is never over – there is always more to experience and learn.  This grant for Visual, Literary or Performing Arts provides an established artist the opportunity to transform their talents and interpret their experiences with the world around them. Past award recipients include:2020: Gloria Munoz – Literary2019: Wendy Durand – Visual (sculptor)2018: Beth Reynolds – Visual (photographer)The application deadline is April 16th at 5pm. For more information and to apply, click here.

John Douglas’ “High-Performance” Fine Art Tour

John Douglas’ “High-Performance” Fine Art Tour

Visual Arts

Published 3/24/21

Fresh off drumming with Aerosmith at the Grammy’s and performing at the prestigious MusicCares where Aerosmith was honored as the Person of the Year. John Douglas has been getting ready to continue his 2021 North American Art Tour and what better place than Tampa! Not only is John Douglas’ artwork of rock and roll icons some of the most famous and highly collected among celebrities and art enthusiasts around the world, but Douglas has toured the globe with multi-platinum musicians including ZZ Top, Slash, Van Halen and Bon Jovi. He is back from playing the Grammy’s and MusicCares with Aerosmith, and is currently on tour with Aerosmith in their Las Vegas Residency.Along the way, he has created one-of-a-kind masterpieces of rock and roll icons including Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Stevie Nicks, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Bono (U2) and The Rolling Stones. These original works of art (several signed by both Douglas and the Rockstar subject) are extraordinary.Douglas will be at …

The Florida Orchestra performs 50th live concert amid pandemic

The Florida Orchestra performs 50th live concert amid pandemic

Music

Published 3/8/21

The Florida Orchestra is offering a concert with space to pause, reflect and heal. Music Director Michael Francis will conduct Serenity - a mesmerizing mix of music - on March 13th & 14th at the Mahaffey Theater in the Tampa Bay Times Masterworks series.“We have experienced 12 months unlike anything before,” Maestro Francis said. “As move forward together with optimism, we wanted to curate an event that gives us a chance to pause and reflect. This Serenity concert is a haven: a serene musical space for peace, beauty and contemplation.” The Serenity concert features Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, one of the most recognizable pieces in the world. Famously featured at the funeral of Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, as well as the 1986 film Platoon, it simultaneously evokes both sadness and hope.It will be streamed live from the Mahaffey Theater at 8 pm March 13th. It’s free and easy to register at FloridaOrchestra.org/livestreams. All performances are …

38th annual Miami Film Festival goes hybrid, with in-person and virtual screenings

38th annual Miami Film Festival goes hybrid, with in-person and virtual screenings

Festivals

Published 3/3/21

In March 2020, the pandemic forced the Miami Film Festival to close with just four days left in its run. Now, a year later, the festival is going forward with a hybrid format: in-person screenings at one cinema (instead of its typical multiple venues) and virtual screenings to enjoy from home.“Most of the films that will be live will also be virtual,” says Lauren Cohen, the festival’s associate director of programming. “We got over 1,000 submissions this year, and we have over 100 films from 40 countries.”The festival opens on March 5 with an in-theater, world-premiere screening of Miami-based filmmaker Edson Jean’s “Ludi,” based on his Haitian mother’s job as a home health aide for Miami seniors and her experience trying to make her way in America. A personal story with a screenplay by Jean and co-writer Joshua Jean-Baptiste, “Ludi” will also be available to watch virtually.The film will compete for both the $40,000 Knight Made in MIA Feature Film Award supported …

St. Petersburg Arts Alliance’s Funding Futures Awards Program Enters its Fifth Year

St. Petersburg Arts Alliance’s Funding Futures Awards Program Enters its Fifth Year

Performing Arts

Published 3/2/21

These students are often faced with financial need that prevent many of them from pursuing an artistic field. St. Pete Arts Alliance’s Funding Futures Student Award Program is dedicated to helping students nurture their creative interests and develop their expressive talent by providing funding to eligible students and connecting them to local after school arts programs or summer arts camps.Last season, the Arts Alliance funded summer and fall virtual and live art camps to eleven students at organizations such as American Stage, Academy of Ballet Arts, the Y Dance Academy, private instruction and the St. Petersburg City Theater! They also funded two arts micro-camps for Nomad Art Bus. Funding Futures is designed to identify and encourage talented at-risk emerging artists, ages 10-17 in Pinellas County seeking St. Petersburg programs in the categories of dance, music, jazz, voice, theater, digital arts, photography, cinematic arts or visual arts.  The program …

Picks of the Week: Film, Classical Music, and More...

Picks of the Week: Film, Classical Music, and More...

Music

Published 2/25/21

VIRGINIA KEY BEACH PARK: TRUST BLACK HISTORY MONTH TOURSThrough February 28th Learn the iconic story of the only beach where Black Miami could recreate during the segregation period. A fun, safe socially distant tour experience showcasing Miami's best kept secret. Can't do the physical tour? They have a virtual experience too! More event details here.SANDRELL RIVERS THEATER: I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODYFebruary 26th at 7:00pmJoin SRT for a Virtual Concert as they explore the iconic music created by African American artists in the 1980s. A plethora of icons released hit after hit that topped the charts across the US and around the world, including Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Billy Ocean, Anita Baker, Patti Labelle and many more! More event details here.(photo: Music @ SRT)MIAMI BEACH URBAN STUDIOS: ZEN AND THE ART OF FILM - THE ARTIST'S WIFEMarch 1st at 7:00pmThe greatest art is learning how to love. Claire Smythson, wife of the renowned abstract artist Richard …

THE PALLADIUM GIVES SUPPORT TO LOCAL ARTISTS

THE PALLADIUM GIVES SUPPORT TO LOCAL ARTISTS

Artist Spotlight

Published 2/24/21

Each artist receives a stipend of $2,500 that will be used to create a new project for the Palladium. Introducing the Palladium Creative Class of 2021 Members: BEACON (Helen Hansen French & Lauren Ree Sloan) – Dance Damon Fowler – Blues Elizabeth Baker – New Music James Suggs – JazzJeremy Carter – Jazz Jeremy Douglass of The Florida Bjorkestra - Pop La Lucha (Mark Feinman, Alejandro Arenas and John O’Leary) – Jazz Nate Najar – Jazz“The Palladium is thrilled to be able to support these talented artists as they create new work. To be an arts town you must support your homegrown talent. This is one of the ways we can do that,” said Paul Wilborn, Palladium Executive Director. In addition to receiving funding directly from the Palladium to produce new projects, these artists will also benefit from the recent investment the Palladium has made in their brand-new Palladium Live! streaming series. All Creative Class …

CultureOwl Adds Two New Locations to its Network

CultureOwl Adds Two New Locations to its Network

Visual Arts

Published 2/9/21

The two newest territories are to begin development in Palm Beach and Tampa/St. Pete, Florida. The company first launched its franchise opportunity in 2020 from its headquarters in Miami. “I am thrilled that we are not only selling franchises, but keeping the love for the arts alive and well,” stated Amy Sherit, Owner and Founder of CultureOwl.The company is dedicated to propelling thriving cultural communities. Culture lovers can register through the website or download the app, and follow on social media to stay informed.“We are providing cultural organizations with a platform to showcase their events while empowering culture lovers to experience culture on their own terms. There is so much talent out there and so many things to experience and do, but sadly most people who don’t follow CultureOwl have no idea they are happening,” stated Sherit. “We are excited to continue our expansion and see where CultureOwl flies to next.”The company is seeking to continue expansion …

Fairgrounds St. Pete Launches Fairgrounds LIVE!: Immersive Conversations!

Fairgrounds St. Pete Launches Fairgrounds LIVE!: Immersive Conversations!

Artist Spotlight

Published 1/29/21

The weekly interview series will be streaming on Instagram Live. They kicked off the series with artists Macy Higgins a.k.a. “Macy Eats Paint” and Emiliano Settecasi. Join the fun every Tuesday at 6 PM EST.Olivia Mansion, the Fairgrounds Communications Director said “I am excited to be hosting Immersive Conversations! This series is the first time the public gets to hear directly from us and our artists. As Fairgrounds continues to grow, our goal is to offer more and more programming so the experience continues beyond the exhibit itself."Upcoming Conversations2/2/21: Nick Davis aka “NDArtLife”2/9/21: Chris Parks aka “Palehorse”2/16/21: Savannah Magnolia Bonnette a.k.a “Savannah Magnolia”2/23/21: Tya Lewis a.k.a “Iona Parris”3/2/21: Saumitra Chandratreya3/9/21: Ruth Avra aka “KX2”For more information, visit fairgrounds.art.

Key West Food & Wine Festival 2021

Key West Food & Wine Festival 2021

Culinary

Published 1/12/21

Set for Wednesday through Sunday, January 27th through the 31st, the festival’s indoor and outdoor events showcase local chefs’ culinary flair, tempting libations and distinctive Florida Keys atmosphere.Attendees can whet their appetites for island-style excellence at waterfront tastings, winemaker/chef collaborations and food-related adventures such as an absinthe tasting inspired by literary legend Ernest Hemingway, a Key West resident during the 1930s.According to event organizer Mark Certonio, all local coronavirus health protocols are to be followed during the festival, including social distancing and the wearing of facial coverings as mandated.Planned highlights are to include the “Indulge” Grand Tasting set for 5-7 p.m. Thursday, January 28th, at the Southernmost Beach Resort (enter at 508 South St.). Attractions are to include more than 50 wines for sampling, culinary creations on the beach and a subtropical sunset.Friday’s standouts include “Meet Mote Marine,” a …

Immersive Theatre Puts Everyone in the Front Row

Immersive Theatre Puts Everyone in the Front Row

Performing Arts

Published 2/6/20

Immersive productions leaves a much larger personal imprint because there are no stages and audiences can become totally immersed in the performance itself. Audience participants can choose to be masked or unmasked, and stand within a few feet of the actors. Oftentimes, in immersive shows, a single performer will pair off with a single theatregoer for an encounter. It can be a performance for an audience of one, or the theatregoer can volunteer as a character in a plot.Many times immersive theatre productions are held at site-specific locations to enable audiences to talk to the actors and interact with the surroundings. These types of productions are really far from new. In fact, in the Middle Ages most theatre presentations were site specific, immersive, and participatory.South Florida has seen the Juggerknot Theatre Company expand Miami Motel Stories into Wynwood, the multi-media Medea at MDCLiveArts and the unique and wildly popular Amparo Experience. The long popularity of …

Community vs Professional Theatre

Community vs Professional Theatre

Performing Arts

Published 2/6/20

By Larry SchwingelThe subject of community theatre versus professional theatre can stir a debate about understanding the differences, but the bottom line is that professionals get paid and amateurs do not. Earnings, skill levels and formal training are all factors in the success of professional theater. Community theatre is at a disadvantage in these areas, but it feeds into the community spirit and brings awareness to the artistic sensibilities of everyone that participates.Community TheatreCommunity theatre is comprised of a cast of volunteer actors, set designers, and crewmembers that “work” for their love of theater and stage. Collectively, they bring a unique, fresh approach. Often times, the productions are of high quality—a compliment to their passion and unbridled enthusiasm. This is the heart and foundation of community theatre. South Florida is unusual because of the intermingling in professional and granting organizations. Almost all theatres in the …

Top 10  Frescos  & murals You Must Travel to See

Top 10 Frescos & murals You Must Travel to See

Visual Arts

Published 4/2/19

Pan American Unity Artist: Diego RiveraLocation: San Francisco, CaliforniaThe great Mexican muralist Diego Rivera’s iconic creation is incredibly grand and mesmerizing in its sweeping depiction of humanity. Spanning a 22-foot high and 74-foot wide wall and covering nearly 1,800 square feet, it is Rivera’s largest masterpiece. Its full name is more than befitting of the interconnected galaxies of human faiths, which the mural encompasses – The Marriage of the Artistic Expression of the North and of the South on the Continent, the continent being North America. Created in 1940, this mural is basically a vivid history map replete with symbolism. It recreates some of the most defining moments in the history of North America that have made it the fascinating mixture of cultures know today.Sistine Chapel CeilingArtist: MichelangeloLocation: VaticanThe Sistine Chapel’s ceiling was painted between 1508 and 1512. Hired by Pope Julius II, Michelangelo was scoffed at by …

Art to Heart: Our top 10 Romantic Art Picks

Art to Heart: Our top 10 Romantic Art Picks

Performing Arts

Published 2/1/17

Most will agree that a kiss is one of the pinnacles of romance, bestowed upon that special someone and stirring a wide range of emotions. This work of art, painted by Austrian Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt between 1907 and 1908, depicts a pair of lovers entwined in a passionate embrace, draped in colorful robes, obviously influenced by contemporary Art Nouveau style. And the fact that it’s currently on display at the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere museum in the Belvedere palace, Vienna, is the perfect excuse for a romantic getaway to go see it. …

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