CLEARWATER - Clearwater Arts Alliance announces the inaugural season of Pianos in Pinellas, Nov. 25-Dec. 31. Eleven upright painted pianos are placed in 11 prominent locations throughout Pinellas for the public to enjoy the art and play the pianos.
The pianos were donated by Randy’s Wholesale Pianos and artistically painted in a variety of styles depicting life in our community. Artists include, Agnes Black, Steven Spathelf, Ya La’Ford, Beth Warmath and the students of Pinellas Primary Academy, Ann Feldshue, Junior Polo, Liz Smith, Don Scali, Robert Daltry, Don Gillepie, June Harben, Sylvia Shanahan, and Lizbeth Graham.
The 11 pianos were sponsored and hosted by local art supporters, who view this project as an ideal catalyst to elevate our community as an Arts and Cultural friendly region and to promote cultural tourism throughout the area.
The public art pianos will also become public music entities and played by visitors and residents of Pinellas.
“This project has really created a huge buzz as it appeals to art lovers and musicians alike,” said Colin Bissett, project director. “We’re hoping for an enormous turnout especially during this festive season with choirs, impersonators, jazz jams, blues and more, the list is only limited by one’s imagination.”
GULFPORT - Domain Home Accessories & Gallery, 3129 Beach Blvd. in Gulfport, will host its final Meet the Artists of 2014 Saturday, Dec. 20, 6 to 10 p.m. with a showcase of work by jewelry designer Doug D’souza and painter/photographer Cheryll Grogan.
The artists will be present to discuss their work with guests. Live jazz and holiday music, complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres will be offered.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - The Holiday Exhibit and Sale: Checking It Twice mixed media show runs through Monday, Dec. 22, at the Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palm Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach.
The exhibit features paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry, pottery and more from emerging and award winning artists. Most pieces are priced less than $100. This mixed media show creates a unique shopping experience to selective buyers, provides a venue for artists to sell their work and raises funds for the center.
Founded in 1978, the Beach Art Center's mission is to offer creative educational experiences in the visual arts that stimulate awareness and appreciation of the arts through changing exhibitions, lectures, studio classes and workshops that can strengthen interpretive ability and interactive creativity for both children and adults.
ST. PETERSBURG - An opening reception for It's All About Paper, a mixed media exhibit featuring works by Fred Spinks, will take place Saturday, Dec. 20, 6 to 9 p.m., at St. Pete ArtWorks, 635 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit will run through Jan. 10. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. On second Saturdays, St. Pete ArtWorks is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Mahaffey Theater recently announced that a design by St. Pete graphic artist Rey Borges has been chosen as the official image for The Mahaffey’s upcoming 50th anniversary year.
Borges, a New York native who’s called the bay area home for the past 25 years, titled his work The Theater Experience.
“The thought process for me was to simply capture the experience of walking through the theater in anticipation of a spectacular event onstage,” he said. “The grand atmosphere inside The Mahaffey Theater, paired with its beautiful location along the vibrant waterfront of St. Petersburg, was my true inspiration!”
DUNEDIN - Stirling Art Studios and Gallery of Dunedin is hosting a new art exhibit, presenting the works of local artists Susan Kubes and Eduardo LaChall.
The exhibit will run through Dec. 31 at Stirling Studios and Art Gallery, on the second floor of 730 Broadway, in Downtown Dunedin. This exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There will be an Artist's Reception Party and Open House on Friday, Dec. 12, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will include drinks, wine and light snacks. Visitors are welcome.
TREASURE ISLAND - The Treasure Island Art Guild has opened its 2014 Holiday Show at the Treasure Island Community Center, which will run through Wednesday, Jan. 7 featuring the work of Bruce Fallender, Carolyn Louden, Adela Mike, Arlene Shoemaker, and Patricia Zill.
The creative talent of abstract artist Fallender engages the viewer in “Aftermath,” a charcoal rendering of a solemn moment of devastation, where the focal point of an orb could translate into a symbol that suggests that “in every end is a beginning.” Mixed media electrifies jostling “Polo Ponies” contrasted by a “Seaweed Symphony” of radiant hues.
“Painting provides clarity for the soul” is the mantra that sparks the work of basically self-taught acrylic artist Louden, as evidenced in pure patterns of form, order, and color in “Blue Marble” and “Red Diamond.” “Will Someone Please Let Me Out” displays an excellent composition that narrates the honesty and helplessness of its main character.
ST. PETERSBURG - A new collection is currently on display in the Hancock Bank Presents Highlights from our Permanent Collection section on the third floor of the Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S.
This exhibit tells the story of Erich and Malvine Rosengarten (née Langberg). Erich grew up in a small town in Germany, and Malvine in Austria. Both escaped to Shanghai with their families when they were only teenagers. There they met and eventually married. The exhibit outlines their lives before the war, through their experience in China and their eventual emigration to the United States.
The collection was recently donated by Susan Fader (née Rosengarten), the daughter of Erich and Malvine. Incredible artifacts like her parents’ Chinese marriage certificate, pre-war objects, documents that aided the couple in their escape to Shanghai from Nazi occupied Europe, and objects from the Jewish ghetto will be on display.
ST. PETERSBURG - The exhibition Robert Rauschenberg and James Rosenquist: Images from Everywhere, Prints and Photographs will open Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE.
The exhibition will feature nearly 30 works on paper, including both large-scale works and a number of photographs by Rauschenberg (1925-2008).
The prints and photographs are gifts to the Museum from Donna and Thomas Brumfield Jr. and Iris and E. Stan Salzer. Jennifer Hardin, Hazel and William Hough chief curator, curated the show, based on the 1999 exhibition which premiered these works. This is only the second time they have been shown as a group.