ST. PETERSBURG - The Studio@620 is happy to host the return of The Crafty Hag's Dirty Hands Workshops. Register now to participate and learn a fun new creative outlet.
Coralette Damme (aka The Crafty Hag) is known for her signature block prints. In these classes you'll use the same materials and tools that Damme uses on a regular basis to create her signature block prints.
These workshops will walk participants step by step through the process of carving their own rubber stamps (session 1) and then will give tips on how to take those techniques a step further thru combining blocks and special inking tips (session 2). Take one or both classes.
Session 1 - Starting Stamps on Thursday, Aug. 7, 6:30 p.m., will get you familiar with the basics of block carving and on the path to rubber stamp city. Work from a sketch or photo and design a unique image to use on cards, or anywhere.
Session 2 - Advanced & Enhanced on Saturday, Aug. 9, p.m., will show you some new tricks to make your images unique and fantastique. Taking the basic carving techniques a step further with added techniques that make your designs look even more amazing.
GULFPORT - Nine larger-than-life geckos will be the centerpiece of a live auction to benefit local charities as well as a public art installation in Gulfport’s Waterfront District. Each of the large steel geckos will be reimagined, manipulated and decorated in a variety of media by local artists.
The geckos went on display beginning July 21 at the Gulfport Waterfront District. The art pieces will be auctioned during the sixth annual Gecko Ball on Saturday, Aug. 23. Each gecko will be a prized collector’s art work and will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist. Organizers initiated the Artists’ Gecko Auction five years ago with much success, and due to its popularity, the auction is now a part of the tradition of annual Gulfport Gecko-related activities in late summer.
Artists selected to create geckos for this year’s auction are Michael Chapman, Denise Keegan, Denise Lange, Lenne’ Nicklaus-Ball, Stephen Oliver, Owen Pach, Hugo Porcaro, Jonathan Schork and Cindy Tremaine.
DUNEDIN - As Clark Kent prepares to leave his home in Kansas for Metropolis, Batman is making use of high-tech equipment in the Batcave. Spider-Man and Wonder Woman are nearby, waiting for their next adventures.
These and other comic book heroes take center stage at an exhibit that runs through Sept. 15 at the Dunedin Historical Museum.
In recent weeks, visitors to the museum have learned about the evolution of comic books as well as donning the costumes of super heroes.
SAFETY HARBOR - The “Florida Girls and Boys and Their Toys” exhibit at the Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center, 329 Bayshore Blvd. S., will bring back those special memories of childhood. The exhibit runs through August.
Museum admission is a suggested donation of $4 per person. Hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 727-724-1562.
The “Florida Girls and Boys and Their Toys” exhibit is on loan from the Museum of Florida History’s Traveling Exhibit (TREX) program on the history of toys. The exhibit contains thirty sepia-toned photographs of Florida pioneer children and their toys that date from 1881-1971. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the exhibit through hands-on interaction that includes an area for children and adults to try reproductions of various toys such as a puppet theatre, LEGO bricks, and Lincoln Logs.
In addition to the material on loan from the Museum of Florida History, other toys that have been loaned by the Safety Harbor community will be on display. The exhibit gives children an opportunity to see toys they may have never seen before and parents and grandparents the chance to relive their childhood memories.
Tarpon Springs - To complement the special exhibition An Arts Legacy: George Inness, Jr. in Tarpon Springs, the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art will host of series of events that explore various facets of the painter’s life. Affectionately named “Sundays at 3 with George,” the events take place at LRMA every Sunday in July and include:
History of Unitarian Universalism - Sunday, July 6 at 3 p.m.
Inness, Jr. and his wife Julia Goodrich Inness were members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs (then known as the Church of the Good Shepard). Rev. Don Rollins, Pastor, will present a lecture on the history of the Innesses’ religion.
Inness, Jr. Paintings of the UUC Tarpon Springs - Sunday, July 13, 3 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG - The exhibition Jewish Refugees in Shanghai (1933-1941) will run July 12 through Aug. 31, at The Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S.
From 1933 to 1941, Shanghai became a modern-day Noah's Ark accepting some 18,000 Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust in Europe. Most were from Germany and Austria, but the refugees also included students of the famed Mir Yeshiva, the only yeshiva in occupied Europe to survive the Holocaust. In the "Designated Area for Stateless Refugees," in the Tilanqiao area of Shanghai, Jewish refugees lived harmoniously with local Chinese, overcoming numerous difficulties together.
Conditions in the impoverished Hongkou District were harsh: 10 per room, near starvation, disastrous sanitation and scant employment. With the aid of Iraqi Jews living in Shanghai, and later of Russian Jewish locals and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, most of the Jewish refugees managed to survive and many went on to have remarkable lives. Holocaust historian David Kranzler called it the "Miracle of Shanghai."
The exhibition brings together for the first time photos, personal stories and artifacts from Shanghai's Jewish Refugee Museum, located in the former Ohel Moshe Synagogue in the Tilanqiao Historic Area.
DUNEDIN - Three of the exhibitions that will hold down galleries at the Dunedin Fine Art Center this summer, will be multi-syllabic. Each of them takes words as a departure point. Some leave them at the door with the title (Poetics of Space), while others bring them to the party and celebrate each phrase. The fourth, which opens DFAC’s new gallery, celebrates the core of the Dunedin Fine Art Center’s educational mission, its award-winning faculty.
TARPON SPRINGS - Since their invention around 200 B.C., firecrackers have been used for everything from warding off evil spirits to celebrating special occasions. But they’ve never been used like this before. Visit the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art this summer for the special exhibition Otok Ben-Hvar: Patriotic Firecracker Artist, an homage to Americana that begins on Flag Day, June 14, and continues through Aug. 24.
DUNEDIN - Clay and Paper, Gallery of Art presents Florida Feathers, beginning Friday, June 13, through Aug. 3.
The Florida Feathers exhibit features new oil paintings depicting Florida birds by Deborah Cofer. Cofer's personality and painting seems to be one and the same. Her birds are painted in her loose but not so loose painterly style that breaths so much life into each piece.
GULFPORT - The Industrial Arts Center of Gulfport has expanded its opportunities for learning and experiencing glass blowing, as well as other art forms.
As it continues its series of “Hot Date Nights” for adults, the IACG has added four summer “Uber Crafts Camps” for youths. Groups are also encouraged to arrange for their own hot glass event. With a new furnace and new schedule of events, the IACG is moving toward an event-focused method of sharing the ancient art of glass-blowing. The IACG is located at 5437 29th Avenue South, just off Beach Boulevard in Gulfport’s “Alley of the Arts.” Led by master glass blower and resident artist Owen Pach, the IACG team includes artists experienced in hot glass art, as well as metal forging and sculpture. For more information and to register for any event, call 727-623-4920.
The new Uber Crafts Camp is geared toward youths between the ages of 9 and 15. During the course of each week-long camp, participants will each create their own glass beads, paperweight, blown glass vessel, metal sculpture, and forged metal bracelet. On the final day of camp, participants will be allowed to return to any of the art forms they have experienced during the week for a final day of exploration.
Each camp will last from Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Spaces are still available for each of the four Uber Crafts Camps to be held June 9-13, June 16-20, July 14-18, and July 21-25. All materials are included for the creation of the art works and students are also given their own safety glasses, safety mask and gloves. Lunch catered by local restaurants is also included. Three experienced instructors will be present during each camp and space is limited to 8 participants per camp to allow for the most individual attention and hands-on experience. Fees for Uber Crafts Camp are $350 per participant, or $300 each for two or more siblings attending the same camp.