ST. PETERSBURG - One of Tampa Bay’s top events, the 39th annual Mainsail Art Festival comes to Vinoy Park Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20.
Vinoy Park is at Bayshore Drive and Seventh Avenue Northeast in St. Petersburg. Hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
The festival features more than 270 juried fine art and craft exhibitors working in ceramics, digital art, fibers, glass, graphics, jewelry, metal, mixed media, oil/acrylic, photography, sculpture, watercolor and wood.
The festival awards more than $60,000 in prizes, including a $10,000 Best of Show award.
The event also includes top name entertainment, Young at Art Student Show and Awards, Kids Create and activity tent, and a culinary arts food court.
As a premier cultural event on St. Petersburg’s outdoor calendar, more than 100,000 visitors from near and far come to enjoy and purchase quality art and enjoy top name entertainment.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Studio@620 presents "Harte and Marshall: An Art Exhibition," by local painters John Harte and Cora Marshall April 18-27. An opening reception is Friday April 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
This tandem display explores the depth the artwork of John Harte and Cora Marshall, who were selected to exhibit their work after their participation in The Studio’s “Members Only Art Show” in 2013.
ST. PETERSBURG - Eclectic Spring: an Artlink professional artist group exhibition is on display April 3-18, at The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg.
The exhibition will be viewable during ticketed events. Eclectic Spring is part of a partnership between Creative Clay Cultural Arts Center and The Mahaffey Theater, showcasing the work of professional artists who have participated in Creative Clay’s Artlink Supported Employment Program.
The exhibit showcases the work of three local professional artists: Vivian Bowman Granese, Rose Marie Prins and Julie Price. All three artists bring distinctly different styles to the exhibition and have been dedicated collaborators of Creative Clay for many years.
ST. PETERSBURG - The birth of photography turned the camera into a notebook of history - especially when it came to battlefields and those in uniform.
The St. Petersburg Museum of History is bringing that notebook of American military history to St. Petersburg with the opening of The American Soldier - A Photographic Tribute. The exhibit opened March 18 and will run through July 13.
The American Soldier is a dramatic exhibition of 116 wall-to-wall photographs capturing the essence of American soldiering for more than 150 years. The exhibition guides visitors through the Civil War, Spanish American War, Boxer Rebellion, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, Afghanistan, and the streets of Baghdad.
GULFPORT - People looking for locally produced art can find it in Gulfport, but it isn't always easy. The town's art gallery, Domain, showcases local artists, and the Industrial Art Center artists often have their compact galleries open along "Artist's Alley", but come the Art Walk nights, people would often complain the street vendors didn't sell enough art.
A group called Collective Soulz, with the support of the Gulfport Merchant's Association, wants to help change all that. Organizer Mark Spence, a Gulfport local who supports the arts but stops short of calling himself an artist, explains that, for a new artist, the street fairs and festivals can overwhelm.
"They don't want to get a booth because they're going to have to get a tent, table, lights, and they may not make it," he said.
TARPON SPRINGS - The St. Petersburg College Art Faculty Show 2014, a special exhibition featuring the work of 15 college arts educators, continues through April 20, at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road.
The exhibition presents art that expresses the current aesthetic interests of the full-time and adjunct art faculty of the college. The show further defines the commitment of the art faculty to nurturing a philosophy of arts education while maintaining high standards of personal and professional artistic development.
Featured artists include full-time art faculty members Jonathan Barnes, Barton Gilmore, Kevin Grass, Marjorie Greene and Kimberly Kirchman; and adjunct art faculty members Linda Berghoff, Frank Duffy, Francesco Gillia, Barbara Hubbard, Elizabeth Indianos, Ya La'Ford, Chris Otten, Rebecca Skelton, McKenzie Smith and Joseph Weinzettle.