PINELLAS PARK - As a teenager growing up in Pinellas Park, Derek Donnelly wanted nothing more than to escape his hometown.
Now, 15 years later, the renowned artist and muralist is back as part of a government-led effort to revitalize the once blighted 5600 and 5700 blocks of Park Boulevard.
At the end of 2016, he moved into a city-owned and built storage container live/work space at 5705 Park Blvd. There he will operate COVE - that stands for Creative Opportunities & Visual Entertainment - a gallery and studio space.
SAFETY HARBOR - Safety Harbor Library Foundation is seeking artists of all ages and anyone creative to donate and decorate an artsy plastic flamingo for its second annual Flamingo Fundraiser.
There is no artist or entry fee. Group, family, and club entries are also encouraged. Artists must supply their own flamingo and will not be paid for their time or materials; however, artists and group names will be honored in the library and on the Foundation website where flamingo pictures can be viewed.
ST. PETERSBURG - Happy Hour with the Historian - the St. Petersburg Museum of History’s popular lecture series that features an evening of wine, words and wisdom - kicks off its fifth year Thursday, Jan. 12, with a journey through a religious cult that believed the world is hollow, its leader would live forever and sex was forbidden. Run out of Chicago, the Koreshans discovered wealth, power and paradise in what is now Estero, Florida.
Held six times a year, the 2017 Happy Hour with the Historian lineup ranges from religious zealots to an evening with Florida’s Poet Laureate to a Tennessee entrepreneur who built a retail empire in the Sunshine City!
The 2017 Happy Hour with the Historian speaker schedule is:
TARPON SPRINGS - The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art will present a number of programs and classes in January, including the following.
- Focus Friday - Friday, Jan. 6, noon, in the Made in Florida Gallery. The program is included with admission and sponsored by Dr. Marcia Makris and Charles DeGrandpre. Attendees will learn more about art, art history and the museum’s expanding collection. Each month from September through May a different object is the focus of a short, informal presentation by one of LRMA’s docents. For January, Jose De Monte’s acrylic on canvas painting, “House with Red Brick Wall,” will be presented.
- ABC (Art, Books and Community) Reading Club - Friday, Jan. 20, 1:30 p.m., in the LRMA Resource Center. The program is included with admission. Palm Harbor Library Director Gene Coppola facilitates this bimonthly program held at the museum. Members select, read and discuss books about modern and contemporary art. January’s selection is “Whistler: A Life for Art’s Sake” by Daniel E. Sutherland.
PINELLAS PARK - While many of the creative forces who make up the Studios@5663, located within the city of Pinellas Park’s Arts Village, are visual artists, Raul Del Castillo stands apart as the lone fashion designer in the group.
He offers a variety of services to his clients, from custom-made garments for both men and women to alterations.
“Right now, alterations are always on demand,” he said. “So that’s a lot of my business, and then of course, I have the custom garments.”
SEMINOLE - Carrie Boucher knew that the NOMAD Art Bus, a mobile art studio, would need to be replaced sometime in the next year or so. But when it broke down at a Belleair event last month, she was surprised.
“I didn’t expect it to happen so soon,” she said. “The bus got there ok. But when we were leaving, a few miles out it stalled. Stalling is nothing new to us. It happens all the time. But it really didn’t want to start again this time.”
The bus was donated to Boucher, a Seminole High School grad, when she formed the nonprofit organization with a mission of bringing art to communities throughout the region three years ago.
ST. PETERSBURG - “Frida Kahlo at The Dalí,” an exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s paintings and drawings, together with her personal photograph collection, will open to the public Saturday, Dec. 17, at The Dalí Museum, One Dalí Boulevard, St. Petersburg.
The exhibition will continue through April 17. Kahlo’s works have achieved monumental importance in art and popular culture. Her dreamlike work suggests that love and suffering create a new sense of beauty. Kahlo’s art and storied life stir immense public interest.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Dalí is well known for its slate of temporary exhibitions featuring works of important artists such as Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and, coming Dec. 17, the world’s most celebrated female artist of all time - Frida Kahlo.
The museum’s next addition, “Frida Kahlo at The Dalí,” will open its doors on Saturday, Dec. 17, as Florida’s first solo exhibition showcasing the extraordinary career and life of the acclaimed 20th century artist. The special exhibit will feature a collection of more than 60 Kahlo pieces including 15 paintings, seven drawings and a host of personal photographs from the celebrated female artist and influential icon.
The museum also recently opened two new permanent installations, including a breathtaking new outdoor sculpture of Salvador Dalí’s memorable mustache, and, inside its galleries, the awe-inspiring and globally award-winning “Dreams of Dalí” virtual reality (VR) experience.
PINELLAS PARK - For much of her life, Loy Khambay-Correa felt she needed to hide her passion and talent for the visual arts.
Born in Laos, she grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and St. Petersburg. Because of her family’s culture, art wasn’t the type of career she was encouraged to have. Her parents wanted her to be a doctor or a lawyer.
“I didn’t want to do either of those things,” she said. “I always wanted to do art. But I never had the backup and support.”
ST. PETERSBURG - “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art” - one of the most expansive exhibitions of Latino art ever presented in the Tampa Bay area - opens Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE.
The exhibition features 75 works by 62 gifted modern and contemporary artists, drawn entirely from the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.
“Our America” will continue through Sunday, Jan. 22. Local sponsors are Bright House Networks; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP; Telemundo Tampa; and the Tampa Bay Times.