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Historic Kenwood Artist Enclave

Historic Kenwood, one of the oldest neighborhoods in St. Petersburg, is distinguished by its unique bungalows and Craftsman-style homes, some dating from the early 1900’s. Because of Historic Kenwood’s high concentration of artists of all types, the City Council sought to promote the arts and artists by declaring the neighborhood an “Artist Enclave.” 
This status enables artists of the neighborhood to teach classes and sell artwork from their homes.

Artists of Historic Kenwood would like to extend their gratitude to our Titanium level sponsor Jim Longstreth (jimsellsstpete.com).

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2018 Studio Tour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACT: Charla Cribb, AEHK Liaison

                                       727-366-6277

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Explore the World of Art from Inside Artist’s Studios

2018 Historic Kenwood Spring Artists Studio tour

St. Petersburg, Florida – Whether you are a discerning art collector or a new art enthusiast, there’s something for everyone in this year’s Spring Artists Studio Tour, presented by the Artist Enclave of Historic Kenwood.

Historic Kenwood is nationally recognized for its charming early 1900s historic bungalows. Nestled among these architectural treasures is a unique and eclectic art colony, where skilled artisans and artists explore the joy of creation in their own home studios. In this city-designated artist enclave, you will find sculptors, painters, photographers, potters, jewelry makers and more, all creating stunning pieces of art.

On Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18, you are invited into these studios to see artists at work … and possibly find a must-have one-of-a-kind piece of art that can be your own. Artists will personally explain the process of creating their art, as well as displaying finished pieces. Studios will be open on Saturday, from (10 AM-5 PM), and Sunday (Noon-5 PM), and is free and open to the public.

Among the artists at work will be jewelry makers who transform unique accessories from found objects, interesting stones and even spin nature’s wonders such as twigs and leaves into gilded wearable art. And here is your chance to see and learn about screen printing, to learn how a linocut is created, to explore how a fine art painter is inspired, to witness artistic pottery and amazing sculptures in their creation, and to discover forms of art you never imagined.

A detailed map will be provided for those who want to walk, bike, or ride through the studio tour.

For more information, please contact charcrib@gmail.com.


Click here for the latest ArtBeat: the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance E-newsletter


The St Petersburg Arts Alliance Announces

ST. PETERSBURG ACCESSIBLE AUDIO MURAL TOUR – available now!

The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance (SPAA) is proud to announce the St. Petersburg Accessible Audio Mural Tour program to make our city’s mural art accessible to all regardless of ability or disability. Our unique virtual Mural Tour may also be viewed anywhere around the world via the internet, with a computer or hand-held device.

The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance believes our city’s murals should be accessible to all. We chose 40 centrally located works to focus on, spotlighting the Shine St. Petersburg Mural Festival, several special murals, plus two murals commissioned by AARP Tampa Bay.

Following a recent tour of this year’s Shine murals, Congress Charlie Crist states, “The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance is putting our community on the map through Shine, highlighting our city as a world-class arts destination and hub of creativity. With this partnership with AARP, an amazing display of local and international talent will be accessible for all to enjoy via a self-guided virtual tour for those miles away or with mobility restrictions. Proud that my hometown of St. Petersburg continues to promote innovation and inclusion.”

The Accessible Mural Tour program is produced by SPAA with initial funding from AARP Tampa Bay. “As a national champion for livable communities, AARP is proud to support the St. Petersburg Accessible Mural Tour which allows anyone, regardless of age, ability or locale, to experience our city’s vibrant arts community,” states Michelle Cyr, AARP Florida Associate State Director for Outreach.

The audio portion of our tour provides vivid descriptions of each mural, the artist and its setting. The online guide includes transcriptions of the audio recordings, photos and a map, with notes on accessible parking and mobility barriers.

Jennifer Sabo, Executive Director, VSA Florida writes, “This project is likely to serve as a model for other mural programs around the country. To our knowledge, no other organization in the United States offers mural tours designed for the needs of those with visual, hearing or physical disabilities. VSA Florida has been honored to assist the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance as they develop this much-needed resource and fully supports the Arts Alliance’s leadership in providing access to public art in St. Petersburg with this innovative and creative program.”

These written and recorded tours are NOW available to everyone – on a home computer, smart phone or any other mobile device. The brochure may also be downloaded at the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance website: http://stpeteartsalliance.org/explore/


2018

Exciting News! New Museums coming to St. Petersburg

The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance recently hosted an Arts Roundtable at the beautiful new Hyatt Place downtown St. Pete. The program featured the three new museums that are coming soon to our artful community. Together they will expand and enrich our City of St. Petersburg an arts destination for our visitors, tourists and residents. Visit the following link for more information! Arts Alliance Newsletter


Friday, February 9, 2018

ST. PETERSBURG’S ARTS ALLIANCE HONORS VISUAL ARTIST CHARLIE PARKER

MUSE will celebrate artistic inspiration on Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg at 7:00 p.m. The fifth annual benefit for the arts will recognize the breadth and beauty of art and culture in our City of the Arts, and pay tribute to those that continue to inspire and guide St. Petersburg to its standing as an international arts destination. Proceeds will benefit artists, arts education, and arts & cultural organizations through our Arts Alliance programs and services.

MUSE Visual Arts Award honors Charlie Parker, Charlie Parker Pottery
This award recognizes an artist or organization that has achieved excellence in the visual arts which include ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, glass-blowing, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, lm making and media arts.

Charlie Parker’s ceramic career began in 1967, at the age of 14 when he joined Minnesota Clay Company as a part time clay mixer.

From 1971 to 1975 Charlie studied with Warren Westerberg at Westerberg Pottery in Minneapolis. During his apprenticeship with Westerberg, he focused on form and expression as well as glaze application and firing techniques.

In 1996, Charlie partnered with Russ Gustafson-Hilton and Stan Cowan to establish St Petersburg Clay Company. St Pete Clay began as a small studio with 12 members, a ceramic supply store and gallery. In 2002, St. Pete Clay moved to a new 33,000 square foot location in the historic Seaboard Coastline Train Depot, now the Morean Center for Clay.

Through his experience Mr. Parker has established himself in the clay community as both an artist and educator. In November 2010 Charlie sold his shares in St Pete Clay in order to fulfill his life- long dream of owning his own studio, Charlie Parker Pottery.

Charlie has won numerous awards in several juried shows such as CraftART and the Morean Art Center. He has been featured in Ceramic’s Monthly and PBS/WEDU Arts Plus. His work can be seen in the Raymond James art collection as well many galleries though out the US and private collections. Charlie Parker Pottery, located in the Warehouse Arts District in St Pete, spans over 3600 square feet. It is a clean, open environment that comfortably sits over 25 people for workshops and classes. The studio currently has 18 members and conducts classes daily. The gallery features Charlie’s work, as well as the work of the talented members of the studio. https://www.charlieparkerpottery.com/


Fifth Annual MUSE Awards recognizes Five Local “Muses”

MUSE will celebrate artistic inspiration on Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg at 7:00 p.m. The fifth annual benefit for the arts will recognize the breadth and beauty of art and culture in our City of the Arts, and pay tribute to those that continue to inspire and guide St. Petersburg to its standing as an international arts destination. Proceeds will benefit artists, arts education, and arts & cultural organizations through our Arts Alliance programs and services.

     2018 MUSE Award Winners

MUSE VISUAL ARTS AWARD HONORS CHARLIE PARKER, CHARLIE PARKER POTTERY
This award recognizes an artist or organization that has achieved excellence in the visual arts which include ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, glass-blowing, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, lm making and media arts.

Charlie Parker has established himself in the clay community as both an artist and educator. In November 2010 fulfilled his life- long dream of owning his own studio, Charlie Parker Pottery. He has won numerous awards in several juried shows such as CraftART and the Morean Art Center. He has been featured in Ceramic’s Monthly and PBS/WEDU Arts Plus. His work can be seen in the Raymond James art collection as well many galleries though out the US and private collections.

MUSE PERFORMANCE ARTS AWARD HONORS MARK SFORZINI, ST. PETERSBURG OPERA COMPANY
This award recognizes an artist or organization that has achieved excellence in the performance field to include music, dance, theater and/or interdisciplinary arts.

Executive Director of the St. Petersburg Opera and Music Director of the Tampa Bay Symphony, Mark Sforzini began conducting opera in 2005 and founded St. Petersburg Opera in 2007. Sforzini conducts a full range of repertoire: classic orchestral, pops, opera and Broadway. He was recently chosen by Musical America as one of thirty international industry professionals as a “Profile in Courage.” These top industry leaders have “taken a risk, spoken out where others were silent – all to the measurable benefit of their arts organizations and the field.”

MUSE LITERARY ARTS AWARD HONORS SHEILA COWLEY, PLAYWRIGHT
This award recognizes an artist or organization that has achieved excellence in the written word in fiction or non-fiction, playwriting, screen writing, journalism, poetry or prose, print or digital formats.

Sheila Cowley is a playwright and audio producer, who collaborates with actors, dancers and visual artists. Her play, “Flying,” about women who flew military planes in WWII in the aftermath of war, was featured in new play festivals this year in Chicago, Austin and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and opened American Stage’s 21st Century Voices Festival. Flying was produced in upstate New York this summer, followed by a co-production with Tampa Rep and The Studio@620. Other works, “Trio,” will premiere in Austin, after a workshop with actors and dancers sponsored by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance this summer at the Studio@620. Her intimate drama “Stay” will be onstage in Charleston, SC this coming spring. This past year she created theatrical works inspired by visual art for Keep St Pete Lit, the GASP! Festival and the Florida Holocaust Museum, two of those involving dance with choreographer, Paula Kramer.

MUSE PATRON OF THE ARTS AWARD HONORS SYLVIA RUSCHE, SYLVIA RUSCHE INSURANCE AGENCY, INC.
This award recognizes an individual or couple who, with their time and treasure, generously support the arts.

Sylvia Rusche has used her community service commitments to further the footprint of the performing and visual arts, as well as social justice causes and education. Trustee and board commitments have included First Night St Pete, St Petersburg Museum of History and the Studio@620. She was the original sponsor of the successful Movies in the Park project in downtown Straub Park. Sylvia was a member of the Suncoasters of Tampa Bay, chairing the Jr. Sun Goddess program for several years. She is an avid sponsor at freeFall Theater and the Palladium Theater, as well as Keep St Pete Lit. Quarterly art shows are hosted in the lobby of her downtown office featuring local artists and their work.

MUSE ARTS AMBASSADOR AWARD HONORS BOTH PAUL WILBORN, ST. PETERSBURG PALLADIUM THEATER & EUGENIE BONDURANT, ACTRESS/TEACHER
This award recognizes beloved St. Petersburg artists who are stellar representatives of our City of the Arts.

Paul Wilborn is the Executive Director of the Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College. Under his leadership the Palladium has won numerous “Best of the Bay” awards and is recognized as the top venue for jazz, blues, choral music, chamber music and dance in the bay area. Paul is a pianist, musician and bandleader. His American Songbook Series presents intimate cabaret shows at American Stage Theater and other venues around Florida. As founder and leader of Paul Wilborn and the Pop Tarts, he played most major venues in the Tampa Bay area for 15 years.

Eugenie Bondurant, SAG/AFTRA actress and teacher, was the first teacher hired at the Patel Conservatory in 2004 leading an on-camera acting program at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, and taught acting for 12 years at Beverly Hills Studios. A New Orleans native and former runway model, Bondurant worked for decades as an actress in Los Angeles, appearing in movies (Fight Club, Space Truckers) and TV shows, and appears as Tigris in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2. She brought her dynamic on-camera acting program to Tampa from Los Angeles. She also teaches scene study at Andi Matheny Studios in St Petersburg. Eugenie voiced the vivid descriptions for the ongoing Accessible Mural Tour, which is produced by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and sponsored by AARP.

Paul and Eugenie are founding members of the WMNF and the Studio@620 Radio Theater Project. Paul contributes radio plays to the project and Eugenie performs monthly with her sultry alto voice.

MUSE TICKETS AND SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ARE NOW ON SALE at https://stpeteartsalliance.org/save-date-next-muse-gala-february-9/


Friday, February 9th, 2018

SAVE THE DATE

St. Petersburg’s Arts Alliance presents the  Fifth Annual MUSE Benefit for the Arts

MUSE will celebrate artistic inspiration on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts. The St. Petersburg’s fifth annual fundraising benefit for arts will recognize the breadth and beauty of art and culture in our City of the Arts, and pay tribute to those that continue to inspire and guide St. Petersburg to its standing as an international arts destination. Proceeds will benefit artists, arts businesses, and arts & cultural organizations through our Arts Alliance programs and services.
MUSE will be an unforgettable signature event. No stiff tuxes, no boring speeches; it’s the art community’s pARTy to uniquely celebrate the Muses of St. Petersburg. Creative pARTy attire suggested – this is a night to revel in our creative spirits! Events include interactive digital art, pop-up performances, artful by-the-bite dinner courses, curated auction items, and the Muse Arts Awards, which add up to a truly different type of benefit in the Museum’s conservatory.

The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance is the only 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to raising funds for our entire arts community. MUSE sponsorship helps us help all our arts groups. We facilitate the monthly St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk; publish ArtBeat, the only countywide e-newsletter with calls for arts and other cultural news; help launch city-wide arts festivals; and present arts business and other educational programs.

Individual Party tickets are $100 and Cabaret Reception sponsorships begin at $500 and may be purchased on the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance website. For sponsorship and ticket information please contact John Collins at John@StPeteArtsAlliance.org.