November 21, 2014

Fine Tuned



Fine Tuned: A Fresh Take On Musical Instruments

Exhibition Dates:  July 18th- August  23rd, 2014
Opening Reception:  
Friday, July 18th   5:30 – 8:30pm

From classic instruments like hand-crafted dulcimers, psalteries and guitars to crazy legs on grand pianos and percussion instruments posing as furniture, this exhibition will delight visitors. Featuring handcrafted guitars plus a fun twist – a collection of violins which have been transformed by local artists and students.

Live music by the Pinkfiddle Jazz Trio at the opening reception! Demonstrations by instrument makers.

Violin Auction to Benefit Music Program at Canterbury School

Canterbury School ordered violins for their Suzuki Program but the violins were too large for the elementary school children. Florida Craftsmen asked local artists to embellish the violins which will be auctioned off during the “Fine Tuned” exhibition. Proceeds will benefit the school’s music program and you can own a beautiful piece of art.


  • Bidding starts on Friday, July 18, 2014 and ends on Saturday, August 23rd at 5pm.
  • Minimum bid is $125. Bids can be taken in person or by phone during business hours. 727-821-7391
  • You must supply your credit card information in order to bid but no charges will be run on your card unless you win the bid. You will be notified of your winning status before the charge is run on your card. Credit Card information is secure.
  • Business Hours Monday-Saturday 10am-5:30pm.

To view images of the violins, click here.

Calling all songwriters!

Using the verse written by Keep St. Pete Lit, create a song in any style, record it and send the MP3 file to Click here for details.

Del Couch, coach to Sam Woolf of American Idol, will choose the winner who will win a professional recording session at The Howling Dog Studios.

Exhibition Instrument artists:

David Beede
Zoe Bocik
Amadine Drouet
Gene Jaeger
Michael Thiele
Carleton Wing

Violin Artists:

Mark Aeling
Briana Aurora
Lesli Pringle Burke
Derek Donnelly
Mark Noll
Ya La’Ford
Mark Mitchell
Eleanor Pigman
Laura Spencer
Katie Parker

Admission is always free

Monday-Saturday 10am-5:30pm
Second Saturday Artwalk 10am-8:30pm



The Magic of Making: Adornment


May 23rd – July 5, 2014

Opening Reception- Friday, May 23rd   5:30-8:30pm
Artists’ Talk- Friday, May 23rd at 4:30pm

The materials vary from gold and silver to wool felt, from wood to polymer clay, but the common thread is the hand of the maker. Some of the artists are inspired by ancient materials while others have turned to the latest in 3D printing. All have created pieces which will express your personal style: fun & funky, sophisticated, organic and timeless.

Vicki Bennett
Chris Carlson
Sana Doumet
Maria Eife
Wiwat Kamolpornwijit
Janis Kerman
Tamar Kern
So Young Park
Gustav Reyes
Owen Sweet

Tapestry Visions X 4 and Su Griggs Allen


Tapestry Visions X 4 and Su Griggs Allen Exhibition

March 14- May 3, 2014  Opening Reception: Friday, March 14th    5:30-8:30pm


Tapestry Visions X 4

Tapestry Weavers: Lynn Mayne, John Nicholson, Becky Stevens and Terri Stewart

Tapestry Artists of Sarasota (TAOS) is composed of four experienced tapestry artists who came together in 1997 with the shared interest of exhibiting work and promoting the art of handwoven tapestry.   Members Becky Stevens, John Nicholson, Lynn Mayne and Terri Stewart are studio artists individually pursuing the design and production of original tapestries.  Each creates work that gives voice to his/her concerns, beliefs or the joys they find in their lives. Some work with realistic imagery, some with abstraction.

The tapestries in “Tapestry Visions X 4” represent a commitment to expression and image making. Those images and ideas woven in the colorful textures of wool as well as silk, cotton and simulated computer wires, show a depth of color and textures available only in this medium. The four artists featured each demonstrate skills and expertise in weaving shapes and colors.

Su Griggs Allen
Medium: Clay

Su Griggs Allen’s inspirations are many. She reaches deep within to connect to the creative energy of the universe. With a distinctive expressionist style, each piece is an exploration of color, texture, magic, symbolism and power of this creative energy.

2013 Holiday Boutique


November 1st – December 31, 2013



Bring your holiday list and celebrate the season with handcrafted gifts, ornaments and so much more.
Opening reception: Friday, November 1st from 5:30-8:30pm.

Special holiday hours: Monday through Saturday  10am-5:30pm,
Second Saturday Gallery Walks-November 9th and December 14th-Open til 8:30pm
Open Sundays from December 1st – 22nd     12-4pm
December 24th and 30- 10am-4pm


Bubblybasketrob's snowman

2013 Holiday Package: Flavors of St. Petersburg, a delicious collaborationFL-CRAFT-NOV-006

Florida Craftsmen has put together the perfect holiday package combining a beautiful handcrafted mug by artist Frank Digani, a pound of Sirrocco coffee from Kahwa and a white and dark chocolate spoon from Schakolad. All three businesses are located in downtown St. Petersburg so you are supporting small businesses and shopping local.

The mugs come in a variety of colors and patterns, have a great handle and fine lip. Kahwa Coffee roasts its coffees in St. Petersburg and is offering its Sirrocco blend which is a medium to dark roast. And what’s not to like about a chocolate spoon complete with a little holiday decoration to enhance the package.

Price: $39.95 each



Cut, Fold, Shred



Gallery with Falling LeavesLeaves for Sale! Hundreds of creative ways to use these handcrafted leaves $2 each.

 September 6th – October 19, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, September 6th   5:30-8:30pm

Florida Craftsmen presents a showcase of paper art from beautiful carved, folded, cut out paper objects and realistic 3D paper sculptures to altered books.

Roam through “Falling Leaves”, an installation created by members of the community using decorative papers created by Jackie Peters Cully. Smile as dragon flies float above your head. Be awestruck by the designs cut into paper.

Sponsored by :

Regions Bank
City of St. Petersburg
Florida Division of Cultural Affairs

Girl Looking Back by Elise Wehle