October 2, 2013

PLAY: Toys & Games Made by Artists


 PLAY: Toys & Games Made By Artists|
June 21-August 24, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, June 21st     5:30-8:30pm

Juror: Roger Barganier, CEO, Creative Arts Unlimited

This summer is going to be lots of fun as artists showcase their creative toys and games. Innovative chess sets, memory games, winged cars and so much more.

PLUS, every Thursday night during the exhibition is GAME NIGHT.
Sign up to be a Game Master…bring your game, your friends (we’ll post the game so lots of other friends join in) some munchies and we’ll have a donation bar.  Check here for the game schedule.

Featured Artists:

Amy Kluth, Jennifer Burrell, Joan Carew, Carlton Wing, Cornelia  & Ed Gates, CyberCraft Robots, Amanda Dicken, Brenda Gregory, Robert Hargrave, Jill Oldenski, Joyce Sutherland, Kathy Stults, Zoe Keramea, Haley Lauw, Lisa Glaser, Louis McMurray, Carrie Matteoli, Richard Moore, Eleanor Pigman, Jennifer Rose, Kaileen Schleith, Carole Shelton, Jennie Sikora-Muehl, Susan Rienzo, Ginny  Piech Street, Sunflower School artists,  the Train Station Center for Clay, Will Wagenaar, Millie Brown, Chris Miller, Patricia Preston Warren, Rebeca Gilling.

Many thanks to David Bewley for setting the PLAY exhibition along with his assistant Pete Shepherd.
We are very pleased to display the artists’ toys & games on fabulous wood slab furniture by FUNKTIONHOUSE. Please visit their website for more information.

THEATER + ART + VISION: Behind the Scenes – Thursday-Saturday, August 29th-31st


Florida Craftsmen is proud to host a Behind the Scenes look at some of our local performing arts performances. Explore the process of costume, prop and set designs for American Stage, freeFall Theater and the St. Petersburg Opera as the artistic directors share initial sketches, finished products and photos of the costumes, props and sets on stage.

The Opening Reception on Thursday, August 29th from 5:30-8:30pm will feature talks by the Artistic Directors of all three organizations. They make it all look so easy…..but there are always stories and inspirations behind the scenes!

Admission is always free!

COLLECTIONS: Celebrating the Art of Craft


January 18-March 2, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, January 18th 5:30-8:30pm

Your eyes widen and the pace of your heart quickens….something about the artwork in front of you speaks to you in a way few other pieces do. The desire to be able to experience this piece every day is overwhelming …that’s how collecting begins.

“COLLECTIONS: Celebrating the Art of Craft” features selected pieces from artwork of over 15 collectors. It showcases the work of current and past craft artisans of note including Christina Federighi, Sang Roberson, Grady Kimsey, Robert Hodgell and many others.

Artists represented in this exhibition:

Alan Johnson, Bede Clark, Bob Kopek, Bonnie Seaman, Charles Brown,Charles Parkhill, Charlie Parker, Christina Federighi, Chuck Boux, Cynthia Wynn, David Bewley, David McKirdy, Duncan McClellan, Ed Ross, Elsa Freund, Grady Kimsey, Harvey Sadow, Jack King, James Bassham, Jean Yao, John Tilton, Judith Powers, Kathleen Wilcox, Kristen Holeman, Larry Hasiak, Laura Bryant, Lloyd Jones, Lynn Mayne, Maria Britto, Marlene Glickman, Mary Klein, Matt Schaffer, Matthew Steckley, McKenzie Smith, Michael Mick, Owen Pach, Paul Eppling, Phil Parker, Rob Giordano, Robert Hodgell, Rocky Bridges, Roddy Reed, Russ Gustafson Hilton, Salibouttavong Sisaleumsak, Sally Broadwell, Sang Roberson, Susan Livingston, Susan Shapiro, Tim Ludwig, Tom McCarthy, Tom Turner, Vincent Sanson, Yasuku Nakamuri

Dodie O’Keefe: A Colorful Life


March 15-April 6, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, March 15 5:30-8:30pm

A celebration of the life and work of artist Dodie O’Keefe, a painter, designer, illustrator, and stylist who worked in just about every media. Paintings, jewelry, and wonderfully embellished textiles will be featured.

This exhibition celebrates the life and work of Dodie O’Keefe. Dodie wasn’t simply an artist (there was nothing simple about her), she was a walking work of art. Her sense of style, color and design were evident in everything she did (and wore!). So many of her artist friends and acquaintances benefited from her generosity of spirit and ideas. Her critical eye was sharp and insightful and she wasn’t shy about voicing her opinions. If she liked you and/or your work, she was on the lookout for you– Thinking of other artists you would like, people you should know, opportunities you should know about.

All Doll’d Up


All Doll’d Up!  The Magic of Art Dolls

April 19-June 8, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, April 19th  5:30-8:30

These probably don’t resemble your childhood dolls unless your parents had a wicked sense of humor!  Made from clay, cloth, wood, polymer clay and beads, these fabulous creations will delight and inspire you. There’s also a special surprise as you approach the gallery!