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Spring 2001 Exhibition News

The year started out with a strong message from our first exhibition “Stop Asking/We Exist”. The title is meant to answer an odd question that Curator Joyce Scott is asked over and over: “Are there any, I mean an appreciable number of, African American craftspeople?” Of course there are, and many of them were represented with impressive and powerful work in this survey exhibition. The exhibition was organized by the Society for Contemporary Crafts in Pittsburgh and traveled to many locations including the American Craft Museum in NYC before concluding at FC Gallery. 
The opening itself was a wonderful array of fresh faces. The food was wonderful, thanks to the generous donation by Adobo Grill. Flowers (thoughtfully donated for each of our exhibitions!) by Carol Laughlin of Anastasia’s were also a hit and beautifully arranged with her latest exotic specimens. In early February, visiting artist and curator Joyce Scott was in town to provide a public lecture “Three Generations of Artists” at the Holocaust Museum. Special thanks to the Pinellas County Arts Council for sponsoring these events.

The Florida Craftsmen Gallery is enjoying a nice boost in sales thanks to the influx of tourists and the resurgence of interest along Central Avenue. The St. Petersburg Times recently reported that we can look forward to a very visible increase in spring and summer tourism for the second year in a row. So to our gallery artists – keep that inventory coming! Our monthly gallery walks also continue to attract new visitors, and our 4-block area is adopting new, visual “Gallery Central” signage to direct customers our way! 

The current exhibition, Contemporary Craft from Costa Rica, opened March 9th with visiting artists Grace Herrera and Luis Paulino Delgado in attendance. Weekend workshops with these artists complimented the exhibition at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. Also included in the exhibit are Alberto Murillo’s woodblock prints and Julia Villalobos’ exquisite silver jewelry. Special thanks to Diane and Loyd Jones for their week-long assistance with Grace and Luis during their visit to the U.S., and to the Dunedin Fine Art Center for hosting the workshops. Thanks, too, to Emmanuel Roux and the Garden Restaurant, Haiku Sushi and Redwoods Restaurants for donating the hors d’oeuvres for this cultural exchange event. The exhibition was complimented by including pieces by the 14 Florida artists’ work who participated in the exchange exhibition in Costa Rica in February. 

We are looking forward to the May/June exhibition titled Ground Cover: Contemporary Quilts, which was organized by Okaloosa-Walton Community College and curated by Karen Valdes and Eleanor McCain. The exhibition features six internationally-recognized contemporary quiltmakers: Pauline Burbidge, Nancy Crow, Gayle Fraas & Duncan Slade, Suzan Friedland, Michael James and Jane Sassaman. 

Thank you to the following exhibition sponsors:

Stop Asking/We Exist
Diane Arthur & Jim Cowan
Judy & Bill Isaly
Pam Newman
Pinellas County Arts Council

Contemporary Craft from Costa Rica
Major sponsors:
Lisa and Perry Everett
With support from:
American Plastics & Supply
Florida Frames, Inc.
Diane & Loyd Jones
Michele & Bob Tuegel

Common Ground: Contemporary Quilts
Millie & Jim Brown
Anita & Mike Talmadge

FC Welcomes New Gallery Artists from the January 2001 Review

Judy Wood, Beaded Jewelry - West Palm Beach
Douglas S. Bringle, Ceramics - Winter Park
Susan K. Davis, Lampworking Beads and Jewelry - Naples
Holly Hambrick, mixed-media - Ormond Beach
Rosemary Banks, Basketry – Venice
Marianna Womble, Jewelry – West Palm Beach

To apply to exhibit your work at the Florida Craftsmen Gallery on a year round basis, you must be a current member of FC and a resident of the state of Florida. Send a packet that includes:
- Five (5) slides
- List to correspond with slides (include dimensions and medium or process)
- Retail price list (based on a 50/50 commission)
- A resume and/or an artist's statement. 
Slides must represent current work that is intended to be displayed if accepted. Actual work may be submitted in lieu of or in addition to slides. 
The next meeting of the Standards Review Committee will be in May. Please submit your materials before Tuesday, May 1st for consideration. For more information, please call Lorissa Hallenbeck, Gallery Director at (727) 821-7391.

Some criteria the Slide Review Committee looks at:
- Space considerations
- Retail price and what our market can bear
- An overall variety of media representation in gallery
- Works in the confines of “contemporary craft.” 

Fine contemporary craft art as defined in the gallery context as work which utilizes either the materials and/or processes associated with fine craft, such as clay, wood, fiber, metal, paper, glass or mixed-media. The work must be original and not made from kits or any type of pre-manufactured products. Work may be considered “traditional” by virtue of the fact that a traditional or historical craft process was learned or developed (i.e. basket making, wood carving, etc.), however, the work should reflect the artist’s individual hand, style, design, methods, and aesthetic individuality. The work should also reflect a unified body and consistency in the artist’s approach, imagery and methods.


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