Living with Mysticism: The Power of Visual Vodou

“Living with Mysticism- the Power of Visual Vodou”

Curated by Mindy Solomon, owner of the Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami

Exhibition Dates: January 16 – February 21, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, January 16th  5:30 – 8:30pm

Curator’s Talk: Friday, January 16th at 4pm      Free and open to the public

The purpose of ritual is to change the mind of the human being. It’s sacred drama in which you are the audience as well as the participant and the purpose of it is to activate parts of the mind that are not activated by everyday activity. . . As for why ritual, I think that human beings have a need for art and art is ritual. I think that when we became sapient, we became capable of artistic expression. – Sharon Devlin

The Florida Craft Art gallery under the curatorial guidance of Mindy Solomon, MA , is proud to host a group exhibition of Haitian artists, featuring an overview of some of the finest examples of Vodou Flags, utilizing Sequence and expert beadwork, as well as found object sculpture by Haitian Artist Guyodo. The flags exemplify the use of fine craft as an application in ritual art making that have now become a viable visual art form for commercial purposes. The sculptural works of Guyodo, showcase the inventiveness and resourcefulness of an artist who gathers found objects to fashion whimsical as well as grotesque  figurative statues. Each body of works speaks to the influences of the African diaspora tradition, as well as Catholicism and the practice of Vodou in a contemporary platform.

Artwork in this exhibition is courtesy of El-Saieh Gallery, Port au Prince, Haiti and Maggie Steber.


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.

Cut, Fold, Shred

Leaves 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


PLAY: Toys & Games Made by Artists

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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.

Made in Florida: Florida Craftsmen’s Annual Members’ Exhibition

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This year’s juried Members’ Exhibition will be held at the Gadsden Art Center in Quincy, Florida in the Panhandle Region. This annual exhibition showcases the finest contemporary glass, jewelry, fiber, wood, ceramics, metals and mixed media produced by artists of Florida.

For information about gallery hours and location, visit


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!


January 17th – March 1st, 2014
Opening Reception Friday, January 17th  5:30-8:30pm

Artists: Susan Livingston, Robert Farrell, Terri Kern, Brenda Tarbell, Mitch Lyons, Henry Gernhardt and Marilyn Endres

Each artist in the “Earthworks” exhibit has made a personal commitment to their medium and pursues a high standard of excellence, originality and ethics in their work.  Bound by the uniqueness of the presence of silica in all the mediums (glass, silver and clay), there is also a binding thread of heart and spirit throughout the exhibition. Susan Livingston, the curator of “Earthworks”, has chosen seven artists who bring very different interpretations of nature which, when combined, create a very visually moving experience.

Susan Livingston- Susan began her art career as a painter but clay became the medium which truly inspired her. Her most recent work combines clay with fossils which feels like a natural pairing of organic materials.

Robert Farrell- Robert’s barns and silos are constructed from sterling silver, copper, nickel, and glass enamels! While his work is about his memories, childhood and places he has lived, he strives to evoke emotional responses and interactions with the viewer.

Terri Kern- Terri’s ceramic work is reflective of her struggle to maintain balance in her creative, personal and community lives and are filled with imagery and hidden meanings. Trees and leaves stand for compromise and change, pencils point to the presence of creativity and snakes signify forgiveness (they shed their skins and start anew).

Henry Gernhardt- Henry is a dedicated artist/potter whose work takes a strong sculptural direction. Working in massive scale, he delights the viewers with his use of subtle color.

Marilyn Endres- The intricate patterns in Marilyn’s wooden vessels are created by gluing thousands of separate segments accurately into position, a layer at a time, then refining the shape on the lathe. Using only the natural colors of the woods, she then finishes her pieces with tung oil. She also inlays hammered metals with European glass beads.

Mitch Lyons- Since 1968 Mitch has been pioneering his image making on clay. Colored slips, made using China clay and permanent pigments, are brushed on, dried and rolled into the clay slab, one color over another, building the design with images, colors and textures on the “matrix”.

Brenda Tarbell- Ceramic artist Brenda Tarbell looks at the wonders of nature at the microscopic level, creating forms inspired by microphotographs of pollen, butterfly eggs, and seeds. Strange and wonderful creatures from under the oceans are also brought to light in their work, carefully sculpted to reveal the colors and textures of marine life.

Admission is always free

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

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