“World On a String” Exhibition

Featuring the Pellone/Barrett Puppet Collection and Florida Artists
Curated by Christine Renc-Carter

June 26-August 15, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, June 26th   5:30-8:30pm
Collector/Artist Talk,  Friday, June 26th 7:00pm

The art of puppetry is to capture the essence of the human spirit through theatrical storytelling, where the artist and object become one through performance art, theater and a touch of magic. One of the oldest forms of theater in the world, this exhibition based upon a 5,000 year old tradition will unleash your imagination by exploring international cultures from a world-class international private collection and contemporary puppet craft by Florida artists. Take a trip around the globe through the Pellone/ Barrett Puppet Collection, touching on puppet pioneers and the major forms of puppetry, such as hand and rod puppets from Europe, intricate shadow puppets, water puppets and elaborate masks from all over Asia, marionettes from Sicily to Nepal, folk art puppets from Mexico to Africa used for sacred ceremonies and life celebrations, to the sheer entertainment of Punch and Judy. More than 30 puppets are on display with programs including gallery talks on the history of puppetry with collector Greg Pellone and puppet performances and workshops.

Also featured, ten contemporary Florida artists master the art of storytelling through puppets, whirligigs and stage sets, featuring newly created works by: Jennifer Kosharek, Denis Gaston, Simon Boses, Coralette Damme, DemiGod, Calan Ree, Daniel Mrgan, Kumpa Tawornprom, Catherine Bergmann and Michael Anzures. Also included, are puppets made by collector Greg Pellone that draw inspiration from paintings by the late artist and St. Petersburg Times illustrator, Jack Barrett.

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Programming: All programming is free and open to the public. Please let us know you are planning to come so we reserve a seat for you. Call 727-821-7391 (M-S 10-5:30) or email info@floridacraftart.org. Meet at Florida CraftArt Gallery, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Saturday, July 18th  11am       Collector’s Talk and Puppet Show   
Collector and puppeteer Greg Pellone will delight audiences with tales of the puppets he has collected around the world. Then settle in for a fun show of the classic Punch and Judy puppets.

Tuesday, August 11th  10:15 am-noon        “Robin Hood” Marionette Show by the Bits and Pieces Puppet Theater
Join hero Robin Hood and puppeteer Jerry Bickel on an adventure with a band of merry marionettes. Robin looks out for the children of Nottingham while the King is away. He takes from the rich, gives to the poor, and fights for justice. Excitement and adventure rules when Robin Hood uses his bow and arrow to save sweet Maid Marion.

Friday, August 14th   10:15 am-noon    “Make a Puppet Friend Workshop” by Bits and Pieces Puppet Theater
Be a Puppeteer! Make a puppet and perform in a show. Use fabric, feathers, sequins and imagination to bring your character to life. Ms. Holli Rubin, Bits ‘N Pieces’ puppet builder, helps you build your puppet, rehearse your part, learn your  moves and star in the show. All materials included.




“Boundary Lines” Exhibition

May 1st-June 13, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, May 1st       5:30-8:30pm

Artist Talk  May 1st   5pm

Florida CraftArt Gallery, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg
Curated by Amanda Cooper, Exhibition Curator for the Morean Art Center

In Boundary Lines, five artists explore the issue of personal space using sculpture, ceramics, installation and embroidery. From the social media landscape to more natural surroundings, to building up walls or letting everything hang out, these artists convey their quest for sanctuary and community.

Participating artists include Charles Parkhill, Raina Benoit, Charles Hazelaar, Kathy Halper and Michael Covello.

“Garden of Earthly Pleasures” Exhibition


“Garden of Earthly Pleasures” Exhibition

March 6- April 18, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, March 6th 5:30-8:30pm

Experience the Florida CraftArt exhibition gallery as it turns into a garden paradise. From custom fountains to pottery and glass to outrageous fashions, the Garden of Earthly Pleasures will showcase the work of over 30 Florida fine craft artists. The  highlight of the opening reception was live models strutting fashions created by the Garden Fairies!

Participating artists:

Adrianne Butler, Beth Warmath, Bonnie Bowman, Barbara Oliver, Bonnie Seeman, Caitlin Albritton, Calan Ree, Carolyn Baum, Daniel Riner, Eleanor Pigman, Elle Terry Leonard, Eric Folsom, Jan Kolenda, Joe LeGrand, Joel Scilley, Joyce Sutherland, Karol Kusmaul, Kathleen Wilcox, Kathy Hays, Kenneth Falana Sr., Kevin Eagleton, Kristin Holeman, Marley Beers, Marta Eagle, Melissa Yungbluth, Miguel Fonseca, Mike Harrigan, Oiseaux Sisters (Susan Andrews and Carolyn Fellman), Ramona Louise, Richard Bartlett, Sandy Boyd, Sarah Butz, Siobhan Nehin, Simon Boses, Travis Lambert, Vera Sattler.

Garden Events:

Tending Your Family’s Recipes
Saturday, March 28th     10:30-noon

Family traditions often revolve around favorite foods. Bring a recipe to share as we talk about why those recipes are passed down from generation to generation. As a special feature, Janet Keeler will lead our gathering and Chef Don Pintabona of Locale Market will provide samples of his favorite family recipe.

Both events are free but please rsvp by calling 727-821-7391 or emailing info@floridacraftart.org so we have enough seats…and food.



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 info@floridacraftsmen.net. 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 Gadsdenarts.org.