ST. PETERSBURG – ‘Art of the Garden’, a juried exhibition of original art, opens on Friday, March 4 at Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
The exhibition will feature fine craftsmanship inspired by the natural beauty of the gardens. According to a press release announcing the show, 50 participating artists created 90 pieces, from fiber art and delicate jewelry to ceramic garden sculptures. The show will continue until Tuesday, April 19.
The exhibit will be judged by Jennifer O. Rominiecki, President and CEO of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens since 2015. She has 20 years of experience at major New York cultural institutions and served the New York Botanical Garden for 15 years. Earlier in his career, Romiecki held key positions at the Metropolitan Opera and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Artist Duncan McClellan is one of the artists chosen for the exhibition. From his state-of-the-art studio and glass gallery in St. Petersburg’s Warehouse Arts District, his beautiful ‘Dragonfly’ vase uses a sand-sculpting process that allows him to place images inside and outside of blown glass. .
Laurie Landry of St. Petersburg starts with a simple thrift store find to create a series of delightful mosaics, featuring tiny animals in a garden setting. Mosaics – such as “Squirrel!” – are created from glass, ceramic tiles, pieces of vintage plates and animals such as a squirrel, a dog and other found objects. They are put together with charcoal grout and ready to hang on the wall.
Metallurgist and enameller, Diana Hirschhorn creates contemporary jewelry. Her sterling silver, 24K gold, titanium and copper jewelry often has accents of vitreous enamel, pearls or stones. Her “Golden Ginkgo Fan Earrings” are made from enamel baked on copper with acid etching.
Mark Anderson and Keith Bucklew have been involved with Florida CraftArt since moving to St. Petersburg.
“We are thrilled to support Florida Craft Art and sponsor the inaugural Art in the Garden exhibit,” said Anderson. “We hope the show will inspire people to bring more art into their green spaces.”
The People’s Choice Award will be presented on April 19. People can vote for their favorite artwork in the Florida CraftArt Exhibition Gallery and on Facebook. Guided tours are available on request.
The following programs and events have been programmed in collaboration with “The Art of the Garden”.
• Wednesday, March 9, 6 p.m. — Virtual tour of the exhibition and award ceremony with judge Jennifer O. Romiecki, President and CEO of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.
• Saturday, March 12, 5 to 9 p.m. Second Saturday ArtWalk and visit to the ArtLofts on the second floor.
• Wednesday, March 16, 6 pm — Discover the beauty of Florida’s native plants with gardening expert Marquette McManus of Wilcox Nursery.
• Sunday, March 27, 2 p.m. — Enjoy a garden-inspired poetry reading with Helen Pruitt Wallace and other poets.
• Saturday, April 2, 11 am — Discover Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangement.
• Saturday, April 9, 5 to 9 p.m. — Second Saturday ArtWalk and visit to the ArtLofts on the second floor.
• Sunday 10 April, 1-3 pm — Workshop: Making a macrame plant hanger with artist Elizabeth Neily. The $35 fee includes all materials and a handcrafted pot by a Florida CraftArt artist. Space is limited; call FCA to register.
Florida CraftArt is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. For information, visit www.FloridaCraftArt.org or call 727-821-7391.
Florida CraftArt is a non-profit organization founded in 1951 and based in St. Petersburg. Its mission is to grow the creative economy statewide by engaging the community and advancing Florida fine art artists and their work. Fine craftsmanship is showcased in its 2,500 square foot retail gallery and curated exhibits are featured in its adjacent exhibit gallery. Florida CraftArt is the only statewide organization offering artists a platform to show and sell their work.