Visual Arts

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Menaul Fine Art — doing it all for Clearwater

A hundred artists celebrate a hundred years of the city.

Posted By on Sun, May 3, 2015 at 12:00 PM

ELEMENTAL AND SEASONAL: "Aqua Rings" and "Autumn Musings" by Scott Menaul. - SCOTT MENAUL
  • ELEMENTAL AND SEASONAL: "Aqua Rings" and "Autumn Musings" by Scott Menaul.

My Favorite Art Place
1750 N. Hercules Ave., Clearwater
844 Art Place, Clearwater (studio) 
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Entering the studio from the humble front entrance, it would not be immediately evident that this is an art powerhouse. It’s apparent, though, when touring through Jerri and Scott Menaul’s business, viewing room after room of gallery art, custom picture framing, photography, giclee printing, and posters. This is how art professionals get it done in Clearwater.

This multi-layered business is like artist Scott Menaul’s latest gallery showing of digital art. The art images, and the business that the husband and wife team has built together, are complex, juxtaposed and overlapping.

“People like it that we are a one-stop shopping place for art,” said Jerri. “We do design, printing and framing, all under one roof.”

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Swap art, see a horse paint

Trade art, learn about an exciting new arts complex and see a horse paint — tonight!

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 8:31 AM


Attention, artists and pack rats. St. Petersburg’s Warehouse Arts District Association is raising money for its proposed hub of creativity by hosting the Art Exchange for the ArtsXchange.

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¡Viva La Lucha! Pale Horse combines art, Cinco de Mayo and wrestling

Their worlds of interest seemed impossible to mix — until now.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 8:06 AM

YIPES, STRIPES: "Vision of the Striped Jaguar," by Pale Horse. -
  • YIPES, STRIPES: "Vision of the Striped Jaguar," by Pale Horse.

Pale Horse Lucha: The Art of Lucha Libre
Tues., May 5, 7-11 p.m.; opening match at 8 p.m.; main event at 9 p.m. at NOVA 535, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd N, St. Petersburg, 727-821-6682,
If there’s such a thing as a stereotypical wrestling fan, it probably doesn’t look like Chris Parks, a slim 30-something with a prodigious beard who, by virtue of his work as an inventor and illustrator of otherworldly, myth-based characters, is one of St. Pete’s finest artistic assets. In a chapel-like office inside his downtown studio, Pale Horse Design, Parks is in his element, flanked by samples of his illustrations, design books and art toys. But a while back he found himself drawn to another haunt — the ringside of indie wrestling matches like those held at the Orpheum in Ybor City — at the urging of his friend Michael Thomas, a graphic designer and writer who sits next to Parks as we chat.

The problem, the guys explain, has been that their two worlds of interest — art and wrestling — don’t mix.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Highlights from the Dalí Museum's Vinos de Dalí

A look back at a splashy, fun affair.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 5:16 PM

Hank Hine and Jean-Charles Boisset
  • Hank Hine and Jean-Charles Boisset

The Dalí recently hosted its fourth annual wine and food tasting, Los Vinos de Dalí. Guests enjoyed wines from boutique vintners,  tapas from local restaurant in the museum's Avant-garden. Tickets also includeded access to the  the special exhibition Dalí and da Vinci: Minds, Machines and Masterpieces.

Created by event organizer and Dalí Museum Guild Member Sandy Taraszki, Los Vinos de Dalí specialized in featuring boutique and undiscovered vintners sourced directly from California’s wine country and other regions. “Los Vinos is like an intimate gathering of food and wine lovers who appreciate unique wines as much as the stories of the wineries behind them,” said Taraszki. “The event provides attendees with the rare opportunity to meet the vintners themselves while discovering new favorites.”

If you missed it, here are some photos courtesy of the Dalí Museum from the event ...

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

True bromance — Tes One and Bask at CASS

Pound and a Bear Hug reunites the artists for a redux of their first joint show.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 10:25 PM

  • INTERIOR/EXTERIOR WORLDS: Tes One's "Transfer."

Bask and Tes One: Pound and a Bear Hug
April 24-June 6
Opening reception Fri., April 24, 7-10 p.m.
CASS Contemporary Gallery, 2722 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa,
The friendship between artists Bask and Tes One goes back to the 1990s, when they were comic book nerds and teenage graffiti artists. In hardware stores, they would sneakily switch out nozzles on spray paint from other aerosol cans to enhance the precision of their masterpieces on “The Clearwater Wall” — once gifted to young street artists by a landowner near the city’s Frisbee golf course.

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Graduating BFA students from USF present Nonrefundable gallery show at The Lockbox

Get a sneak peek of artists to look out for!

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 4:38 PM

2015 USF BFA Thesis Exhibition Reception
The gallery opens Friday night, April 24, with a reception 6-9 p.m. Saturday, 4/25 the gallery will be closed for the day. The show reopens Sunday, April 26. Sun-Wed hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 
The Lockbox, 
633 N. Franklin St., Tampa
Four years of studying, four months of digital planning and two weeks of physically building the gallery from the ground up come to fruition this Friday at 6 p.m.

Nonrefundable, the University of South Florida’s graduating Bachelors of Fine Arts thesis exhibit, launches downtown at The Lockbox and is free to attend.

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Celebrate Earth Day like a fashion designer!

ARTpool is seeking upcycled looks for their eighth annual Trashion Fashion.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 3:43 PM

Happy Earth Day, everybody!  You might have seen those fashions created from old magazine pages, aluminum cans, AstroTurf swatches and other flotsam and jetsam?

Well, ARTpool is seeking such designs for their eighth annual event. Owner Marina Williams says you can design your own collection or team up with some friends and work on a line of recycled couture as a group to be a part of a crazy creative over-the-top recycled and upcycled event.

Any age is welcome to design, no experience needed, free to participate. Come get creative and be a part of the community fun at ARTpool Gallery! Email for details. 

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Retro Beach Bash helps relaunch Contemporaries series at MFA

Flash back to the days of "Beach Blanket Bingo" and "Where the Boys Are" at the museum this Friday night.

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 10:07 AM

INDOOR FUN: Martin Parr’s “Japan. Miyazaki. The Ocean Dome.” - © MARTIN PARR/MAGNUM PHOTOS
  • © Martin Parr/Magnum Photos
  • INDOOR FUN: Martin Parr’s “Japan. Miyazaki. The Ocean Dome.”

Retro Beach Bash
8 p.m. Fri., April 24, at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive N., St. Petersburg. $100 admission includes MFA and Contemporaries membership.
The stately Museum of Fine Arts on St. Pete's waterfront is striving to bring in local artists and a younger demographic, according to the MFA's Katherine Pill, assistant curator of art after 1950.

The museum's current Life's a Beach exhibition, which ends April 26, is a stunning assemblage of wacky and wonderful beach-themed photography by Martin Parr and has inspired a kicky fundraising event for the museum that will hopefully recruit new, younger art lovers for its relaunched Contemporaries event series.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

ArtPop Tampa will provide billboard-size exposure for local artists

A worthwhile way to distract Tampa Bay drivers.

Posted By on Sat, Apr 18, 2015 at 6:39 PM

HIGH VISIBILITY: Artwork by Michael Hess being showcased on billboards in Lehigh Valley, Penn.
  • HIGH VISIBILITY: Artwork by Michael Hess being showcased on billboards in Lehigh Valley, Penn.

Artists in Tampa Bay show their works for a limited, niche audience. A new campaign will make the works of Pinellas-Hillsborough creators much more visible.

The Arts Council of Hillsborough County is seeking submissions for the ArtPop Tampa billboard project, a partnership with ArtPop and Outfront Media.  ArtPop Tampa will display artwork on Outfront Media’s digital billboards that are seen by thousands of local residents and visitors.

Five local artists will be selected to show their art on 48-by-14-foot billboards, at locations that rotate throughout the region.

Artists 18 and older can submit works. The Arts Council will be reviewing submissions April 20-May 15. Click here for requirements.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

ARTpool's 7-year anniversary — catching up with the Williams family

A chat with Marina and Evan Williams before the big celebration Saturday night.

Posted By on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 2:03 PM


ARTpool’s 7th Anniversary is Sat., April 18, 8 p.m.-midnight; runway show is at 10 p.m.
Dress code: "Dress to impress." Tickets online at VIP Runway seat & show is $40; general admission show is $20. All ages welcome. ARTpool’s Monthly Crafty Fest Indie Art Markets are May 2-3, June 6-7. 

St Petersburg native Marina Williams and her family have established an eclectic art destination like no other, and they are set to celebrate their seventh birthday Saturday night.

ARTpool Gallery was founded in April of 2008, planned as a “pool of talent” that everyone could jump into. What makes their monthly events so special is the collaborative nature of the shows. Even though they started in a depressed economy, the Williams family put their hearts into their business and they have survived and thrived. CL caught up with Marina and Evan to chat with them about the upcoming anniversary event.

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