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Marina Williams is the woman behind ARTpool, which offers a mix of art, fashion, film and live music.

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Marina Williams is the woman behind ARTpool, which offers a mix of art, fashion, film and live music.

St. Petersburg's Second Saturday Gallery Walk is always a fun date night, with participating art galleries from 30th Street to the downtown waterfront offering extended hours starting at 5:30 p.m. This weekend's slate, though, is especially busy. Here are some highlights; check for a map and more. All events are free. — tbt* staff

Studio@620 This weekend, a new exhibit offers a glimpse into the culture of Haiti by seven St. Petersburg Times photojournalists who have worked and photographed in Haiti over the past 20 years. The opening includes two events featuring Haitian food, music and history discussion. Starting at 7 p.m., there's music by Evangel, a Haitian gospel band, with a discussion by Haiti historian Yves George at 8:30 p.m. The exhibit continues through June 12. 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.

Studio@620 Annex The newest addition to the Crislip Arcade features unique creations by Alicia Pixie Head, Natty Moss Bond, CyberCraft Robots, The Crafty Hag and more. 645 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Cakewalk Artists' Co-Op This open house features a reception for an exhibit of works by artist Susan B. Wood, featuring a collection of vibrant acrylic paintings and hand-painted and silk screen designs on silk and fine cotton fabrics. 1114 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 410-3874.

Florida Craftsmen Galleries Opening reception for an exhibit of contemporary fiber works called "Threading the Needle," with quilts from recycled materials using traditional quilting techniques by Amy Vigilante; "The Sound Organ," an interactive sound machine by Duane Brant; and domestic materials and images, and woven and embroidered art by Pip Brant. It's at 5:30 p.m.; the show continues through Aug. 20. 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 821-7391.

Interior Motives Gallery Artist Eric Rabbers gets much of his inspiration from nature. An exhibit of his current abstract works opens with a reception at 6 p.m. and continues through July 5. 1110 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Morean Arts Center Be sure to stop at the Morean for a special gallery sale of works by this month's featured artist, Joyce Eli-Walker. Artists Ricky Bernstein and Lisabeth Sterling will lead a tour of exhibits at 5 p.m. 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 822-7872.

Croatian Naive Art Gallery The gallery's grand opening continues with an exhibit of reverse oil on glass by master artist Ivan Lackovich Croata at 6 p.m. 645 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Two years in,
ARTpool still rules

From its opening in April 2008, ARTpool was celebrated as a symbol of downtown St. Petersburg's renaissance. The business is part gallery, part vintage boutique and part event space. And the woman behind it all? Marina Williams, a charismatic photographer with a penchant for distinctive eyewear. "Two years have flown right by," said Williams, 25. "I had big goals, but it definitely superseded what I initially thought would ever happen here. It's just been embraced so tremendously by the community, which is really exciting. It's cool when people get you." Williams hosts monthly parties that offer a mix of art, fashion, film and live music so "you don't have to be super-knowledgeable in art history or an art snob." In the past year she's made some headway, growing the crowd from an average of 50 people at events to nearly 300 for the venue's second anniversary party in April. Saturday's ARTpool party is titled "Dada's Dream," featuring dadaist art and a fashion show inspired by Marcel Duchamp. The event is 7 p.m. to midnight; the fashion show is at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 advance, $15 at the door (cash only). 919 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 324-3878,

SO NEAT, ST. PETE 06/09/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 5:30pm]
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