Cool is not a word in common usage right now. We're hot. And not in a cool way. We usually head to the mall to beat the icky-sticky humidity, but Saturday and Sunday offers a less conventional alternative: the Cool Art Show.
Now in its 21st year, the show evolved as a way for area artists to exhibit work — and hopefully make some sales — during the summer slump after the bountiful art shows of fall, winter and spring have come and gone. It has grown to include artists throughout Florida and sometimes farther afield. (Go to coolart.com for a list of exhibiting artists.)
The Cool Art Show this year, as in recent ones, is at the Coliseum near downtown St. Petersburg, a historic, restored (and air-conditioned!) cavern of a place that works well as a big group exhibition box. Sponsored by the Professional Association of Visual Artists, it will showcase about 80 artists in most mediums, including painting, photography, jewelry and ceramics.
Shown here are works by some of the artists, including a photograph by Dan Naumann which reminds us why we should be inside rather than outside at this time of year.
Lennie Bennett can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 893-8293.