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Art in the PARC event to showcase more than 500 pieces

Evelyn, a PARC artist, relishes the chance to glaze pottery. Art director Flora McCabe says that Evelyn is very detailed and focused when it comes to the glazing.

Courtesy of Mario Morgado

Evelyn, a PARC artist, relishes the chance to glaze pottery. Art director Flora McCabe says that Evelyn is very detailed and focused when it comes to the glazing.

Evelyn and other artists at PARC have been putting finishing touches on pottery, paintings and jewelry.

With an affinity for ceramics, she delights in glazing pottery for other PARC artists.

"She is very detailed, focused and completes the glazing thoroughly," said PARC art director Flora McCabe.

On Friday evening, Evelyn and other PARC artists will have the opportunity to showcase their masterpieces. The event, Art in the PARC, will take place in the College of Business at USF's St. Petersburg campus, where more than 500 original works of art will be on display and available for sale.

Paintings, ceramics, papier mache, painted fish on canvas, jewelry, handmade pottery and pins will be among the offerings. There will also be note cards with PARC art and a special PARC blend of coffee created by local beanery, Javámo, with original art featured on the bags. There will be pieces starting as low as $5, said Nancy Giles, director of business relations who is coordinating the event.

"Our goal is to share affordable and original art and jewelry. Each piece is one of a kind and is made by PARC artists with developmental disabilities in collaboration with art instructors," Giles said.

PARC artists benefit by gaining life skills through art enrichment. Those skills are socialization, boosting self-esteem, and experiencing a sense of accomplishment and enjoyment, said McCabe, who has been teaching art at PARC for 9 years.

Artists select the media they want to work with, and they can change as inspiration strikes.

"Some people like to work with clay, some like to glaze and others like to paint. Some really enjoy doing an entire piece of pottery or artwork all by themselves," McCabe said.

PARC has served as a social service agency for bay area residents since 1953. It serves more than 700 adults and children with developmental disabilities and offers more than 40 unique programs, like the art enrichment that PARC clients receive. These programs showcase PARC's mission in action, "Turning disabilities into capabilities."

19 Sunday

Cool Art Show: Cool Art, in its 21st year, is a juried fine art and craft show and sale hosted by PAVA, the Professional Association of Visual Artists. Concessions will be available. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free admission and parking. Visit

Doodlebugs and their Kin: What are doodlebugs? Explore their lifestyle and observe their behavior and the behavior of their lacewing relatives. This event is recommended for ages 6 to 10. 1-2:30 p.m. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Free. Call (727) 453-6500 or visit

Sunday Afternoon at the Pier: Enjoy Jazz music and R&B from the "On Que Players" at the Pier's Waterside Courtyard. 1 to 4 p.m. The Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. Call (727) 821-6443.

Summer One Act Play Festival: Nine short plays by local playwrights, featuring both comedy and drama, staged by the Gulfport Community Players. 2 p.m. Catherine Hickman Theatre, 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport. $15. Call (727) 322-0316 or visit gulfportcom­

20 Monday

How to Write a Business Plan: The Florida Small Business Development Center presents a free seminar on how to write a business plan. 6 to 8 p.m. St. Petersburg Business Development Center, 440 Second Ave. N. For registration or more information, call (727) 893-7146.

Paper: Off and On the Wall: More than 25 artists have created original, current wallpaper representations of chintzes, heavy damasks, chinoiseries, and tromp l'oeil patterns, with influences of contemporary design. Florida Craftsmen Galleries, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call (727) 821-7391.

21 Tuesday

"First Time Homebuyers" Seminar: The Community Service Foundation will present a seminar to help first-time homebuyers purchase a home and qualify for down payment and closing cost assistance. 6 to 9 p.m. Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. Call (727) 461-0618 or visit

Health and Wellness Business Showcase: Open to interested community members, local health care providers, and wellness practitioners. Complimentary wine and healthy treats provided. 5 to 8 p.m. Free. Healthy Being Wellness Boutique, 425 33rd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 502-3464.

St. Petersburg College Jazz Band Concert: The SPC Jazz Band, which consists of 15 students of all ages, will perform musical numbers by jazz legends Neal Hefti, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. 7:30 p.m. St. Petersburg College Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. Call (727) 341-4737 or visit

22 Wednesday

Landscape Design: Florida-Style Gardening class on creating a pleasing landscape design that requires little maintenance and is easy on the environment. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. Registration required, $10. Call (727) 893-7326.

Sun Safety Seminar: The Bayfront Medical Center and the city of St Pete Beach are offering a free "Fun in the Sun" Safety Seminar. The family-friendly seminar will consist of multiple informational booths, tips on sun safety for all ages, giveaways, and a free skin cancer screening for everyone who attends. 6 p.m. St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Call the Recreation Department at (727) 363-9245 for more details.

23 Thursday

Dive-In Movie: The St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center's first "Dive-In Movie" was such a success that it is hosting it again. Bring your floats and chairs and watch Shark Tale on the big screen. 8 p.m. Family Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Admission is $2 and limited to the first 150 guests. Call the Recreation Department at (727) 363-9245 to register and for more information.

24 Friday

Oddlie: Performing artist Aleshea Harris brings Oddlie's story to life with a blend of theater, spoken word and music. 7:30 p.m. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $20 for adults, $15 students and seniors. Call (727) 895-6620.

25 Saturday

"All Aboard For Murder! Detective Dinner Theater": Interactive play, 7 p.m. Hilton, St. Petersburg, 333 First St. S. $49.95 plus tax. Reservations required. Call (727) 446-8569 or visit

"Prism" Concert: The Al Downing education scholarship fund presents its annual "Prism" concert featuring past and present scholarship winners. 7:30 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Contact the Palladium at (727) 822-3590 or for ticket information.

Saturday Summer Market: Produce, crafts and more, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, first floor, Mahaffey Theater/Progress Energy Center for the Arts Parking Garage, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Call (727) 455-4921 or visit

Art in the PARC

All proceeds benefit the children and adults with developmental disabilities at PARC.

When: 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Where: USF St. Petersburg College of Business, 263 13th Ave. S, third floor, St. Petersburg.

For details: Call Nancy Giles at (727) 410-6302.

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