1. Tampa sculptor takes best in show award at 39th Mainsail Arts Festival

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Charles Parkhill, whose cerebral wood sculptures have been the subject of several exhibitions at museums and prestigious galleries, took the $10,000 best-in-show award at the 39th annual Mainsail Arts Festival on Sunday. He said he'll probably use it for a down payment on a new van, "but I'm not …

    Jade Ulleber, 52, of Tampa peers through a stained- and fused-glass kaleidoscope made by Kathleen Hunt of Conway, S.C., during the 39th annual Mainsail Art Festival held at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg on Sunday,.
  2. Mainsail brings 270 artists to Vinoy Park

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    Mainsail Art Festival, coming Saturday and Sunday to Vinoy Park, needs little introduction after 38 years. In that time, the outdoor festival in a downtown waterfront park in St. Petersburg has brought together thousands of artists and hundreds of thousands of visitors. Some of those visitors have been seasoned …

    Diana Ahrens, mixed media
  3. Berk Fine Art Collective opens in St. Petersburg

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    Welcome to Berk Fine Art Collective, a new gallery at 10 Fifth St. N in St. Petersburg's Central Arts District. It features painters Tammy Berk, Robert Sutherland, whose work is shown, and Karan Porter, each with an impressive resume. See their work at the gallery from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. (727) …

    Oil on Canvas Original by Robert Sutherland, “Pinellas Girl” at Berk Fine Art Collective in St. Petersburg.
  4. Artist answers 'catcalling' with street poster campaign

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    With a lick of wheat paste, a roller and a stepladder, Tat­yana Fazlalizadeh introduced herself to the South in an unusual way.

    Tatyana Fazlalizadeh stands next to a poster she plastered on the Krog Street Tunnel in Atlanta. The 28-year-old artist from Brooklyn is taking her street poster campaign — first using self-portraits and then sketches of women she has interviewed — 
to major cities. “This is all about how women’s bodies are consumed and are considered public property,” she says. 
New York Times
  5. Wyeth painting from Museum of Fine Arts on loan to National Gallery

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    The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., is one of the major museums in the United States. Like all great museums, it organizes most of its shows based on its world-class permanent collection, often augmented by loans from other institutions and private collectors.

    Andrew Wyeth’s Wisteria, 1981, watercolor on paper, is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. It’s now on loan to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., for a prestigious exhibition.
  6. Warhol exhibit extended at Dalí Museum

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    Andy's sticking around a little longer.

    "Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality." has been such a popular exhibition at the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, its stay has been extended for five weeks. Scheduled to close on April 27, the exhibition will instead remain through June 1.

  7. St. Pete ArtWalk keeps growing

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    The temperatures and humidity are still dandy for outdoor art events, especially in the evenings. So while the good weather lasts, clear your calendar for the April Second Saturday ArtWalk in St. Petersburg. With almost 40 varied venues (mostly galleries, mostly free) in five designated arts districts, it has become a …

    Five Deuces Galleria is one of the newest arrivals on the local art scene, at 222 22nd St. S. The complex is a series of old buildings charmingly renovated into the gallery and artists’ studios. The gallery features paintings by Jim Corp, including this one. It looks like a forest but is actually an extreme closeup of a broom’s bristles. Right across from it is 3 Daughters Brewery and Tasting Room. 
  8. Machines that spring from da Vinci's designs

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    Happy Birthday on April 15, Leonardo da Vinci! The great painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist and writer was born in 1452. Leonardo was the original Renaissance man. As an inventor, he dreamed big, and many of his designs were prescient …

    The “Da Vinci Machines” exhibition is at Bradenton Municipal Auditorium through July 7.
  9. Review: Labauvie sculptures at Leepa-Rattner just look simple

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    Art isn't well served in reproductions. You generally get what it looks like but not what it is. Subtle and/or dimensional art suffers the most.

    Venus Walks (2012) is a stark contrast to Angelico. Matisse made a similar reductive journey.
  10. Review: Wedgwood show at Plant Museum is craft of highest order

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    I thought I knew Wedgwood: the elegant jasperware with a matte-colored background (most famously blue), decorated with bas-relief flora and fauna, or the pretty bone china dinnerware.

    Emile Aubert-Lessore was a respected artist, hired to create paintings on Wedgwood creamware in the 19th century. He was one of the few artists allowed to sign his name.