Saturday, December 16, 2017
Arts

ArtWalk patrons will enjoy galleries galore and a full moon

A full moon will shine down on the Second Saturday ArtWalk in St. Petersburg. At least it will near the end at 9 p.m.

But the sun will shine first as more than 40 galleries and studios keep their doors open late to showcase and sell just about any type of art. ArtWalk sprawls through five arts districts: the Waterfront, Central, Edge, Grand Central and Warehouse. Some venues will have demonstrations, and some are open only for the event. Trolleys and shuttles (the shuttles also have art guides) cover all of the districts. All are free except for the Central Avenue Trolley, which charges 50 cents. Parking is also available in all areas. Cool restaurants and craft breweries dot the neighborhoods, too, so the party doesn't have to end early.

The great thing about the growth of ArtWalk is the great variety it offers. The caveat is that you cannot possibly hit every arts district — forget about every venue — in one evening if you want to enjoy the experience. Since ArtWalk is offered every month, you don't have to try.

The event starts at 5 p.m. For a map and a list of venues, go to stpeteartsalliance.org.

Lennie Bennett, Times art critic

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