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St. Pete ArtWalk keeps growing

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 major monthly event in St. Petersburg, spreading from the downtown west to 30th Street and south to Ninth Avenue.

The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance is providing a free red trolley and a white coach bus, both with guides, which cover the western front, Central Avenue for the Central and Grand Central districts (it costs 50 cents) and the free downtown Looper that circles around the downtown waterfront. Parking (most of it free) is available in all the districts, too.

An added component will be the presence of volunteers for the Heart Gallery of Pinellas-Pasco at various locations. The organization works to help foster children find permanent homes.

The trolleys begin running at 5 p.m. and continue until 9 p.m.

We can't list all the venues; go to stpeteartsalliance.org for that and a map with locations and trolley stops. It's a rich, diverse mix.

Lennie Bennett, Times art critic

ArtWalk highlights

Berk Fine Art Collective Grand Opening: The contemporary art gallery featuring oil, acrylic, encaustic and watercolor painting will celebrate its grand opening on the Second Saturday ArtWalk with a reception where guests can meet the gallery partners and exhibiting artists, with wine and hors d'oeuvres. Free. 10 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 692-5563. 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday.

Body and Soul Exhibit Opening: Glass sculptures and photography depicting the human body from the perspectives of three artists, Alexis Silk, Deanna Clayton and Richard Logan, will be on display. Silk will also host free glass-blowing demonstrations from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Duncan McClellan Gallery, 550 24th St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 421-4141. 5-9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Second Saturday Gallery Opening: Artists of the Academy will show off their work, including paintings and jewelry available for sale. The featured artist will be 17-year-old Alex Sumner. Free. Augustine Ludovico Studio and Academy of Art, 2851 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 322-0450. 6-9 p.m. Saturday.

Fleeting Permanence: Ceramic Exhibition: The show features the work of Meridith Coen, a local artist whose collection of functional pottery incorporates cloud imagery with sleek, rounded forms. Free. Charlie Parker Pottery, 2724 Sixth Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 321-2071. 5-9 p.m. Saturday.

Side by Side Art Exhibit: Haleh Pinney and Nikita Glueck are the artists behind this exhibit, which runs through April 30. With a background in printmaking and painting, Pinney has substituted fabric for paint, while Glueck works in pencil, ink and paint. Artlofts at Florida Craftsmen Galleries, 10 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 504-8788. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday.

St. Pete ArtWalk keeps growing 04/08/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 6:45pm]

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