The beach and the mall can wait. Instead, gather family and friends for Art Splash on Saturday. Eleven St. Petersburg galleries will offer 11 family-friendly experiences from noon to 5 p.m. that range from crafting your own ceramic turtle to eating award-winning cupcakes. Most venues also have galleries for viewing (and purchasing arts and fine crafts). It's creative fun for all ages. Admissions and demonstrations are free but there may be some charges for materials.
Lennie Bennett, Times art critic
Here's the lineup:
ARTicles Art Gallery & Custom Framing: Watch how custom cards, journals and note paper are made with the letterpress process by Bridget Elmer of the Southern Letterpress and Kaitlin Crockett of Oma Darlin' Press. 1445 Central Ave., articlesstpte.com or (727) 898-6061.
Clay Center of St. Petersburg: Kids (and adults) can handbuild clay into whatever inspires them. The work will be fired and can be picked up the following week to be painted at home. 400 23rd St. S, (727) 439-8522.
Creative Clay: Art demonstrations and hands-on printmaking and clay workshops plus a music jam. 1114 Central Ave. (727) 825-051.
Craftsman House Gallery, Cafe and Pottery Studio: Demonstrations and discounts on pottery lessons & special treats in the cafe. 2955 Central Ave. craftsmanhousegallery.com or (727) 323-2787.
Feathered Serpent Gallery: Demonstrations by Aurora Mancilla Heuple of painting on Amate, an old, indigenous type of Mexican paper, from 3 to 5 p.m. 1018 Central Ave. 727-824-8877.
Lynn Merhige Gallery: Two-handed drawing with artist Carolann Dallesandro-Mancuso. 216 Fourth St. N. (727) 895-2797.
Morean Arts Center: Third annual Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest from noon to 3 p.m. with more than 50 bakers competing. Free samples. Also a visual scavenger hunt from 3 to 5 p.m. 719 Central Ave., moreanartscenter.org or (727) 822-7872. (See story, Page 22.)
Nuance Galleries: Demonstrations by award-winning plein air painter Carol McArdle. 2924 Central Ave. nuancegalleries.com or (727) 209-2125.
Painting with Fire Studio: Work with metal alphabet stamps and brass discs to create a personalized pendant that will be finished by enamel artists. 2428 Central Ave. (727) 498-6409.
Charlie Parker Pottery: Make a clay turtle that will be glazed and fired. 2724 Sixth Ave. S. (727) 321-2071.
Michele Tuegel Contemporary: Lemonade and sweets plus featured craft puzzles made by Creative Crafthouse. 320 Central Ave. (727) 823-1100.