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Tampa Bay art center gift shops celebrate Black Friday weekend

Enjoy loads of local art as well as discounts and activities.
Art by Mele's resin sculptures and home decor are available at the Florida CraftArt Holiday Boutique in St. Petersburg starting Nov. 30. [Courtesy of Florida CraftArt]
Art by Mele's resin sculptures and home decor are available at the Florida CraftArt Holiday Boutique in St. Petersburg starting Nov. 30. [Courtesy of Florida CraftArt]
Published Nov. 27, 2019

Black Friday weekend is aimed at retail, but, just like museum stores, art center retail galleries and gift shops are fit to celebrate Small Business Saturday and Museum Store Sunday. Here’s how they’re doing it.


Everyone gets 10 percent off all purchases and snacks on Saturday and Sunday. The gallery has its Holiday Boutique open now, so the entire space is full of artist-made everything, including ornaments, menorahs, jewelry and unique items that have a great background story, like the happy sculptures and home decor from Art by Mele. Originally from Venezuela, Florida-based artist Maria Elena Perez-Puelle quit her corporate job and began making artworks out of gourds. They’re made out of resin now, but she always retains the gourdlike shape that originally inspired her. Free. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 821-7391.


Saturday and Sunday are a great time to visit, because not only is there a 10 percent discount in the gift shop and on art in the “Shine Shine Shine” holiday exhibition, but admission to the children’s museum is free and there are specials in the Palm Cafe. See works from local emerging and emerging artists in “Shine Shine Shine,” including Eva Avenue. It’s a good time to view the other exhibitions, too; “Vista,” "Round the Wheel and “Holly Wilson: On Turtle’s Back” all close Dec. 24. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday. 1143 Michigan Blvd. (727) 298-3322.

This painting by Eva Avenue is part of the "Shine Shine Shine" holiday exhibition at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. [Courtesy of Dunedin Fine Art Center]


The weekend kicks off with Black Friday Blows, a three-hour glassblowing workshop that guides participants in creating their own ornament or paperweight. Rather than slogging it out with the crowds at the mall, consider inviting a friend and make gifts for each other. $85. 6-9 p.m. Friday. Morean Glass Studio, 714 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-7872.

For Small Business Saturday and Museum Store Sunday, a 10 percent discount is offered in the Morean Arts Center, which is holding its “Behold” holiday show and sale, at the Chihuly Collection store and in the Morean Glass Studio, where you can see artist and studio manager Bao Thao’s impressive glass flowers. There is a requirement, however. The discount is only applied when you present a receipt from Banyan Cafe, housed in the Morean Arts Center, and it must be for that day only. For example, Saturday’s receipt will only work on Saturday. Family activities on both days round out the weekend. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 719 Central Ave. (727) 822-7872.

Morean Glass Studio artist and studio manager Bao Thao's impressive glass flower sculpture "Beau #7" is available at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg starting Nov. 30. [Courtesy of Morean Arts Center]


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