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Meet the artists behind Tampa Bay’s public sculptures and fine arts

You can see a multisensory art exhibition at Creative Pinellas, too.
"Crescent Lake Sunrise" by Robert Herbenick, one of the artists who'll participate in the 2Cool Art Show at the Gulfport Casino on Feb. 1 and 2. [Courtesy of PAVA]
"Crescent Lake Sunrise" by Robert Herbenick, one of the artists who'll participate in the 2Cool Art Show at the Gulfport Casino on Feb. 1 and 2. [Courtesy of PAVA]
Published Jan. 29


The Professional Association of Visual Artists holds its Cool Art Show in the summer, in the air-conditioned comfort of the Coliseum. The weather doesn’t impact this weekend’s 2Cool Art Show at the Gulfport Casino. But PAVA continues to expose artists to the public in multiple venues throughout the bay. All the work is original and handmade fine art and fine craft. The 2Cool Art Show is smaller than the original, with a little more than 30 artists, giving it a boutique feel. It’s always fun to chat with the artists about their works. And you can find hyper-local art, like Robert Herbenick’s painting of a sunrise over Crescent Lake, pictured. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 5500 Shore Blvd.


It might seem strange for a fine craft gallery to have an exhibition about public art, but Florida CraftArt’s “Inside the World of Public Art” exposes how fine craft practices are often at the root of the works. It’s curated by Ann Wykell, who was manager of cultural affairs for the city of St. Petersburg for nine years and helps develop public art projects at the University of South Florida. It highlights artists with public art on display, including three who will have work at the new pier. Among them is Janet Echelman, whose large-scale pier sculpture is currently being taken down for adjustments. The exhibit features panels introducing the artists and includes small pieces from their bodies of work. Two artists, Mark Aeling and Catherine Woods, both have works at the new police station in St. Petersburg. They’ll discuss their process at the gallery at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Free. The exhibition remains on display through March 7. 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 821-7391.

Catherine Woods' "Community DNA," a public art sculpture at the St. Petersburg Police Department. [Courtesy of Catherine Woods]


Some paintings are hard to resist touching, especially if the paint has been applied in that thick van Gogh style. But artist Horst W. Mueller wants people to touch his paintings, with paint built into three-dimensional forms. His work is on display in “Art Sensation," a multisensory art exhibition at Creative Pinellas. Mueller believes that “even hands can see” and is a champion of making artwork accessible to people of all abilities. The exhibit includes pieces from Florida CraftArt’s “Experience” collection, a traveling exhibition with pieces designed to be touched or heard. Works created by Florida artists with sensory disabilities round out the exhibit. Free. Thursday’s opening reception from 6-9 p.m. includes a panel discussion. Remains on display through Feb. 16. 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. (727) 582-2172.

A painting by Horst Mueller, whose work will be featured in the "Art Sensation" exhibit at Creative Pinellas in Largo on Jan. 30. [Courtesy of Creative Pinellas]


  1. Linda Jablonski, 61, of South Pasadena, visits the "Let Me Be Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank" exhibit at the Florida Holocaust Museum and tries out the virtual reality experience of Anne Frank's "Secret Annex."
  2. "Black Figure Skyphos (Drinking Cup)," part of the Tampa Museum of Art's permanent collection, is on display in the exhibition "The Making of a Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works."
  3. Kirk Ke Wang's exhibition, "Landscape of Human Skins," is on display at the Morean Arts Center through Feb. 29.
  4. Local Tampa artist, Nathan Mitchell, plays the piano in his home studio in Brandon. Mitchell is among five artists nominated for "Outstanding Jazz Album" for the 51st NAACP Image Awards that will air live on Feb. 22 on BET.
  5. "Birds of Prey" stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.
  6. A piece of glass art from Petr Hora, whose last show on American soil happens at the Hampson Gallery in St. Petersburg on Feb. 8.
  7. Changing Woman, a copper plate etching and copper plate by the late artist Helen Hardin, is part of the Spirit Lines exhibition at the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, St. Petersburg, Wednesday, January 29, 2020. The exhibition runs through March 1, 2020.
  8. "Crescent Lake Sunrise" by Robert Herbenick, one of the artists who'll participate in the 2Cool Art Show at the Gulfport Casino on Feb. 1 and 2.
  9. Pablo Picasso's scene design for Pulcinella is part of the "Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney" exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, which will open on Jan. 25.
  10. Photographer Griff Davis captured the first meeting of Vice President Richard Nixon and Martin Luther King, Jr. and their wives, Patricia Nixon and Coretta Scott King, on Independence Day in Accra, Ghana on March 7, 1957.
  11. Roberto Gomez, of Puerto Rico, dressed as Darth Vader, attends the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" on Dec. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles.
  12. A photograph by Anastasia Samoylova from the "FloodZone" series, on view at USF Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa through March 7.