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Find unique holiday gifts outside at CraftArt, inside at Florida Craftsmen, Morean

This fish pin by Erh-Ping Tsai is a real conversation starter.
This fish pin by Erh-Ping Tsai is a real conversation starter.
Published Nov. 14, 2012

Once a year, Florida Craftsmen moves outside its building and into the street for CraftArt, a fun-jam of people, fine crafts, food and entertainment. The juried show, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, fills the cross-street next to the gallery at 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, with booths for 113 fine craftsmen selling ceramics, jewelry, and decorative and functional works in wood, metal, fiber and paper. Shown is Erh-Ping Tsai's fish pin of porcelain and metal.

Artist demonstrations, hands-on activities and raffles return, as do beer and wine. On the food frontier, new this year are four food trucks on both days of the event. And there are lots of restaurants nearby.

Inside Florida Craftsmen, the galleries are stocked with hundreds more fine crafts made by members. And two blocks west, the Morean Arts Center at 719 Central Ave. has its own collection of holiday gift items. So shoppers have every reason to get something unique for holiday giving.

Lennie Bennett, Times art critic