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Three art exhibits to check out in St. Petersburg in July

Don’t miss these shows while they’re up this month.
"The Intrinsic Culmination of Sensuality" by Michael Fait is on display at the Blue Goose in St. Petersburg through Aug. 7.
"The Intrinsic Culmination of Sensuality" by Michael Fait is on display at the Blue Goose in St. Petersburg through Aug. 7. [ Courtesy of Michael Fait ]
Published Jul. 14

Among the many art shows on display this month, three that couldn’t differ more are in close proximity to one another in St. Petersburg. So make a day of it and check them out.

The artwork of Michael Fait

"The Leopard Queen," an oil painting by Michael Fait, features leopard moths, which Fait himself raises. It's on display at the Blue Goose through Aug. 7.
"The Leopard Queen," an oil painting by Michael Fait, features leopard moths, which Fait himself raises. It's on display at the Blue Goose through Aug. 7. [ Courtesy of Michael Fait ]

St. Petersburg-based Michael Fait is passionate about culture, history, classical literature and, of course, art — all of which inform his collection of paintings on display at the Blue Goose in St. Petersburg (48 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N) through Aug. 7. His works draw influence from Caravaggio, the Baroque master of chiaroscuro, as well as fashion editorials, contemporary realism and surrealism. He also incorporates original poetry into his work. Fait believes that culture and the arts heal society and culture brings us together, and in his work he “tries to create something that always can invoke a positive feeling in people.” He said that he cherishes “the concept of having cultural moments where everything else fades away. That’s what we live our life for.” See more of Fait’s work at instagram.com/jeanmichaelfait.

With "In Front of the Psyche," Michael Fait plays with chiaroscuro lighting in the realm of contemporary realism.
With "In Front of the Psyche," Michael Fait plays with chiaroscuro lighting in the realm of contemporary realism. [ Courtesy of Michael Fait ]
Michael Fait includes a poem he wrote and captures motion of the figure in "Just Between You and I."
Michael Fait includes a poem he wrote and captures motion of the figure in "Just Between You and I." [ Courtesy of Michael Fait ]

Play: New works by Andrea Pawlisz

"Black Eye" by Andrea Pawlisz includes a classic GTO, a pair of Converse and the Hot Wheels logo. It's on display at Mize Gallery through July 31.
"Black Eye" by Andrea Pawlisz includes a classic GTO, a pair of Converse and the Hot Wheels logo. It's on display at Mize Gallery through July 31. [ Courtesy of Chad Mize ]

St. Petersburg artist Andrea Pawlisz is having a good time in her latest body of work. “Play” is Pawlisz’s solo exhibition on view at Mize Gallery (689 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N) through July 31. The works hearken back to Pawlisz’s childhood in the late 1960s/early 1970s — she painted the games, brands and activities she loved as a child along with figures of children. She employed a combination of brush and spray painting and also included lunch boxes, paper airplanes made of maps, a swing and a rocking chair. In her artist statement, Pawlisz said: “My hope is that the viewer will have a sentimental memory of a time or place when they felt happy. Presenting this work is to remind us all the importance of play.” On view 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. chadmize.com.

"Candy" by Andrea Pawlisz depicts young girls jumping rope. It's on display at Mize Gallery.
"Candy" by Andrea Pawlisz depicts young girls jumping rope. It's on display at Mize Gallery. [ Courtesy of Chad Mize ]
"Tattoo," the mostly grayscale painting by Andrea Pawlisz, is punctuated with a red swing and a vintage truck.
"Tattoo," the mostly grayscale painting by Andrea Pawlisz, is punctuated with a red swing and a vintage truck. [ Courtesy of Chad Mize ]
"Hopscotch" by Andrea Pawlisz includes the logo for Highlights, the children's magazine, and the Wise Foods owl.
"Hopscotch" by Andrea Pawlisz includes the logo for Highlights, the children's magazine, and the Wise Foods owl. [ Courtesy of Chad Mize ]

Oh! The Places We Can Go

Alicia Diem's ceramic play on a designer travel bag is shaped like a fish and has wheels that move. It's on display in Florida CraftArt's exhibition, "Oh! The Places We Can Go," which runs through Aug. 28.
Alicia Diem's ceramic play on a designer travel bag is shaped like a fish and has wheels that move. It's on display in Florida CraftArt's exhibition, "Oh! The Places We Can Go," which runs through Aug. 28. [ Courtesy of Florida CraftArt ]

St. Petersburg fine craft gallery Florida CraftArt’s latest exhibition celebrates travel, vacation and simply the act of going places. Florida artists interpreted the theme in a breadth of mediums and concepts, some whimsical, others sublime. Programming includes a writing workshop with Keep St. Pete Lit and an ekphrastic interpretation of the writings, a discussion of the history of travel clothing with Elizabeth Neily, and a talk with author Dave Seminara. The exhibition remains on view through Aug. 28. Free. 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 727-821-7391. floridacraftart.org.

Vadim Malkin pokes fun at tourists with his ceramic sculptures titled "Captn'" and "Leave Me Alone, I'm on Vacation."
Vadim Malkin pokes fun at tourists with his ceramic sculptures titled "Captn'" and "Leave Me Alone, I'm on Vacation." [ Courtesy of Florida CraftArt ]
Maria Saraceno's "Strings Attached" imagines an elegant evening dress for her interpretation of "Oh! The Places We Can Go" at Florida CraftArt.
Maria Saraceno's "Strings Attached" imagines an elegant evening dress for her interpretation of "Oh! The Places We Can Go" at Florida CraftArt. [ Courtesy of Florida CraftArt ]