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
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.
Play: New works by Andrea Pawlisz
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.
Oh! The Places We Can Go
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.