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Art Planner: Art Festival Beth-El returns, plus Art Glass Weekend around Sarasota and St. Pete

The Alchemist’s Dream by Kathleen Mulcahy will be on display at Alfstad& Contemporary as part of Sarasota’s Art Glass Weekend.
Published Jan. 25, 2017

One of the most anticipated art events of the year returns this weekend to Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg. The annual fine art, juried exhibition and sale known as Art Festival Beth-El started way back in 1973, and has now grown to include more than 170 local, national and international artists showing in six galleries. In addition to original paintings, wood, sculpture, ceramics, glass, photography and jewelry, there will also be a large selection of signed, framed, limited edition prints from Syd Entel Galleries of Safety Harbor.

The festivities begin with a preview cocktail reception from 6-10 p.m. Saturday; admission is $25 at the door. Admission is free Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entertainer Becca McCoy will be performing the hits of Rosemary Clooney in the Sanctuary at 11 a.m. Monday and a docent tour will be offered at 2 p.m. A gourmet luncheon will also be offered Monday for $20. 400 Pasadena Ave. S. (727) 347-6136.

A collaboration between the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a division of Ringling College, and Habatat Galleries of Michigan brings glass art and artists from around the globe to the Sarasota area for the third annual Contemporary Studio Glass Weekend. The four-day experience includes exhibitions, auctions, studio tours, lectures, glass-blowing demonstrations and private tours of museums featuring glass, including the Chihuly Collection, Thursday through Sunday.

It kicks off Thursday night at Sarasota's Alfstad& Contemporary, with an opening reception for two concurrent exhibitions from artists Kathleen Mulcahy, whose work is pictured, and Ron Desmett. They're a husband-and-wife team who were co-founders of the Pittsburgh Glass Center. The main event is Saturday, when 23 artists representing 11 countries will be showcased at Whitney Plaza, and an exhibition of 10 prominent Czech artists will be on display at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. The jam-packed weekend involves too many events to list here, but visit A weekend pass is $200, but individual events range from free to $75.


  1. Mural on the side of the Amsterdam Bar, Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. “SHINE.” The wall was completed with the help of students from the Bloom Gallery. SCOTT KEELER  |  Tampa Bay Times
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  2. St. Petersburg based Ink Werkz Crew created this mural at 1610 Central Avenue for the first SHINE mural festival. Painted in late 2015, a Chase Bank branch was built on the parking lot in front of it in 2018. The artists Reid Jenkins, Scott Hillis and Sovoth Chan were never told that it would be covered. Jenkins found out from his then five-year-old daughter. SCOTT KEELER  |  Tampa Bay Times
    As the city grows and empty lots become fewer, murals of the recent past risk being hidden from view.
  3. Jean-Michel Basquiat (American, 1960-1988), Untitled (Word on Wood), 1985. Acrylic and oil stick on wood fence slats. 90 x 72 inches. Private collection. Photographer: Jeremy Scott. © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Courtesy of Jeremy Scott
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  8. Country star Tim McGraw, shown here in 2012 when he brought his "Brothers of the Sun" tour to Tampa, will perform a free concert before the Bucs home opener and also at halftime on Sunday in Raymond James Stadium. ANDY JONES  |  Tampa Bay Times
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