What’s happening in art: Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Festivale 50

This year’s festival returns to Curtis Hixon Park and Kiley Garden this weekend
Published February 27

Growing Again: Gasparilla Festival of the Arts

Perhaps you’ve heard that the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts will move to the new, larger Julian B. Lane Waterfront Park next year. The move will allow for the festival to spread its wings. And with a look at what is happening at this year’s festival, which returns to Curtis Hixon Park and Kiley Garden this weekend, it’s clear they’re ready for it. The prestigious festival brings a mix of 235 local, national and international award-winning artists. See what the next generation of artists is working on in the Emerging Artist and Scholastic showcases, like Nneka Jones’ Target, pictured. Watch artists live-paint vehicles and existing art cars in Carmada, held in Kiley Garden. See artists transform pavement into works of art at the Chalk Walk. Listen to stories or record your own in the interactive sculpture, the Echo Quilt. And catch live music from Ella Jet and Mountain Holler. It’s all free, unless you want the VIP experience, which includes shade, catered food, beer and wine. $40 advance, $50 walkup. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. gasparillaarts.com.

Come Together: Festivale 50

Festivale 50 brings together many Pinellas County arts organizations this weekend in the Gallery at Creative Pinellas. The Pinellas Community Foundation celebrated its 50th anniversary with an art exhibit that features works by artists from the Morean Arts Center, Dunedin Fine Art Center, the Museum of Fine Arts, Act II, Creative Clay, PARC, the Arc and Sheriff’s Pals. It’s a treat to see all of this work in that great space, which used to be the Gulf Coast Museum of Art. The campus shares grounds with the Florida Botanical Gardens and the historical Heritage Village. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. creativepinellas.org.

Popping Up: Coralette Damme

St. Petersburg art scene staple Coralette Damme, often known as the Crafty Hag, has a popup art show at the [email protected] on Friday. Damme works in painting and print, and her pieces draw on nature and folklore, giving them a mystical quality. Animals are a common motif, and because she’s fond of holiday traditions, count on delightfully unique holiday works. The show will feature new and “rediscovered” artwork. It’s one night only, and since Damme’s work is very popular, arrive early for the best selection. 6-9 p.m. 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. craftyhag.com.

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