What’s happening in art: Second Saturday ArtWalk, Tampa Tour de Clay

Three not-to-miss exhibits are open during ArtWalk and top-notch ceramics on the Tampa Tour de Clay.
Published December 5 2018

City Stroll: Second Saturday ArtWalk

It’s St. Petersburg’s Second Saturday ArtWalk, when galleries from Beach Drive to the Warehouse Arts District extend their hours, open new exhibits and give viewers the opportunity to mingle with artists. It’s all free, and there’s a trolley to get you around. Find a map of galleries and the trolley at stpeteartsalliance.org.

Here are three exhibits not to miss as you stroll.

“Music to My Eyes” at Craftsman House showcases the visual artistic endeavors of two acclaimed singer-songwriters: Jimmy LaFave’s photographs of the rusted American landscape and Tom Russell’s paintings, including The Return of the Grievous Angel (Gram Parsons), pictured. 5-9 p.m. 2955 Central Ave.

Dive deep into the topic of conservation at the ArtsXchange with Julie Torres’ “Water Wars.” Based on the 30-year battle among Florida, Georgia and Alabama for future rights to shared water, Torres screen-prints selected texts on paper and canvas and layers them with images of the shared river basins. Enjoy the sounds of the James Suggs Jazz Trio from 6-8 p.m. 5-9 p.m. 515 22nd St. S.

Speaking of the environment, check out Amandine Drouet’s “Plastic Is the New Fish” at the [email protected] Drouet rescues things from the trash to become artwork, an endeavor that has become a constant recycling project. 5-9 p.m. 620 First Ave. S.

Ceramic love: Tampa Tour de Clay

Tampa Bay is rich with terrific ceramic artists. The Tampa Tour de Clay is a fine tradition in which pottery studios in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties open their doors and host other top-notch artists. The cool mix features 31 established and emerging artists. In St. Petersburg, wood-fired pottery ruler Matt Schiemann hosts Kelsey Nagy’s colorful works in delicate porcelain. Masters of crystalline, the Pottery Boys, show the carved creations of Jim and Shirl Parmentier in their Palm Harbor studio. Longtime, prolific husband-and-wife duo Wellman and Welsch’s functional ceramics play well with Taylor Robenalt’s whimsical animals, pictured, in Lutz. And it’s a show of pottery bosses when Ira Burhans and William Kidd are hosted by Jack Boyle at his San Antonio studio, which will stay open till 8 p.m. Saturday and have live music. Artists will be on hand to discuss their work and give demonstrations. The free, self-guided tour is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Find a map at tampatourdeclay.com.