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What's happening in Tampa Bay art: 'Wizard of Oz'-themed art walk, Florida CraftArt Members' Show

Wave to the Scarecrow on the Wizard of Oz ride at Pompei Monster Factory during the Pinellas Arts Village’s Oz-inspired art walk, planned for this weekend. [Courtesy of Pompei Monster Factory]
Wave to the Scarecrow on the Wizard of Oz ride at Pompei Monster Factory during the Pinellas Arts Village’s Oz-inspired art walk, planned for this weekend. [Courtesy of Pompei Monster Factory]
Published Apr. 24, 2019

YELLOW BRICK ROAD: Oz-Inspired Art Walk

The Wizard of Oz is deeply ingrained in popular culture. Frank L. Baum's books inspired one of the most iconic movies of all time, plus The Wiz, in all its funkiness, and even the creepy, dystopian sequel Return to Oz. Not to mention a certain smash hit musical called Wicked. Now the artists of the Pinellas Arts Village are having an Oz-themed art walk on Saturday. Dress as your favorite character and ease on down an actual yellow brick road artists painted through the Village. Don't miss the Oz installation and ride (yes, a ride, also open from 7-11 p.m. Sunday) at Pompei Monster Factory. There is "No Place Like Home" at COVE, a group exhibition; the artists at Studio 5663 reacted in "Over the Rainbow" and there are photo ops in Cris Byer's Oz installation at Art Cloud Cottage. There will be guest vendors, food and drink options and live music. A screening of Oz the Great and Powerful is at 7:30 nearby at McDevit Park (7601 60th St. N). Free. 4-8 p.m., with some exhibits staying open later. 5600-5800 blocks of Park Boulevard, Pinellas Park.

CONTEMPORARY CRAFT: Florida CraftArt Members' Show

The talented artist members of Florida CraftArt are showing off their skills at the Members' Show. You'll find some examples of contemporary craft that suit every taste, like Calan Ree's sublime ceramic Star Gazer. Find home decor, furniture and statement pieces of art jewelry or thoughtful, conceptual pieces. It's all handmade and original by Florida artists. Meet a few of them at the opening reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday. 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 821-7391.

TOP BILLING: Mainsail Art Festival Winners

Mainsail Art Festival returned to St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park last weekend. The show was juried by David Connelly and awarded $60,000 in cash prizes. Here are the top winners:

Best of Mainsail Gold award, $10,000: Michael Delgado; Chicago, IL; mixed media.

Mainsail Silver award, $5,000: Ummarid Eitharong, mixed media.

Two Mainsail Bronze awards, $2,500 each: Jake Asuit, metals; Ken Jensen, ceramics.


  1. Graciela Iturbide's 1986 photograph, "Fiesta de las Velas, Juchitan,Oaxaca," is on display in the Tampa Museum of Art's "Modern Women: Modern Vision" exhibition, opening Feb. 20, 2020. [Courtesy of the Tampa Museum of Art]
  2. Linda Jablonski, 61, of South Pasadena, visits the "Let Me Be Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank" exhibit at the Florida Holocaust Museum and tries out the virtual reality experience of Anne Frank's "Secret Annex." [CORTNEY LESOVOY  |  Special to the Times]
  3. "Black Figure Skyphos (Drinking Cup)," part of the Tampa Museum of Art's permanent collection, is on display in the exhibition "The Making of a Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works." [Courtesy of the Tampa Museum of Art.]
  4. Kirk Ke Wang's exhibition, "Landscape of Human Skins," is on display at the Morean Arts Center through Feb. 29. [Courtesy of Kirk Ke Wang]
  5. Local Tampa artist, Nathan Mitchell, plays the piano in his home studio in Brandon. Mitchell is among five artists nominated for "Outstanding Jazz Album" for the 51st NAACP Image Awards that will air live on Feb. 22 on BET. [MONIQUE WELCH  |  MONIQUE WELCH | Times]
  6. "Birds of Prey" stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. [Claudette Barius/DC Comics]
  7. A piece of glass art from Petr Hora, whose last show on American soil happens at the Hampson Gallery in St. Petersburg on Feb. 8. [Courtesy of Hampson Gallery]
  8. Changing Woman, a copper plate etching and copper plate by the late artist Helen Hardin, is part of the Spirit Lines exhibition at the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, St. Petersburg, Wednesday, January 29, 2020. The exhibition runs through March 1, 2020. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  9. "Crescent Lake Sunrise" by Robert Herbenick, one of the artists who'll participate in the 2Cool Art Show at the Gulfport Casino on Feb. 1 and 2. [Courtesy of PAVA]
  10. Pablo Picasso's scene design for Pulcinella is part of the "Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney" exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, which will open on Jan. 25. [Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg]
  11. Photographer Griff Davis captured the first meeting of Vice President Richard Nixon and Martin Luther King, Jr. and their wives, Patricia Nixon and Coretta Scott King, on Independence Day in Accra, Ghana on March 7, 1957. [Courtesy of Griffith J. Davis Photographs & Archives]
  12. Roberto Gomez, of Puerto Rico, dressed as Darth Vader, attends the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" on Dec. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. [CHRIS PIZZELLO  |  Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP]