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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. pinellas-park.com.

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. floridacraftart.org.

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.

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