June 30 to August 12, 2017
Florida CraftArt presents Creatures Wild and Wooly, a national juried exhibition showcasing original art based on creatures—wild, exotic, domestic, imaginary and mythical. More than 35 artists from Florida, California and Chicago created pieces from ferocious dragon heads to wistful, wide-eyed ceramic rabbits and intricately beaded statement necklaces.
Three dragon-head trophies hang on the west wall, sculpted in papier mâché, clay and mixed media by Ray Bennett of Riverview, Florida. “I wanted to capture the essence of a dragon through sculpture, and needed them to look as lifelike as possible,” he says. “I want you to feel like one of these dragons will take a snap at you.”
Across the gallery is the “Moon Gazing Hare,” a 19-inch-high ceramic sculpture by North Palm Beach artist and Palm Beach State College Gallery Director Karla Walter. “In numerous traditions, hares are symbols of women, femininity, female deities and women’s magic,” she says. “As a woman and an artist, I personally connect to the cunning and innocent hare.” In addition to the hare, Ms. Walter is exhibiting a 20-inch high ceramic and bronze sculpture of a vulture whose head is adorned with Swarovski crystals, as well as a black crow holding a red berry in its beak.
The exhibitions entry is framed by a magical portal arch, entitled “Fiber Forest,” that was created by Roseline Young and Marci Mills, and other fiber artists from the Ft. Myers, Cape Coral area.
“People will be amazed at the wild and imaginative creatures, as well as an almost life-size realistic male lion created from agave fiber by Anne Andersson,” says Executive Director, Katie Deits. “Adults and children both will enjoy our programming such as docent tours at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesdays, rock-painting workshops and creature-inspired dramatic readings.”
“We are pleased to dedicate this exhibition to the memory of the late sculptor Paul Eppling who was a Florida CraftArt artist,” says Liz Rogers, Gallery Manager. “His whimsical, magical creatures fashioned from auto parts, farm machinery, blown glass or discarded metal scraps can be seen around St. Petersburg in parks and on top of the city’s maintenance building.”
The opening reception and awards ceremony is Friday, June 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Florida CraftArt located at 501 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, Florida. The exhibit will run through August 12 with a closing reception, People’s Choice Awards and special appearances by Southeastern Guide Dogs. Other events during the exhibition are rock-painting workshops and a writing class and dramatic readings with Keep St. Pete Lit.
ArtLoft artists Sue Hess, Rebecca Skelton and Lee West are painting a large guide dog sculpture, “Muse, the Artists’ Guide Dog,” which will be at Florida CraftArt’s entrance, and then compete in the Superheroes guide dogs fundraising contest.
For more information, visit www.FloridaCraftArt.org or call (727) 821-7391. The gallery and exhibition admission is free. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Florida CraftArt is a nonprofit organization founded in 1951 and headquartered in St. Petersburg. Its mission is to grow the statewide creative economy by engaging the community and advancing Florida’s fine craft artists and their work. Fine craft art is presented in the 2,500-square-foot retail gallery and a large gallery features curated exhibitions. ArtLofts is on the second floor and features 19 working artists’ studios. Florida CraftArt is the only statewide organization offering artists a platform to show and sell their work.
June 30 to August 12, 2017 This exciting juried exhibition of original artwork by more than 35 artists showcases
work based on creatures-wild, exotic, domesticated, imaginary and mythical.
This exhibition is dedicated to the late sculptor Paul Eppling who created amazing wild creatures.
Friday, June 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Meet the artists at the opening and awards reception.
Docent Tours: Wednesdays at 1:15 p.m. Group tours by appointment.
July 8, 22, 29: Learn to paint creatures on rocks (materials are provided): $5. Space is limited. Register on FloridaCraftArt.org or call (727) 821-7391.
Sat., July 15, 1 to 3 p.m. Writing class inspired by the exhibition with Keep St. Pete Lit $10.
Writing from the class to be performed on Sat., August 5. Register on KeepStPeteLit.org.
Sat., August 5, 5:30 p.m. Keep St. Pete Lit’s Ekphrastic where 12 visual art pieces are interpreted by a dozen local writers, presented in dramatic readings.
Sat., August 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Closing reception and People’s Choice Award presentation.
Meet Southeastern Guide Dogs and the Superheroes making an impact on our community.
Second Saturday ArtWalk – open until 9 p.m.