After a year where many events were cancelled or postponed, PAVA’s (Professional Association of Visual Artists) 2021 Annual Members’ Awards Exhibit returns from May 5th through July 2nd at PAVA’s home base, The Cool Art Shop, located at 1240 County Road 1, Dunedin, Florida. This annual exhibit will showcase the artwork of over 60 of PAVA’s award winning professional artists in various mediums, and all artwork will be available for sale during the shop’s normal operating hours, Wednesday – Friday, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Saturdays 11:00 am – 3:00 p.m.
PAVA’s Annual Members’ Awards Exhibit will feature the artwork of the organization’s members in a curated collection of visual and functional creations in paint, pastel, wood, ceramics, photography, metal, glass, fiber, digital, mixed media and jewelry. It will be held in The Cool Art Shop in Dunedin, and due to the space limitations of the shop, the event is being restructured so that the show will be split over two months, with half of the artists’ artwork displayed in May, and the other half displayed in June.
The Members’ Awards Exhibit will be judged by former curator for the Ringling Museum of Art, Mark Ormond, and cash awards totaling $1,800 and ribbons will be awarded each month. Best of Show awards, selected from each set of monthly award winners, will be presented at the end of June, and patrons are invited to come by the shop and vote for their favorite artist in each month’s individual exhibit for a Patrons’ Choice Award. Artwork from all award winners will remain in The Cool Art Shop during the month of July and early August, as an encore presentation of the work.
PAVA, the Professional Association of Visual Artists, is a non-profit organization run by volunteer artists to serve local artisans and support the arts community in the Tampa Bay Area. It provides exhibition, education and grant opportunities for its members, as well as offers its members’ artwork for sale at its shop, The Cool Art Shop, located at 1240 County Road 1, Dunedin. Additionally, PAVA supports local art centers, and is a local sponsor of the Pinellas County Regional National Scholastic Art Awards where scholarships are provided to students for art instruction.