Florida CraftArt will present The Artists of ArtLofts in its Exhibition Gallery from May 20 to May 31. The 18 award-winning and emerging artists will present recent artwork which includes drawings, encaustic, fiber, frames, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, and sculpture. Meet the artists at the opening reception on Friday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m.
Artists in the exhibition are Julie Dye, Christine Di Staola, Javier Dones, Mavis Gibson, Sue Hess, Mac Hicks, Brian James, Gilbert Johnson, Beth Kauffman, Betsy Lester, Karen Porter, Rebecca Skelton, Brandy Stark, Painter Kas Turner, Joe Walles, Lee West, Rick Whalen, and Donna Winchester.
“This is an opportunity for people to explore a variety of mediums by these top-quality artists in a gallery setting,” says Tyler Jones, the board president of Florida CraftArt. “The talented ArtLoft artists have such a profound level of experience and a diversity of styles. Several of the artists teach at colleges and universities and have undoubtedly influenced many artists in Florida. While Florida CraftArt is based on fine craft, we support fine art with these artists’ studios and exhibits. Of course, the line between fine art and fine craft is getting more and more blurred in the art world.”
ArtLofts is on the second floor of Florida CraftArt and has working artists’ studios. The studios are usually open to the public for the Saturday ArtWalks or by appointment.
Florida CraftArt is located at 501 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www.FloridaCraftArt.org or call (727) 821-7391. Admission is free. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, 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 its 2,000-square-foot Florida Artists Gallery and Exhibition Gallery features curated exhibitions. Florida CraftArt is the only statewide organization offering artists a platform to show and sell their work.
CUTLINES (More images of work available on request. Photo and video opportunities available.)
FCA Di Staola, Christine, Future Past 1.jpg
Measuring 36” x 48” Future Past 1 is an oil on canvas by ArtLoft artist Christine Di Staola.
FCA James, Brian, James in Studio.jpg
ArtLoft photographer, Brian James, pictured, will be exhibiting his art photos.
FCA Kauffman, Beth, Think Tank.jpg
Think Tank by ArtLoft artist Beth Kauffman is a 48”x48” acrylic on canvas.
FCA Dones, Javier Fumed Copper.jpg
Javier Dones of ArtLofts is exhibiting a five-piece group entitled Replicas. The 18″x24” pieces were created with fumed copper.
Katie Deits, CFRE
501 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Office: (727) 821-7391 Cell: (561) 351-7904
Florida CraftArt is a statewide, nonprofit organization. Our mission is to grow the statewide creative economy by engaging the community and advancing Florida’s fine craft artists and their work.