PAVA (Professional Association of Visual Artists) kicks off 2023 with a new and unprecedented exhibit for the organization called “Clothing Optional.” It will feature artwork that celebrates the art of figure drawing and the beauty of the human form, both clothed and unclothed, which will include artworks in the mediums of painting and drawing. The exhibit will run from January 19th through February 25th, Thursdays-Saturdays from 11am – 3 pm, with an opening reception Friday, January 27th at The Cool Art Shop from 6 pm -8 pm.
“The human body is one of the most beautiful, original works of art. Many artists have tried to capture the work of the original master,” said Linda Stump, PAVA’s president, “however, artists rarely get the opportunity to exhibit their efforts, even in the enlightened 21st century. As an independent, professional organization embracing all expressions of art, PAVA is pleased to host a rare exhibit celebrating life, humanity, and the human spirit. “
In addition to the exhibit, three participating PAVA artists will be demonstrating their techniques at The Cool Art Shop from 11 am – 3 pm three Saturdays in February:
Saturday, February 4th – Rebecca Skelton
Rebecca will offer to do 10-minute sketches of anyone who comes into the shop that day, and is also offering to do a 1-hour free drawing for anyone who purchases $50 or more in the shop the Saturday she is demonstrating. The 1-hour drawing will be scheduled for a later date.
Saturday, February 11th – Evelyn Dufner
Evelyn will have a canvas set up and will be painting intuitively throughout the day.
Saturday, February 18th – Polly Perkins
Polly will offer to create a 1-minute sketch of anyone who wants to pose for her the Saturday while she is demonstrating at the shop.
The Cool Art Shop is located at 1240 County Road 1, Dunedin, Florida. Exhibit hours are 11 am – 3 pm, Thursday- Saturday, January 19th through February 25th, 2023. Opening reception is Friday, January 27th from 6 pm -8 pm. Exhibit, reception, and parking are free.
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 and education and grant opportunities for its members. Additionally, PAVA supports local art centers, and is a local sponsor of the Pinellas County Education Foundation Art Awards where scholarships are provided to students for art instruction.