Exhibition Dates: Thursday, March 9th – Saturday, April 1st
Awards Ceremony and Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 15th, 6:00-8:00 pm.
PAVA’s (Professional Association of Visual Artists) much anticipated 2023 Annual Members’ Awards Exhibit returns to The Cool Art Shop beginning Thursday, March 9th through Saturday, April 1st, 2023. The annual exhibit will showcase artworks in a variety of mediums by PAVA’s professional artists. Cash awards totaling $3,000 and ribbons will be awarded at the public opening reception to be held on Wednesday, March 15th from 6:00-8:00 pm., with the awards being presented at 6:45 pm. The exhibit will be open to the public Thursdays-Saturdays from 11am – 3 pm. Both the exhibit and reception will take place at The Cool Art Shop, located at 1240 County Road 1, Dunedin, Florida.
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. All of the exhibit’s artwork will be available for sale during the opening reception and shop’s normal operating hours, Thursday – Saturday, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
The Members’ Awards Exhibit will be judged by Christine Carter Renc, the Executive Director and Chief Curator at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs. Renc has worked for museums and galleries in the Baltimore & Washington, D.C. area and in Florida for 20 years. She is also an accomplished artist in her own right, and shows her work throughout the United States and Japan, most recently at the Fukuoka Contemporary Art Museum in Japan and Polk Museum of Art’s Decked Out exhibition sponsored by the Smithsonian Museum.
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 Pinellas County Schools, and Pinellas County Education Foundation Art Awards where scholarships are provided to students for art instruction.