10 ways to spend an 'art-cation' in St. Pete this weekend

It’s like a staycation, but with lots of art.

click to enlarge Cecilia Lueza working on mural in the James Museum's Children's Studio. - Courtesy of the James Museum
Courtesy of the James Museum
Cecilia Lueza working on mural in the James Museum's Children's Studio.

This Saturday is more than just a good day for ArtWalk. It’s a good day for art, period. Here are 10 ways to get out of the house and look at some art this weekend.

1. Family day at the James Museum: The James Museum is unveiling a brand-new Cecilia Lueza mural in their Children’s Studio Saturday morning during Family Day. The event includes a kid-friendly tour of the museum, story time, and an art-making workshop. Recommended for kids ages 3-10. Sat., June 8, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, 150 Central Ave. thejamesmuseum.org.

2. Ink Mania: Tattoos aren’t just for bikers and criminals. They’re art, and Ink Mania is bringing some of the best tattoo artists to the Tampa Bay area this weekend. Go Saturday afternoon, and you can hit a bunch of awesome Second Saturday art exhibitions after. Fri., June 7, 2-11 p.m.; Sat., June 8, 12-11 p.m.; Sun., Jun 9, 12-9 p.m. The Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. N. inkmaniaexpo.com.

click to enlarge "Picnic with Fish" by Creative Clay artist Linda M. - Linda M., via Creative Clay's Food Show Facebook event page
Linda M., via Creative Clay's Food Show Facebook event page
"Picnic with Fish" by Creative Clay artist Linda M.


3. The Food Show at Creative Clay: The Creative Clay artists have been hard at work creating new food-themed artwork for their upcoming Food Show at Creative Clay. While you’re in St. Pete, stop by and see what they’ve made. Sat., June 8, 5-9 p.m. Creative Clay, 1846 1st Ave. S. creativeclay.org.

4. The [email protected]’s 15th birthday art show: It’s a Quinceañera! The [email protected] comes of age this Saturday with a Quinceañera-themed group art show. Let the celebrations begin. Sat., June 8, 5-9 p.m. The [email protected], 620 1st Ave. S. thestudioat620.org.

5. Pride art shows: Pride has arrived in St. Pete and this Saturday, it’s coming to ArtWalk. There are three places right on Central Avenue where you can see some quality LGBT-themed artwork this Saturday The Morean Arts Center, Cider Press Café and Emerald Bar.

click to enlarge McCormick is one of four Tampa Bay area artists whose work will be displayed in the Morean's gallery store Pride Pop-Up. - Jessica McCormick; Courtesy of the Morean
Jessica McCormick; Courtesy of the Morean
McCormick is one of four Tampa Bay area artists whose work will be displayed in the Morean's gallery store Pride Pop-Up.

The Morean’s second annual Pride Pop-Up features LGBT-themed artwork from four Tampa Bay area artists – Jessica McCormick, Tucker Claxton, Barry Goodman and Ed Stevens. Pride Pop-Up, Sat., Opening reception June 8, 5-9 p.m., continues through June 28, The Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., moreanartscenter.org.

Head to Emerald Bar to see John Gascot’s latest gay-themed artwork in John’s Big Gay ShowJohn’s Big Gay Show, Opening reception Sat., June 8, 6-9 p.m., Emerald Bar, 550 Central Ave. N., facebook.com/events/634675276997811.

click to enlarge “The Echoing Wood” (2016), Denis Gaston, mixed media on canvas, 62” x 44” x 2” - Courtesy of Leslie Curran Gallery
Courtesy of Leslie Curran Gallery
“The Echoing Wood” (2016), Denis Gaston, mixed media on canvas, 62” x 44” x 2”

Across the street, at Cider Press Café, you can see artwork from ten more gay, lesbian, trans and ally artists, including Melanie Posner, Cole Foust and Brandy Stark. Pride Without Prejudice 2: Beyond Stonewall, Sat., June 8, 5-9 p.m., Cider Press Café, 601 Central Ave., facebook.com/events/2110533282378153.

Afterwards, head over to Craftsman House Gallery to celebrate Clay Pride with “a collection of colorful ceramics (and glass) by clay artists who are openly embracing the clay lifestyle.” Sat., June 8, 5-9 p.m., Craftsman House Gallery, 2955 Central Ave., craftsmanhousegallery.com.

6. Woof, Meow, Chirp, Slither! at Florida CraftArt. Florida CraftArt is hosting a pet-themed art show this month in support of St. Pete’s pet-friendly initiatives. The opening reception is technically on Friday, but the art will still be up during Saturday’s ArtWalk. Opening reception Sat., June 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave. floridacraftart.org.

7. Knuckle Sandwich at Leslie Curran Gallery. Now here’s a knuckle sandwich you might actually like. Curran’s Knuckle Sandwich features drawings & paintings and wire sculptures from Tampa Bay area artists Denis Gaston and Gabriel Ramos, respectively. Meet the artists and see their work displayed during the opening reception June 8. Sat. June 8, 6-9 p.m., Leslie Curran Gallery, 1431 Central Ave., articlesstpete.com.

8. Surreal photography at ArtsXchange. See how photographer Rob Fazio sees St. Pete and the world beyond in this photographic art exhibition at ArtsXchange. Featuring Fazio’s local and travel photos, often filtered and transformed into photographic art. Sat., June 8, 5-9 p.m., ArtsXchange, 515 22nd Street South, warehouseartsdistrictstpete.org/ArtsXchange.

9. Summer Heat at Woodfield Fine Art. Woodfield Fine Art Gallery is bringing the summer heat inside their Central Avenue Gallery with the third annual Summer Heat art exhibition. Featuring Florida-themed artwork from local artists that “captures the beauty of our sunshine state and its diverse population.” Sat., June 8, 5-9 p.m., Woodfield Fine Art, 2253 Central Ave. #105, woodfieldfineart.com.

10. Inherent Qualities and Emmett at the Morean Center for Clay. Two artist-in-residence exit shows are opening at the Morean Center for Clay this Saturday. Jacob Meer’s show, Inherent Qualities, is about how different clay bodies react in the same kiln; it looks like a fantastic way to learn more about what happens to clay when it is fired. Emmett Freeman’s show is all about Emmett Freeman. Hey, there’s no harm in being introspective, right? Opening reception Sat., June 8, 5-9 p.m., continues through June 30, Morean Center for Clay, 420 22nd Street South, moreanartscenter.org/center-for-clay.

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