St. Petersburg’s Mize gallery opens Florida-centric exhibit this weekend

'FLA: The Art of All Things Florida’ runs through May 30.

click to enlarge "SnowBird" by Alyssa Marie - Alyssa Marie c/o MIZE Gallery
Alyssa Marie c/o MIZE Gallery
"SnowBird" by Alyssa Marie

More than 40 artists are part of “FLA: The Art of All Things Florida,” opening at St. Petersburg’s Mize Gallery on May 7.

Included in the lineup is Colorado expat Alyssa Marie who frequently meets people while she swoons over pelicans at Vinoy Park. The affection shows in her work, which is rife with paintings of the bird in all forms from floating on the water, wings spread and standing still. Our favorite, however, is when she puts a pelican in front of Old Fashioned, paints a few on the roof of someone’s house or straight up gives them sunglasses and a pina colada the way she has in “SnowBird” seen above.

Because of COVID-19, “FLA” won’t have an in-person opening, but Mize is allowing up to six people into the gallery at once during business hours (Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m.-2 p.m.) and by appointment. And since some of you are still rightfully worried about getting out and about in a state run by Gov. Ron “no regulations” DeSantis, the show is available to browse online.

“FLA: The Art of All Things Florida.” May 7-May 30. Mize Gallery, 689 Dr MLK Jr. St. N, Unit C, St. Petersburg.

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Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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