Top 7 things to see this second Saturday in St. Petersburg

Second Saturday's February ArtWalk is jam-packed.

click to enlarge Helen Gotlib print - Helen Gotlib; Photo via Instagram @helengotlib
Helen Gotlib; Photo via Instagram @helengotlib
Helen Gotlib print

Second Saturday is fast approaching, and we’ve scoured Facebook for the hottest openings and art shows. Here’s our top 7 for February ArtWalk, aka “beautiful art for beautiful hearts.”

1. Intertwined: new work by Helen Gotlib and Patrick Dragon at Leslie Curran Gallery and Craftsman House

Both the Leslie Curran Gallery and Craftsman House are participating in Intertwined, an art exhibition featuring the works of Michigan artists Helen Gotlib and Patrick Dragon. Both Gotlib and Dragon are fans of patterns found in nature. Gotlib makes these really interesting woodblock prints they often show the rings of the tree the wood came from. Dragon is a potter, expressing natural patterns in clay.

Craftsman House Gallery, Trolley Stop #1, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-323-2787, craftsmanhousegallery.com.

Leslie Curran Gallery, Trolley Stop #14, 1431 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-898-6061, articlesstpete.com.

click to enlarge Glass blowing - Duncan McClellan Gallery; Photo via Instagram @duncanmcclellangallery
Duncan McClellan Gallery; Photo via Instagram @duncanmcclellangallery
Glass blowing


click to enlarge Saumitra Chandratreya textile - Saumitra Chandratreya; Photo by Jennifer Ring
Saumitra Chandratreya; Photo by Jennifer Ring
Saumitra Chandratreya textile

2. Transform: Contemporary Korean Glass Art by Hyunsung Cho, Jiyong Lee, and Joon Yong Kim at Duncan McClellan Gallery

Did you miss Sunshine Glass Week? That sucks. But look on the bright side. At least you can still see the Korean Glass show at Duncan McClellan Gallery. The show features work from three Korean glass artists: Hyunsung Cho, Jiyong Lee, and Joon Yong Kim. New York artist John Brekke will be giving a live glass blowing demo from 6:15-8 p.m.

Duncan McClellan Gallery, Trolley Stop #3, 2342 Emerson Ave. S., St. Petersburg. 813-760-6600, dmglass.com.

3. Everyday Obvious by Saumitra Chandratreya at ArtsXchange

Second Saturday is having their first ever exclusively textiles exhibit in the Warehouse Arts District. The artist is Saumitra Chandratreya. You may remember his work from the 2018 St. Pete Pride art show at MIZE Gallery, where he sewed/printed “What the hell do you have to lose” onto a rainbow striped textile entitled, “Gays for Trump are Stupid.”

ArtsXchange, Trolley Stop #5, 515 22nd St. S. St. Petersburg. 727-826-7211, warehouseartsdistrictstpete.org/ArtsXchange.

click to enlarge 'De Gullah Crabber' from American Gullah Collection - Sonja Griffin Evans; Photo via Instagram @sonjagriffinevans
Sonja Griffin Evans; Photo via Instagram @sonjagriffinevans
'De Gullah Crabber' from American Gullah Collection

4. The American Gullah Collection: Sonja Griffin Evans at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum

A Gullah is a descendent of the West Africans who were forcibly transported to South Carolina to slave on rice plantations. They developed their own culture and art forms in South Carolina’s lowcountry. This Saturday, the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum gallery is displaying art from lowcountry Gullah artist, Sonja Griffin Evans. Evans’ American Gullah Collection brings the Gullah story to life via traditional Gullah style paintings depicting Gullah history.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, Trolley Stop #6, 2240 9th Ave. S., St. Petersburg. 727-323-1104, woodsonmuseum.org.

5. Voices of a Dream at Creative Clay

Creative Clay is opening their Black History Month art exhibition, Voices of a Dream, during Second Saturday. This group show features artwork from Marquise R., Sydney R., Michael W., Cornell W., Shawn D., Justin D., Latoya B., Barbie R. and Yalanda Speights, as well as live music from Chant the Trees.

Creative Clay, Trolley Stop #10, 1846 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg. 727-825-0515, creativeclay.org.


6. Valentwe'en at Art Lofts

The ghost tour isn’t until February 16 (and it appears to be sold out), but Second Saturday is a great time to meet the artists and see the artwork putting the horror in Valentine’s Day.

Art Lofts, Trolley Stop #12, 10 5th St. N., St. Petersburg. 727-821-7391, theartlofts.com.

7. From Realism to the Surreal at Woodfield Fine Art Gallery

If you’re a fan of realism, then head to Woodfield Fine Art Gallery this Second Saturday. They’ll be displaying artwork from over 20 local realist and surrealist artists.

Woodfield Fine Art Gallery, Trolley Stop #15, 2253 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-254-6981, woodfieldfineart.com.

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About The Author

Jennifer Ring

Jennifer studied biology for six years, planning for a career in science, but the Universe had other plans. In 2011, Jen was diagnosed with a rare lung disease that sidelined her from scientific research. Her immune system, plagued by Scleroderma, had attacked her lungs to the point of no return. She now required...
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