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.
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.
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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