Best Of 2015

Best DIY Arts Mecca: Bloom Art Center

Best DIY Arts Mecca

The mural-covered converted warehouse “is a multipurpose, inspirational workspace,” Creative Pinellas’ Mitzi Gordon has said of the eclectic studio gallery mega-complex run by her significant other, James Oleson. Several prominent St. Pete artists have set up studios inside the space, such as Sebastian Coolidge and Derek Donnelly, and will occasionally exhibit works in art shows/parties, entertaining crowds with some dazzling live painting, too. Often local bands headline art parties there; skateboarders have set up a ramp on the grounds, and even aerialists have added to Bloom’s Fellini-esque atmosphere. Oleson always pushes to do more for the community and has recently led camps for young budding artists who used to think painting was for museums.