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Celebrating four years of promoting art

The [email protected] celebrates four years of promoting art and diversity in the Bay area with 6/[email protected]:[email protected] The studio's fourth birthday gala features a variety show of cultural entertainment, including the premiere performance of a specially commissioned work. Guests also enjoy tastes by the area's best local chefs, a community dessert table, a silent auction and plenty else. For those seeking a more casual ambiance, the studio also hosts an after party with champagne, chocolate, live music and dancing. Proceeds from the events provide continued support for the [email protected]'s year-round cultural and educational programs.

On Monday, the studio opens Alterations: An Exhibition of Art Cloth by the Members of the Art Cloth Network, yet another exhibit held in concurrence with "Convergence 2008," the biennial fiber arts conference of the Handweavers' Guild of America. "Art cloth" is produced using dyes, paints, color removing agents, foils, stitches, silk screening and other surface design techniques. The artist makes the work her own via these processes and strives to layer not only imagery but also a vision and story into the cloth. This textile arts show spotlights the talents of 13 Art Cloth Network members, among them, Susan Ettl, Susie Krage, Carol Larson, Darcy Love, Barbara Schneider, Peggy Sexton, Beverly Snow and Connie Tiegel. An opening reception with the artists takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Mon., June 23.

6/[email protected]:[email protected], Fri., June 20, 6:20 p.m. birthday gala, 9:30 p.m.-late after-party, $75 gala/$20 after party ($85 combo tickets); and Alterations: An Exhibition of Art Cloth by the Members of the Art Cloth Network, June 23-July 5, noon-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg, 727-895-6620, studio620.org.

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