Florida CraftArt presents: “Dia de los Muertos – A Celebration of Life”

Florida CraftArt presents: “Dia de los Muertos – A Celebration of Life”

Exhibition dates: April 6 to May 29, 2018

Florida CraftArt opened the exhibition “Dia de los Muertos – A Celebration of Life” — to a crowd of 400 people. Forty-two artists from around the country were judged by Dirk Armstrong, Assistant Curator for the Dali Museum, who presented the awards. The works represent a variety of fine-craft media including ceramic, wood, glass, fiber, metal and mixed media.

Dali Assistant Curator Dirk Armstrong (left) judged the Dia de los Muertos exhibition and presented Best of Show to Pamela Trow who is next to the exhibition’s curator Mark Noll.

Best of Show was awarded to Pamela Trow (St. Petersburg) for her elaborate woven wall hanging, “Death of Venus.” Jessica Perez Bianciotto (Tampa) won First Place for “Angelito.” Brianna Galmiche (Pinellas Park) won Second Place for her ink drawing “Skull.” Ceramic artist Calan Ree (St. Petersburg) won Third Place for ““Memento Mori Death Rattle.” Honorable Mentions were awarded to Coralette Licorice Chalk Damme (St. Petersburg) for her linoleum cut “Humilis” and to Jennifer Kosharek (St. Petersburg) for a small embroidery entitled “Half Dead.”

Exhibition curator Mark Noll awarded Curator’s Choice to Carolina Cleere (St. Petersburg) for “Frida’s Child,” a large mixed-media mobile.

Mr. Noll said, “Dia de los Muertos is a celebration of the departed. I asked artists to explore remembrance and the celebration of those who have left us, to express the bonds that tie us to those who have moved on and how they affected our lives. This exhibition is a study of the past from a place in the present, a requiem for our loved ones and friends.”

A section of the exhibition showcases 160 sugar skull-shaped wood plaques decorated by invited artists to raise funds for children’s programs at Florida CraftArt. These artists come not only from the United States, but also from Canada and Australia. The curator noted that, “Sugar skulls are such a prominent part of Day of the Dead. These all started with the same plywood skull-shaped forms, but each artist brought his or her own unique vision, some fun and playful while others were imbued with deep personal meaning.”

Forty-five percent of the proceeds from the sale of these skulls will go directly to the children’s programs and many of the artists have also donated their commissions to the fund. Florida CraftArt also produced a 170-page book documenting the Sugar Skulls. The book is available at the gallery and online at FloridaCraftart.org.

The exhibition’s Presenting Sponsor is AARP Tampa Bay. The show celebrates the life of Coralie Graham.

 

Exhibition programming schedule (free of charge unless indicated):

Thursday, April 19, 5:30-7 p.m.: Taste and learn about modern Dia de los Muertos and its centuries old traditions with Tina Avila, owner of Casa Tina Restaurant. $15.

Sunday, April 22, 4 p.m.: Curator Mark Noll, artist/writer Courtney , other artists share secret stories of the skulls.

Saturday, April 28, 1-3 p.m.: Keep St. Pete Lit Ekphrastic writing workshop. $20.

Saturday, May 5, 2 p.m.: Lecture by Kent Lydecker “Death, Be Not Proud: Art and Memory Across the Ages.” He retired as the Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida. He has a Ph.D. in art history from John Hopkins University.

Saturday, May 12, 2:30-4:30 p.m.: Workshop: Learn how to paint a flower on a wine glass – Great gift for Mother’s Day. No experience necessary, supplies provided. $30.

Friday, May 18, 5:30-7 p.m.: AARP-sponsors Armed Forces Day recognition with presentations by veterans who are artists.

Sunday, May 20, 2-4 p.m.: Watch an Ekphrastic performance as writers interpret the Dia de los Muertos art. Presented by Keep St. Pete Lit. $15.

Saturday, May 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Closing reception and People’s Choice Award presentation. Skull-shaped chocolates and cookies will be served.

Florida CraftArt is located at 501 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www.FloridaCraftArt.org or call (727) 821-7391. Admission is free. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Florida CraftArt is a nonprofit organization founded in 1951 and headquartered in St. Petersburg. Its mission is to grow the statewide creative economy by engaging the community and advancing Florida’s fine craft artists and their work. Fine craft art is presented in its 2,500-square-foot retail gallery and curated exhibitions are featured in its adjacent exhibition gallery. Florida CraftArt is the only statewide organization offering artists a platform to show and sell their work.

Treasure Islettes Fundraiser a Success!

Treasure Islettes Fundraiser a Success!

  TREASURE ISLAND–The Treasure Islettes, the women’s club of Treasure Island, held its twelfth annual fashion show and luncheon on Saturday, March 17, at The Club at Treasure Island. More than 240 women attended and enjoyed watching club members model spring fashions courtesy of Dillard’s Department Store. Sharen’s Flowers and Gifts provided the centerpieces in… Continue Reading

Board Chairman Joe Dise Attended Governor’s Dinner

Board Chairman Joe Dise Attended Governor’s Dinner

TREASURE ISLAND | MADEIRA BEACH – Early in March, the Chairman of the Board of the Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce, Joe Dise (Dise Wealth Management), and his wife, Erin, attended Governor Rick Scott’s Leadership Dinner at the Governor’s mansion in Tallahassee. “The evening was an intimate gathering,” said Dise in describing… Continue Reading

Sikorski Joins Engel & Völkers Madeira Beach

Sikorski Joins Engel & Völkers Madeira Beach

Engel & Völkers Madeira Beach  anounces te addition of  Richard Sikorski to its shop as a Real Estate Advisor, dedicated to serving the specialized, residential property needs within the area. “Mr. Sikorski brings over 25 years of experience and a passion for international real estate to our team,” stated Cherie Pattishall, License Partner of Engel… Continue Reading

Health Fair | Trade Show | Car Show

TREASURE ISLAND ­­— The 2nd Annual Health Fair and Trade Show, sponsored jointly by the Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce (TIMB Chamber), Revenue Generating Activities (RGA) Network, the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Seminole Chamber of Commerce, is set for Saturday, April 21, from 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m., at… Continue Reading

The RACES are on … GO VOTE

The RACES are on … GO VOTE

This spring both Madeira Beach and Treasure Island have a race on their hands.  This year’s spring election has both towns voting on multiple seats and tensions are heated.  The election date is March 13th and polls open at 7am. You can request a mail-in ballot if you haven’t already received one. (click here) Madeira… Continue Reading

TIMB Chamber Presents Mayors’ Prayer Lunch

Treasure Island, FL ­­— The Treasure Island & Madeira Beach (TIMB) Chamber of Commerce presents the 14th Annual Mayors’ Prayer Lunch at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 23, at The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway. Current Mayor Bob Minning and former Mayor Mary Maloof have presided over the event for the past… Continue Reading

Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce

245 – 107th Ave. | Treasure Island | Florida 33706
Email the Chamber
Office 727-360-4121
Fax 727-360-4609

Join the Treasure Island and Madeira Beach Chamber of Comerce

Subscribe to our mailing list

Something Changed? Update your Member Information Here.
×
Member 2 Member Deal

 

Show some love, support fellow Chamber members and generate new business. Create deals specifically for Chamber members and have them posted here, in the Members Only section of islandneighborschamber.org.

×
Contact Member Services
Have questions concerning the Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber? We'd love to hear from you.
×
Member Events
×