It is no secret that Florida is home to beautiful and diverse waterways.
The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at St. Petersburg College
is opening two summer exhibitions on May 21st which highlight the need to protect these waterways from impending harm.
The exhibition Balance of Water: Carol Mickett & Robert Stackhouse
explores the effects of climate change and the warming of our waters. This exhibition can be found in the North, South, and Center Galleries.
“Balance of Water: Carol Mickett & Robert Stackhouse
explores the unseen forces in nature that keep our planet in check and envisions what could happen when imbalance pushes these forces to the brink,” says Christine Renc-Carter, curator for the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art. “Mickett and Stackhouse have created a forum for dialogue where art and science converge. Their monumental paintings push the
conversation of climate change in new directions in a visually poetic way that is all-encompassing, yet intimate in feeling.”
The exhibition Florida’s Waterways: Homage to Tarpon Springs
includes a collection of paintings and sculptures by local renowned artists. These pieces complement the Balance of Water
exhibition by showcasing marine life and climate change in Florida. This exhibition can be found in the Atrium Gallery.
“As the Gulf Stream loops south towards the equator, the journey continues through Florida’s Waterways: Homage to Tarpon Springs
with works focused on our southern waters by renowned local artists Christopher Still, Bill Renc, Allen Leepa and others,” Renc-Carter says. “The climate crisis becomes all too real with educational text and QR Codes that encourage scientific inquiry.”
What else is going on in May?
The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art is bringing together the renowned works of landscape photographers Ansel Adams and Clyde Butcher
in side-by-side exhibitions. Ansel Adams: The Masterworks
and Clyde Butcher: America the Beautiful
examine the relationship between one and nature through rendered black and white photographs of the American landscape. The special exhibitions are included with museum admission and will run until July 31st. Museum admission can be purchased here
Florida CraftArt is showcasing the creativity of 29 members of the Studio Art Quilt
Associates, Inc. (SAQA) in the exhibition The Artist’s Question… Answered in Fiber
. Each artist was provided with the challenge of answering a question or grappling with an issue through original quilt art. Although all artists were provided with the same challenge, the resulting collection of pieces is riveting and diverse. The exhibition will run until May 14th at the Florida CraftArt gallery in St. Petersburg. SAQA artists will discuss their stitched layered creations on May 4th at 6 p.m. on Zoom
Hoping to experience something magical this month? Welcome to Dragwarts 2: A Harry Potter Drag and Burlesque Show
will bring the charm of the wizarding world to St. Pete Shuffle
on May 5th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Attendees will be able to enjoy the show and participate in Harry Potter bingo and trivia. General admission tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and include entry to the show and one bingo card. Tickets can be purchased here
All funds raised will benefit the nonprofit Wordier Than Thou, which supports writers and readers in the Tampa Bay Area and in Florida.
“We eschew that stuffy, capital “L” notion of literature and welcome everyone from all backgrounds and interests,” says Tiffany Razzano, president and founder of Wordier Than Thou. “While we work with authors of literary fiction, of course, we also do a lot with genre writers (sci fi, fantasy, horror, romance, mystery, etc.) All writers are welcome and everyone is on the same playing field when they’re at a Wordier event. As for the events themselves, we blur the lines of what a literary event is. Stories can be celebrated and experienced in so many different ways.”
The fifth annual OPUS Tampa
fine art exhibition will be held on Friday, May 6th to showcase the work of talented artists from the greater Tampa area. The show is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with early access starting at 6 p.m. for the sensory-sensitive. The juried art exhibition will be hosted at the Tampa Covenant Church
. More information can be found here
Bring your own DIY lantern and light up the Tampa Bay skies on May 7th at 8:30 p.m. Tampa Riverfest
is launching the first-ever Riverfest Lantern Parade that will start at Water Works Park and end at Curtis Hixon Park. The parade is free to attend and registrations can be made here
. More information about the parade can be found here
The Market Marie
is an outdoor farmers’ and artisan market located in Downtown Clearwater
. The market will feature over 50 talented local vendors on May 14th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free to the public and is located on the Corner of Court and Myrtle. More information about parking and the market can be found here
Looking for a night filled with music? The Tampa Oratorio Singers
is a concert chorus of 60+ voices from around the Tampa Bay Area. The talented singers will be performing selections from The Sound of Music
on May 22nd at 6 p.m. The fundraising concert will be held at the Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church and tickets can be purchased here
The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg
is opening the first solo museum exhibition of multidisciplinary Bahamian artist Gio Swaby on May 28th. Gio Swaby: Fresh Up
explores the relationship between Blackness and womanhood in her pieces which incorporate textile-based techniques. More information about the exhibition can be found here
Historic Lead Donation
The Tampa Museum of Art is transforming the arts in Tampa Bay through the Museum’s Centennial Capital Campaign for Renovation and Expansion
. The renovation and expansion began during the museum's 100th-anniversary celebration in 2020. The Tampa Museum of Art received an extraordinary gift of a landmark $25 million donation from Dick Corbett to support the renovation and expansion. The lead donation will enhance the visitor experience and the future of the arts in the Tampa Bay Area.
Call to Artists
The City of Tampa has posted two Call to Artists
, both of which are due May 13th. The first Call to Artists is a request for qualifications for the renovation of the Tampa Convention Center
. Site opportunities include:
- Large-scale two-dimensional artwork for three elevated bays / Budget: $250,000
- Suspended Artwork / Budget: $400,000
- Entrance locations for East and West Halls: $50,000 each
- Purchase of Existing Artwork / Budget: $450,000
Interested artists can apply here
The second Call to Artists is a request to purchase existing works of art for the renovation of the Tampa Convention Center. The City of Tampa is looking to purchase and install a body of work that embodies the cultural essence and beauty of Tampa.
Interested artists can apply here