Exhibition Dates: January 14-February 26, 2022
Virtual Opening Reception: January 14, 6 p.m.
All Florida CraftArt members are invited to submit work to this year’s juried Members’ Exhibition which will be held at the Florida CraftArt Gallery in St. Petersburg, Florida. This exhibition showcases the finest contemporary glass,
Members’ Show: Contemporary Craft at its Finest is a juried exhibition of original art showcasing the best of handcrafted work by Florida CraftArt members. Thirty-seven artists created 81 pieces from intricate jewelry to glass sculptures.”
“The first Members’ Show was held in 1951,” says Florida CraftArt’s Board President Tyler Jones of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty who is also the sponsor of the exhibition. “As a statewide, member-supported organization, we display outstanding handmade objects, made by some of the best craftspeople in the country. Half of our gallery on Central Avenue features only Florida artists while the exhibition gallery, as well as our annual Florida CraftArt Festival in November, showcases fine craft artists from around the country.”
The exhibition was judged by Kinsey Robb, who is the Executive Director of Art Center Sarasota. For the last 10 years, Kinsey resided in New York City where she managed a host of established artists and led exhibition programming worldwide at blue chip galleries such as Gagosian, Lehmann Maupin, and Galerie Perrotin. She is a seasoned curator and has worked on several national and international museum exhibitions.
At the opening and awards presentation on Zoom Ms. Robb said, “It is a very strong show and definitely worth seeing in person. All of the works are incredibly wonderful to look at and experience.”
Best of Show was awarded to Nadine Saitlin of Boca Raton for “Target, ” a natural gourd with a dynamic painted design on its surface.
First Place went to St. Petersburg artist Alan Johnson for “Flor Fina Series: Bridesmaid Two,” a wheel-thrown and handbuilt glazed ceramic monolith on a wood base.
Nick Reale of St. Petersburg received Second Place for Banyan Tree Rocking Chair that he made from wood that he salvaged from the Granville Court Banyan Tree.
Third Place was awarded to Dawn Waters of Gulfport for a wool and cotton felted portrait of Colin Kaepernick entitled “The Root of the Resistance.”
Honorable mentions were given to Maria Saraceno for “Ms. Conduct” an installation of pantyhose and thread, Maureen Shankey for a silver, gold and agate pendant, and Ellen Simon for a quilt depicting the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.
Tampa artist Kimberli Cummings received the Executive Director’s Award for “Happy but Twisted,” a kite created in ceramics with paintings of the artist’s life. The kite’s tail incorporates a model of a spine which references Cummings back problems.
The show runs through February 26 when the People’s Choice Award will be presented. People can vote for their favorite work of art in the Florida CraftArt Exhibition Gallery and on Facebook. Docent tours are available upon request. Florida CraftArt has published a book on the show with images and biographies of the artists.
Kinsey Robb is the judge of the Members’ Show: Contemporary Craft at its Finest. She joined Art Center Sarasota as the executive director in 2021. For the last 10 years, Kinsey resided in New York City where she managed a host of established artists and led exhibition programming worldwide at blue chip galleries such as Gagosian, Lehmann Maupin, and Galerie Perrotin. She is a seasoned curator and has worked on several national and international museum exhibitions. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University in Art Photography and Master of Art in Art History from The University of Manchester. While pursuing her doctoral studies in Art History, she served as a Graduate Teaching Fellow and was the department’s Ambassador for Public Engagement and Impact.
Currently Kinsey is a member of the Forbes Women Forum and is an active member of the Gulf Coast Executive Institute leadership program presented by Gulf Coast Community Foundation.
“Members’ Only” workshops
- How to toot your own horn on Social Media platforms with expert Tracy Kennard
- How to take great photos of your art with photographer Brian James
Call Florida CraftArt at 727-821-7391 to register for the virtual workshops.
Shirah Anderson, St. Petersburg
Jorie Berman, Tampa
Pamela Carman, Palm Beach Gardens
Kimberli Cummings, Tampa
Tom Davis, St. Petersburg
Barbara DeMaire, Gulfport
Alicia Diem, St. Petersburg
Melissa Fair, Tampa
Eric Folsom, Gulfport
Judy Freeman, Land O’Lakes
Susan Hess, Madeira Beach
Berit Hines, Largo
Janna Kennedy Hyten, St. Petersburg
Alan Johnson, St. Petersburg
Pat Lafaye, Safety Harbor
Shaw Lane, Dunnellon
Nancy Lauby, Palm Harbor
Alyssa Ligmont, North Lauderdale
Jill Lindsay, Port Charlotte
Richard Logan, Clearwater
Diane Lubinski, Pembrooke Pines
Teresa Mandala, St. Petersburg
Wolfgang Mueller, The Villages
Peggi Nadeau, Mount Dora
Elizabeth Neily, Gulfport
Meg Pierce, Sarasota
Rozanne Pizzuto, St. Petersburg
Nick Reale, St. Petersburg
Linda Reifler-Alessi, St. Petersburg
Jan Richardson, St. Petersburg
Nadine Saitlin, Boca Raton
Maria Saraceno, St. Petersburg
Maureen Shankey, St. Petersburg
Ellen Simon, Parrish
Rebecca Skelton, St. Petersburg
Lorraine Turner, Clearwater
Dawn Waters, Gulfport
This exhibition is possible with grants and sponsorship from:
Tyler Jones, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
Important Dates And Information
Submission period opens: October 1, 2021
Submission deadline (Early): November 28, 2021
EARLY entry fees are: Florida CraftArt members: $25 for up to 5 works
Submission deadline (Late): December 12, 2022
LATE entry fees are: Florida CraftArt members: $35 for up to 5 works
Notification of acceptance via email: Week of December 14
Selected artwork due at Florida CraftArt: January 3, 4, 5 by appointment with Liz Rogers
Opening reception and award announcements: January 14, 2022, 6 p.m.
Final Day and People’s Choice Award: February 26
Art Pick-up: Sunday, February 27: 12:15-4 p.m.
For general exhibition information or questions related to the call to artists, contact: Florida CraftArt Gallery manager Liz Cooper at (727) 821-7391 or email [email protected].