For Immediate Release February 17, 2022
Florida CraftArt presents:
Art of the Garden Show: Fine craft inspired by the natural beauty of gardens
Exhibition Dates: March 4 to April 19, 2022
Art of the Garden is a juried exhibition of original art showcasing fine handcrafted work inspired by the natural beauty of gardens. Fifty artists created 90 pieces from fiber art and delicate jewelry to ceramic garden sculptures.
Artist Duncan McClellan works from his state-of-the-art glass studio and gallery in St. Petersburg’s Warehouse Arts District. His stunning Dragonfly vase uses a sand-carving process that enables him to place imagery on the inside and outside of blown glass. It is $7,200.
Laurie Landry, of St. Petersburg, starts with a simple thrift store find to create a series of delightful mosaics, featuring tiny animals in garden settings. The mosaics like Squirrel! are created using glass, ceramic tiles, pieces of vintage plates, and animals such as a squirrel, a dog and other found items. They are put together with charcoal grout and ready to hang on the wall.
Metalsmith and enamellist, Diana Hirschhorn, creates contemporary jewelry. Her sterling silver, 24 K gold, titanium and copper jewelry often have accents of vitreous enamel, pearls or stones. Her Golden Ginkgo Fan Earrings are made from enamel fired on copper with acid etching.
The exhibition will be judged by Jennifer O. Rominiecki, President and CEO of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens since 2015. She possesses twenty years of experience at major New York City cultural institutions and served The New York Botanical Garden for 15 years. Earlier in her career, Rominiecki held key positions at The Metropolitan Opera and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
The show runs through April 19, 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 is located at 501 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg and is open Monday through Saturday from10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.FloridaCraftArt.org or call (727) 821-7391. 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.
Mark your calendar
Wednesday, March 9, 6 p.m. Virtual tour of the exhibit and awards presentation with judge Jennifer O. Rominiecki, President and CEO of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. (Zoom link on FloridaCraftArt.org)
Saturday, March 12, 5-9 p.m. Second Saturday ArtWalk and visit ArtLofts on the second floor.
Wednesday, March 16, 6 p.m. Discover the beauty of Florida native plants with garden expert Marquette McManus of Wilcox Nursery.
Sunday, March 27, 2 p.m. Enjoy a garden-inspired poetry reading with Helen Pruitt Wallace and other poets.
Saturday, April 2, 11 a.m. Learn about Ikebana – the art of Japanese flower arranging.
Saturday, April 9, 5-9 p.m. Second Saturday ArtWalk and visit ArtLofts on the second floor.
Sunday, April 10, 1-3 p.m. Workshop: Make a macramé plant hanger with artist Elizabeth Neily. $35 fee includes all materials and a handcrafted pot by a Florida CraftArt artist. Space is limited; call FCA to register.
Katie Deits, Executive Director
501 Central Ave.,
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
CUTLINES (More images of work available on request.)
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Jennifer O. Rominiecki, President and CEO of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, will be the judge for the Art of the Garden Show.
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FCA Ceramic artist, Kimberli Cummings of Tampa created Let it Bee, a sangria set with a pitcher and two cups. It is made of hand-thrown red clay with majolica glazes that were fired three times.
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Bradenton-based artist Diane Hirschhorn’s Golden Ginkgo earrings are made from vitreous enamel fired on copper with acid etched sterling silver. They sell for $125.
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Mosaic artist Laurie Landry, of St. Petersburg, started with a simple thrift store find to create her mosaic Squirrel! She used glass, ceramic tiles, pieces of vintage plates, along with a china dog and squirrel. It sells for $300.
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Duncan McClellan works from his state-of-the-art glass studio and gallery in St. Petersburg’s Warehouse Arts District. His stunning Dragonfly vase uses a sand-carving process that enables him to place imagery on the inside and outside of blown glass. It is $7,200.
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My Garden Dress was created by Gulfport fiber artist Elizabeth Neily who uses various kinds of fabric manipulation to create her free-standing, cotton fabric sculpture. It incorporates both machine-stitching and hand-stitching, slash and folds to reveal surfaces below, and simple yo-yos to quilt the flower garden. It is $2,395.
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Sarasota ceramicist Taylor Robenalt sculpted In a Graceful Hand from porcelain and hand-decorated it with glazed decals. Her imagery creates a narrative using flowers to represent the cycle of life and rebirth. It sells for $1,500.
Esther Aall, St. Petersburg, Florida
Carolyn Baum, Bradenton, Florida
Travis Blanton, Vero Beach, Florida
Karen Brown, Tampa, Florida
Larry and Karen Burden, Beverly Hills, Florida
Pamela Carmen, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Kathleen Carrier, Valrico, Florida
Maryann Charmoz, Dunedin, Florida
Doris Connor, St. Petersburg, Florida
Kimberli Cummings, Tampa, Florida
Joyce Curvin, Palm Harbor, Florida
Katie Deits, St. Petersburg, Florida
Alicia Diem, St. Petersburg, Florida
Eric Folsom, St. Petersburg, Florida
Judy Freeman, Land O’ Lakes, Florida
Sandra Giannantonio, Gulfport, Florida
Kristina Gintautine, Holiday, Florida
Susan Hess, Maderia Beach, Florida
Berit Hines, Largo, Florida
Diana Hirschhorn, Bradenton, Florida
Sarah King, Tampa, Florida
Amy Kluth, St. Petersburg, Florida
Candace Knapp, Brandon, Florida
Laurie Landry, St. Petersburg, Florida
Betsy Orbe Lester, St. Petersburg, Florida
Jill Lindsay, Port Charlotte, Florida
Diane Lublinkski, Pembrooke Pines, Florida
Kyounhee Malawi, Kissimmee, Florida
Victoria Rose Martin, Lake Worth, Florida
Duncan McClellan, St. Petersburg, Florida
Melissa Menzer, Spring Hill, Florida
Elizabeth Neily, Gulfport, Florida
Kathryn Osgood, Wanchese, North Carolina
Charlie Parker, St. Petersburg, Florida
Alice Pickett Lewis, Gulfport, Florida
Laura Pucci, North Port, Florida
Nick Reale, St. Petersburg, Florida
Jan Richardson, St. Petersburg, Florida
Taylor Robenalt, Sarasota, Florida
Michelle Rosamond, Tampa, Florida
Nadine Saitlin, Boca Raton, Florida
Maria Saraceno, St. Petersburg, Florida
Kathryn Adele Schumacher, University Park, Florida
Maureen Shankey, St. Petersburg, Florida
Tamara Simmonds, Sarasota, Florida
Ellen Simon, Parrish, Florida
Jennifer Sutton Roe, Altamonte Springs, Florida
Matthew Szidik, St. Petersburg, Florida
Kim Tatalick, St. Petersburg, Florida
Lorraine Turner, Clearwater, Florida