Gallery walk eases holiday rush
By MARY ANN MARGER
© St. Petersburg Times, published November 9, 2000
You can shop while you hop during the St. Petersburg Downtown Arts Association's gallery walk, expanded from one night to two, Friday and Saturday. The monthly event offers the second night to give holiday shoppers more time to select one-of-a-kind fine art and craft gifts.
Participating galleries will stay open from 5:30 to 9 p.m. both nights for the special holiday event, which is free. Expect also to indulge your senses of taste and hearing; some galleries offer refreshments and seasonal music.
Rich Kolb, "Standing Cat," at Shapiro Gallery.
The tour is self-guided. For a map, pick up a gallery guide at any of the stops listed below. (The guide lists all members; the ones mentioned here are participating in the walk.)
Best new shows for serious viewers are Merrick Gallery (five Florida artists), the Arts Center (Robert Hodgell estate artworks) and Ambiance Galleries (Allison Massari's first show of paintings since a near-fatal accident in 1998.)
Picks for places to buy crafts are Florida Craftsmen, Shapiro, Glass Canvas, Red Cloud Indian Arts and (again) the Arts Center.
Special shows are noted; all participants are listed. The galleries:
Ambiance Galleries, 1535 Dr. Martin Luther King (Ninth) St. N; (727) 821-8331 -- "I'll Tell You a Secret," new works by Allison Massari, through Dec. 2.
The Arts Center, 719 Central Ave.; (727) 822-7872 -- Works by the late Robert Hodgell, artist in residence at Eckerd College, and special holiday show, both through Dec. 28.
ArtSpace, 10 Fifth St. N; (727) 360-0900 -- "Deck the Halls," annual ornament sale benefits Hospice of the Florida Suncoast (upstairs from Florida Craftsmen Gallery).
Crystal Mirage Gallery, 800 Second Ave. NE (on The Pier); (727) 895-1166.
Davidson Fine Art, 725 Central Ave.; (727) 827-1888.
EastWest Gallery, 529 Central Ave.; (727) 823-9629.
531 Central Fine Arts, 531 Central Ave.; (727) 822-2787 -- "Best of the Best" show features Baron Wolman, John Entwistle, Vincent Magni and Jacques Ousson, others, through Dec. 6.
Florida Craftsmen Gallery, 501 Central Ave.; (727) 821-7391 -- "Season of Lights," special show of contemporary fine crafts, through Dec. 24.
Fusion Gallery, 540 Central Ave.; (727) 894-7271.
Glass Canvas Gallery, 233 Fourth Ave. NE; (727) 821-6767 -- "Harvest of Glass" continues through Nov. 30.
Grand Finale Restaurant & Gallery, 1101 First Ave. N; (727) 823-9921.
Heavenly Things, 216 First Ave. N; (727) 822-8938 -- Glass beadmaking demo by Traci Mulligan, 5:30-10 p.m. Saturday.
Merrick Gallery, 330 Beach Drive NE, (727) 896-2787 -- Rocky Bridges, Antonio Caparello, Leslie Neumann, Anna Tomczak and David Williams, through Dec. 31.
Red Cloud Indian Arts, 208 Beach Drive NE; (727) 821-5824 -- Featured artist is Jeannie Rorex Bridges, through Dec. 3.
Shapiro Studio & Gallery, 538 Central Ave.; (727) 894-2111 -- Range of crafts includes menorahs for Hanukkah and kinaras for Kwanzaa, through Dec. 31.
Sidler Fine Art Studio/Gallery, 641 Central Ave., (727) 867-2213 -- Christel Hunsicker, Luise Sturm and Hani Sidler, through Nov. 30.
Soho South Gallery, 2105 Central Ave.; (727) 822-2280.
Studio Szabries, 2109 Central Ave.; (727) 895-2444 -- Opening of "Love and Rust," new works by Fred Szabries (metal) and Stephanie Schorr (stoneware), through Jan. 10.
Thomas Kinkade Beach Drive Gallery, 202 Beach Drive NE; (727) 823-1011.
Trinity Gallery, 214 Beach Drive NE; (727) 821-1803 -- Featured: original photographs of Marilyn Monroe by Bert Stern.
T.W. Curtis Galleries, 331 16th St. N, (727) 898-9898.
Ungala, 449 Central Ave.; (727) 821-3100.
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