It's just too hot to do an outdoor show, but now is the time to come support the local artists of Pinellas County, who bring you their original arts and artistry in air-conditioned comfort. You can shop for art and fine crafts, and enjoy a free day in an elegant museum this weekend. Lynn Pierson, Manager of Isabelle's Museum Store and Director of this event, invites you to visit the Artists' Market at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs.
“This is our sixth annual Artists' Market,” said Lynn Pierson, “and it continues to be the go-to event for finding that unique item as we move into the holiday shopping season. A new addition this year is the Bayou Café of Tarpon Springs, offering food and beverages for purchase by patrons as they enjoy the visual delights of the market and Museum.”
Artists’ Market 2013, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art
Saturday, September 21, 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, September 22, 1 pm to 5 pm
- Free Museum Admission both days, free parking
- Shop original works of art by 40 local artists in air-conditioned comfort
- Art Book Nook
- Food and Beverages available from Bayou Cafe’
- Free docent tours will be available at 2 p.m. both days.
- The Artists' Market is sponsored by Isabelle's Museum Store.
Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art
Tarpon Springs Campus, St. Petersburg College, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs, FL
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“Everything we do is centered around the community," said Ann Larsen, Director of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art. "It’s always about helping people know we are here, helping local artists, and connecting students in interactive ways. We are a non-profit. We are responsible for raising a good portion of the funding. We support the museum through membership. We have a number of ways of donating to the museum, including corporate donations. This event gives us a chance to reach out and showcase local artists. (In the 2012 event,) we thought we would have about 30 artists but in the end, we had about 40.”
“We are a direct support organization of St. Petersburg College and a part of the museum is also a non-profit organization," Larsen said. "Through the non-profit side of the museum, we are responsible for raising a good portion of money for our expenses every year.” It is hoped that the artists will do well with their sales, which will benefit participating local artists, the education mission of the Museum and Isabelle's Museum Store.
Especially because it's so hot outside and hard to manage outdoor shows in the late summer, the museum provides a great opportunity for the people attending the show and for the artists to show and sell their work in a very lovely and comfortable environment. This is a special opportunity to browse through all original art work, including wearable art, paintings, prints and more. There will be information about the creative endeavors of local art and cultural groups, and the Book Nook, which will have a wide range of beautiful, gently used art books and magazines for sale.
At least 40 artists will be sharing their work, and they'll be there to meet you and chat about how they've made their creations. Many of the artists were at this event last year, and there are some new faces this year as well.
Artists participating in the 2013 Artists' Market are:
Jenna Star Friedman
Amy Lennard Gmelin
Suanne E. Murphy
Melissa Miller Nece
Deb Slowey Raguso aka JULES
Kathy L. Sprecher
Cheryl Anne Day-Swallow
Two Twisted Sisters (Dale McDonald and Devon Goyer)
Roger and Janet Wheeler
Nicholas Toth makes amazing, historical copper diving helmets that are unique to the sponge divers of the Tarpon Springs area. Tony Blue may paint with a camera, or he may paint on wood or canvas, maybe adding copper or barbed wire to tell his American tale. Kathy Sprecher works full time for the school system, but glass is her passion, so she creates in stained glass, with fused glass and glass beads. Joyce Curvin makes colorful Papier Mache pet animals. Theresa Villani makes wooden constructions and contemporary wood sculpture. James Sechler makes jewelry from natural elements. Silvia Tamira-Powell paints on silk with watercolors. Janet Carter does a lot with pearls, and everything that comes out of the ocean, making things with coral stones, sterling, copper, mixed natural elements, and metals. Milton Rochman creates vibrant acrylic paintings, a mastery of color. Roxie Spell, Wendy Durand and Christa Stanelum make things out of clay, like pottery, while Carol Knapik, Cherylanne Day-Swallow and Susan Gentry make amazing things using polymer clay. Some of the artists, such as Melissa Miller Nece, Sarah Dees, and Jenna Star Friedman, teach painting as well as creating fine art paintings to sell. This is just a sample of the arts available; it's clear to see that there is something for everybody here at the Artists' Market.
In the museum galleries, the permanent collection is rotated, including the abstract paintings of Allen Leepa, the autobiographical testaments to the experiences and emotions of his life. Dr. Allen Leepa had a long and distinguished career as an artist, educator, author and philanthropist. He and his wife, Isabelle, were the benefactors of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art. When the Gulf Coast Museum of Art closed, a large portion of the collection there found a new home at the Leepa-Rattner Museum, such as the Watch Dog by Mary Engel, a long time favorite (time) piece.
Patricia Buster, Education Coordinator at the museum, has worked toward receiving accreditation, by applying for the American Alliance of Museums. "We have combed through all our processes and kept them up to the best practices," said Patti Buster. "That makes it so that other museums that we might want to borrow from would feel confident that we are the safest, best place possible. We are an institution that is respected, and we have gained the public trust that we will handle things in the best way. A donor would feel comfortable with our characteristics of excellence, which includes a lot of different areas."
A nice thing that happened last summer is that Patti Buster wrote a grant proposal, to apply for a Janet A. Huntley Youth grant for $10,000. The museum was awarded the grant. "The grant has helped us to continue our art therapy programs, which serve adolescents," Buster said. "For example, it helped us provide Mary Ann Hamilton, an Art Therapist. She has a masters in Art Therapy, and she is certified. We want best practices. Children come in from Chi Chi Rodrigues Academy every Wednesday afternooon and have their art therapy sessions. They go through the gallery and then make something called Process Time." The art therapy programs show one of the ways that the museum is reaching out to be a great resource for our community.
Come out and support the museum, as the museum continues to work to support all of us.
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