Monthly Archives: March 2012

9th Annual St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival



The 9th Annual St. Pete Beach Corey Avenue Craft Festival will be back in town on March 31st & April 1st, 2012 in beautiful St. Pete Beach, Florida. This amazing craft festival is one you will definitely want to come out and be a part of. Hosted again along bustling Corey Avenue amidst great retail shops and fine dining restaurants, this fabulous beach town is the perfect locale to showcase your hand crafted works and wares. Bringing in throngs of craft loving enthusiasts.


595 Corey Ave
St. Pete Beach, FL


Check out the list of participating artists here.

Two Online Options for Artists to Sell Their Work


Today we take a look at two new online companies that give artists a new outlet for finding buyers.   The Knack   is a new online wedding registry site that aims to give couples the options to create truly unique and personal wedding registries.  The founders have a strong desire to support local businesses and artists.  As an artist you submit your work and engaged couples who are looking to have a unique wedding registry experience can put your piece on their registry, the wedding guests can go online to make their purchases. Couples can  look outside the big chain and box stores and  request a painting, sculpture for their new home together and much more.  Watch the video here to see how you can submit your work for the website.  You can check out their facebook page by clicking on the couple.

The second company is also a match maker of sorts but not with newlyweds. Custom Made matches artists with people who are looking to commission special projects.  The works range from jewelry, custom furniture, to a custom leather portfolio and more.


If you want to become a “Maker”  you will sign up online, and you will then get a custom gallery on their website.  The fee for this service is $19 a month.

City Place Art Fair March 31st and April 1st!


Join us in West Palm Beach this weekend for an event to remember.   Their website describes this vibrant center “There are plenty of reasons why CityPlace is the most exciting destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. With over 100 of your favorite shops and restaurants, as well as a spectacular dancing water fountain that performs every, your sure to find yours. Stop by Guest Services, show your hotel key or out of town driver’s license to receive a complimentary gift.”

For more information about City Place click here.


There will be many local and national artists participating.  For a full list click here Participating Artists.  Todd Babb will be on hand to show off his beautiful sculptures.  You can see more of his work at his website, and make sure you stop by his Facebook page too!



Jennifer Ardolino Giveaway


Come and visit Jennifer Ardolino at the 23rd Annual Hyde Park Village Art Fair in Tampa March 24th and 25th and the 2nd Annual CityPlace Art Fair in West Palm Beach, Florida March 31st and April 1st.

Facebook Giveaway A Colorful Tropical Abstract” – Fine Art Limited Edition Giclee Print of an Original Watercolor Painting by: Jennifer Ardolino. Hand Printed Signed and Numbered by the Artist on the finest archival watercolor paper with a UV ink.

Image size is 20″ x 30″ – Retail price is $190.00
Enter to win here.
Website –

Jennifer Ardolino sees art in many things and has a magical way of transforming what she sees into vivid, wonderfully colored images that transport the viewer into the scenes. The rich palette of the tropics and the beauty of nature have provided Jennifer with an endless variety of vibrant subjects. Her chosen media extend from the supple natural beauty of watercolorsto the strong vivid colors of acrylics.
A Native of South Florida, Jennifer’s painting have always reflected her surroundings. Ranging from the vividly colored tropical manicured landscapes of South Florida where she grew up, to the wild unspoiled natural beauty of a remote island preserve where she now lives, to the Tropical Caribbean where she has sailed to and visited many times.

10th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival


Come out and meet local Sarasota Artist Tonya Smith of Moondance Art and Design Company.

Tonya began painting at a young age, she uses various mediums such as acrylics, pastels, and oils.  Her art is her passion and her folk art angels have inspired many.  You can meet Tonya at the 10th Annual Downtown Sarasota Arts and Craft Festival this weekend!

23rd Annual Hyde Park Village Art Fair Artists


Terry Andrews is an award-winning glass sculptor,you can meet him at the 23rd Annual Hyde Park Village Art Fair Florida. The show is this weekend March 24th and 25th.

Terry uses copper and fused glass to create his unique and oftentimes whimsical sculptures.  His work can be seen in private collections around the world and grace the permanent collections of the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia as well as the Carrolton Museum of Contemporary Art in Carrolton, Georgia.

This Florida native is also an accomplished musician with several CDs to his credit.

At the Key Biscayne Show


23rd Annual Hyde Park Village Art Fair Artists


Michael Bryant will be at the 23rd Annual Hyde Park village Art Fair, according to his website Michael Bryant is an award-winning, creative and internationally collected artist whose main medium of expression is photography. As an accomplished artist his work includes Polaroid Transfers and sepia images captured with a Holga, a toy camera. His most recent creations combine his photography with Photoshop. The result is a meditative form of digital art.

He is an artist whose creations are consistently cited by notable arts organizations, are featured in respected publications and earn him entry into highly competitive juried art shows.

A native Southerner, Michael lived for a brief time in Kent in southeastern England. While living in Europe he was exposed to the rich history of art which inspired him to pick up a camera. He continues to experience this inspiration during his frequent travels to the great galleries, museums and other history rich sites in Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Mexico and Canada.

Michael grew up in Albany, Georgia where he attended Albany State College. He later moved to Atlanta and graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta. After spending almost half of his life in the capital of the New South, Michael considers himself a native of Atlanta – a city that has the best of everything he loves.

As an artist Michael’s goal is to create work that affects him and others. “When I look at a finished piece and for a split second, time stops and I hear my heart beating – I am unable to breathe and I am aware only of the piece and how it makes me feel. Then, I know that I succeeded.”

About Holga Images
Photography Using A Toy Camera

I shoot 120 black & white film using a Holga camera (creating negatives slightly larger than 2-1/4 inch square). The Holga is an all-plastic camera of poor quality first produced in China in 1982 when 120mm film was the most common format. It was intended to introduce cameras to the masses. Soon the Holga was overtaken by the dominance of 35mm film cameras.

Each Holga is different and its imperfections affect the film in an individual way. Light leaks are common, although I wrap my camera in Velcro to minimize them. The film spools are often loose, creating out of focus images because the film doesn’t lie flat on the focus plane. Since the lens is plastic, the image edges are distorted and sometimes a double “ghost image” is seen near the outer edges. Light falloff from the plastic lens causes a darkening of the edges in most images.

The Holga is not a single lens reflex (SLR) camera (SLR means that when you look through the viewfinder, you are seeing through the lens). The Holga’s viewfinder is simply a hole near the top of the camera that doesn’t line up with the lens. This causes an image shift that varies depending on how close the camera is focusing. There is no built-in light meter, so good exposures depend on my knowledge of light and film.

I often shoot multiple exposures on a single negative. The film does not automatically advance — it must be done manually by turning a knob on the top of the camera. The shutter is operated by a simple spring that exposes the negative as many times as I trip it. Only the lighting conditions and film speed limit how many exposures the negative will withstand, before becoming too overexposed to print. I experiment with rotating or moving the camera position or location between exposures. Mostly the experiments fail, but occasionally they result in an incredibly unique image that can be almost abstract.

I scan my negatives in a negative carrier that has been filed out to show the whole image, with the film code and image numbers sometimes visible. I do not do any manipulation in the computer that I couldn’t do in a wet darkroom. I print my work on cotton rag fine art paper using an Epson 7800. The resulting Archival Pigment Images are acid-free and rated to last at least 100 years. Archival Pigment Images are now accepted as the future of photographic printing and are collected by museums, galleries and corporate collections the world over.

The overall effect of my technique is a dark, bronze colored, moody image that doesn’t quite record what was really there. Instead it is my own personal version of the truth. The more you engage with the piece, the more you find in it. That seems to me to be the very essence of truth.