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Want to know what the Warehouse Arts District Association is up to?  Learn about the latest in this blog with features intended to keep members up to date. Also, members should join our closed Facebook group: the WADA Member Network

  • 02 Aug 2020 6:08 PM | Anonymous

    A relative newcomer to St. Petersburg, Joe Furst, Principal of Place Projects says he was immediately drawn to St. Petersburg the moment he toured the City in 2017.  Although his first investments were along the Central Avenue corridor, Furst found the Warehouse Arts District the most intriguing.  

    Place Projects, and its partners, acquired several properties in the Warehouse Arts District and quickly worked to become a part of the community by launching Creative Art at 400, located on 22nd Street South, and becoming an active member in the Warehouse Arts District Association. Place Projects helped fund the outdoor plaza and proposed signature art sculpture by Mark Aeling at the ArtsXchange.

    “It was no surprise to my family that I immediately honed in on this hip and edgy district,” said Furst. “I spent most of the last 10 years working to help redevelop Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, so it makes sense to get involved in the Warehouse Arts District.” 

    Previously, Furst spent over 10 years at Goldman Properties, a real estate development company with holdings in Miami, Philadelphia, and New York City. As the Managing Partner for Goldman Properties’ entire Wynwood portfolio, Furst oversaw the transformation of Wynwood from a fragmented industrial district into an engaging destination and a true live-work-play neighborhood. 

    “What really helped the Wynwood district thrive was a zoning overlay focused on maintaining the industrial character of the area, while allowing thoughtful, human scale development.  The zoning allowed us to curate diverse, but complementary uses,” Furst said. “So you might have a baker, a local light industrial fruit canning company, and live/work lofts all flourishing in the same neighborhood.” Dubbed the Wynwood Neighborhood Revitalization District (NRD), it won the American Planning Association Award for best planning and zoning policy for economic development in 2016. 

    What’s next for Furst in the Warehouse Arts District? 

    Furst has been researching and listening to existing business and community leaders in the greater Warehouse Arts District for a couple years now and has become an active business member. He is making plans for the property that Place Projects and its investors own on 22nd Street South, but wants to include the community every step of the way. To reach the community in these days of social distancing, Furst recently launched a project website with an interactive map of the 22nd Street South corridor where visitors can share their feedback. 

    “The biggest thing I took away from the Wynwood District project was the power of collective thought and how much more you can achieve through commonality,” Furst said. “So, for now, we’ll continue to listen and get feedback from the community so we can chart our future together.”

  • 30 Jul 2020 6:18 PM | Anonymous

    Sixteen of the artists from The Studios at the ArtsXchange are now showing their work in an exciting group show at the Tully-Levine Gallery.  This will be a virtual show by video until a live ARTWALK resumes.  You can take a virtual tour of the entire show and the work of each artist participating by going to the link below.

    Those who wish to see the show in person may contact us for a private viewing by appointment only, Tuesdays or Thursdays.  To schedule an appointment call Nancy Cohen at 917-921-6821 or email nancy@nancyandrichard.com.  There will be limited visitors allowed in at one time, and masks and social distancing will be required.

     The show includes:

    • Installation:Alice Ferrulo
    • Sculpture:Maria Saraceno
    • Jewelry:Paola Nesmith
    • Mixed Media:Susan Antoinette and Vanessa Seagraves
    • Photography:Donna Daugherty, Rob Fazio, and Dylan Todd
    • Paintings:Tom Amidon, Jenny Bleackley, Nancy Cohen, John Flavin,
      Sue Johnson, Carrie Kilgore, Andrea Pawlisz, and Don Silvestri.

    The tour was created by WADA member, Dylan Todd Photography.  Here are three different ways to view the show:

    • 3D Virtual Tour with info-tags: 3D Virtual Tour Touch the circles on the floor then spin around to navigate.  Touch the orange dots for information on the artist. 

    • Complete video walkthrough narrated with everyone’s info  Complete Video Tour  approximately 17 minutes long. 

  • 29 Jul 2020 6:15 PM | Anonymous

    A huge thanks to Robert J. Simone for sharing his expertise on a three part FREE online class on painting "Waves and Water.” These three classes were held live and taught the anatomy of waves, as well as how to convey movement and translucency.  Simone explained in detail his three-step process for moving from block-in to development to finish. Robert J. Simone is nationally recognized as an award-winning artist. 

    The workshop is available for viewing:  Session 1, Session 2, Session 3

    You can check out his work at Robert J. Simone Fine Art, www.robertjsimone.com

  • 27 Jul 2020 5:14 PM | Anonymous

    We’re extremely excited to welcome four talented artists who will be moving into the studios at the ArtsXchange: Nick Davis, a Digital Artist; Saumitra Chandratreya; a fiber-installation artist; iBOMS, an illustrator and muralist; and Zulu Painter, a scenic artist, muralist and painter. We’ll be profiling these artists in greater depth over the weeks. 

    Nick Davis 

    Nick is a Digital Artist from Saint Petersburg, Florida. Inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kerry James Marshall, Kehinde Wiley, and Kara Walker, to name a few, he uses his art to express everyday life. Nick's goal is to encourage his community and others to know that they are not alone and that their Black Is Beautiful.

    Learn more about Nick here: www.ndartlife.com

    Saumitra Chandratreya 

    Saumitra is a Fiber-Installation artist who lives in St. Petersburg, FL, and Chicago, IL. He was born in Mumbai, and he considers Bangalore, India, his second home. He graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago with a Master of Design in Fashion, Body, and Garment. He also has a BFA in Textile Design from the Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology in Bangalore, India.

    Learn more about Saumitra here: https://www.saumitrac.com

    Jabari Reed-Diop 

    Jabari is what his mother calls him, but his artist's name is iBOMS.  IBOMS is a 20-year-old artist from St. Petersburg, Florida, whose experience and skills stem from his education at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, located in Jacksonville, Florida, along with his consistent determination to better his craft. Upon first glance, his work may seem like simple illustrations and graffiti. However, each piece has a unique story to tell of self-love, destruction, and discovery. It exposes the viewer to a glimpse inside his world of being a young African American male.

    Learn more about iBOMS here: https://thisisiboms.com 

    Carlito Culb 

    Carlito is better known by his artist name, Zulu Painter, and is an international multi-media artist who works in traditional mediums and body paint, special effects, and scenic art. Zulu’s large-scale mural work contributes to the art revitalization in communities throughout the United States. Zulu has worked as a Scenic Artist for The Science Channel, Disney on Ice, Home Shopping Network, Sea World Parks & Entertainment, national ad campaigns, and as a representative artist for Visit Florida.

    Learn more about Carlito Culb here: Carlito Culb - Zulu Painter

  • 27 Jul 2020 4:14 PM | Anonymous

    The arts community is mourning the recent passing of Patton Hunter, talented artist, teacher and beloved friend.  Patton was a founding member of the ArtsXchange and an ardent supporter of the The Warehouse Arts District.   She came to painting later in life after a successful career as a writer and journalist. A favorite early job was reporting for the European office of the US military paper, The Stars and Stripes. She turned to art originally as a diversion during her late husband’s struggle with early onset Alzheimer’s. 

     Her first love was watercolor. Her exceptional talent became evident early on in her studies of this medium.  She evolved rapidly and was soon sought after to teach classes at different venues around St Pete. Eventually she turned to acrylic as a primary medium of expression but she never stopped growing and experimenting in her art, continuing to try different approaches throughout her life. She was a prolific painter, appreciated throughout our community by other artists and by the public at large. In her art, she worked representationally and abstractly, large and small, on canvas, paper and panel.  Her self-portraits are wonderful examples of her joy in painting and her ability to play in her work. 

    Patton honed her art skills and indulged her love of travel by taking workshops around the world. Her sense of adventure was a wonderful part of her personality.  She wasn’t shy about taking on a challenge both in art and in other areas of her life. She once took a year off to sail with a friend exploring the European coastline and its many ports.  Her last travel adventure was just over a year ago when she crossed Africa off her bucket list. 

    Patton’s life was a work of art. She cherished her friends, was open to new experiences, loved to teach, reached out to help and support other artists, and was a wonderful companion. She never stopped learning, and was in art classes to the very end. We will miss her, her lively banter, her sense of humor, and her generous nature. She enriched our lives.  Rest in peace, dear Patton.

    • Sue Johnson

    Like so many others-I am absolutely heartbroken! I met Patton 10 years ago and knew instantly she was an Angel sent to be with us. There was always a warm smile and gentleness about her spirit. She touched my heart, I’m a better person for having met her.  

    •  Rita Bateman 

    What a positive, encouraging artist and teacher! Always tried to stop in and say Hi to her and several other artists, there. Loved her in your face fore-shortened, colorful painting style, R.I.P. sweet lady!

    • Rick Whalen, ArtLofts

  • 16 Jul 2020 11:05 AM | Teresa Sullivan (Administrator)

    Alsace moved to St. Petersburg from Asheville, NC where she had managed a bookstore for 16 years.  In St. Pete, she was in search of a contemporary bookstore which also brought in authors from out of state to give lectures about their work. 

    There was a need for a bookstore involved with the community.  The year was 2015 and she spent the next two years researching, taking courses at the Green House, and producing a business plan.  In 2017 she became an LLC.  She had a pop-up shop in the Edge District for 5 months, facilitating book clubs, and partnering with local non-profits to sell books for them as well as events and book signings.  The little 100 square foot shop helped to get her name and business on the local literary map. The shop performed special ordering along with delivery service all over the country. 

     She began to save money and locate investors to aid in opening a real brick and mortar store.  The young entrepreneur was finally able to locate a physical store at 2153 1st. Ave S., right here in the Warehouse Arts District. 

     Alsace came from a family of painters and her father is a woodworker.  Her interest falls heavily into the literary arts.  Words as an art form that cover everything from details, font, thought, artistic covers, to the incredible way words and stories are formed out of the imagination.  She says WADA has always been supportive and her physical store location is practically right at the entrance of the district off 22nd St. S.  But, she states, she would have been a member even if physically she wasn’t near the district. 

     Her family and wife worked on coming up with a name for the store.  It needed to be a name unique to the locale.  Tombolo is defined as a type of sandbar that connects an island to the mainland.  And lastly she added, “Books help people connected to other people.  People connected with great literary minds.”  And thus, Tombolo Books was born.

  • 05 Jul 2020 7:29 PM | Anonymous

    Andrée Tracy uses painting an an expression of energy, a way to tap into all of her senses using paint as the medium. Like words for the poet or notes for the musician, she says that brush strokes become a vehicle for transmitting her emotions. Andrée layer colors and textures to explore sensory impact, embracing or reworking the “accidents” while trusting the painting to lead the way.

    She says she draws inspiration from the complex forms of beauty seen in our less than perfect world, distilled in her memory. Each painting is a unique journey, filled with new discoveries, always open to individual interpretation by the viewer.

    Andrée was born in La Jolla, California. Her family moved to Iowa, however, and she grew up on her father's miniature golf course, on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River.  After many holes-in-one, blizzards, tornadoes and a BFA from the University of Iowa, she hastened back to sunny Southern California and a career in the arts. There she found inspiration in the tropical light, the "anything can happen" mentality, the thrift shops and the fantasy of Hollywood's cinematic culture. Her paintings and collage work have been widely collected and exhibited, and her illustration work has been utilized by advertising clients as well as corporate groups and private individuals.

    Andrée recently moved to St. Petersburg, Florida and gives thanks every day for the opportunity to pursue her passion for a life in the arts.

    "Night Blooms"

    Acrylic paint on canvas

    48" x 48"

    "Reflections at Midnight"


    36" x 48"



    48" x 36"

    "Imperial Water Lily"


    48" x 48"


    Acrylic paint on canvas

    42" x 36"

    You can more about Tracy here: 

    • www.andreetracey.com 
    • www.Instagram.com/andreetracey 
    • www.graphitegirl.etsy.com 
  • 05 Jul 2020 5:16 PM | Anonymous

    Thank you for your submission to the WADA Artist Member Show with the theme, I need a drink! Cocktail Hour! Due to the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic and the skyrocketing number of positive cases, WADA does not yet have plans as to when it will be able to hold future events in person. For the time being the member show is postponed until further notice. We have accepted current submissions and are displaying them here below! We will accept more submissions on a rolling basis.  

    Congratulations to these artists, and additionally, thanks for your patience! 

    As announced previously, Damien Bertucelli of Vantage Point Advisors of Raymond James has sponsored this member show and thanks to him, we will have prizes of $300, $200 and $100 for best of show paintings! It's our first sponsored member show, but hopefully not our last! Awarding of prizes will take place when we have a live show.

    Mirella Cimato

    Rose Hip Syrup Please!           


    14.5 in x  18.5in


    Zhanna Thomas

    A Sip Of Wine




    Pamela Joy Trow

    Wine-ing In-Place

    Acrylic + Ink

    18 in x 16 in


    Pamela Joy Trow

    Dying For Tequila

    Embellished digital print

    18 in x 16 in


    Dacota Maphis

    Happy Hour With Friends in 2020




    Don Silvestri



    18in X 20in


    Don Silvestri



    18in X 20in


    Patricia Tierney Moses

    Sauvignon Sunset


    20 in X 16in 


    Deserie Valloreo

    Tuscan Gold


    16in x 20in


    Darlene Meisenholder

    Missing You


    16in x 20in


    Gregory Irwin

    Wishful Dreams

    20in x 20in

    Acrylic on Canvas


    Elaine Chambliss Dogan                           

    "I'll have One of Those"          

    Oil and Acrylic on Canvas       

    20 x 16


    Leila Martini                                      

    Bombay Sapphire

    Alcohol and india ink on yupo paper

    12 x 15.5


    Terry Scopelliti

    Martini Bath

    Photography/ Ink Jet Print on Metal Paper   

    16 x 20 55

    Qing Wang

    It’s time to drink


    20 x 10


    Annette Blocker

    Last Call


    11 x 14


  • 29 Jun 2020 4:04 PM | Anonymous

    Meredith Rodgers is the COO of Sapphire Audio Visual Experts. It is a local family business here in St. Petersburg, Florida. Sapphire AV Experts specializes in commercial and high end residential properties covering everything from surveillance systems, multi-zone audio systems, commercial satellite, custom home theaters to automation and WIFI issues. Two years ago they purchased land at 2950 5th Ave. S, inside the Warehouse Arts District, as of 2019 their new headquarters. She also owns an organic pesticide business - ATLAST! Organic Products.  

    Meredith is married to John Rodgers, the lead Engineer and co-owner for Sapphire. They are also the parents of two children, Jake who is 5, and Skyler is 4. John was Meredith’s first kiss in the 6th grade in Winter Haven Florida where they grew up. But, they ran in different crowds. She went on to attend Florida State and he to the University of Wisconsin. Fast forward twenty years and they found themselves living in St. Pete a few streets away from each other. They met for lunch and the rest is history.

    They are so excited to be a part of WADA  and all it entails. John grew up around the arts, as his father was a professor of theater at Rollins College. Meredith loves art in all forms and knew this was a great opportunity to get involved with a blossoming new district known as the Warehouse Arts District. She enjoys its culture, the sense of community and they were landowners. According to Meredith, “It just made good sense to become a [business] member of the Association!” 

  • 26 Jun 2020 11:46 AM | Teresa Sullivan (Administrator)

    There are just 12 more hours to apply for $500 grants.  Get your application in to be considered for these grants.

    You do NOT have to be a member of WADA to apply -  all artists who have been negatively affected by COVID-19 are encouraged to apply. 

    For more details and access to the Application Form go to:


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