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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

  • 20 Apr 2021 8:31 AM | Julia Wingle (Administrator)

    WADA Member, Summer Dicus Boydstun, to show work at St. Pete Artworks.

    May 4, 2021 to May 30, 2021.

    2604 Central Ave in St. Pete.

  • 16 Apr 2021 9:11 AM | Julia Wingle (Administrator)

    Meet the WADA Art Tubs Artist, Nick Reale. 

    Nick created almost 1000 wood blocks for the WADA Art Tubs Project!

    The Warehouse Arts District Association is wrapping up the development of WADA Art Tubs for K-5 art teachers to use in their classrooms to support their established curriculum.  The project focuses on six art focused buildings in St Petersburg with remarkable architecture.

    “Tubs” exist for math and science and not yet for art. The goal is to provide an art experience that supports the established classroom structure by sharing WADA resources and highlighting the talent of our WADA member artists. 

    All will fit in a plastic tub, the size a 5-year-old can carry independently, with artisan crafted wooden blocks of various shapes and architectural details, natural finish and sealer for easy cleaning and disinfecting.

    The four sides of each WADA  Art Tub has a photograph, simple line drawing and artist rendering of each of the six art-focused St. Pete buildings. Each tub will include an artist statement and headshot for all 15 commissioned artists involved as well as varied directions for each grade level and descriptions of each building. 

  • 15 Apr 2021 9:06 AM | Julia Wingle (Administrator)

    Meet the WADA Art Tubs Artist, Carol Dameron.

    Carol created a line drawing of the Dali Museum for the WADA Art Tubs Project.

    Artist Statement

    Did you know our ancestors developed their sense of time by observing the horizon?

    I love the horizon line. 

    Pulling a long mark straight across the page instantly divides space into sky and earth. I then create all figures and bring that inhabit various terrains.

    Figure and landscape allow engagement in the seen and unseen parts of life. Silence emerges through situational and spatial ambiguity to reveal a deeper reality behind the surface of things.

    I paint in oil on wood, the original surface for oil paints. Heavy, dense and uneven, it is a natural contrast to the buttery silk of oil.

    Typically, I begin with a small black and white sketch, working out the large shapes and finding the image therein. The story gives the composition, the composition the color and the color informs the brushwork. Mixing the entire color palette can take an hour or two. The result is perfectly harmonious color relationships, like a musical chord. Painting includes listening to the sound of the paint.

    From singing and playing the piano to finger painting and making illuminated manuscripts, much of my early life was spent in solitary creativity which brought me great happiness. I have continued to try and live in such a manner, as lifestyle influences artistic choices.

    By interrupting images through the smearing of paint or turning round objects into partially flat areas, I try to create bridges from one world to another, looking for completeness.

    The Venetian painter Giorgione combines worldliness and simplicity by placing strange figures into the Italian landscape- similarly, my narrative work combines academic expertise and finger-painting in conjunction with people, animals and trees talking to each other, an effort to wed the mystery of the inner and outer worlds.

  • 09 Apr 2021 12:56 PM | Teresa Sullivan (Administrator)

    Join WADA Board member and mosaic artist Teresa Sullivan as she shows the art and tells the story of the history of this ancient art form. The first found mosaics were in Uruk in what is now Iraq around 3000 BCE.  How mosaics are made is explained and there will be a live demo in which Teresa will use some of the tools of the trade. 

    Register now for this fact filled and fun filled class. Wednesday, April 28, 6-7:30pm



  • 06 Apr 2021 12:50 PM | Julia Wingle (Administrator)

    Meet the WADA Art Tubs Artist, Saumitra Chandratreya

    Artist Statement

    I am an immigrant to the United States and I engage with my surroundings with the lens of that identity. I walk the fine line of being an observer and a participant. My art has evolved over the years to engage more with my immediate social roles and that has pushed my art to involve social issues.

       I create abstract images, decorative overall patterns and text heavy pieces. I use formal as well as colloquial gay language in my text pieces. Current social commentary and pop culture play an important role in informing my practice.  

    I believe that textiles are a versatile medium for contemporary art. I like molding them to create objects, sculptural pieces, wall mounted pieces and installations. I have an affinity for transparent and translucent materials and ordinary materials that aren’t associated with fine art.

      Contemporary art enables me to weave in various mediums to achieve a goal or to embark on an exploratory journey. I believe in the power of art and its ability to impact popular opinion and bring about social change. I think about contemporary art in the context of everyday and I want my art to reach across barriers, tactile and emotional.

  • 05 Apr 2021 5:04 PM | Teresa Sullivan (Administrator)

    WADA has a 10'x20' Tent every Second Saturday Art Walk to sell WADA Members' artwork.  Check out the google doc and sign up to make this happen. You don't even need to be there on Second Saturday.  What a way to sell more of your work!

    Sign up for WADA Art Store on the Plaza

  • 04 Apr 2021 9:46 AM | Julia Wingle (Administrator)

    My name is Shea Monahan and I am a graphic designer, painter, muralist, and illustrator living in Orlando, Fl. After graduating from UCF with my Bachelor's degree in graphic design I started my career working as a graphic artist for UCF Football. Soon after, I became a Capture Artist for EA (Electronic Arts) where I worked on one of the biggest video games in the world Madden NFL. 

    After EA, I decided to start my own company and focus more on freelance design, large scale paintings, and murals. My inspiration comes from my grandfather, who was an architect and a painter, and famous artists.

    MC Escher and Michelangelo. My art focuses on very detailed illustrations, vibrant colors, interesting perspectives, and amazing designs.

  • 23 Mar 2021 8:16 AM | Julia Wingle (Administrator)

    Join The Ringling for a virtual conversation, hosted via Zoom, about some of the strong women represented in the museum’s art collection. We’ll feature stories of women who used their fortitude, wiles, or compassion to make their mark on the world.  This program will be interactive and allow you to share your thoughts and questions with the Ringling educator.

    Ringling Registration:


  • 19 Mar 2021 9:24 AM | Julia Wingle (Administrator)


    WADA Artist Member, Alex Kaufman, and his contribution to the WADA Art Tubs Project


    Alex Kaufman created a 3D CAD Design of the Royal Theater for the WADA Art Tubs Project.

    Artist Statement

    Having gone to school for engineering, I don’t have a typical art background. And I’m not particularly good at painting or drawing or making with my hands. But I am good at using digital tools, and designing in the 3D realm of CAD. CAD has always been interesting to me, so I’ve applied this to all kinds of making: Jewelry design, 3D printing, large-scale sculpture---I’ve made them all! I approach all of my design with the idea that I want to present an idea clearly and with good design foundations. I use a variety of programs when designing such as Rhino, Keyshot, Zbrush, and Photoshop to name a few. For inspiration, I am always reading about new technologies, following all kinds of artists and scientists, and mostly experimenting and thinking about how I can add complexity to the things I see! It has never been a more exciting time to be a maker and creator and having a science background or an interest in technology has opened up more doors than I ever could have imagined.

  • 16 Mar 2021 9:19 AM | Julia Wingle (Administrator)


    WADA Artist Member, Mark Mitchell, and his contribution to "You Good?".


    The art that has always appealed to me has never been just a pretty picture. It had some extra intangible quality that gave me pause to reflect. Some unique perspective, sense of mystery, a surprising twist or technique that made me stop, pay attention, and actually think. 

    I believe in art that conveys ideas. My process begins with an observation and a reaction. I explore symbolic and metaphoric visuals via a collage approach to create unique paintings in acrylic on canvas. By drawing on the power of pop culture, I repurpose its icons and techniques to deliver a more personal artistic statement. 

    My art is intended as a wake-up call, exposing things that may be hidden. Each piece attempts to catch the viewer off-guard and challenge them to make connections, and ultimately see differently some aspect of the world. Through meaningful juxtaposition and social commentary, my work is an exploration of the irony, contradiction, parallels and harmony to be found in 21st-century life.”

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