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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

  • 22 Apr 2021 9:10 AM | Anonymous

    Meet the WADA Art Tubs Artist, Francine Michel and her contribution of a line drawing of The Palladium in Downtown St. Petersburg. 

    Francine Michel-Artist Statement

    My name is Francine E. Michel and I currently reside in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Although I moved to St. Petersburg for professional reasons, the thriving art community here was a welcome surprise. I spend the summers near the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in New Mexico which never ceases to provide inspiration. First hand observation of both these places is essential to my work. My current medium is encaustic.

    Learning technical aspects, sharing ideas with others, unearthing new skills and exploring new mediums are invaluable. I take classes, attend workshops and participate in retreats. Nearby museums are a constant source of ideas. As an emerging artist, I welcome the feedback, praise and guidance that juried exhibitions afford. 

    To create paintings to exhibit, nature is my starting point. In my current paintings, I don’t worry about realistic colors but instead movement and feeling.  I add as much detail as the scene calls for. Most times my colors are vivid, since I began working on a new series, I have enjoyed how others relate to it as much as I do.

  • 20 Apr 2021 8:33 AM | Anonymous

    Meet the WADA Art Tubs Artist, Julie Falzarano.

    Julie created a line drawing of the Museum of American Arts and Crafts Movement downtown St. Pete. 

    Artist Statement

    I’m a multimedia artist living in St. Petersburg, Florida. I create art with paint, wood, ceramics, photography, fabric and green life. My jewelry business @REJuled was established in 2016 out of my love for repurposing, stones and jewelry. My jewelry uses found objects like fishing lures, copper pipe, forks and bullets in a new way. I sell my work at markets and stores in St. Petersburg and in my home state of New York. Before becoming a full-time artist, I was a Visual Arts teacher for 8 years and taught students in Pre-Kindergarten through college. While teaching, I used blocks in my elementary classrooms and based this art tub on that enrichment activity. I am an active member of the Warehouse Arts District Association that promotes arts education in the Tampa Bay community. I live with my husband, young son, dog and rescued kitten and live in a home we have been renovating for the past few years and moved to St. Petersburg to be part of the growing arts scene. When not working, I love cooking, reading, thrifting, yoga and walking in nature.

  • 20 Apr 2021 8:31 AM | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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:


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