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St. Petersburg arts district names gallery after benefactors Katee Tully and Helen Levine

06 Nov 2018 12:19 PM | Deleted user

The Warehouse Arts District's ArtsXchange credits their support for the area's burgeoning art growth.

Cathy Salustri from Creative Loafing

Katee Tully Helen Levinevia the Warehouse Arts District

If you spend more than a minute around the St. Petersburg arts scene, odds are you know Katee Tully and her wife Helen Levine. They're local arts champions — and Tully's an artist herself. On Thursday, Nov. 8, the Warehouse Arts District Association will dedicate one of its galleries in their honor. 

Tully is also the former executive director of the Morean Arts Center and her wife, Levine, is the Regional Vice Chancellor of External Affairs at University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

"Their support of the ArtsXchange has helped transform the former vacant warehouse space into a thriving arts destination that has contributed to the growth of the city," said WADA Executive Director Diane Morton in a release.

“When we arrived in St. Pete over a decade ago, we could taste the ingredients of the stew that make a great city — innovators, artists, universities and colleges on the rise, and leadership that cares about all residents,” Levine said in the announcement. “We have been proud to contribute to the momentum of the city through our commitment to art and cultural institutions. We hope the Tully-Levine Gallery will be a conduit for future growth and expression.”

On the fringes of the downtown scene  — as are several significant cultural spots in St. Petersburg — the Warehouse Arts District's ArtsXchange has six buildings spread over 50,000 square feet. The space offers room for one's muse to work his or her magic and has not quite 30 artists working there, including Mark Aeling, who's currently working on a massive art installation for the new St. Petersburg Police Department building. In addition, the main gallery hosts exhibits from across the United States.

Future plans include adding a dance studio, more classrooms and — of course — a coffee shop, restaurant, and an educational microbrewery. 

Tully-Levine Gallery Dedication | ArtsXchange, 515 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg | Nov. 8: 5:30-7 p.m. 

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