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Florida CraftArt announces awards: Woof, Meow, Chirp and Slither: Artists Interpret the World of Pets

Florida CraftArt announces awards: Woof, Meow, Chirp and Slither: Artists Interpret the World of Pets

| 6/13/2019

Woof, Meow, Chirp and Slither: Artists Interpret the World of Pets, a juried exhibition at Florida CraftArt of original art that showcases artists’ interpretations of the world of pets, opened June 7 to a crowd of over 175 art and pet lovers.

From across Florida, 36 artists created over 100 pieces from jeweled cat collars to ceramic dog bowls and sculptures of pets. In the exhibition, visitors enjoyed seeing ‘pawsitively’ fun and inspiring artwork. People are looking forward to the upcoming educational programming that shows how pets contribute to our health, happiness and longevity. 

Awards were presented to the artists. Best of Show went to Vadim Malkin of Orlando for a ceramic sculpture “White Rabbit 1.” First Place was awarded to St. Petersburg resident Rosemary Lutz for a ceramic cat and fish sculpture called “Gone Fishing.” Gianna Pergamo of St. Petersburg received Second Place for “Boxer Lady,” a mixed media collage. Third Place was given to West Palm Beach artist Gin Blische for “Fancy Feline,” a cat sculpted from fiber. Pamela Carman from Jupiter was awarded the Executive Director’s award for “What Fish?”

Honorable mentions were awarded to Palm Harbor artist Joyce Curvin and St. Petersburg ceramist Jan Richardson. Ms. Curvin uses new and recycled materials such as plastic bottles, cardboard, newspaper, scrap wood and leather, old toys, guitar strings, wires and layers of paint to create zany creatures that have attitude and spunk like “Got the Paper.” Ms. Richardson handsculpted a multi-eyed, green lizard-like creature from clay named “Todomeki.”

The exhibition and programming are made possible by a generous grant from the Presenting Sponsor, AARP Tampa Bay, along with support from Pinellas Community Foundation, The New Barker Magazine,, SPCA Tampa Bay and In-kind sponsors are Hyatt Place and Photo Station. The art was judged by Simone B. DeLoach who has a Bachelor of Arts degree with high honors in Museum Studies, and a minor in Visual Arts from Eckerd College. She serves on the SPCA board and is the Director of Marketing at DeLoach, Hofstra and Cavonis, P.A.

“Woof, Meow, Chirp and Slither” is a perfect exhibition for the summer which is family friendly with fun and educational events for both art and pet lovers.

Mark Your Calendar for these events set in an artful atmosphere to bring people together with their furry friends.

June 13 at 5:30 p.m.: Join Mayor Kriseman when he lets the’ cat out of the bag’ about the City’s pet friendly initiatives for St Pete PAWS, and meet some fur friends representing shelter partners and services.

June 24, 5:30 – 7 p.m.: You can teach an old dog new tricks! Hear from our panel of local successful businesses who are making a difference by being pet friendly.

July 18, 5:30 – 7 p.m.: CASA nonprofit meet-up with a pack of local pet services and resources.

July 20, 1:30 – 6 p.m.:  SPCA brings a doggone great day of events not to miss, that demonstrates achieving a ‘Better Cities for Pets” certification.

  • 1:30 – 3 p.m.: Panel discussion and demo, how to help your pet make friends: Positive Training, Doggy Day Care, Good Grooming, Pet Walking and Recreation
  • 3:30 – 5 p.m.: Love at First Bark: Unexpected ways to encounter animals, meet and greet from goat yoga to Alligator Attraction
  • 5 – 6 p.m.: Yappy Hour with ‘Meowgaritas’

July 31, 5:30 – 7 p.m.: Pet Planning Advice: Estate and Pet Planning, Disaster Preparedness, Hospice and more

August 3, 1:30 – 6:30 p.m.: Ask a Pro

  • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.: Tips for healthy indoor cats
  • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.: CBD dog health
  • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Responsible breeders
  • 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Ask a Vet panel
  • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.: Yappy Hour for pets and their people

August 10, 5:30 – 7 p.m.: Closing reception. People’s Choice Award and visitors can paint their own Art Rock #MustLovePets                     

Florida CraftArt is located at 501 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. For more information, visit or call (727) 821-7391. Admission is free. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Florida CraftArt is a nonprofit organization founded in 1951 and headquartered in St. Petersburg. Its mission is to grow the statewide creative economy by engaging the community and advancing Florida’s fine craft artists and their work. Fine craft art is presented in its 2,500-square-foot retail gallery and curated exhibitions are featured in its adjacent exhibition gallery. Florida CraftArt is the only statewide organization offering artists a platform to show and sell their work.

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