We’re glad to welcome two new ArtWalk galleries, who’ll be joining our Second Saturday ArtWalk festivities starting on April 13 – and the return of a piece of St. Pete public art.
Geoffrey Baris Photography is open in the Five Deuces Galleria, with both portrait work and striking abstract photographs – stpeteartsalliance.org/directory/geoffrey-baris.
Urban Arts Gallery celebrates its opening at 2323 Central Avenue with Tales of Terra and the work of Portland-based visual artist, Heather Goodwind. The show opens on Saturday, April 13 and runs through May 27.
Using ink, paint and graphite, Goodwind explores modern life with magical images and bold compositions. While the beings that inhabit her works appear otherworldly, the emotions and stories she expresses are very human.
Urban Arts Gallery is a new fine art gallery and design studio run by architect and urban planner, Michael Huston. The mission of the gallery is to bring new, compelling art and photography to St. Petersburg from around the country and around the globe. The gallery will also host classes and lectures on art, architecture, urban design and other creative disciplines – stpeteartsalliance.org/directory/urban-arts-gallery.
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And Face The Jury by Sculptor Douglas Kornfeld Returns on ArtWalk
Face The Jury, the iconic sculpture of 13 red chairs outside the downtown County courthouse and visible from the steps of City Hall is being reinstalled, fully restored and returned to mint condition.
In celebration, the public will have the chance to meet the artist, Douglas Kornfeld who will be onsite during Second Saturday ArtWalk, from 5-8 p.m. on April 13, at a meet and greet hosted by St. Cate Fine Arts with Creative Pinellas.
“The restoration of Face the Jury and its reinstallation is the result of a very successful joint effort between Pinellas County, St. Cate Fine Arts, the artist Douglas Kornfeld and Creative Pinellas,” said Barbara St. Clair, Executive Director of Creative Pinellas. “Over time the sculptures had deteriorated due to environmental pressures. Getting us to this point where the entirety of the sculpture is now back in good condition involved quite a number of people and organizations working together for the greater good. As a result of a very positive collaboration, we now have the benefit of having this sculpture available to the public once again.”
As part of Pinellas County’s public art maintenance program, the County contracted St. Cate Fine Arts to restore the outdoor sculpture.
Work began in January when the chairs were transported offsite as part of a multi-phase conservation and restoration plan where the old paint, along with layers of corrosion and debris was completely removed. Structural repairs were made as advised and directed by Kornfeld and a galvanized treatment was performed prevent future corrosion. As a final protective layer, the chairs received a powder coated of “Traffic Red,” a color chosen by the artist.
Face the Jury was commissioned in 2006 by the Pinellas County Cultural Affairs Public Art & Design Program. The 13 cherry red metal chairs are arranged so that a normal sized “Defendant’s Chair” faces twelve variously-shaped “jury” chairs spread across the Judicial Center lawn. Artist Douglas Kornfeld drew inspiration from serving as a juror in his native Denver, CO. “It was one of the most important and rewarding experiences of my life,” said Kornfeld. “Each juror I sat with was such a distinct personality and had a unique interpretation of the evidence presented during the trial. When I designed the chairs, I tried to make each one a portrait of a member of the jury I sat with.”
Learn more about the artist’s creative process when he joins Creative Pinellas and sculptor Mark Aieling for an Arts & Innovation panel discussion on Thursday, April 11 from 7–9 p.m. or by attending a lunch and learn workshop on Friday April 12 from 12-1:30 p.m at Creative Pinellas, 12211 Walsingham Rd. in Largo.