Wine Pairings Benefit Dinner Inspired by the Arts

The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance invites you to enjoy a special evening celebrating visual, literary and performing arts.

On Wednesday, November 1 we’ll gather at The Birchwood in downtown St. Pete, for an exclusive five-course wine pairings dinner to benefit the Arts Alliance. Each course will be complemented by a special wine from around the world.

Chef Luke Decker and Chef Anthony Decker have been talking with local artists, and a range of artistic practices will inform each course. The delicious meal they are creating draws inspiration from painter Jim Rolston, glass artist Duncan McClellan, dancer Helen Hansen French, playwright Sheila Cowley and cabaret musicians Paul Wilborn and Eugenie Bondurant. (more on our featured artists below)

Dinner will be held in The Birchwood’s beautiful Grand Ballroom. The event benefits the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance’s free montly ArtWalk program.

Tickets are $175. Tables for 10 are $1750. Last year’s dinner sold out, so don’t wait!

Sponsorships encouraged! Contact

Doors open at 6:30 pm with passed hors d’oeuvres and bubbles to start.

To request a vegetarian option, email

Tickets available here.

* Artwork pictured is by Jim Rolston of Red Zen Art.

Featured Artists

Jim Rolston - Red Zen Art - Castello
Jim Rolston – Red Zen Art – Castello


For Painter and Sculptor Jim Rolston, “my artwork begins with a basic impulse, a feeling or reaction to a particular event.  Color and composition emerge from there.  The work takes a journey that leads me through a maze of conflicts until the final work presents itself.  As I apply the paint or clay, the experience becomes an experiment in color, form and texture. . .  I strive to have my work contain suggestion through nonobjective development of shapes, form, line and color.”


Duncan McClellan working
Duncan McClellan working


Glass Artist Duncan McClellan is a mainstay of St. Petersburg’s artistic community. His striking pieces and skilled glass-blowing demonstrations make his gallery  a popular ArtWalk destination. “Duncan’s processes enables him to place imagery on the inside and outside of his glass vessels. In his one-of-a-kind or series works, images are juxtaposed to articulate the message or idea. . . Currently, his work depicts emotions relating to family, personal growth and the spiritual connections between each of us as souls.”


Helen Hansen French - photo by Tom Kramer
Helen Hansen French – photo by Tom Kramer

Dancer and Choreographer Helen Hansen French is an internationally-known native of St. Petersburg, and frequent collaborator with poets, painters, musicians and more. “I believe that all my work is about connectivity. As an artist I am constantly searching for the physical and emotional way to connect to my humanity, to my fellow man, to my community, to the world. The physicality of dancing allows for me to fully embody the range of emotions and experiences human beings have and reflect on how I can positively contribute to the best of what the human experience has to offer.” Coming soon to our website, Helen’s dance-photography collaboration, “Capturing Dance,” sponsored by the Arts Alliance. 

Trio Workshop Studio@620 - Sheila Cowley - photo by Tom Kramer
Trio Workshop Studio@620 – Sheila Cowley – photo by Tom Kramer


Playwright Sheila Cowley collaborates with actors, directors, dancers and visual artists to create theatre. The Southeast premiere of her play, Flying, was a recent hit with audiences in Tampa and St. Pete, after a reading at American Stage with Eugenie Bondurant in the cast. Trio was part of an Arts Alliance-sponsored workshop this summer that featured Helen Hansen French, before the play premieres next year in Austin.


Paul Wilborn and Eugenie Bondurant
Paul Wilborn and Eugenie Bondurant

Cabaret Musicians Paul Wilborn and Eugenie Bondurant have performed and curated the American Songbook Series at American Stage for the past six years. Wilborn is the executive director of The Palladium at St. Petersburg College. Bondurant is a stage and screen actor and acting coach.