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WADA Member Blog

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

  • 19 Mar 2021 9:24 AM | Julia Wingle (Administrator)

    ARTIST ALEX KAUFMAN - THE WADA ARTS TUBS PROJECT

    WADA Artist Member, Alex Kaufman, and his contribution to the WADA Art Tubs Project

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    Alex Kaufman created a 3D CAD Design of the Royal Theater for the WADA Art Tubs Project.


    Artist Statement


    Having gone to school for engineering, I don’t have a typical art background. And I’m not particularly good at painting or drawing or making with my hands. But I am good at using digital tools, and designing in the 3D realm of CAD. CAD has always been interesting to me, so I’ve applied this to all kinds of making: Jewelry design, 3D printing, large-scale sculpture---I’ve made them all! I approach all of my design with the idea that I want to present an idea clearly and with good design foundations. I use a variety of programs when designing such as Rhino, Keyshot, Zbrush, and Photoshop to name a few. For inspiration, I am always reading about new technologies, following all kinds of artists and scientists, and mostly experimenting and thinking about how I can add complexity to the things I see! It has never been a more exciting time to be a maker and creator and having a science background or an interest in technology has opened up more doors than I ever could have imagined.


  • 16 Mar 2021 9:19 AM | Julia Wingle (Administrator)

    ARTIST MARK MITCHELL - YOU GOOD? FINALIST

    WADA Artist Member, Mark Mitchell, and his contribution to "You Good?".

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    The art that has always appealed to me has never been just a pretty picture. It had some extra intangible quality that gave me pause to reflect. Some unique perspective, sense of mystery, a surprising twist or technique that made me stop, pay attention, and actually think. 

    I believe in art that conveys ideas. My process begins with an observation and a reaction. I explore symbolic and metaphoric visuals via a collage approach to create unique paintings in acrylic on canvas. By drawing on the power of pop culture, I repurpose its icons and techniques to deliver a more personal artistic statement. 

    My art is intended as a wake-up call, exposing things that may be hidden. Each piece attempts to catch the viewer off-guard and challenge them to make connections, and ultimately see differently some aspect of the world. Through meaningful juxtaposition and social commentary, my work is an exploration of the irony, contradiction, parallels and harmony to be found in 21st-century life.”


  • 10 Mar 2021 7:19 AM | Julia Wingle (Administrator)

    ARTIST CARRIE JADUS - YOU GOOD? FINALIST

    WADA Artist Member, Carrie Jadus, and her contribution to "You Good?".

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    A painting is an account of life, a narrative. It embodies the slow heat rising off the pavements, the watery reflections of the universe, and the shaky essence of a soul. As an artist I manifest these truths in my art, and I aim to ignite the imagination of others with the reflections of the physical world.

    A finished piece is the artistic equivalent to a solved equation—suddenly it’s clear and coherent on the canvas before me.  All the colors and forms come together in a gradual but clear impression.


  • 05 Mar 2021 9:22 AM | Julia Wingle (Administrator)

    ARTIST VENESSA DIANA LAVESQUE - THE WADA ARTS TUBS PROJECT

    WADA Artist Member, Venessa Diana LaVesque, and her contribution to the WADA Art Tubs Project

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    Venessa Diana LeVesque created the artistic rendering of the Palladium for the WADA Art Tubs Project.


    Artist Statement


    As an artist I am most inspired by the everyday things around me: people, places and things.  I find beauty and wonder in my daily world and it is the ordinary that often inhabits my art.  Heavily influenced by a background in classical Renaissance art, I enjoy a realistic approach to my subject matter. Another heavy influence in my art is my long standing love for all things miniature; the majority of my work is six inches or less in any direction.  In order to appreciate miniature artwork, you need to stop what you’re doing and get up close to the piece; the more you look, the more you find. I find that stopping to appreciate a miniature world immerses you in the art and the beauty of our daily lives. 


     


  • 27 Feb 2021 5:20 PM | Julia Wingle (Administrator)

    Join us at the Warehouse Arts District for Second Saturday Art Walk!

    Come enjoy our newest member show, "More Than a Woman" in the Burka Lounge. Also, come view our show in partnership with the Pinellas Wellness Connection, "You Good?" in the Tully Levine Gallery.

    March 13, 2020. 5pm - 9pm

    Free · 515 22nd St S, St Petersburg, FL 33712

  • 26 Feb 2021 10:31 AM | Julia Wingle (Administrator)

    Would you like to have WADA sell your artwork at the Second Saturday Art Walk? 

    Active WADA members can participate in our March Art Store on the Plaza. 

    Fill out the form, and bring your artwork by March 12th. It's that easy!

    https://forms.gle/uqkfuEdEpkfcEwWg8



  • 21 Feb 2021 1:44 PM | Julia Wingle (Administrator)

    WADA Artist Member, Nick Davis, and his contribution to the WADA Art Tubs Project

    Nick Davis created the artistic rendering of the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum for the WADA Art Tubs Project.

    Nick's Artist Statement

    Hi my name is Nick Davis & I am a 29 year old Digital Artist from Saint Petersburg, Florida. I am inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kerry James Marshall, Kehinde Wiley, Kara Walker & others. I use my art as a way to express everyday life , as a person who deals with anxiety and depression my goal is simply to encourage my community and others that you’re not alone but that your

    Black Is Beautiful.


    Visit Nick's Website: https://ndartlife.com/ 

       

  • 20 Feb 2021 10:40 AM | Julia Wingle (Administrator)

    WADA Artist Member, Junkyrd, and his contribution to the WADA Art Tubs Project

    I am a full time visual artist. I work with multiple tools and mediums like canvas, wood and even skin as far as tattooing. Most of my work is acrylic on canvas and one can describe my work to be abstract and impressionistic. I’m aware of popular culture and paint what’s on my mind in the moment, influenced by history. The majority of my work shows movement with layered brush strokes. Also, music is critical to my process from start to finish. I rely on hip hop, jazz and live instrumentation to fuel my drive. Art is the getaway to my imagination, challenging me and channeling my youth.

    As I grow, I continue to pay homage to what art has done for me beyond talent and practice. My goal is to shed light on the inspiration all around us and continually shift perceptions by pushing limits of 2 dimensionality. My art helps express feelings words fail to describe in our complex and dynamic world. Art can bridge the gaps of cultures, backgrounds and people from all walks of life. Art has allowed me a space to explore and interpret the world around me.

    I have my work in galleries in Florida such as Lulu Laboratorium and non-profit organizations such as Youth Concept Gallery as a way to give back to communities and educate others on the importance of art in life.

    In art, like Bob Ross said, “There are no mistakes, just happy accidents.”

    Smile - Fary Charles - Visual Artist



  • 16 Feb 2021 9:15 AM | Teresa Sullivan (Administrator)

    WADA Artist Member, Zoe Perez, and her contribution to the WADA Art Tubs Project

    Zoe Perez created the rendering of the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement for the WADA Art Tubs Project. 

    Zoe’s Artist Statement

    Creating awesome art is my passion. I use my computer to create most of my art but I love painting as well. My creativity started when I was very young and as I have gotten older I have been able to explore so many types of art. This project was so much fun and I haven't done something like this before. I hope that you are inspired to go and create your own works of art. Thank you for letting me share my work with you! 

    Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement by Zoe Perez


  • 15 Feb 2021 2:58 PM | Teresa Sullivan (Administrator)

    WADA Youth Outreach to Local Elementary Schools in Collaboration with Foundation for a Healthy St. Pete

    The Warehouse Arts District Association is wrapping up the development of WADA Art Tubs for selected 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 15 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. 

    The art-focused inspiration buildings are:

    Dali Museum

    Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum

    Museum of Fine Art

    Museum of American Arts and Crafts Movement

    Royal Theater

    Palladium  
     

    Considering the impact of COVID on schools, our best hope is to launch the tubs for the Fall 2021 school year.

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