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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

  • 05 Apr 2021 5:04 PM | Teresa Sullivan (Administrator)

    WADA has a 10'x20' Tent every Second Saturday Art Walk to sell WADA Members' artwork.  Check out the google doc and sign up to make this happen. You don't even need to be there on Second Saturday.  What a way to sell more of your work!

    Sign up for WADA Art Store on the Plaza



  • 04 Apr 2021 9:46 AM | Julia Wingle

    My name is Shea Monahan and I am a graphic designer, painter, muralist, and illustrator living in Orlando, Fl. After graduating from UCF with my Bachelor's degree in graphic design I started my career working as a graphic artist for UCF Football. Soon after, I became a Capture Artist for EA (Electronic Arts) where I worked on one of the biggest video games in the world Madden NFL. 

    After EA, I decided to start my own company and focus more on freelance design, large scale paintings, and murals. My inspiration comes from my grandfather, who was an architect and a painter, and famous artists.

    MC Escher and Michelangelo. My art focuses on very detailed illustrations, vibrant colors, interesting perspectives, and amazing designs.


  • 23 Mar 2021 8:16 AM | Julia Wingle

    Join The Ringling for a virtual conversation, hosted via Zoom, about some of the strong women represented in the museum’s art collection. We’ll feature stories of women who used their fortitude, wiles, or compassion to make their mark on the world.  This program will be interactive and allow you to share your thoughts and questions with the Ringling educator.

    Ringling Registration:

    https://www.warehouseartsdistrictstpete.org/event-4187854






  • 19 Mar 2021 9:24 AM | Julia Wingle

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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/ 

       

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