A&E news around Pinellas County: Feb. 22

Afternoon tea event to benefit The Florida Orchestra

ST. PETERSBURG – In honor of The Florida Orchestra’s 50th anniversary year, the Florida Orchestra Guild will host an afternoon tea on Tuesday, March 27, 2 to 4 p.m., at the St. Petersburg Woman’s Club, 40 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg.

All proceeds from the tea will benefit the orchestra.

The catered event will feature a Parade of Hats and a program on taking tea for business and pleasure, presented by Kay Leonard, protocol officer for the Joint Special Operations University at MacDill Air Force Base. She received her professional certificate from the Protocol School of Washington, D.C., including an advanced class taught by the school’s founder. Dignitaries and high-ranking officials from around the world, for whom formalities are necessary, are regular visitors to MacDill.

Sponsorships for the afternoon tea are available. For information, call 727-528-6595. Individual reservations are $50. Checks may be sent to J. Burnett, 720 49th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33703, made payable to the Florida Orchestra Guild, St. Petersburg, and annotated for the March 27 afternoon tea.

For information, call Joan Jaicks, chairman of the event, at 727-896-5097.

CanAmGer Band to perform

CLEARWATER – The Suncoast Jazz Society will sponsor the CanAmGer Band on Sunday, March 18, 2:30 to 5 p.m., at Kapok Events Pavillion, 930 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater.

Tickets are $15 for society members and $20 for nonmembers. For information, call 727-215-2938.

West Coast Players to stage ‘Polish Joke’

CLEARWATER – West Coast Players will present “Polish Joke,” a comedy by David Ives, running March 9-25, at 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater.

Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $21. For information, visit www.wcplayers.com.

This production will be directed by Rick Bronson. In this comedy about ethnic identity and the eternal American search to belong, Jasiu, a Polish-American, who has been taught not to value his own roots, decides to make his own. His adventures – alternately zany and heartbreaking – help him discover who he is and what it means to be a Pole.

Morean Arts Center announces ‘Fresh Squeezed’ exhibition

ST. PETERSBURG – Following a successful run of “Fresh Squeezed: Emerging Artists in Florida” in spring 2017, “Fresh Squeezed 2: Emerging Artists in Florida” will open Saturday, March 10, 5 to 9 p.m., at the Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

The exhibition will continue through Sunday, April 27.

The featured artists will include Catherine Gomez, Glenyse Thompson, Jack Fields, Katrina Sarah Miller, Lauren Mitchell and Matthew Cicanese. Each artist brings a “fresh” perspective to their artistic medium, breaking boundaries, creating dialogue and showcasing Florida with a twist.

Guests can expect to see artwork in a wide range of mediums including photography, painting, puppetry and more. Although the artists are exhibiting their works together, each of the distinguished galleries in the Morean Arts Center will be dedicated to one artist to provide an intimate, solo show experience.

The purpose of “Fresh Squeezed” is to encourage, support and celebrate emerging artists who fly under the radar, who haven’t had their big break and whose work may not be typical gallery or museum fare.

“’Fresh Squeezed’ is what the Morean is all about – providing emerging artists with their ‘big break.,’” said Amanda Cooper in a press release. Cooper is curator of exhibitions at the Morean Arts Center. “They’re able to showcase their work in a professional gallery setting and take that experience as they continue to grow as artists.”

On Thursday, March 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Lauren Mitchell and Glenyse Thompson will discuss their work, what it’s like to be in “Fresh Squeezed,” where they see their careers going and more at the Morean.

“Fresh Squeezed 2: Emerging Artists in Florida” opens in conjunction with the PCCA Senior Thesis Exhibition that features works from emerging artists Christopher Velez, Nicholas Glenn and Sara David, all seniors in the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School.

The Morean Arts Center is also featuring the youth and teen exhibition “Did You Ever See…? Word & Image Arts in Education Partnership,” on display in the Risser Gallery through April 15.

For information, visit MoreanArtsCenter.org or call 727-822-7872, ext. 2210.

Tarpon Art Guild expands gallery, adds artists

TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Art Guild, at 118 E. Tarpon Ave. in Tarpon Springs, recently announced an expansion to a second gallery.

Both the East and West Galleries are located at 118 E. Tarpon Ave. Six new artists have been added to the seven already showing their fine art. The new artists, all local area award-winning painters, are Kathy Detrano, Susan Duda, Lynn Kopala, Susan McCubbin, Mary Louise Pollock, and Janice Wojcik. They join artists Frank Hipp, Anneke Hulstein, Patsy Renz, Heather Risley, Petera Semple, Tom Wilke, and jewelry designer Ruth Lovett.

A month-long celebration and resident artist show will take place during the month of March.

For more information, call 727-744-3323.

Tarpon Art Guild to host artist’s reception

TARPON SPRINGS – A reception for artist Petera Semple will take place Friday, March 2, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Tarpon Art Guild, 118 E. Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs.

Semple, a fifth generation Floridian, was raised in Tarpon Springs. She traveled the world while being employed by Pan American Airways and enjoyed the opportunity to experience the art and culture of many countries. She has studied with several well-known artists and now paints her Florida surroundings with rich, full color, and an intimate knowledge of her subject matter.

Having received many awards from the art associations of which she is a member, Semple fully enjoys capturing the ambiance of her Florida lifestyle in paint. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free of charge. Call 727-744-3323 for more information.

Gulfport Merchants Association to host Art & Gallery Walk

GULFPORT – A Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk will take place Saturday, March 17, 6 to 10 p.m., in Gulfport’s historical waterfront arts district.

The recurring event is home to dozens of artisans and craftsmen each month. There is never an admission fee for visitors and complimentary parking is available nearby with courtesy trolley rides available to and from off-site parking areas. Gulfport events are always pet and family friendly.

For event information, visit www.facebook.com/GulfportArtWalk, visit www.visitgulfportflorida.com or call 727-322-5217.

HPDA to host annual luncheon

SEMINOLE – The Heart of Pinellas Decorative Artists will host its 19th annual luncheon and fundraiser Saturday, March 10, 10:30 a.m., at Faith Community Church, 11501 Walker Ave., N., Seminole.

Creativity abounds as members select themes and decorate tables with hand painted items and centerpieces to present to their guests. Baskets, art pieces and hand painted furniture are also raffled off to support the club and its philanthropic efforts. Luncheon tickets are $20 and may be purchased by contacting Toni VanKirk at 727-392-2670. At this event, club members will be collecting food donations for a local food bank and the SPCA.

HPDA has over 75 members and is the local chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters. In addition to hosting painting workshops in all mediums and encouraging art education in the community, the group has participated in various charitable projects including partnering with a Peace Corps volunteer to send art supplies and books to a school in Jamaica, donating painted items to local hospitals and contributing to local food pantries and the SPCA.

For information, visit www.hpdafl.com.

Irish music group to play Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center

TARPON SPRINGS – Socks in the Frying Pan will perform Friday, March 2, 7:30 p.m., at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs.

Tickets are $25 for general admission and $22 for Tarpon Arts members. For information, visit TarponArts.org or call 727-942-5605.

An award-winning Irish music group Socks in the Frying Pan features Aodán Coyne on guitar and vocals and the Hayes brothers, Shane Hayes on accordion and Fiachra Hayes on fiddle and banjo. Described as blending traditional Irish melodies beautifully with innovative rhythm and melodic garnish, Socks in the Frying Pan has an energetic approach to music and an obvious love for live performances. Their musical talents and their on-stage witty banter are stealing hearts across the globe.

Largo Community Center to welcome Suncoast Barbershop Chorus

LARGO – The Suncoast Barbershop Chorus will perform Sunday, March 25, 2 to 4 p.m., at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo.

Tickets are $14 which includes the show and meal. Tickets for the show only cost $10.

The Suncoast Barbershop Chorus will sing favorite springtime songs in true barbershop style.

For information, call 727-518-3131.

Georgette Jones to perform at Central Park Performing Arts Center

LARGO – Georgette Jones will take the stage Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo.

Tickets start at $24.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.

Georgette Jones – born to George Jones and Tammy Wynette, the only Country Music Hall of Fame husband-and-wife artists – is an actor, author, songwriter and a live performer. At the age of 3, Georgette began performing with both her parents. She went on to be a backup singer in her mom’s band and has opened for her father at the Historic Ryman Auditorium.

South Pasadena Community Band to perform

TREASURE ISLAND – The South Pasadena Community Band will present its March Madness concert on Wednesday, March 7, 7:30 p.m., at the Treasure Island Community Center, 154 106th Ave., Treasure Island.

The concert is free and will feature selections from John Philip Sousa. In addition, attendees will enjoy arrangements such as Grand March from “Aida,” the Swing March, Cheerio March and Marcia Latina – Spanish Concert March.

For program details, visit www.southpasadenaband.com/upcoming-program.

Suntan Art Center to present annual 100 Artist Show

ST. PETE BEACH – Local and national artists will be showcased at Suntan Art Center’s sixth annual 100 Artist Show, set for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 24-25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Horan Park at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach.

This year, a new and exciting section of the show will feature booths by local merchants offering residents and visitors a chance to do one-stop-shopping in a beautiful setting.

The juried fine art show was created for artists by artists in 2011. After making its successful debut, the 100 Artist Show quickly become a favorite of artists across the country for its beautiful waterfront venue.

The two-day outdoor event will offer fine art and crafts, live demonstrations, specialty food and live music by the Dave Williamson Band, featuring Vinnie Seplesky, Dennis Wallace and Tom Kennedy playing all day on Saturday. Individual artists will also play live music all day on Sunday.

For information, call 727-367-3818.

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