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‘At Home with Craft’ Exhibit Opens

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Florida CraftArt invited fine craft artists to submit art to be featured in home-like environments. The exhibit runs through Oct. 27.

ST. PETERSBURG – A decade after Florida CraftArt’s first At Home with Craft show, the exhibition gallery will be transformed into a home complete with foyers, patio, living room, bedroom, dining room and more.

Every item in every room, from the kitchen sink, hand towels and pottery to the furniture and the fountain will be an original work of art created by artists from around the country.

Florida CraftArt invited fine craft artists to submit art to be featured in home-like environments. Tampa furniture maker David Calvin’s talents are demonstrated in foyer and coffee tables and even an Old Northeast dog house in the outdoor living area, along with sculptures of a multicolored rabbit and metal owl on a perch by sculptor Don Gialanella.

Palm Beach County artist James Sagui is showing his mint and black Art Deco furniture and futuristic sculptures. A wood and turquoise dining room table created by Sondra and Shawn Hannon (St. Petersburg) is crowned by handpainted ceramic dishes by Kimberli Burns Cummings (Tampa), wood-turned bowls and serving utensils by Eric Folsom (Gulfport).

The large, intricately woven wall piece by Philadelphia, PA, artist Steven Donegan hangs in the living room.

“The images represented in my tapestries begin with observations of my garden,” Donegan said. “I combine my photographs with drawings to create dream-like images. The image of the hand in the tapestry represents the presence of the viewer. The tapestries emphasize the textures, colors, patterns and light found at different times of day in the garden.”

In the boudoir, visitors will discover exotic dresses, as well as hats, by Tampa artist Leeann Kroetsch. Fabric artist, Sharon Rose (St. Petersburg), shows her one-of-a-kind purses and jackets. The colorful bedroom has a rainbow-quilt wall hanging by Pat Pfeifle (Gulfport) and a white quilt bedspread with rainbow-colored cranes by Jim Smith and Andy Brunhammer (Tampa).

The original exhibition in 2007 was the brainchild of then FCA executive director Maria Emilia whose rationale was to present a new approach to interiors and to protect society from mass-produced furnishings and artwork. The mission was to create a model for ongoing business relationships between fine craft artists and the home and lifestyle industries.

As an Industry Partner of the American Society of Interior Designs , Florida CraftArt is an art resource for designers and architects. It has been working closely on the exhibit with the architecture firm Wannemacher Jensen and ASID designers. On Oct. 10, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., people will have the opportunity to bring design questions to the “Ask A Designer” panel of ASID professionals.

“The artistic community has approached this exhibition with immense enthusiasm,” said Katie Deits, FCA’s current executive director. “We hope this will inspire people to make their homes unique by choosing fine craft as décor. We also appreciate our Presenting Sponsor RE/MAX METRO for helping to make this exhibition possible.”

From Oct. 7 to Oct. 14, the International Ikebana St. Petersburg Chapter will create flower arrangements for a week-long exhibition inside the “At Home with Craft” exhibition using handmade vessels by gallery artists. At 2 p.m. Oct. 7, Ichiyo School Ikebana artist, Kathy LaDuke will demonstrate Japanese flower arranging.

Photo shows a modern furniture design by Tampa Bay-based artist David Calvin. Courtesy of Florida CraftArt.

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