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9/1/2016 Member News
The Studio@620 Launches Worlds’ Greatest Kiting Month September 9- October 8, 2016

Press Release: The Studio@620 Launches Worlds’ Greatest Kiting Month September 9- October 8, 2016
For Immediate Release

St. Petersburg, FL (August 30, 2016) — The Studio@620 and Drayton Callison are collaborating to bring a new exciting immersive exhibition to the Tampa Bay Area. This event will feature a wide variety of innovative, unique and handmade kites from around the world, ranging from popular sport models, to one-of-a-kind works of art, giant structures to delicate forms that fit in your hand, historic artifacts to contemporary designs, wind propelled to windless kites. There will be an additional mini exhibition featuring conceptual kites created by local artists. Along with this exciting display, The Studio will host educational programming, presentations, demonstrations, workshops, and will organize some hands on outdoor kite flying events.

Workshops require advanced reservations and will have a small admission fee. Other events are free and open to the public.

Kiteflier Presentations & Educational Programming Friday, September 9 / 6-9pm (Gallery Preview 6-7pm. Presentations will start at 7pm)
Kite Making Workshop for Adults Saturday, September 10 / 12-4pm $15 (Parents can bring older children to work with them. Advanced reservations required.)
Exhibition Opening Reception & Artwalk, Saturday, September 10 / 5-9pm
Community Kite Flying Picnic in Lassing Park, Sunday September 11 / 4-8 pm
Kite Making Workshop for Children - SPF 16: Family Arts Festival in Straub Park, Saturday, September 24 / 12-5pm / Free
Located in South Straub Park – 250 Bay Shore Dr. NE., St. Petersburg
Kite Making Workshop for Adults Sunday, September 25 / 12-4pm / $15 - advanced reservations required
Giant Kites of Guatemala: Presentation by Indigenous Guatemalan Painter Enrique Cay, Thursday September 29 / 6-9pm (Presentation will start at 7pm)
Kite Inspired Performances (Poetry, Storytelling, Prose Readings and Theatre performed by local artists) & Kite Artist Talk, September 30 / 6-9pm (Performances will start at 7pm)
Closing Reception during ArtWalk, Saturday, October 8 / 5-9pm

World's Greatest Kiting
Drayton Callison is a longtime kiting enthusiast, and an active member of the American Kitefliers Association and Kiting Tampa Bay. He is the host and founder of the recently launched World’s Greatest Kiting website and accompanying media sites dedicated to promoting and exposing the efforts of average people in the extraordinary hobby, art and sport of kiting around the world. For more information please visit his website at or connect with the Facebook, Youtube or Podcast pages where you can keep up with kiting events, watch fun videos, and hear compelling stories from some of the greatest kiters in the world.

Kite Project History
This collaborative partnership with the kiting community was conceived of by Artistic Director (Emeritus) and Co-Founder David Ellis and came out of his longtime curiosity and wonder of flight, especially kites and his desire to learn more about it while sharing with others. He has had a long history of developing and designing innovative museum exhibitions and displays to spread his curiosity for the world while educating and inspiring generations of people. He moved to St. Petersburg in the mid 1980’s to create Great Explorations, the Hands On! Museum and was instrumental in several local museum exhibitions throughout the 1990’s. Prior to moving here he was involved in many large national and international projects, in Washington DC and beyond.
David began perusing this project about a year and a half ago by reaching out to prominent individuals in the local kiting community. With the assistance of Kelly and Jay of Kiting Tampa Bay, we connected with Drayton Callison, Wayne Hosking, and Bruce Flora of Kiteman Productions. Since then we have met several times with Drayton to fly kites together and dream of possibilities.

The Studio@620 is a non profit arts venue located at 620 1st Ave. South, St. Petersburg FL 33701

Visit The Studio@620 online at or call 727-895-6620 for more information.

Contact: Coralette Damme
Marketing Manager
The Studio@620