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2/28/2020 Member News

Creative Pinellas Announces Glass in the Gallery/Gialanella in the Gardens, a multi-artist show featuring glass and metal sculptures

(Largo, FL) – Creative Pinellas will host two amazing exhibits opening March 5th  - Glass in the Gallery, a group exhibition of glass art in the Gallery at Creative Pinellas and Gialanella in the Gardens, a display of artist Donald Gialanella’s steel assemblage sculptures in the Florida Botanical Gardens.  The glass exhibit was curated by artistic director Mary Childs and the Duncan McClellan Gallery in St. Petersburg and features over 40 pieces of glass art created by some of the most renowned regional and national glass artists. Glass in the Gallery will remain open March 6th through April 19th Wednesdays - Sundays from noon to 5pm. Donald Gialanella’s metal sculptures will on display through the next year in the Florida Botanical Gardens, which is open to the public daily 7am to 5pm.


“Like most things we do in the gallery, this is a first for us,” said Barbara St. Clair, CEO of Creative Pinellas. “We are so delighted to showcase these talented artists and by the community response we have already received for these exceptional exhibits, we believe they will be truly memorable.”


An opening reception for the two exhibits will take place Thursday, March 5th from 6-9pm at the Gallery at Creative Pinellas. Opening night will feature a meet and greet with sculptor Donald Gialanella and Glass in the Gallery’s event curator, Mary Childs as well as several of the glass artists displaying work. The event is free and open to the public with light refreshments and a cash bar.


“Glass in the Gallery features a variety of sculptures created using a mix of traditional and contemporary glass working techniques,” said Mary Childs, the event’s curator and artistic director of the Duncan McClellan Gallery. “The inspirations for these pieces derive from both culturally conventional use of the medium, as well as exploratory applications.”


Creative Pinellas and the Florida Botanical Gardens are located next door to one another at the Pinewood Cultural Park in Largo. Visitors to the park can easily walk from the gallery to the gardens and enjoy two exciting arts experiences in one trip.


“I'm thrilled about my upcoming exhibit in the Florida Botanical Gardens,” said artist Donald Gialanella.  “It's an ideal environment to showcase these three repurposed object sculptures that highlight the responsible use of materials and the importance of recycling.”


For more information about Creative Pinellas, Glass in the Gallery and Gialanella in the Gardens, please visit or contact Sherri Kelly, Manager of Communications and Brand Relations at

About Creative Pinellas


At Creative Pinellas our mission is to facilitate a vibrant, integrated, collaborative and

sustainable Pinellas County Arts Community and cultural destination. We strive to be the premier Local Arts Agency, recognized locally and globally for our contribution to arts and culture. We are focused on creating vibrant communities; supporting artists, arts organizations and the creative community; supporting economic development; showcasing Pinellas County as a cultural destination; and making arts and creative expression and experience available to all.


As the County’s Local Arts Agency, Creative Pinellas and the programs we deliver are funded by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, Visit St Petersburg / Clearwater, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and by sales of the State of the Arts specialty license plate in Pinellas County.