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8/17/2020 Member News

Creative Pinellas Emerging Artist Exhibit Opens August 19th at the Gallery at Creative Pinellas

(Largo, FL) – An exhibition by Creative Pinellas opening Wednesday, August 19th at the Gallery at Creative Pinellas will present a fresh, vibrant group of new works by nine recipients of the organization’s Emerging Artist Grant. This fourth annual Emerging Artist Exhibit will feature painting, sculpture, installation, drawing, mixed media and illustration by artists Patricia Kluwe Derderian, Lynn Foskett, Steph Hargrove, Mark Mitchell, Zoe Papas, Gianna Pergamo, Kodi Thompson, Judy Vienneau, and Angela Warren. The gallery at 12211 Walsingham Rd., Largo is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and the public is invited to socially distance-view and purchase the work of these talented emerging artists as they gain momentum in their careers.


The Emerging Artist Grant is designed to help up-and-coming artists on their path to future success by providing funding, a professional artist mentor and an exhibition to display or perform their work. Grantees were carefully selected by a panel of artists and curators based on their portfolio, vision for the future and commitment to show or perform their work for the benefit of residents and visitors to Pinellas County. In this way, the Emerging Artist Grants are an investment in the future of arts and culture in Pinellas County and beyond.


“We have an amazing community of emerging artists here in Pinellas County who are driving a tremendous amount of artistic and creative energy and innovation,” said Barbara St. Clair, CEO of Creative Pinellas. “By combining financial support, mentoring and an opportunity for an exhibit or performance, we believe this grant hits the sweet spot for what an arts organization like Creative Pinellas can do to support individual artists, to encourage and sustain the arts and cultural community, and to enhance the audience experience for residents and visitors as well.”


The exhibit was originally scheduled to open at the gallery in May but due to COVID-19 shifted to a virtual format with work displayed in an online gallery at


“The current situation and social distancing guidelines provided an impetus for Creative Pinellas and our artists to explore new technologies to display and sell art,” said Danny Olda, Manager of Curatorial Programs, Content and Engagement for Creative Pinellas. “Virtual galleries enhance our ability to connect more people with our area artists. There is still something special about experiencing art in person, so we are thrilled to be able to open this exhibit live to the public.”


Creative Pinellas is also pleased to announce that the fifth Emerging Artist Grant cycle is opening August 17th. Grants will be awarded for original work in the disciplines of choreography, literature, media arts, music composition, theater/musical theater, visual arts and interdisciplinary arts. Program guidelines and eligibility details, grant FAQs and the online application will be available at


For more information about Creative Pinellas and all of their grants and programs, please visit or contact Sherri Kelly, Brand and Communications Manager 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.