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As a PAVA member you can now enjoy the benefits of membership in Northwest Federal Credit Union!

See for details. Use promo code “PAVA16” at the Apply For Membership link.

28th Annual Cool Art Show 2016 – artist list and booth map below.


Cool Art Show 25 from the balcony.

PAVA is pleased to thank and is grateful for the support of our sponsors, Northwest Federal Credit Union and Art Trysts Studio!


MARK YOUR CALENDARS: 28th Annual COOL ART SHOW in St. Petersburg

It’s the coolest place to find lots of great art this summer: the 28th Annual Cool Art Show inside the St. Petersburg Coliseum. This juried show features 75 fine artists and craftsmen, including many award winners from other shows throughout the southeast.

A gallery of photos from last year’s show can be seen here.

Always on the third weekend of July, this year’s show will be held on July 16 – 17, 2016, and will be free and open to the public from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm both days.

If you are in the market for high quality art, this is the place to be in July. You have a chance to meet and talk directly with the artists in cool, air-conditioned comfort with close, ample parking.

Hosted by the Professional Association of Visual Artists (PAVA), this premier indoor show takes place inside St. Petersburg’s historic Coliseum Ballroom, located at 535 4th Avenue North. Admission and parking are free. Food and beverage concessions, including beer and wine, provide convenient refreshments.

PAVA has been in existence for over 28 years, and is now organized formally as a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) art organization. Since its inception, PAVA’s artist members from Florida and the eastern United States organize several annual high caliber art shows and educational programs, including the Annual 2Cool Art at the Gulfport Casino in February. For more information about PAVA, please visit our website at

The list and booth assignments of our artists for this year’s Cool Art are listed below:

Dueling Anvils 18
Sue Ayala 27
Stephen Bach 21
Betsy Bohrer 55
Ademir Borges 39
Jack Breit 56
Dave Bruner 32
Kate Carney 22
Scott Causey 74
Anne Chaddock 33
Carolina Cleere 30
Hugo Cruz 4
Joyce Curvin 34
Cybercraft Robots 24
Coralette Damme 71
Renee Davis 15
Mark Edwards 40
Josephina Espinosa 63
Bruce Ferguson 10
Barbara Foley 73
Eric Folsom 7
Janet Folsom 7
Wendy Foreman 60
Rosario Garcia 72
Susan Rollins Gehring 19
Lisa Glaser 56
Charles Gray 28
Holly Hambrick 37
Robert Herbenick 75
Lyn Novak Hise 61
Debra Mixon Holliday 53
Steve Howell 42
Ken Jensen 13
JOIA by Yanira Ramirez 47
Kapfer Glass Studio 68
John Kellum 8
Carol Kohnke 62
Vivek Lakhotia 36
Paul LaMontagne 6
David Lawrence 1
R.L. Lewis 41
Thomas Lott 9
Vadim Malkin 48
Carolann Mancuso 67
Dave Mason 59
Lorrie Mason 51
Lynn J. Merhige 29
Elizabeth Mitchell 23
Charles Nalle 70
Melissa Miller Nece 58
Lori Kay Olling 38
Christina Paluszek-McClure 65
Connie Parkinson 35
James Parziale 3
Peg’s Jewels 45
Vince Pompei 41
Lorraine Potocki 25
Robin Rebeck 54
Calan Ree 64
Jim Rolston 2
Rasa Saldaitis 44
Bill Sargent 16
Kim Seymour 17
David Sigel 69
Ernest C. Simmons 20
Rebecca Skelton 26
Bill and Jon Slade 66
Jim Smith 49
William Underwood 46
Marilyn Vaillancourt 52
Ana Varela 5
Joe Walles 26
Kerry Stratton Waltz 43
Monika Watson 12
Debra Thomas Weible 14
Amy Wiley 31
Judy A. Wolfe 57
Jan Wunsch 11


Apply for artist studio space in Pinellas Park.


5663 ARTIST STUDIOS Information and Application.1.6.16

Pinellas Park Cultural Affairs is now accepting artist applications for the new Studios at 5663.

Studios at 5663 is the newest addition to the emerging Creative District in the 5600-5800 Blocks of Park Boulevard. The Studios at 5663 will offer a total of 10 individual studios ranging from 125 to 325 square feet, with a shared gallery space to assist individual artists in showing and marketing their work.  Monthly rents range from $125 to $320 depending on studio size. Additional information is included in the attached Artist Information and Application packet. (See .pdf download link above.)
Two application periods have been scheduled, with dates indicated below.  Applicants selected for interview will be notified as quickly as possible, but we recommend that applicants leave the interview dates open pending notification.  Applications not selected for interview or for studio lease during the first application period may be carried over into the second application period; it will not be necessary for artists to re-apply.  Additional application periods will be scheduled as needed to fill remaining or future vacancies.
January 19:  Deadline for first application period
January 25:  Selection Committee reviews Studio Applications
February 2:  Interviews with Selected Artists
February 9:  Deadline for second application period
February 12:  Selection Committee reviews Studio Applications
February 19:  Interviews with Selected Artists
To apply for a studio space, please complete the attached studio application in its entirety and submit by email to Questions regarding the application process should also be addressed by email to
Debra A. Rose
Library and Cultural Affairs Administrator
City of Pinellas Park

Pinellas Park Better Block: Call to Artists


“The Pinellas Park Better Block Project is a partnership between the community and the City of Pinellas Park to celebrate the emerging creative district in the 5600 Block area of Park Boulevard.

The Pinellas Park Better Block Event on October 10-11, 2015 will temporarily transform the area into a fully occupied, walkable district, complete with pop-up businesses, landscaping and outdoor amenities, public art, and transportation options for walking, biking, and golf cart use.”

Download .pdf for more details, or check their Facebook page:
Better Block Call to Artists

March Meeting


Cool Art Show 25 from the balcony.
March Meeting
Location: Dunedin Fine Art Center

Outgoing Cool Art Co-chair Connie Parkinson will lead the meeting on Tuesday when we will talk about the upcoming 2015 Cool Show. Come by and hear her talk about how a long-running, successful show is put together and bring your questions! Connie will also give her ideas for next steps for PAVA and the Cool shows; let us hear yours as well.

Also: before we get into the art show topic, share your best art show customer stories and things you’ve overheard while in the booth or gallery!

Start Time: 7pm
Date: 2015-03-17
End Time: 9pm

Call For Art: PAVA Octagon Arts Center Exhibit: April 2nd – May 14, 2015


Deadline for info:  Wednesday, March 25, 2015


The information must be delivered to Octagon Arts Center on that date.
Drop-off work:  Thursday, April 2, 2015
10am – 12pm

Artwork:  Each artist may submit 2 pieces for the show.  Size should be no more than 36 inches on any side.  The gallery has a few open pedestals available for 3-D work.  They also have one or two covered pedestals, not locking.  You are welcome to bring your own pedestals to display your work.
Helpers:  Since the gallery installs the artwork, volunteers are not needed for this particular show.

Special notes: 
  • The staff at the Octagon Arts Center installs the exhibit and they will not accept any artwork for the exhibit after 12 noon.
  • The new PAVA 15 month release form is downloadable below.  By signing this waiver you are covered for this exhibit and all exhibits sponsored by PAVA through February 2016 as long as you are a member in good standing.
  • In addition to the PAVA waiver, Octagon Gallery also has an Exhibition & Sales agreement that you must sign when you deliver your art.  Copies will be available for you at the gallery.  A copy is downloadable below for your review.

Pick-up work:  Thursday, May 14, 2015
9am – 12pm

PAVA General Release form: PAVA _exhibit_GeneralReleaseForm
Octagon Center Sales Agreement Form. OctagonUU_ExhibitionSalesAgreement


Contact Linda Stump with any questions. 


PAVA Ruth Eckerd Hall Exhibition 2015


While we’ve had to delay a few weeks from the original date due to an A/C installation at the concert hall, the twelve PAVA artists have been announced. This exhibition will run from April 2nd through May 30th. Each artist will have 5-8 works on display:

Bridget Marshall

Carolann Mancuso

Debora Pridgeon

Gina Coccaro

Holly Bird

Jean Yedkois

Joyce Curvin

Leslie Jeffery

Lisa Fitch

Lorraine Potocki

Robert Herbenick

Suzanne Nielsen

Location, directions and regular hours may be found on the Ruth Eckerd Hall — Richard B. Baumgardner Center For The Performing Arts website.