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LEFT: Quilt from an exhibition by Jim Smith and Andy Bunhauser on display at the Mirella Cimato gallery inside the St. Pete Opera Company. The innovative quilt makers will present an Artist's Talk at 6:30 pm.
Sat June 8, 5-9 pm in the City's five art districts

June ArtWalk Highlights

St. Pete's Second Saturday ArtWalk takes place tonight,
Sat June 8 from 5-9 pm in the City's Five Art Districts.

By Frances Brennan

Summertime is the theme of this month's ArtWalk. What else can you say about Florida this time of year? The living is easy? Well ... It's hot and so are these shows! They all continue through the month and some through the summer.

The Morean Center for Clay, 420 22 St S., kicks of a series of artist-in-residence exit shows for June ArtWalk with the opening of Jacob Meer's show Inherent Qualities and Emmett Freeman's show Emmett. Meer explores the effect of wood firing on the shape and quality of ceramics in Inherent Qualities. In Emmett, artist Emmet Freeman explores themes of identity using photos and ceramic sculptures along with personal details.

Two shows open for ArtWalk at Geoffey Baris Photography, 2010 3rd Ave S, Unit 4: A guest showing of two new artists, Janice Saavedra and Lara Lenhof in its main gallery, and an open showcase of new work by Geoffrey Baris, Mary Greko, Thomas Bill, Dawn Lewis and Ari Mauling. Saavedra and Lenhof will be present at the show, sharing the details behind their work.

The Studio@620 is presenting a group exhibition centered around the theme of Quincinera for June ArtWalk as part of the month-long celebration of their 15th Birthday. Admission is free. Pinatas for the official party on Sat. June 15, like the one shown in the photo, right, were provided by Angela's Pinatas.

The Mirella Cimato Art Gallery inside the St. Pete Opera Company continues its exhibition of the work of quilt artists Jim Smith and Andy Bunhauser, who will give an artists talk at 6:30 pm. Sales from the unique exhibit redefining expectations of quilts and quilting benefit the St. Pete Opera Company.

Graphi-Ko Gallery, 689 Central Avenue, reprises a 2015 show for June Artwalk in honor of Pride month with "Get Naked" a show designed to introduce the public to adult nudity rendered as fine art.
The Morean Arts Center, 635 Central Ave, continues "Fresh Squeezed 3," its annual emerging artists show through June 29th and opens its new juried Pride Pop Up show for June ArtWalk featuring Pride inspired work chosen from a call to Tampa Bay Artists for work that challenges the viewer's perception of the LGBTQ+ community. The exhibition showcases paintings, sculpture and mixed media work by local artists John Gascot, Tucker Claxton, Nicholas Glenn, Leroy Gehres, Melanie Posner and Sumitra Chandratraya. (A show of Gascot's work also opens tonight at The Emerald Bar, 556 Central Avenue).

Beyond ArtWalk, on Fri Jun 14, Chad Mize is having an awsome group show honoring the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall at his gallery on 9th St. N at 689 Dr. MLK St N, St. Pete, just outside of downtown. ICONS: LGBTQ+ Portraits, features 50 local artistscreating portraits of 50 iconic LGBTQ+ figures. See the Mize Gallery listing in Culture Beauty for all the details.

ICONS LGBTQ+ Portraits opens Fri June 14, the Friday following ArtWalk, at Mize Gallery, .
ABOVE: work from Inherent Qualities by Jacob Meer.
BELOW: from Get Naked at Graphi-Ko Gallery.

St Pete studios and galleries stay open late on the Second Saturday of every month for ArtWalk, thanks to the St. Pete Arts Alliance, which coordinates the event in cooperation with the City's five art districts. The night includes 20 trolley stops, 40 studios and galleries and more than 200 artists! Many artists host opening receptions for new exhibitions that night or plan something special for the occasion, and many offer live music.

ArtWalk is a chance for St. Pete Residents and Visitors to tour a large selection of the City's art establishments at a convenient time and a leisurely pace on a Saturday evening from 5 to 9 pm. Most St. Pete galleries and studios keep regular Monday through Friday, daytime hours, or only open to the public by appointment,