After doing the math, St. Petersburg Arts Alliance director John Collins worked out that that the monthly Second Saturday ArtWalk generates $48,000 in sales, donations and sundry. With the event’s “typical 2,000 resident attendees” spending an additional $23.44 each on food and drink on St. Pete’s creative night of nights, he deduced, the Second Saturday ArtWalk generates approximately $94,880 per month.
With the end of the pandemic not yet in sight, Collins and his staff are attempting to salvage at least some measure of success for the April Second Saturday ArtWalk, which would have been this week, on Saturday, April 11.
From 9 a.m. until 9 that night, a number of local galleries and studio will participate in a Virtual ArtWalk, via their websites. Participants will also take your call or answer your email, should you have questions, feel the urge to buy something – or raise your coffee mug in a toast to our eventual return to normalcy.
The majority of the virtual gallery tours are online already.
The list is subject to change, and additions – at press time, here are the galleries signed up to participate, either through their websites or their Facebook pages:
In other art news:
In conjunction with the City of St. Petersburg, local businesses, marketing agencies and others, muralist Derek Donnelly has a new public art project called Pay it Forward, in which artists receive a stipend for creating unique online content.
The Imagine Museum is upgrading its website to feature more of its vast collections of glass art.
Already a pioneer in online exhibiting, Chad Mize’s Mize Gallery allows you to virtually peruse the April show, Flower Power, here.
The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art has launched The James Museum from Home, an online experience developed by the curatorial and education teams. There’s a new theme every week, with artist spotlights, kids’ activities, book and film recommendations and more. Check it out here.
Among the new virtual experiences from the Museum of Fine Art St. Petersburg, this video – part of an ongoing series – features Curator of Contemporary Art Katherine Pill talking in detail about one of her favorite MFA works, Gene Davis’s “Black Watch.” Here’s how to get more out of the MFA From Home initiative.