Painted Lilies is an exhibition by oils artist Jane Bunker opening Saturday at the Soft Water Gallery, in the Warehouse Arts District. The exhibit opening, 6-9 p.m., corresponds with the January edition of the monthly Second Saturday ArtWalk, during which some 40 local galleries and artist studios will be open and expecting visitors.
Bunker is the founder of the Woodson Warriors Scholarships, which awards scholarship funds to Black high school students so they can attend college. It’s done in conjunction with the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum.
Since 2019, the Gulfport resident has raised close to $100,000 through the sale of her lily paintings (as well as some of her old landscapes), with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Woodson Warriors fund.
All proceeds from Painted Lilies (on exhibit through March 4) will by directed there as well. Stop by Saturday’s reception, say hello to Jane and maybe buy a painting and help send a kid to college.
Next door to Soft Water, part of the ArtsXChange on the main Warehouse Arts District campus, is the Tully-Levine Gallery, where Saturday sees the debut of a joint exhibition from two of St. Petersburg’s most talented young artists, iBOMs (aka Jabari Reed) and Zulu Painter (aka Carlos Culbertson). Both painters employ vivid, colorful imagery with exciting graphic and media choices.
The Wiz Reimagined begins with Saturday’s artist reception (5-9:30 p.m., during the ArtWalk. It’s inspired by the 1970s film The Wiz (itself a reimagining of The Wizard of Oz) and features installations as well as mixed media art. All of the pieces, say the artists, have been created in recent weeks, specifically for this show.
At the Morean
Opening Saturday at the Morean Arts Center is Forever Changed, an exhibition of photographs by St. Petersburg’s Tom Kramer, who died in 2021. Kramer photographed dance and dancers, and was virtually without peer. The series was created at the Palladium Theater with a handful of dancers and lighting technicians, over a period of four days. Saturday’s reception is from 5 to 8 p.m.
Three other exhibits begin with Saturday receptions at the Morean: A community art journaling project, Collect Your Thoughts, by Steph Hargrove and Rose Cervantes, Wonder in the Wild: Photographic Works by Curtis Anderson Jr. + Stefan Jennings Batista, and Tampa resident Águeda Sanfiz’s very personal photographic journal show, The Other Pandemic.
Of note during Saturday’s ArtWalk: A reception at thestudio@620 for Through Our Eyes: Midtown and Beyond, collecting 100 photos, multimedia, and newspaper pieces created by scholars in grades K-12 participating in a three-school magnet program called Journeys in Journalism. The program immerses students in multimedia journalism. The opening reception is Friday, 6-8 p.m., and Saturday ArtWalk hours are 5-9 p.m.
At the Woodson Museum
Touch in the Spirit of Love is an exhibition of abstract paintings by Dr. Gary L. Lemons, professor of African American literature and Biblical studies at the University of South Florida, openng at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum. Of his beautifully-colored canvases, he says: “This series calls all people together to see each other reaching out to one another through the touching of their hands.” Lemons will be at the museum for Saturday’s reception.
Here’s the January map of ArtWalk availabilities. The free ArtWalk trolley will start at 5 p.m. at Craftsman House Gallery (2955 Central Avenue), then make continuous loops until 9 p.m.