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Your weekend arts forecast: Art and cats and art (and cats)

Bill DeYoung



Patricia Kluwe Derderian “Cats 3” acrylic and ink on paper (detail), part of the exhibit "Feline" at Atelier de Sosi Gallery. Image provided.

Just three months ago, the Atelier de Sosi Art Gallery celebrated Mexico’s Day of the Dead with an exceptional exhibit, kicking things off with a reception at which patrons were made up and dressed like the multi-colored skeletons immortalized in Mexican folk art. A good time, as they say, was had by all.

Work by Miss Crit for “Feline.” Image provided.

Bruce Allums’ ever-eclectic studio and gallery facility, in the Warehouse Arts District, is inviting residents along for another day of dress-up cosplay this Friday. The occasion is the opening of Feline, a six-week exhibition of paintings, sculptures, prints, mixed media and more celebrating cats.

For the reception, 6-9 p.m., guests are encouraged to wear “cat tails, cat ears, anything you love that is cat-inspired.”

A portion of the proceeds from art sales will go the Sunshine City Catfe, which aids in adopting out cats that need good homes.

More details here.



Heal, an exhibit of paintings by Fred “Rootman” Woods and copper art by Javier T. Dores, opens Saturday at the Tully-Levine Gallery, on the Warehouse Arts District main campus. A reception is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m., which means it’s happening during Second Saturday ArtWalk hours. A drum circle is planned for the site Jan. 20.

The monthly ArtWalk is a self-guided tour of dozens of downtown galleries and working studios. Here’s the map of participants for January 2022.


It’s one of those rare occasions when the Second Saturday ArtWalk takes place on the very same weekend as Gulfport’s First Friday ArtWalk! (of course, last Friday – the actual first Friday of the month – was Jan. 1, so the Gulfport Merchant Chamber had a good excuse for holding it back one week). The Gulfport downtown walk (5-9 p.m.) is a curated show featuring 40 of the area’s finest fine artists in show ‘n’ sell mode. And this one has a theme: The Age of Aquarius.


Also opening with a Friday reception is Circa, an exhibition of St. Pete-centric canvases by scene artist and set designer Rebekah Lazardis, at Mize Gallery. Here’s a Catalyst story about the artist, the work and the event.

Performing arts

DRUMLine Live comes to the Mahaffey Theater Sunday at 7 p.m. It’s a touring rhythm, music and dance show based around the Historically Black College and University [HBCU] marching band experience. Details and tickets here.

At the Palladium, jazz pianist and composer Dave Meder is in performance Friday with his Songs and Stories Trio (details here). Meder’s most recent album, Unamuno Songs and Stories, is a response to recent sociopolitical turmoil in the United States, using the writings of Spanish Civil War-era philosopher Miguel de Unamuno as an historical analogy.

Jazz guitarist Al DeMiola is swinging through Florida this week; catch the Return to Forever legend doing amazing musical stuff Friday at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. Tickets. And Kim Wilson and The Fabulous Thunderbirds play the Capitol Sunday. Tickets.

Saturday and Sunday’s concerts from The Florida Orchestra include Prokofiev’s Suite From Romeo and Juliet, Gershwin’s Concerto in F (with pianist Sara Davis Buechner) and Winter Bells, a symphonic poem by Russian composer Polina Nazaykinskay. Akiko Fujimoto conducts at the Mahaffey Saturday, and at Ruth Eckerd Hall Sunday.

The lone pro theater production this weekend is the courtroom drama Twelve Angry Men at Stageworks in Tampa. Here’s our story about it.

And one more thing …

St. Pete Comic Con: The city’s first-ever comic book convention, with comics, anime, science fiction & fantasy and cosplay, happens Saturday and Sunday at the Coliseum. Read all about it here.

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