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Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center welcomes Moody Blues tribute band Time Traveller on June 15.

Time Traveller to perform Moody Blues tunes at Pinellas Park PAC

PINELLAS PARK — Time Traveller, a Moody Blues tribute band, will perform Saturday, June 15, 8 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave., Pinellas Park.

Tickets are $16 in advance. For information, call 727-369-5746 or visit www.pinellas-park.com/161/Performing-Arts-Center.

Time Traveller is North America's No. 1 Moody Blues tribute show. The band highlights over three decades of material from the legendary group The Moody Blues, performing a full rock concert enhanced by special lighting and video effects. Time Traveller performs at festivals, theaters, concert venues, and corporate events throughout America and as an opening act for numerous national shows such as Kansas, Poco, Blue Oyster Cult, Pure Prairie League, Little River Band and Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

Tarpon Arts to conclude 2018-19 season

with Fabulous Equinox Orchestra

TARPON SPRINGS — Tarpon Arts will wrap up its 2018-19 season with a concert featuring the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra Saturday, July 27, 7:30 p.m., at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs.

Tickets are $35 general admission and $30 for Tarpon Arts members. Visit TarponArts.org or call 727-942-5605.

The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra presents a high-energy journey through the Great American Songbook that has been taking audiences across the nation by storm. Enjoy ’70s and ’80s pop music mixed in with a little Sinatra, a dash of Elvis, a spot of Michael Buble and Johnny Cash, tied together with Texas Swing and Motown funk. The friendship and stage presence of leads Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson are underscored by their 17-piece big band.

A Louisiana native, Davis has led various bands on over 200 shows a year on the road before forming the Equinox Orchestra. His groups have been featured at festivals, theaters and venues all across the country. He has performed in conjunction with David Sanborn, Ellis Marsalis, George Clinton, The Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule, The Beach Boys, Col. Bruce Hampton, Derek Trucks, Jennifer Holiday, Fred Wesley, Charice, Ellis Hall, Bill Watrous, Fred Wesley, Wycliffe Gordon, several American Idol alums and many, many more.

Raised in a family of preachers, teachers and folk/Southern gospel singers, Johnson was born to inspire and entertain. His passion for music performance has developed since childhood over thousands of concerts, musicals and shows on stages from Los Angeles to New York City, whether volunteering to sing at his children’s school, crooning for the senior citizens center, or singing at festivals, arenas, or sold-out theaters. At the same time, his love for the gospel has taken him all around the U.S. and the world to work with churches and communities as a minister and missionary.

Reception set for new Savelli exhibition at St. Pete ArtWorks

ST. PETERSBURG — An opening reception for "Designs by Savelli — Then and Now" will take place Saturday, June 15, 6 to 9 p.m., at St. Pete ArtWorks, 2412 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

The show will feature sculpture and mixed media by Savelli. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition will continue through Sunday, July 14.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call 727-710-7716 or visit www.stpeteartworks.com.

Matinee Opera Players to present ‘Summer Romance’

PINELLAS PARK — The Matinee Opera Players will present “Summer Romance” Sunday, June 16, 3 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N., Pinellas Park.

Matinee Opera Players will perform a show tune or two, a well-known popular song or two and arias from a repertoire of well-known operas. The players feature composers such as Wagner, Mozart, Verdi and Puccini.

Mark Byrne, a magician and balloon artist, will open the show. Admission is free. For information, visit www.matineeoperaplayers.org.

Syd Entel Galleries to present ‘Hot Glass, Cool Art’

SAFETY HARBOR — An opening reception for “Hot Glass, Cool Art” will take place Saturday, June 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Syd Entel Galleries/Susan Benjamin Glass Etc., 247 Main St., Safety Harbor.

The show is open to the public and will continue through Saturday, July 27.

Artwork made from “hot glass” includes blown glass, solid sculpted glass, and cast glass. Basically, hot glass working involves molten glass with a temperature around 2,000 degrees. This hot viscous glass can be used in glass blowing, sculpting, and casting into molds. Work such as glass sculpture, hand blown bowls, vases, goblets, and ornaments are commonly made with hot glass from a furnace.

New to the gallery is the connecting intertwining glass sculptures of Scott Hartley along with milliefiori master Wes Hunting, and the whimsical Borowski Collection.

Being an artist is challenging, and being a good artist comes from a deep passion and creative soul. An artist requires training, experience and skills of entrepreneurship.

“Cool Art” showcases mixed media art that combines a variety of media in a single artwork. For example, if an artist draws with ink, then paints over it with watercolors, then adds some highlights in colored pencil — that's mixed media.

Featured is the work of Terri Hallman. Hallman’s faces and stick figures are simple but are a multi-layer creative process. The results are super-saturated hues and curiously crude textures. Also included in the show are the iconic portraits of internationally acclaimed artist Craig Alan and his Populus series.

For information, call Linda Gagliostro at 727-725-1808 or email linda@sydentelgalleries.co

Florida CraftArt opens ‘Woof, Meow, Chirp and Slither’ exhibition

ST. PETERSBURG — “Woof, Meow, Chirp and Slither: Artists Interpret the World of Pets,” a juried exhibition, opened June 7 at Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

The show features original art that showcases artists’ interpretations of the world of pets. It will run through Saturday, Aug. 10.

From across Florida, 36 artists created over 100 pieces from jeweled cat collars to ceramic dog bowls and sculptures of pets. In the exhibition visitors will see “pawsitively” inspiring artwork, and enjoy fun, educational programming that show how pets contribute to our health, happiness and longevity.

In the exhibition, some artists pay homage to their pets, such as in the Renaissance-style commentative cameo of “Lexie” created by St. Petersburg artist Kim Tatalik. As the artist’s expertise is in new technology in the art jewelry field, she used PLA plastic, copper, nickel and paint to create the artwork. Lexie was a whippet who kept the artist company in her studio for more than 16 years.

“Lexie had a dedicated bed in my studio,” Tatalik said in a press release. “I would be distracted by the beauty of her long, sleek muscular structure, her sweet ears and her really long nose. I often would take breaks and snuggle with her on the floor burying my face in her side.”

Palm Harbor artist Joyce Curvin uses new and recycled materials such as plastic bottles, cardboard, newspaper, scrap wood and leather, old toys, guitar strings, wires and layers of paint to create zany creatures that have attitude and spunk.

Rosemary Lutz from St. Petersburg is showing whimsical ceramic sculptures, such as “Happiest Cat” and glass-beaded necklaces of cats.

Nationally renowned artist Elizabeth St. Hilaire from Longwood entered the show with two determined-looking bulldogs that she created with a colorful collage technique.

“Woof, Meow, Chirp and Slither” is a perfect exhibition for the summer which is family friendly with fun and educational events for both art and pet lovers.

For information, including a schedule of related programing, visit www.FloridaCraftArt.org or call 727-821-7391. Admission is free. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Central Park Performing Arts Center to welcome The Smithereens

LARGO — The Smithereens with special guest vocalist Marshall Crenshaw will perform Friday, Aug. 9, 8 p.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo.

Tickets start at $29.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.

Founded in New Jersey in 1980, the Smithereens have been creating electrifying, original rock and roll for 39 years. Current members include Jim Babjak on guitar, Dennis Diken on drums, and Mike Mesaros on bass. After original lead singer Pat DiNizio passed away in 2017, the surviving members decided to persevere and carry on their shared musical legacy. On this tour, their guest vocalist is Marshall Crenshaw.