St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk is a free, monthly event. June's ArtWalk begins an hour earlier, at 4 p.m. Galleries, studios, and some area museums will keep their doors open until 9 p.m. Some venues will be open later. The ArtWalk encompasses the Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, the Edge District, Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District. Cimino Gallery is the first venue in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Business District to participate in the event.
Cimino Gallery owner Justen Cimino hopes opening his doors for the ArtWalk will encourage ArtWalkers to come to the Dr. MLK, Jr. Business District. "The ArtWalk is encompassing a greater area as time goes by. The Dr. MLK, Jr. Business District is great for exploring for all the unique shops — like antique and used furniture and books shops, historic bars, and restaurants."
At Cimino Gallery, photographer Phil Celli's, artist Marc Mullin's, and jewelry makers Becky Jamin's and Liz Gemelas' work will be on display.
Phil Celli is a local freelance photographer and videographer with over twenty years experience in network news and sports videography. He uses a still camera to capture the moment for personal purposes. His photograph "Lift Off" — a launch at Kennedy Space Center — is on display at the Gallery.
Marc Mullin recently relocated from Seattle to the Tampa Bay area. Marc uses metal and glass as his primary media. His technical experience includes forging, sculptural welding, glass blowing, lamp working, mixed media, and paint. His recent interest has been the exploration of two-dimensional work with metal.
Becky Jamin is a local artist who specializes in handmade jewelry. She also does mixed media, collage, and life casts. Some of Becky's pieces have gears, clockwork, and gemstones worked in a steampunk style.
Originally from Canada, Liz Gamelas has lived in Pinellas County for nearly three decades. Her gemstone bracelets are often used for spiritual/therapy purposes. Among other gemstones, Liz works with coral, jade, lapis, obsidian, moonstone, and amethyst. Liz does custom designs, including smaller-sized bracelets for children.
A good starting point for the ArtWalk is in the Grand Central District's roundabout at 10th Street and Central Avenue. Here, ArtWalkers can hop on a shuttle and venture into the Warehouse Arts District. For $.50 the Central Avenue Trolley will take ArtWalkers to galleries on or near Central Avenue. Free parking is available at several locations. Go to http://www.artsstpete.org for a map of the ArtWalk, including parking areas. Click on the events tab.
Cimino Gallery and Custom Picture Framing is located at 2511 Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Street North. The website is http://www.CiminoGallery.com