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Florida CraftArt presents: Artists’ Workbench Demonstrative Exhibition

Florida CraftArt presents: Artists’ Workbench Demonstrative Exhibition

Sixteen Tampa Bay region artists will set up their workbench and studios at Florida CraftArt for the Artists’ Workbench exhibition. They will demonstrate how they create fine craft from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each week visitors can watch artists working and their work will be on display and for sale in the gallery.


“This exhibition was conceived by Perry Everett who is a longtime Florida CraftArt member and collector,” says Katie Deits, FCA Executive Director. “Education is part of our mission and there is no better way to learn about fine craft than by watching an artist at work. Visitors can watch the progress of the artists’ projects every day and see the final results on the final demonstration day each week.”


“Participating artists have been hand selected to exemplify every medium of fine craft we carry in the gallery,” says Gallery Manager Julia Collver. “Having an audience will be a great learning experience for everyone involved, where the artists get to teach their craft and share their passion in a professional and relatable way. The audience can ask questions while having a firsthand experience in learning about the work it takes to complete a work of art. It’s a great way to get to know the artists.”


Mark your calendar for artists demonstrations:

August 19 – 22: Janna Kennedy (Mixed Media)

August 23 – 27: Nick Reale (Wood)

August 30: Susan Lumsden (Fiber)

August 31: Elizabeth Neily (Fiber)

September 1: Elizabeth Neily (Fiber)

September 2: Angie Knowles (Fiber)

September 3: Karen Kozak (Polymer Clay Jewelry

September 6-10: Joyce Curvin (Sculpture)

September 13-17: Shelly Reale (Ceramic Sculpture)

September 20, 21: Richard Avery (Ceramics on wheel)

September 22: Sue Shapiro (Ceramics, handbuilt)

September 23: Tyler Jones (Ceramics on wheel)

September 24: Kimberli Cummings (Ceramics)

September 27-30: Michael Baker (Glass)

October 1: Matthew Szidik (Glass)

October 4-8: Laurie Landry (Mosaic)

October 11-15: Eric Folsom (Metal)

October 15, 4 p.m. Meet the all the artists at the closing reception.


Artists’ Workbench will be on exhibit with artists demonstrating their techniques from August 19 to October 15, 2022. It is made possible by a sponsorship from Perry and Lisa Everett, along with Kathryn Howd and Edward Rucks, Duncan McClellan, David and Becky Ramsey, Don Strobel, City of St. Petersburg, and Florida Department of State Division of Arts and Culture. 


Florida CraftArt is located at 501 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit or call (727) 821-7391. Florida CraftArt is a nonprofit organization founded in 1951 and headquartered in St. Petersburg. Its mission is to grow the statewide creative economy by engaging the community and advancing Florida’s fine craft artists and their work. Fine craft art is presented in its 2,500-square-foot Florida Artist Gallery and curated exhibitions are featured in its adjacent Exhibition Gallery. Florida CraftArt is the only statewide organization offering artists a platform to show and sell their work.



CUTLINES (More images of work available on request.) 


  1. FCA-Janna Kennedy Artists WorkbenchKenwood artist Janna Kennedy creates outrageous sculptures from gourds and recycled objects and will demonstrate from August 19-22. (Photo by Tracy Kennard)
  2. FCA Kimberli Cummings at wheel Artists Workbench

Kimberli Cummings of Tampa will be throwing on the wheel and glazing her ceramics on September 24 at Florida CraftArt. (Photo by Lori Ballad)


  1. FCA- Mike Baker stained glass Artists Workbench

People can watch Mike Baker of St. Petersburg create stained glass pieces from start to finish from September 27-30. (Photo by Katie Deits)

  1. FCA-Joyce Curvin Artists Work

Joyce Curvin of Palm Harbor creates quirky, fun animals with recycled items and papier mâché. She will be demonstrating from September 6-10. (Photo by David Ramsey)


  1. FCA-Karen Kozak-Studio

Karen Kozak of Gulfport fashions colorful jewelry from polymer clay. Watch her process on September 3. (Photo by Elizabeth Neily)


  1. FCA-Tyler Jones throwing pottery Artists Workbench
    Florida CraftArt’s Board Chair Tyler Jones is also a potter. Watch him throw clay on the wheel on September 23.








Katie Deits (she, her)

Executive Director

Florida CraftArt

501 Central Avenue

St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Office: (727) 821-7391 Cell: (561) 351-7904   


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