Cool Art Show returns to St. Petersburg Coliseum

A long-standing tradition on the St. Petersburg art scene is returning after a pandemic-induced hiatus. The Cool Art Show returns to the air-conditioned oasis of the Colosseum on July 24 and 25.

The show is presented by the artist-run non-profit association, the Professional Association of Visual Artists (PAVA), which was formed in 1988. Shortly after their formation, the idea of ​​having a indoor art exhibition similar to outdoor art festivals was born. After moving to various locations, the Cool Art Show moved to the Coliseum in 2005.

“PAVA is very excited to return to the Coliseum,” said Christina Paluszek-McClure, PAVA vice president and president of advertising / marketing, in an email. “The Cool Art Show is our flagship event and one that our artists and patrons look forward to every year. Not being able to have it last year has left a void in all of us, and our artists are so excited to be able to have it again this year to show and sell all the new artwork they’ve created. over the past year. “

To pivot during the pandemic, PAVA opened a gallery in Dunedin in September. The gallery, aptly named Cool Art Shop, showcases the work of its members.

Related: Opening of a new Cool Art gallery in Dunedin

This year’s jury exhibit features approximately 60 artists from Florida working in the fields of painting, wood, ceramics, photography, metal, glass, fiber, digital, mixed media and jewelry.

An old flame box vessel by artist John Mascoll, one of the artists exhibiting at the Cool Art Show at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg on July 24-25, 2021. [ RUDOLPH LOPEZ | Courtesy of PAVA ]

In preparation for the show, a preview exhibition is taking place July 7-17 at the Cool Art Shop (1240 County Road 1, Dunedin), with a reception on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. .14. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday.

If you are going to

Free entry and parking. 10 am-5pm July 24, 10 am-4pm July 25. 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg.