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Ruth Eckerd Hall Adds Shows to Lineup

CLEARWATER – Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theater recently added several new shows to their schedule of events.

Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com for details. Ruth Eckerd Hall is located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. The Bilheimer Capitol Theater is located at 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater.

Below is a list of newly added performances at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

• Billy Currington on September 9th.

• “Blue’s Clues and you! Live” on September 30th.

• The Gipsy Kings on November 11th.

• Dave Koz and Friends: 25th Anniversary Christmas Tour on November 30th.

• Engelbert Humperdinck Christmas on December 3rd.

• Kenny Loggins on December 13th.

• Bowzer’s Holiday Rock ‘N’ Roll Party on December 17th

• Celtic Angels Christmas on December 22nd.

• A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens on December 23rd.

• Greetings to Vienna on December 31st.

• Steve Miller Band on March 23rd.

Below is a list of newly added performances at the Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre.

• Victor Wooten with Steve Bailey and Derico Watson on October 9th.

• Eric Gales at the Capitol Theater on December 8th.

• Herb Alpert and Lani Hall on December 3 at the Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre.

• The Outlaws on December 9th and 10th at the Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre.

• Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Holiday Show on December 14 at the Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre.

• A Rockapella Christmas on December 16 at the Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre.

• Mindi Abair on December 17th at the Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre.

Atelier de SoSi announces new show

ST. PETERSBURG – An opening reception for the exhibition, An Artful Home at Atelier, will be held on Friday, August 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Atelier de SoSi, 2380 Sixth Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

The focus of this exhibition is to show that art can be both functional and beautiful. The gallery space of the Atelier de SoSi is converted into a living space. The show revolves around functional art, such as handmade table settings, glassware, lighting, textiles, furniture and more. The space will also feature unique paintings, sculptures and a range of other unique pieces.

Exhibition organizers want to show the viewer that works of art come in all shapes, sizes and functionality.

The exhibition runs from August 12th to September 22nd. Opening hours of the gallery are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m

Pinella’s Park Civic Orchestra to perform

PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park Civic Orchestra string section will perform Monday, July 25 at 7 p.m. at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N., Pinellas Park, give a concert.

The featured soloist is the cellist George Alexander playing the Concerto No. 6 in D major by L. Boccherini. Alexander holds a master’s degree in cello performance from the University of South Florida. The strings – including violins, violas, cellos and basses – play other music by Mozart, Haydn and Tailleferre.

The concert is free. Donations are welcome.

Visit pinellasparkcivicorchestra.org for more information.

SPO organizes castings

ST. PETERSBURG – The St. Petersburg Opera and the Florida Boy Choirs are hosting an open audition for the youth choir in Puccini’s “Tosca” and for Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors” to be performed during the 2022-2023 season of the St. Petersburg Opera.

Auditions are on Wednesday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Opera Central, 2145 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

This is an opportunity for young male singers – aged 8 to 14 with an unaltered voice – to perform with the St. Petersburg Opera. All levels of experience are welcome. There is no music to prepare, and no prior vocal training is required.

Performance dates for “Tosca” are October 14th to 18th. The performance dates for “Amahl and the Night Visitors” are December 15-22. For more information email chormaster@floridaboychoirs.com.

Founded in 2007 by Maestro Mark Sforzini, the St. Petersburg Opera Company’s mission is to enrich the cultural lives of residents and visitors to the Tampa Bay area by presenting fully staged professional opera productions of the highest quality and making opera accessible to all Outreach, educational initiatives and collaboration with other arts organizations.

Creative Pinellas announces the 2023 Emerging Artist Grant

LARGO – Creative Pinellas recently announced their 2023 Emerging Artist Grant. Open to applicants from July 11th to September 6th, these awards aim to support artists who are at the beginning of their careers, are growing rapidly as artists and are in an important moment when these grants make a special difference would have a major impact on her development as a professional artist.

“This is a particularly significant grant to Creative Pinellas and the arts community,” said Barbara St. Clair, CEO of Creative Pinellas. “By providing financial support, mentoring and the opportunity for an exhibition or performance, we empower individual artists and invest in their future. Through these Emerging Artist Grants, we have been able to, and will continue to work to provide space, resources and recognition to artists and communities that may not have had such access in the past.”

Emerging artists are defined as those who demonstrate excellence in their work, are recognized for their work by their peers and the community at large, and still have some way to go on their path to recognition as professional artists. For example, the aspiring visual artist may have shown some work but is still building a strong record of exhibition history, awards and commissions, or receive income derived solely from the sale and/or production and performance of their work.

The Emerging Artist Grant program, now in its sixth year, selects up to ten artists for the annual program. Each artist will receive a financial stipend of $2,000, a professional artist mentor specially selected for them to work personally with them during the bursary period, and be part of the Emerging Artist group show sponsored each year by Creative Pinellas. Artists are selected by a panel of artists and curators based on their work, vision for the future, and commitment to display or perform their work for the benefit of Pinellas County residents and visitors. Original works are funded in the disciplines of choreography, literature, media art, music composition, theatre/music theatre, visual arts and interdisciplinary art.

“Receiving the Emerging Artist Grant has changed my life. A dedicated time frame, a wonderful mentor, the Creative Pinellas team and the connection to other grantees have nurtured my creativity through a network like no other before,” said Heather Rippert, Emerging Artist 2022 grantee. “It’s like having the Given permission to be the artist I always wanted to be.”

Program policies and eligibility details, grant FAQs, and online application will be available at creativepinellas.org/emergingartists from July 11, 2022 at 12:00 PM to September 6, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST. Grant recipients will be selected on or about October 8, 2022. Creative Pinellas will work to match the grantee with an artistic mentor to guide the grantee through their development as a professional artist. They have several months to create new work, culminating in an exhibition in the gallery at Creative Pinellas, tentatively planned for Spring 2023, as well as a virtual gallery exhibition.

During the funding period, the scholarship holders will give interested visitors an insight into their creative processes via blogs on creativepinellas.org. Past award winners have written about current projects, critiques of work in progress, reflections on life as an artist, and more.

For more information about Creative Pinellas, its programs and activities, visit creativepinellas.org.

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