CANCELLED due to COVID-19 CONCERNS
As excited as we all are every year, this international pandemic puts many of the artists and their homes at risk, as well as those patrons who put this event on their calendars each year in eager support. We look forward to regrouping and replanning in the fall of 2021. We will be sharing this year’s artists contact information and encourage you to support them through online contact, virtual tours, and local galleries who house their work.
THE 26th ANNUAL STUDIO WALTZ – FREE TOUR OF THE ARTS
Local Artists –
The Art Waltz is limited to local artists with home studios who are open to sharing what they do with the general public. This is not a gallery exhibit.
11 Artists – 8 Stops
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Daily: 10. a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday ONLY – This is ONCE a YEAR Folks
Come see the artists in their studios!
On Display Now
Hot Waltz Spots
Acrylic on Nature
Nancy has been a professional artist for over 25 years. Her background also includes a degree in education from Barry University and years of teaching young children.
Nancy worked with various mediums before deciding that acrylic painting was what she most enjoyed. Nancy’s commitment to look beyond the traditional lead her to use products from nature as her canvas, palm frond boots and stones; thereby integrating sustainable materials into her work to create unique 3D art.
Nancy is an active member the Creative Artists Guild and the Professional Association of Visual Artists (PAVA). She currently serves as a PAVA Board member. Her work is represented in numerous art galleries in the Tampa Bay area as well as in many private collections both in the USA and internationally.
Wildlife and Nature Photography
After retiring from a career as a financial executive, Bill began photographing wildlife as a hobby. His interest in photography grew and he decided to invest the necessary time and energy to become a skilled wildlife art photographer. He has visited wildlife sanctuaries and parks across the U.S. and invested untold hours waiting for the perfect shot, thereby accumulating a portfolio of unique photographic images. He observes the creatures that he photographs with a keen understanding of their behavior so that the quintessence of each is revealed in his photos.
Bill currently exhibits his wildlife photos in Tampa Bay art galleries as well as various other venues. He has frequently won awards for his work and his photographs were selected as winning entries by the Tampa Bay Magazine’s photography contest in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
Lampworking – Beads & Glass
In 1995, after years of collecting beads from all over the country, Connie Parkinson finally made the leap and took her first beadmaking class from a local lamp worker in the Tampa Bay area. From the very first bead, she knew that she had found her true passion: “lampworking” or the art of melting and manipulating glass in a flame.
Connie makes her creations at home in her own personal glass studio and prides herself on never mass-producing her inventories. She sells her work in galleries and specialty stores and participates in juried art shows around the State.
“Lampworking” is the art of melting and manipulating glass in a flame. The glass is wound around a steel welding rod (called a mandrel). When the bead is complete, it is annealed in a kiln, and when cooled is removed from the mandrel, cleaned, and made into jewelry.
David is constantly amazed by the beauty and order of nature. His curiosity and sense of wonder has been fueled by a degree in environmental biology and extensive travel on assignment. He sees our world as a giant collage made up of unlimited small elements. His work ranges from large-scale panoramic landscapes to detailed macro views. Sometimes looking at the “whole scene” and other times studying the geometry and colors found in the details.
Ever evolving, his photographic career has journeyed from the world of corporate clients and international picture agencies to creating murals and artwork from his personal image collection.
Through his photography he hopes to encourage others to explore “our world”, enjoy it, preserve it, and to be more diligent in making balanced choices concerning our natural environment and historical landmarks.
Photographer & Palm Frond Art
Mikell Herrick is a self-taught photographer who takes most of her pictures right in her backyard, on the shore of Lake Rhonda, with a focus on the many birds that visit her every day. Sharing her images through a wide variety of prints and note cards, you can expect to see intimate views of wildlife, beautiful scenes from the natural world around us, and even the amusing antics of her cat Cisco. After retiring to Dunedin in 2014, she also took up painting Palm fronds and seed pods, recycling this native “yard waste” into a variety of colourful & whimsical fish and masks, becoming iconic Florida art.
Acrylic & Mixed Media Artist
Evelyn is fascinated by the collective experiences and stories that weave through the human experience. As a storyteller, she often plays with concepts of self-awareness, evolution and exposure, sensuality, vulnerability, and whimsy. Her work exhibits similar narratives, providing windows to her own sense of self in order to connect to the rest of the world.
Her current body of work utilizes acrylic, ink, paper, stencils and collage to create texture and contrast. She is known for working in bold, vibrant colors, often blending directly on the canvas, sometimes pushing, washing, or dripping medium, or pollinating brushes with different paint colors.
Dunedin Mosaic House
Carol’s life revolves around art, so much so that her Dunedin, Florida residence has, in itself, become an enormous ongoing work of art that is now a year-round tourist attraction that hosts the area’s annual Studio Waltz and open house sale. Working primarily in mosaic, fiber and painting, the interior and exterior walls of the house are a sight to behold, not to mention the home’s cabinetry, closets, and other such fixtures. In 2013, she and her husband, artist Blake White, were commissioned to create and install a large mosaic mural for the Tampa Aquarium. In stating “Art is for everybody,” Ms. Sackman goes on to say, “It’s up to you. There are no more parent rules. Do what pleases you; what makes you happy.”
Dunedin Mosaic House
See Blake’s incredible mosaic covered studio, walls & floor & his 25’ long mosaic wall. He has evolved from painting walls to telling detailed stories of life, myths & his fantasies in the mosaics & other work he creates. He works with tile, glass, found & discarded objects & broken china that friends leave for him. Blake is a self taught artist who has always been fascinated with mosaic & glass & has found satisfaction in the work he created with these materials. He says that his wife Carol’s artwork has inspired him to pursue his own exciting work. Blake, Carol & their 5 cats live in a brightly covered mosaic covered house on a large pond in Dunedin, Florida
Plein Air – Nature
Jenna is a passionate painter of nature and is happiest when outside painting (known as painting en plein air). She is fascinated with the natural world and inspired by the beauty of the landscape. She is very much affected by the quality of light and tries to record the way it makes her feel.
Jenna has been painting most of her life. “I need to paint!” she reports. Each painting is a learning process and a journey for Jenna. Sometimes she feels she is just starting to figure things out and sometimes she thinks she will never really get it. And sometimes, according to Jenna, a painting just flows and everything comes together almost without effort. Those are the zen moments she is hoping for. The rest of the time she is determined to enjoy the journey.
Being a painter at heart, Pam respects the technical part of weaving but uses dyeing to provide spontaneity to her craft. She hand-dyes most of her warps. Being a spinner in spirit, she dyes and sells natural fiber yarns and supports US mills and those small farms that now spin their own fibers. Being a weaver, she enjoys imagining the structure of her next project, drafting the design and making calculations before approaching the loom. When she finally weaves, the rhythm of the beater and the lifting of threads is her meditation. The power from her body, structure in her head, materials from her hands and color from her heart all come together to build order from chaos, fabric from miles of yarns, and sense a joy from hard work.
Watercolor with a focus on eyes
Retired since 2012 from a medical practice in Clearwater, Florida, Debra is now a full time artist concentrating on watercolor. Her default is always animals, both domestic and wild, but she also enjoys portrait and figure, landscape and still life. She is a member of PAVA and DFAC where she serves on the board of directors and is on the teaching faculty. Her work has been shown in the Tampa Bay area, including Florida Watercolor Society, Cool and 2 Cool art shows, Ruth Eckerd Performing Arts, Leepa Ratner, Honeymoon Nature Center, Stirling Art and the Marietta Museum of Art and Whimsy. In 2017, she became a Signature Member of the Florida Watercolor Society.
The 26TH Annual Studio Waltz
Free Tour of the Arts
Take the opportunity to visit and talk with eleven well established local artists at eight exciting studio locations in Dunedin and Palm Harbor.
Saturday, October 24th, this free event allows you to meet artists from varying disciplines who will talk with you about their creative process, allow you to view work in progress, and enjoy home studio exhibits. They will have reasonably priced, original works from ceramics to jewelry, paintings, photographs, handwoven textiles and whimsical sculptures available for your holiday shopping.
There is something for everyone from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with some light refreshments at various stops. A clear, easy to follow map is available to download.
Each artist is well established in their art and many teach locally at art centers and colleges. Nancy Lauby  will show her sculptural palm frond art with a dramatic presentation of multiple birds and animals. Nancy’s husband, William Lauby , will have his photography available. Connie Parkinson’s  passion is the creation of glass jewelry from beads she kilns herself. David Lawrence’s  photography focuses on the wilderness and natural beauty found in local and non local settings. Mikell Herrick’s  focus is on wildlife and scenic vistas. Evelyn Dufner’s  intuitive style of painting depicts vibrant views of our world. Carol Sackman and Blake White’s  home/studio is a unique mosaic covered house with antique buttoned jewelry, mosaic objects, paintings and fiber art. Jenna Star Friedman  is a painter of nature in varying mediums who will be painting on the lake on Alamo Drive. Pam Pawl brings fiber art alive to its highest level with wearable, hand dyed fabrics. Debra Thomas-Weible’s  love is painting animals in watercolor with a sharp focus on their beautiful eyes.
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