THE 27th “Spring Break” 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.
10 Artists – 8 Stops
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Daily: 10 am — 4 pm — Saturday ONLY
2022 Dates: March 26th & November 12th
Unique opportunity to see Artists in their Studios!
March 26th Artists
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. 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 have 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 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 the squirrels and cats that call her place home. 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 colorful & whimsical fish and masks, to become iconic Florida art.
Whimsical Watercolor & Acrylic Artist
Essie is a local watercolor and acrylic artist who loves sharing her passion for art with everyone. Her “garage studio” layout is a direct reflection of this, designed to give an open air experience that infuses joy and happiness with each encounter. Every painted character has a unique personality brimming with delight. Her art is inspired by the nature around her and the world. Several of her painted birds are of the little feathered friends who frequently visit her front yard garden, some even inspired by her neighbor- Mikell Herrick’s nature photography. You can expect to find a variety of artwork in Essie’s studio : originals, prints, cards , magnets and much more including locally inspired work! In addition to painting animals Essie also creates wooden coastal milage signs.
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
Collage Visual Artist
Born a visual artist and raised by an amazing teacher, Bryan’s artistic direction translated into a successful graphic design career. Having spent years as a graphic designer and branding consultant, his main focus has shifted to helping others find achieve successful goals and develop personal skills. As a Transformational Guide, he enjoys helping clients establish a mind-body connection to get them back to crafting a vibrant life.
As an artist he thrives on sharing his work connect others to the creative process and the importance of everyone having a creative practice.
He is hopeful that the future impact of his work is the understanding that to express yourself creativity is a responsibility of being human.
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The 27th "Spring Break" Studio Waltz
Free Tour of the Arts
Take the opportunity to visit and talk with nine (10) well-established local artists at seven (8) exciting studio locations in Dunedin and Palm Harbor.
Saturday, March 26th, 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, mosaics, collage, and whimsical sculptures, all available.
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.
Introducing the 2022 Artist lineup! We are excited that we can open our studios again with some precautions. Many of our artists would appreciate if you remain considerate of others and wear a mask in tighter areas. If you are vaccinated we hope you will still use good judgment. Our artists are 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.
- William Lauby , will have his photography prints 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 on fronds and in photography.
- Essie Bergen‘s  Whimsical watercolors with delightful creatures from sea-side living
- Evelyn Dufner’s  intuitive style of painting depicts vibrant, abstract perspectives 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.
- Bryan Voliton‘s visually rivoting collage work based in his Graphic Design work
Introducing the 2021 Artist line up! We are excited that we can open our studios again with some precautions. Many of our artists would appreciate if you remain considerate of others and wear a mask in tighter areas. If you are vaccinated we hope you will still use good judgement. Our artists are well established in their art and many teach locally at art centers and colleges.
Carol & Blake get a some attention from Dunedin Bike Tours as a stop on their Historic Bike Tour!
COVID-19 has had a huge impact on community and the many things we have loved to engage in each year. We are sorry to cancel this year’s Studio Waltz and hope to see you in 2021!