While art festivals have begun to regularly sprout up in St. Petersburg, none can boast the longevity of Mainsail. The show Saturday and Sunday at Vinoy Park (701 Bay Shore Drive NE ) will mark the juried festival's 42nd year showcasing the cream of the crop of local and national artists working in fine art and fine craft. It doesn't hurt that the artists consistently experience good sales at the show, evidenced in its ranking by Sunshine Artist Magazine as 19 out of 200 fine art festivals in the country, based on sales figures. The festival has maintained an ability to consistently attract quality artists and keep the bar high.
In addition to the art, Mainsail is a festival in every sense of the word, complete with live music, food vendors and activities. For the first time, local glass artist Duncan McClellan's DMG School Project will bring his mobile class lab to the show. There's an activity tent for kids, as well as the "Young at Art" juried showcase of work from Pinellas County school students. The music lineup includes the Jah Movement Reggae Band on Saturday, and Damon Fowler will close the show Sunday. Mainsail is free to attend, and a shuttle service will be available both days (schedule at stpetetrolley.com). mainsailart.org.
Here are three artists to watch at this year's Mainsail.
Brazilian-born Delgado creates her paintings by using a technique called impasto, in which she thickly applies heavy oil paints to canvas using palette knives and trowels. The technique, which Van Gogh employed, gives the painting a sense of energy, as if it's leaping from the canvas. Her motifs are reflective of her early life in Brazil: flowers, fruits and tropical scenes. Delgado studied art at the Ringling College of Art and Design and earned a master's degree in business at USF. After years working in the corporate world, she decided to follow her artistic passion, and now travels nationally and internationally sharing her art.
Coulter's contemporary, realistic paintings will make you do a double take when you learn they aren't photographs. What's more, they are achieved entirely by brush work, and contain absolutely no digital assistance in photography, projection nor airbrushing. He favors landscapes, but in some cases creates patterned backgrounds and overlays. He has a series in which trains are industrial interrupters of the majestic landscapes, even embellished with graffiti.
Peterson's metal and stone sculptures were born out of his experience working with marble, slate and granite. Once he learned to weld, he began repurposing found industrial metal objects and combining them with the natural rocks to create minimalist works of art. The juxtaposition of rustic metal and smooth river rocks in the sculpture pictured, for example, creates an elegant balance, but because it's all welded together, is not delicate. Peterson moved to Tampa Bay in 2001 from Green Bay, Wis.