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Monday, January 19, 2015
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The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance celebrates artistic inspiration and pays tribute to five members of the arts community during the 2015 MUSE Awards Jan. 30 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE. The event starts at 7 pm and tickets are available at the organization's website, stpeteartsalliance.org.
Those honored include LocalShops1 members American Stage Theatre Co., a regional professional equity theater; and Kris Radish, local author and co-owner of Wine Madonna.
American Stage, founded in 1977, receives the MUSE Performance Arts Award, which recognizes "an artist or organization that has achieved excellence in the performance art field to include music, dance, theater and/or interdisciplinary which is presented to an audience." In addition to its Mainstage Series in the Raymond James Theatre and the annual American Stage in the Park production each spring (save the date, May 9, for the LocalShops1-sponsored Buy Local Night in the Park), programming includes After Hours Series and classes for youth, teens and adults.
In addition to running Wine Madonna with co-owner Madonna Metcalf, Kris Radish is a bestselling author of nine novels and three works of non-fiction. She is honored with the MUSE Literary Arts Award, which recognizes "an artist or organization that has achieved excellence in the written word in fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose, print or digital formats." A former working journalist, editor, university lecturer, bureau chief, nationally syndicated columnist, magazine writer, worm picker, and lifeguard-to name but a few of her past experiences, Her next novel, The Year of Necessary Lies, a historical fiction blockbuster set in Florida, will be released in September.
Three other awards also will be presented Jan. 30:
MUSE Visual Arts Award
An electrical engineer-turned-fine artist, Carrie Jadus' work can be seen in galleries and private collections all over the world. From the second floor of Softwater Studios in the Warehouse Arts District, she puts brush to canvas to produce works ranging from stunning commissioned portraits to imaginative posters for Movies in the Park. Her painting of sculptor Mark Aeling’s hands was the inspiration for this year’s MUSE poster.
MUSE Arts Ambassador Award
Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse are visual artists working collaboratively producing paintings, prints, and large-scale site-appropriate architectural sculpture. Museums, private collectors, commercial developers, and state and local governments commission their work. They are currently working on a private commission for the lobby of the new Gateway Plaza Building in downtown Richmond, Virginia, which includes a 72-foot long mosaic and a 43-foot long glass and stainless steel walk-through sculpture. In addition, they are entering the design phase for St. Petersburg’s Central Avenue Project creating an illuminated Avenue of the Arts with on-going engagement.
MUSE Patron of the Arts Award
Al May, retired bank executive and St. Petersburg native, loves American Stage Theatre Company, freeFall Theatre, St. Pete Opera, the Florida Orchestra and Studio @620. He serves on the boards of St. Pete Opera and the Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College.
MUSE nominees were solicited from the public and a committee of local artists, former MUSE Award winners, local museum, gallery and arts nonprofit leaders, and members of the Arts Alliance Board and the Arts Advisory Committee selected the winners.
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