City Galleries

City Galleries Application
Artists who are interested in having their work displayed in a City Gallery should fill out the application (PDF).
Joan Marsh

Currently On Exhibit at The Library - Joan Marsh

Joan Marsh is a practicing Florida artist and the recipient of various awards and honors. She has created art her entire life. Her art is in corporate and personal collections. Her two Hillsborough County Teacher Incentive Grants, before she retired, afforded the opportunity to experience Plein Air painting and the mountains which changed the direction of her art. When I first started painting en Plein Air I would crave the outdoors. Waking up before the alarm clock with bug spay, easel, canvas, paints and sunscreen heading out before the unbearable heat of Florida.

She has exhibited in *juried, group and solo shows. Some of the exhibitions included: *Art Uptown Gallery in Sarasota, Octagon Gallery in Clearwater, Carrolwood Village Community Garden Plein Air Paint Out, Pinellas County City Hall, Kahwa Coffee Shop Tampa Solo Show, Bamboozle Cafe HAEA show, Pinellas Park Art Society (2nd best of show), Bamboozle Tea Lounge Solo Show, Tampa Museum of Art HAEA, Energy Mutual Insurance Solo Show, Excellence 100 at Carrolwood Cultural Center, Lynn Merhige Gallery solo show, Williams Park Art Mart, *Suntan Art Society St. Petersburg Beach, Mirror Lake Library en Plein Air exhibited St. Petersburg City Hall, *Center Place Fine Art and Civic Center, *Beaux Art Gallery in Riverview, Great Art and Frame West Chase, Safety Harbor Public Library, Charles J. Fendig Library Tampa, Tampa Regional Artists Tampa, and University of South Florida in Tampa.

Joan Marsh now resides in St. Petersburg, Florida and is originally from the Buffalo, New York area. She had taught elementary art in the largest district in Florida for over 16 years and received her degree from the University of South Florida. Now retired from teaching elementary art she is a full time practicing artist.

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brian feist

Currently on Exhibit at City Hall - Brian Feist

“By the grace of God and with roots from a sign painter grandfather and artistic father, I was born to draw and paint.
Watercolor is my medium of choice with Winslow Homer being my artistic idol. I graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1977, worked as a studio artist designing art for all kinds of plastic containers, numerous freelance art jobs, many watercolor commissions and I even had my own sign painting business.
I love skies, clouds, boats and people and a special love for lighthouses. I am always visualizing how to put subjects together harmoniously using my watercolor palette and using contrast and dramatic color to achieve results. Yes, painting is my passion!”

Brian's Website

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Currently on Exhibit at the Museum - Ben Cardoso

Ben Cardoso is an International, Cuban-American artist who cannot remember a time when art was not an important part of his life. Recently retired from an executive position at The Coca-Cola Company, he is currently pursuing his passion, painting, on a full-time basis in Safety Harbor, Florida where he currently resides.

In 1961, shortly after the Bay of Pigs invasion at the age of ten, Ben and his parents moved to the United States from Habana, Cuba leaving behind family and their life style to start fresh in their new home. They landed at the Miami airport with one suitcase each and began their assimilation in a new culture and language. Shortly after arriving, Ben was given a metal box which contained a starter painting kit. He didn’t know then that the contents of the metal box would become a means to express the turmoil and confusion he was experiencing and would influence the rest of his life.

It is evident in Ben’s work that the environments and cultures which surrounded him strongly influence the vibrancy of his paintings and subject matter. His body of work encapsulates his Cuban heritage, the Tribal villages and majestic beauty of Africa, the vivacious colors, flavors and textures of Mexico and South America, contrasting with the tranquility and beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where he owns a summer home and natural beauty of the Tampa Bay area.

His paintings are described as colorful and daring often playfully flirting with modestly risqué subject matters. A fellow artist reflecting on his paintings commented that they all tell a story. This captures the interest of the viewers which allures them to keep coming back.

Ben's Website

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More Information
For more information about the City Galleries, email Christine McWilliams or call 727-724-1562 ext. 1504.