Beautiful weather, great music, craft beer, a family area, a painting horse and – especially – fantastic folk art brought hundreds of people to Folkfest St. Pete November 5 and 6 along the 1100 block of Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg. The event, now in its 10th year, benefits Creative Clay, located at 1114 Central Avenue, which has made the arts accessible to all in the Tampa Bay area since 1995. The organization now has seven different arts programs to serve various populations that have traditionally been marginalized. Creative Clay students, teachers and guest artists displayed their work along the street across from a large stage that featured 14 different musical performances.
“The most beautiful thing is you have folk artists from all over the Southeast alongside our artists from Creative Clay. It elevates and validates the work our artists are doing,” says Kim Dohrman, executive director of Creative Clay.
Fifty percent of all sales go to the artist and fifty percent go back to Creative Clay programs.
Dolores Murawski, who started at Creative Clay as a student and is now a teacher and ambassador, says the program has really helped her.
“That I can express myself and not be judged is the best part,” she said. “I can make my own choices about what I’m going to design, paint or draw, and everybody accepts me.”