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VENUS St. Pete

VENUS St. Pete Empowering through community + creative enrichment. VENUS is an incubator for conscious creative community facilitated by the nonprofit St. Pete Women's Collective, located in the Fringe District in colorful downtown St.

Petersburg, FL.

Operating as usual

01/24/2022

We laughed. We talked. We danced. We cried. We love you, St. Pete! 💛🧡💜 Last night was a whirlwind of cool art and good people. We were living in the moment and didn’t take photos, but here’s a view of where the night began. Sending forever gratitude to all who showed up and supported! ⭐️✨ See you real soon. 🛸🪐

LIVE T-shirt printing TONIGHT!Presented by @greaterpublicstudio designed in collab with @warmspellwitch. Bring your tees...
01/22/2022

LIVE T-shirt printing TONIGHT!
Presented by @greaterpublicstudio designed in collab with @warmspellwitch. Bring your tees & totes or use one of ours!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
$15/$10 byot

🛸✨TONIGHT ✨🛸We can’t believe the moment has arrived. Please join us from 4-9pm to say farewell, eat, shop, and dance at ...
01/22/2022

🛸✨TONIGHT ✨🛸

We can’t believe the moment has arrived. Please join us from 4-9pm to say farewell, eat, shop, and dance at Venus Retrograde.

Browse our library and take home lots of cool FREE books tomorrow during the Venus Retrograde farewell event! Saturday, ...
01/21/2022

Browse our library and take home lots of cool FREE books tomorrow during the Venus Retrograde farewell event! Saturday, Jan. 22 from 4 to 9pm. 📚📚📚

Word up! 🖼✨🎤 Our closing event Jan. 22 includes a salon-style gallery show of inspiring local art. ⭐️ PLUS:✅ all the goo...
01/19/2022

Word up! 🖼✨🎤 Our closing event Jan. 22 includes a salon-style gallery show of inspiring local art.

⭐️ PLUS:

✅ all the good vegan food from @blackradishgrocerstpete

✅ food truck love from @latinlunchbox

✅ tune patrol by @mikeblenda

✅ tarot and performance by @jennifer_cerutti_art

✅ LIVE SCREEN PRINTING of our Venus commemorative T-shirt 🛸

✅ and MORE!

⭐️ Masks required indoors.

⭐️ Free street parking on MLK, Burlington, or 1st Ave N.

Don’t miss this chance to support local creatives and say farewell to Venus!

❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🤎🖤

Happy New Year! May 2022 bring you a bounty of creative blessings. ✨
01/01/2022

Happy New Year! May 2022 bring you a bounty of creative blessings. ✨

Maggie Duffy of the Tampa Bay Times reports on our closing. Join us Jan. 22 to visit Venus and say farewell!
12/28/2021
Creative studio Venus St. Pete to close in January

Maggie Duffy of the Tampa Bay Times reports on our closing. Join us Jan. 22 to visit Venus and say farewell!

The studio space founded by the St. Pete Women’s Collective will close with an event Jan. 22.

Join us Jan. 22 from 4-9pm to celebrate five years of Venus and the St Pete Women’s Collective. Our final sidewalk sale ...
12/27/2021

Join us Jan. 22 from 4-9pm to celebrate five years of Venus and the St Pete Women’s Collective.

Our final sidewalk sale and gallery show features work by our studio artists and visiting vendors, live music, and much more.

Thank you for being a part of the Venus journey!

Visit Venus on Saturday 1.22.22 for our final sidewalk sale and gallery show, Venus Retrograde.
12/25/2021

Visit Venus on Saturday 1.22.22 for our final sidewalk sale and gallery show, Venus Retrograde.

All things have their season, and the season of Venus is coming to a close. It has truly been an incredible five years s...
12/20/2021

All things have their season, and the season of Venus is coming to a close.

It has truly been an incredible five years since we launched the St. Pete Women’s Collective and its studio locations. Founded in early 2017 by a group of 6 women (Ashley Sweet, Emily Stone, Jeanette St. Amour, Jodi Chemes, Mitzi Gordon and Tiffany Elliott), this volunteer-run, grassroots organization served its mission in many meaningful ways. Most notably, by providing affordable studio rentals to local creatives, and hosting more than 150 community-focused events aimed at celebrating and elevating St. Pete’s many makers, activists, movers and shakers.

We are filled with gratitude for all that was shared during that time: conversations and creations, exhibitions, gatherings, and so much more. We feel deeply fortunate to have held a conscious creative space in St. Petersburg with all the artists who collaborated at both our Kenwood bungalow and at Venus in DTSP. We appreciate all of the volunteers and visitors who became part of our community, and the businesses, nonprofits, curators and student groups with whom we partnered. This was truly a DIY labor of love.

Our course dramatically shifted when the pandemic arose, and as St. Pete continues to gentrify, we face rising costs on all goods and services. Our landlord has been a supportive partner throughout. But like many other local small businesses, the time has come for us to close our downtown doors.

Join us on Saturday, January 22, 2022 to celebrate five amazing years of Venus and the St. Pete Women's Collective! Venus Retrograde, our final sidewalk sale and gallery show, will be open to the public from 4 to 9 p.m. Mark your calendar and look for an event post this week.

To everyone in the Venus community: Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you for showing up, for speaking up, for sharing your light, for co-creating and energizing this 1,600-square-foot slice of magic. We love you.

Photos from Tee Sankey Designs's post
07/02/2021

Photos from Tee Sankey Designs's post

wow wow WOW ⚡️ Thank you for 👏 Showin’ Up 👏 from St. Pete and beyond for our first event in more than a year! ⭐️ Visitor...
06/12/2021

wow wow WOW ⚡️ Thank you for 👏 Showin’ Up 👏 from St. Pete and beyond for our first event in more than a year! ⭐️ Visitors, artists, vendors & volunteers together made this night so magical 🔮✨ Feeling deep gratitude and love for our creative community! 🧡 See you next time …

⭐️Hey St. Pete! ⭐️ Come join us on the block June 11. We’re having a party with@nicheartcollective @bodhi_basics @centra...
06/03/2021

⭐️Hey St. Pete! ⭐️

Come join us on the block June 11.

We’re having a party with
@nicheartcollective
@bodhi_basics
@centraloakbarberco_stpete
@mikeblenda
@warm.spell
+++ MORE

We can’t wait to see your smiling faces!

⚡️ Announcing our first live gallery show in more than a year! ⚡️Venus is hosting the curators of Niche Art Collective /...
05/14/2021

⚡️ Announcing our first live gallery show in more than a year! ⚡️

Venus is hosting the curators of Niche Art Collective / @nicheartcollective, who bring you this group exhibition honoring the feminine perspective, featuring 35+ artists working in paint, clay, photography, video, fiber, and other media.

Save the date for the >>>>>
⚡️ Opening Reception & Block Party
Friday, June 11 from 5 - 9pm
Vendors, food, fun & surprises w/ our neighbors on the block @bodhi_basics & @centraloakbarberco_stpete !!

More info on gallery hours and a virtual tour will be released next week.

Please note our current gallery capacity is six visitors at a time, and masks are required indoors at Venus. 😷✨ We love you, St. Pete!

Happy #TransDayofVisibility to all the transgender humans out there! We see you, and we celebrate you. 🏳️‍⚧️❤️🏳️‍⚧️
03/31/2021

Happy #TransDayofVisibility to all the transgender humans out there! We see you, and we celebrate you. 🏳️‍⚧️❤️🏳️‍⚧️

Call to artists! ✨ Venus is hosting an exhibition curated by @nicheartcollective this season, and Niche is now seeking s...
03/16/2021

Call to artists! ✨ Venus is hosting an exhibition curated by @nicheartcollective this season, and Niche is now seeking submissions of work by women-identifying artists. All media considered. Apply at nicheartcollective.com/submissions ✨

Venus has moved through many seasons of change during this pandemic. Probably the most significant has been our decision...
02/05/2021

Venus has moved through many seasons of change during this pandemic. Probably the most significant has been our decision to remain closed to the public for safety reasons. We stopped holding the events, gallery openings, fashion shows, concerts, and so many other kinds of gatherings that were a big part of how we connect. ✨But nature moves to fill each vacant space, and over time we’ve built new communities within our working studios, transforming event space into productive space for artistic explorations. We miss seeing more of you, but we are still here creating together. ✨ If you are an artist seeking studio space or other resources, please reach out!

⚡️AUCTION Today - IG only! (Dec 20) ⚡️12 noon to 5 pm ESTJoin us ⚡️on Instagram⚡️ at @venus.in.orbit at noon for an onli...
12/20/2020

⚡️AUCTION Today - IG only! (Dec 20) ⚡️
12 noon to 5 pm EST

Join us ⚡️on Instagram⚡️ at @venus.in.orbit at noon for an online auction supporting Venus studios.

These original watercolor paintings by Kara Voorhees Reynolds will be posted separately— Place your bids up until 5 pm for a chance to take home a lovely framed artwork, painted during Kara’s weekend residency at Venus!

Tune in on Sunday, Dec 20 between noon & 5pm EST for an Instagram auction benefiting Venus studios! ✨🐋✨Two paintings by ...
12/13/2020

Tune in on Sunday, Dec 20 between noon & 5pm EST for an Instagram auction benefiting Venus studios! ✨🐋✨Two paintings by artist Kara Voorhees Reynolds (@artbykaravoorhees) will be posted for bidding, only on Instagram >>> @venus.in.orbit

Each painting is framed and ready to hang!
Stay tuned for a peek into Kara’s creative process. #watercolorart

Beautiful night for a block party! Join us on the Fringe with @centraloakbarberco_stpete @bodhi_basics @oberryssucculent...
12/12/2020

Beautiful night for a block party! Join us on the Fringe with @centraloakbarberco_stpete @bodhi_basics @oberryssucculents @nahdogs_stpete @goldendinosaursvegandeli +++ many more friends! ✨🔮✨ Now until 8pm (at least) #fringedistrictstpete

** Fringe District Block Party! **Venus joins Central Oak Barber Co., Bodhi Basics, Planet Retro Records, and all our fr...
12/09/2020

** Fringe District Block Party! **

Venus joins Central Oak Barber Co., Bodhi Basics, Planet Retro Records, and all our friends on the block for a chill, socially-distanced celebration this Saturday!

Stop by for studio tours, local art, and much more ... Don't forget to wear your mask!

THIS SATURDAY!🔸OPEN HOUSE + FRINGE BLOCK PARTY🔸 12/12 5-8pm 🔸

Come join us for a special evening with friends!

Ps- Don’t forget your mask 😷

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11/07/2020
Kamala Harris makes history.

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ARTISTS: The Center For Artistic Activism is now accepting letters of interest for community-focused proposals addressin...
10/10/2020
Call for Proposals: Post-Election Extravaganza

ARTISTS: The Center For Artistic Activism is now accepting letters of interest for community-focused proposals addressing post-election scenarios. Deadline Oct 15, budget $5,000 max. Read more and apply:

The Center for Artistic Activism’s Unstoppable Voters Project is ensuring every vote is counted in the 2020 U.S. election. In the United States, our government is elected by us and for us. We…

Bidding on the watercolor mermaid, painted by artist Kara Voorhees Reynolds, ends in just a few minutes at 6:00pm EST! K...
10/04/2020

Bidding on the watercolor mermaid, painted by artist Kara Voorhees Reynolds, ends in just a few minutes at 6:00pm EST! Keep an eye out on our instagram to track bidding (@venus.in.orbit)

Proceeds benefit Venus and the nonprofit St. Pete Women's Collective.

Bidding just started on instagram (@venus.in.orbit) for this original watercolor mermaid painted by artist Kara Voorhees...
10/04/2020

Bidding just started on instagram (@venus.in.orbit) for this original watercolor mermaid painted by artist Kara Voorhees Reynolds during a weekend-long residency at Venus studios in St. Pete.

Its framed and ready to take home! Valued at $450, bidding begins at $45. Proceeds go towards helping us maintain affordable studio space for local artists, and begin a new short-term studio residency program for artists in need!

Tune in to >>> @venus.in.orbit on Instagram
09/24/2020
Art Auction 10/4/20

Tune in to >>> @venus.in.orbit on Instagram

Bid to purchase this original watercolor by artist Kara Voorhees, only on Venus IG @venus.in.orbit October 4! All proceeds benefit the St Pete Women’s Collec...

TUNE IN to our Instagram live stream to see artist Kara Voorhees work on these beautiful watercolor paintings today, thr...
08/23/2020

TUNE IN to our Instagram live stream to see artist Kara Voorhees work on these beautiful watercolor paintings today, through 3pm! 💚💚💚 Her work will be auctioned off next week to benefit the nonprofit St. Pete Women’s Collective.
Live video >>> https://www.instagram.com/venus.in.orbit/live/

Dive into the music of Mother Tongue and return to source. Multi-instrumentalist Sunya brings listeners on a sonic journ...
08/11/2020

Dive into the music of Mother Tongue and return to source. Multi-instrumentalist Sunya brings listeners on a sonic journey that weaves flute, synthesizer, percussion, and guitar into a fluid narrative.

This soulful creator is just one of the artists we're so proud to host at Venus studios! Find her videos and more at @mothertonguemusaic

I am so grateful for all of the people who believed in me, invited me into the stage, who told me that the music touched them, who supported me and gave me feedback I could grow from. People who showed me love.

I have had the choice to channel my creativity into many things, as I’ve stepped upon the healing path, music has revealed itself to me as a potent medicine, which I’ve totally immersed myself in. Leading me to learn a new instrument in the past 5 years, (the flute!)

I’ve spent a lot of my life trying to gain the respect and acceptance of some invisible person who is never satisfied. I was never “good enough” to pursue my secret dream of creating my own original music and sharing it in front of people..

As I started healing myself from the inside out, it became obvious this is exactly what I needed to do in order to reconnect with my inner muse, the divine feminine within us all.

Now I satisfy my soul, every day with music, good food, friends, and moments of playful joy, because she helped me remember I am already complete, and I am worthy of love. We all are!

#gratitude #stpetemusicians #putthemusebackinmusic #divinefeminine #musings #goddess #goddessenergy #mothertongue

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244 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N.
Saint Petersburg, FL
33705

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(727) 440-7807

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VENUS is facilitated by the nonprofit St. Pete Women's Collective, an organization dedicated to empowering women and allies of all gender identities through community and creative enrichment.

Our headquarters at 244 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N. in St. Petersburg features multiple artist studios, a community gallery, shared art supplies and a free-exchange library.

Contact us at [email protected] to learn more.

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Sad to see this happen to one of our 2019 ArtWalk venues that wasn't able to recover from the pandemic. Sending positive energy to VENUS St. Pete.
Only 6 spots left!!! Save your seat + get your tarot cards read by Emily for tomorrow's Mystic MUST wine + tarot event at Must Wine Loft DTSP from 6 - 8PM - Open for event ONLY + retail bottle sales, no public seating avail during event due to our size and COVID-precaution. *** ATTENTION: Learning To Flight is canceled this week and moved to next week at VENUS St. Pete for our Alps Pt 1: France & Switzerland wine & cheese pairing class! We will be open for regular service - no corkage fee - on Weds from 4 - 9PM! ***
While VENUS St. Pete is currently open by appointment only, you can take this virtual tour with artist Mitzi Jo Gordon on Curate St. Pete! Artist studios now feature independent creative locals, including a book artist, an animator, a musician and henna artist, a painter and printmaker, a fiber artist, a writer, and a stained glass artist. 727-440-7807 https://curatestpete.com/venus #curatestpete #stpetearts #stpete #stpetegalleries #stpeteartists #stpetestudios #stpeteartwalk #artwalkstpete #artwalk
While VENUS St. Pete is currently open by appointment only, you can take this virtual tour with artist Mitzi Jo Gordon on Curate St. Pete! Artist studios now feature independent creative locals, including a book artist, an animator, a musician and henna artist, a painter and printmaker, a fiber artist, a writer, and a stained glass artist. 727-440-7807 https://curatestpete.com/venus #curatestpete #stpetearts #stpete #stpetegalleries #stpeteartists #stpetestudios #stpeteartwalk #artwalkstpete #artwalk
While VENUS St. Pete is currently open by appointment only, you can take this virtual tour with artist Mitzi Jo Gordon on Curate St. Pete! Artist studios now feature independent creative locals, including a book artist, an animator, a musician and henna artist, a painter and printmaker, a fiber artist, a writer, and a stained glass artist. 727-440-7807 https://curatestpete.com/venus #curatestpete #stpetearts #stpete #stpetegalleries #stpeteartists #stpetestudios #stpeteartwalk #artwalkstpete #artwalk
Last shopping weekend before Christmas! 🛍️ Give the gift of art! 🎁 Here are several ideas, featuring some of our faves (some are appointment only): 🎨 Art Galleries & Studios 🎨 ✨ ARTicles Art Gallery & Custom Framing ✨ ArtsXchange St Pete ✨ Collectors Exchange ✨ Craftsman House Gallery ✨ Ekeko Gallery ✨ Graphi-ko Gallery/ Jewelry ✨ Grounded Gallery by Hao Penghe at The Factory St. Pete ✨ Lynn Merhige Gallery ✨ MIZE Gallery ✨ SHAPIRO'S Gallery ✨ Soft Water Studios ✨ St Pete ArtWorks ✨ The Art Lofts of St. Petersburg, FL ✨ VENUS St. Pete ✨ Woodfield Fine Art 🏺 Pottery 🏺 ✨ Charlie Parker Pottery ✨ Clay Center of St. Petersburg ✨ Morean Center for Clay ✨ The Muddy Walrus Pottery ✨ The Nature of Fire (at The Factory St. Pete) 🔥 Glass 🔥 ✨ Duncan McClellan Gallery ✨ Zen Glass Studio & Gallery 🎶 Music 🎶 Check out ✨ Seven C Music's gorgeous new space in the Warehouse Arts District for the musician on your list 🎁 Don't forget about our museums/art centers that have wonderful gift shops/gift items 🎁 ✨ Chihuly Collection ✨ Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum (museum is closed, but they're selling posters & T-shirts of the Black Lives Matter Street Mural online) ✨ Florida Holocaust Museum ✨ Imagine Museum ✨ Morean Arts Center ✨ Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida (one of THE best gift shops in our city!) ✨ The Dalí Museum ✨ The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art 🛍️ Markets Today/Tomorrow 🛍️ ✨ Saturday Morning Market from 9 am - 2 pm (last chance to shop the Market before Christmas) ✨ St. Pete Pier Marketplace - look for: ✨ Planks ✨ Sunshine City Arts ✨ The Merchant - St. Pete's kiosk (their shop on The 600 Block of St. Petersburg is a one-stop-shop for locally-made items) ✨ Uptown Market (9 am - 2 pm) - including Frank Strunk III: www.facebook.com/events/700328207151507 👉 Please do all you can to help Keep Saint Petersburg Local (not just) this holiday season. Our local businesses, including our artists, need our support *right now* more than ever! 💪👈
While VENUS St. Pete is currently open by appointment only, you can take this virtual tour with artist Mitzi Jo Gordon on Curate St. Pete! Artist studios now feature independent creative locals, including a book artist, an animator, a musician and henna artist, a painter and printmaker, a fiber artist, a writer, and a stained glass artist. 727-440-7807 https://curatestpete.com/venus #curatestpete #stpetearts #stpete #stpetegalleries #stpeteartists #stpetestudios #stpeteartwalk #artwalkstpete #artwalk
While VENUS St. Pete is currently open by appointment only, you can take this virtual tour with artist Mitzi Jo Gordon on Curate St. Pete! Artist studios now feature independent creative locals, including a book artist, an animator, a musician and henna artist, a painter and printmaker, a fiber artist, a writer, and a stained glass artist. 727-440-7807 https://curatestpete.com/venus #curatestpete #stpetearts #stpete #stpetegalleries #stpeteartists #stpetestudios #stpeteartwalk #artwalkstpete #artwalk
While VENUS St. Pete is currently open by appointment only, you can take this virtual tour with artist Mitzi Jo Gordon on Curate St. Pete! Artist studios now feature independent creative locals, including a book artist, an animator, a musician and henna artist, a painter and printmaker, a fiber artist, a writer, and a stained glass artist. 727-440-7807 https://curatestpete.com/venus #curatestpete #stpetearts #stpete #stpetegalleries #stpeteartists #stpetestudios #stpeteartwalk #artwalkstpete #artwalk
While VENUS St. Pete is currently open by appointment only, you can take this virtual tour with artist Mitzi Jo Gordon on Curate St. Pete! Artist studios now feature independent creative locals, including a book artist, an animator, a musician and henna artist, a painter and printmaker, a fiber artist, a writer, and a stained glass artist. 727-440-7807 #curatestpete #stpetearts #stpete #stpetegalleries #stpeteartists #stpetestudios #stpeteartwalk #artwalkstpete #artwalk
Have you noticed the tiny lending book boxes set up in parks and in front of schools, museums, places of business and private homes lately? Our own Margo Hammond wrote a lovely feature on these Little Free Libraries that have been really stepping forward during the pandemic. Mentioned in her article are Mitzi Jo Gordon, Carrie Boucher, ZuluPainter, Bridget Elmer, Dunedin artist Steve Spathelf, Dunedin artist Elizabeth Faubert, the St. Pete Women's Collective, VENUS St. Petek Bluebird Books Bus, Crab Devil, Little Free Libraries, Safety Harbor Public Library, Dunedin Public Library, Honeymoon Island State Park, the Friends of the Island Parks, Dunedin Fine Art Center, the national nonprofit First Book, 321 Books in St Pete, St. Pete Shush, St. Pete Shush (Librarians of the St. Petersburg Free Lending Libraries), WORD Book Box, Community Health Centers of Pinellas, Childs Park Neighborhood Association, KEEP ST. PETE LIT, AARP Florida, cultured books, SPACEcraft and Gio's Typos. https://creativepinellas.org/magazine-items/paradise-found-take-a-book-leave-a-book/
Take a virtual tour of VENUS St. Pete's current solo show - Relatable Emotions: Abstract Art by Kim Stone! They also host local artwork in a wide variety of mediums. Artist studios currently feature independent creative locals, including a book artist, an animator, a musician and henna artist, a painter and printmaker, a fiber artist, a writer, and a stained glass artist. These artists can be found working on projects throughout the day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jxIpTXsicw