Thursday, Sept. 14

Thursday, Sept. 14

The Messy Painter is known for her bright and vibrant watercolor paintings, but especially for her Florida orange and palm frond paintings created out of her love for this beautiful coastal environment. Learn simple techniques for how to paint your own watercolor state, whether it’s the one you live in or one you’ve moved from! This is a great way to create something for your home that reminds you of your favorite places every day! Email us with requests for certain states, or bring a print out of the one you’d like to paint! No experience required, spirits and snacks encouraged.

All supplies and tools will be provided. Seating is limited and classes are intimate so that students get plenty of personal assistance! Feel free to bring a snack or beverage. Class will take place from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm.
See some photos from a previous workshop: http://www.ameliabartlettphotography.com/watercolorworkshop
 

Cancellation Policy:
Five days’ notice is required in order to receive in-store credit or to reschedule your class.
If canceling less than five days prior to class, a refund may be given if we can fill your spot from the waiting list. A class may be canceled due to lack of sign-ups. If your class is canceled, we will notify you two days prior to the scheduled class.

This workshop has been created for adults only, no children please.

Get your tickets in person or through our online store.

Saturday, August 19

Saturday, August 19

Our shop dog is turning 12! Help us celebrate Oscar’s birthday and do some good for our community at the same time, by supporting one of our favorite pet rescues, Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue! Don’t miss out on any of the details or announcements, be sure to RSVP on the facebook event page!

The Details:
Meet the founder of PPPR, Jaime, and a few of her rescue pups from 12 noon to 2pm.

We’ll be selling raffle tickets for some great prizes, and all the money collected will be donated to PPPR. Stay tuned for info on all the items up for grabs!

Well behaved pups are welcome to stop by for the pawty!

About Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue:
PPPR is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. PPPR has the long term goal and dream to one day open a true NO Kill shelter that will cater to the sick, handicap and seniors. PPPR accepts surrendered, abandoned and injured animals for rehab and re-homing. PPPR specializes in seniors, handicap, sick and small breed dogs. PPPR also rescues dogs from local shelters that are scheduled to be euthanized.

A big thank you to Alli Arnold Illustration for creating Oscar’s portrait.

Thursday, August 17

Thursday, August 17

Learn the techniques to create a unique vintage collage with popular local collage artist Lainey Rhodes! The focus will be on picking a creative and fun set of images from vintage and antique paper, which will be provided, along with the other supplies you’ll need. You’ll learn how you can incorporate drawing, paint, and stencils to result in a unified, one-of-a-kind work of art – as well as how to work with happy accidents. Feel free to bring any additional photos (old or new) or other imagery you you like – and be ready to have fun!

All supplies and tools will be provided. Seating is limited and classes are intimate so that students get plenty of personal assistance! Feel free to bring a snack or beverage.

Cancellation Policy:
Five days’ notice is required in order to receive in-store credit or to reschedule your class.
If canceling less than five days prior to class, a refund may be given if we can fill your spot from the waiting list. A class may be canceled due to lack of sign-ups. If your class is canceled, we will notify you two days prior to the scheduled class.
Younger students may attend if accompanied by an adult. Tickets available in our online shop or in person at Strands of Sunshine.


Tuesday, August 15th

Tuesday, August 15th

The Crafty Hag (Coralette Damme) is going to share her special stamp carving secrets with you during this fun evening workshop! In just a couple of hours you will experience the thrill of turning your own simple design into a permanent rubber stamp!
Supplies and tools needed to carve a rubber stamp and print a few greeting cards will be provided, all you need to bring is an image and a friend!
Your image can be a simple drawing –thick lines work best for your first effort–or a black and white copy of a photograph. Images should be about the size of a business card.
If you don’t know what to make don’t worry! You can make a monogram of your initials or even just an abstract pattern. The fun is in learning a new skill and meeting some nice people while you do it. Sign up today!
$45 per person

Cancellation Policy:
Five days’ notice is required in order to receive in-store credit or to reschedule your class.
If canceling less than five days prior to class, a refund may be given if we can fill your spot from the waiting list. A class may be canceled due to lack of sign-ups. If your class is canceled, we will notify you two days prior to the scheduled class.

Tickets available in our online shop or in-store at Strands of Sunshine.

ArtWalk-Saturday Aug. 12

ArtWalk-Saturday Aug. 12

For the third consecutive year, Strands of Sunshine is excited to partner with Creative Clay artists for a special ArtWalk!

‘Sweet Somethings’ features the artwork of two of Creative Clay’s studio artists, Carolyn R. and Emily M. With very different artistic styles, the rhythm of their work together vibrates in color and design.

Carolyn’s work includes ceramics from her Totem Series, fiber art puppets and paintings, all created in her unique fanciful style drawing the viewer into a colorful world. Emily’s acrylic paintings are made in her signature technique of small curls that she then smears to give depth. Emily describes her artwork as “fun!,” and says, “inside my art is exciting!”

Please join us for a meet-the-artists reception during ArtWalk on Aug. 12, 5 -9 pm.
Exhibit runs through Sept. 6.

ABOUT CREATIVE CLAY:
Our mission is to help people with disabilities achieve full and inclusive lives through access to the arts by providing expressive, educational and vocational experiences.

Creative Clay’s core program is its Community Arts Program, which serves 50-60 adult artists with neuro-differences each week. Through the implementation of additional offerings, such as the inclusive Art Around the World summer camp, Summer Studio for older teens and young adults, Artlink employment program, Creative Care Arts in Wellness outreach program, and its Pinellas County Schools’ partnership Transition program, individuals of all ages and abilities are mentored, taught and empowered to become working artists who actively create, market and sell their work. The end result is that a formerly stigmatized population, through the art it creates and sells, demystifies stereotypes surrounding those with disabilities and creates a culture of acceptance throughout the community.

Thursday, August 10

Thursday, August 10

Come CHILL with Crystina Castiglione, aka The Messy Painter, on Thursday August 10th and paint her personal favorite desserts: ice cream and popsicles. She’ll show you fun, quick, and simple techniques for creating these frosty treats! You’ll be able to create up to 2 finished and frame-able paintings perfect for a kid’s room, dining room, kitchen or just for fun! Bring your favorite friends, drinks and snacks and cool off in this Florida heat while painting some summertime sweets!

All supplies and tools will be provided. Seating is limited and classes are intimate so that students get plenty of personal assistance! Feel free to bring a snack or beverage.
See some photos from a previous workshop: http://www.ameliabartlettphotography.com/watercolorworkshop
Cancellation Policy:
Five days’ notice is required in order to receive in-store credit or to reschedule your class.
If canceling less than five days prior to class, a refund may be given if we can fill your spot from the waiting list. A class may be canceled due to lack of sign-ups. If your class is canceled, we will notify you two days prior to the scheduled class.

Snag your tickets in our online shop or in person at Strands of Sunshine!

Thursday, July 27th

Thursday, July 27th

Click here to register! 

Abstract Explorations Watercolor Workshop, Thursday, July 27th, 6:30-8:30pm

This is a brand new class that our instructor is super excited about because it’s all about PLAY and EXPERIMENTING!! Absolutely NO experience necessary.We’ll be exploring different kinds of abstract watercolor techniques that you’ll be able to turn into frameable, colorful artwork for your home or just for fun. If you do ANYTHING for just yourself this week, sign up for this class! The Messy Painter‘s workshops are about so much more than just learning about watercolor, they’re about learning to be present, doing something for YOU, and de-stressing through art practices. No prior painting or drawing skills required! This is a great way to explore watercolors. Artist and teacher Crystina Castiglione, aka The Messy Painter, will share her techniques, plus how to use a brush and make the most of your paint.

All supplies and tools will be provided. Seating is limited and classes are intimate so that students get plenty of personal assistance! Feel free to bring a snack or beverage.
See some photos from a previous workshop: http://www.ameliabartlettphotography.com/watercolorworkshop

Cancellation Policy:
Five days’ notice is required in order to receive in-store credit or to reschedule your class.
If canceling less than five days prior to class, a refund may be given if we can fill your spot from the waiting list. A class may be canceled due to lack of sign-ups. If your class is canceled, we will notify you two days prior to the scheduled class.

This workshop has been created for adults only, no children please.

We’re Hiring!

We’re Hiring!

We’re hiring! If you’re looking for part time work (including Saturdays), click over to our application and see if you’re a good fit for the job!

Saturday, June 24th

Saturday, June 24th

Local artist DemiGod will be in the shop doing henna tattoos this Saturday from 12:30-4:30! Prices vary based on size of design. Pop in and get a fun design for summer!

 

Thursday, July 13

Thursday, July 13

Snag your seat online, in person at our store, or by calling us at 727-823-2878
Needle Felting 101: Decorative Toadstool Garland
Thursday, July 13th, 6:30 pm

$35

Learn the basics of needle felting through this fun instructive workshop. Maggie Jensen of Floating Woods Fiber Arts will be demonstrating how to make a decorative string of toadstool mushrooms. This plush, friendly garland can be used to add a cozy touch to your mantle, brighten up your office, hang on your porch, doorframe, your car ,or your Christmas-in-July Tree.

All materials will be provided and students will take home their own handmade work. Kits will be available for purchase if students wish to make the project again at home.

A word of caution. Needle felting uses VERY SHARP needles. There is a possibility of poking yourself. Concentration and sharp eyesight are a must. If you wear glasses to read you will need to wear them for this workshop.

This workshop is not suitable for young children. Creative teens 13-17 are encouraged to join accompanied by an adult.

Seating is limited and classes are intimate so that students get plenty of personal assistance! Feel free to bring a snack or beverage. If you plan on consuming adult beverages, you’ll still want to stay sharper than the needles! Class will take place from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm.

Cancellation Policy:
Five days’ notice is required in order to receive in-store credit or to reschedule your class.
If canceling less than five days prior to class, a refund may be given if we can fill your spot from the waiting list. A class may be canceled due to lack of sign-ups. If your class is canceled, we will notify you 24 hours prior to the scheduled class.