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Introducing ‘That Art Festival’ on First Fridays

At the Edge District in Downtown St. Pete

The first ever First Friday collaboration with That Art Festival, L8 Night Flights & I Love First Friday will be held this Friday August 6, 2021. Every First Friday of the month, The Edge Collective Marketplace will showcase an evening of House Music with DJs from across the country and visual artists from Tampa Bay area!

They will kick off their first That Art Festival with their inaugural First Friday event on Friday, August 6, 2021, at 7 p.m. with sounds by Freak the Disco (Miami.) That Art Festival that will be in this first show include the following artists with samples of their work.

Melanie Posner to exhibit at ‘That Art Festival’:   

The first ever First Friday collaboration with That Art Festival, L8 Night Flights & I Love First Friday. Every First Friday of the month, The Edge Collective Marketplace will showcase an evening of House Music with DJs from across the country and visual artists from Tampa Bay area!

Melanie is a photo-realistic painter. She first studies the photograph and then attempts to reproduce the image as realistic as possible with paint! Melanie loves using vibrant colors in her artwork. She has a couple different variations of styles that have become noticeable in her work. She sometimes incorporates the use of a collage, and other times she will paint the spectrum of the rainbow. In her studio she primarily uses oil paint, however in my mural work she uses acrylic house paint. 

Melanie is inspired by feminine beauty. She chooses to use the human form to express feelings of love and happiness in hope to make the viewer feel as colorful and alive as the painting itself! (Melanie is featured in top image of story) Her artwork is to the left.

Pedro Hernandez work on display: 

pedro showcases his animated art at the Edge District during Frist Friday and That Art Festival

Pedro is a 3D Character Modeler, illustrator, animator, and comic artist. Pedro has experience with organic modeling, hard modeling, illustration, and comic. He used to work with Maya, Zbrush and 3D Studio Max, but he also has experience with Photoshop, Corel Painter, After Effects and Toon Boom.

Pedro’s last job was Scene Composing Junior Artist in Ilion Animation Studios where he worked as a 3D Character Modeler and Set & Props Modeler, shading and lighting at The Beat#7 Studio (ESDIP) in the short film of Just the beginning. Before that I worked as a 2D animator in Uberminner spot and Topkapi spot.

Introducing ‘That Art Festival’ with Jenipher Chandley:

Jenipher Chandley is also a local Tampa Bay area artist living in St Petersburg

Jenipher Chandley is a native local full time Tampa Bay area artist, Mom and Art Curator for Bar@548.  Jenipher has been active in the art community and living in St. Petersburg, FL. Jenipher finds truth and beauty all around particularly with the cohabitation with nature. Jenipher is constantly learning and exploring with her art. She recently stated:

“Art is everything, and everything is art” As you will notice by the variety artwork available, she works in all types and styles.

Nicholas Lucius Showcases his artwork During First Friday:

Nicholas Lucius is a painter, mixed media artist, and an innovator in the Avant-Garde, experimenting with the human subconscious through the realms of surrealism, high fashion, and popular culture.

Nicholas Lucius is a painter, mixed media artist, and an innovator in the Avant-Garde, experimenting with the human subconscious through the realms of surrealism, high fashion, and popular culture. Lucius sees his work as a “visual feast”, a vehicle to allow viewers to explore and indulge in their own existential apprehensions.

Nicholas Lucius’s experimental paintings, mixed media print installations, and digital collages incorporate elements traditionally used in conceptual and new media art. Heavily influenced by the surrealist, his Large-scale paintings often start with an idea that is drawn up, painted, and collaged using images from the internet, as well as using materials like acrylic or water-soluble oil paints. The piece is then scanned into Photoshop to be digitally altered or reinvented. Once the piece is perfected, it is printed on canvas using inkjet technology. The artwork is then transformed, once again, with an abundance of mixed media.


Imbued with its own evolution, the work takes form through a series of unstructured experiments. Lucius analyzes the endless possibilities of material or method to introduce an additional dimension to the work, loudly rejecting older artistic structures. With this, Lucius can deliver hyper surreal driven imagery, creating an oeuvre that is witty, compelling, and autonomous in the Avant-Garde.

Michael Vahl Displays Pop Art at ‘That Art Festival’:

Michael Vahl is a visual artist born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He specializes in one off detailed portraiture and other unique crafted styles of artwork typically depicted with oil & acrylic that draws influences from pop art and modern culture but with a Vahl twist, creating a one of a kind visual experience.  His work will be on display at That Art Show and First Friday in St Petersburg. The event will be held in the Edge District

Michael Vahl is a visual artist born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He specializes in one off detailed
portraiture and other unique crafted styles of artwork typically depicted with oil & acrylic that draws influences from pop art and modern culture but with a Vahl twist, creating a one of a kind visual experience. 

Drawing since the age of five, Vahl is consistently learning his craft, honing his skills, and pushing the limits of his ability to produce works of art for the enjoyment of others. He decided to leave his life behind, including friends and family, to pursue his dream of being an artist here in Tampa Bay. He has dedicated himself to the visual arts and is continuously striving to master new methods, concepts, and artistry that his clients and audience will appreciate and love for years to come. (Artwork by Vahl left)

Other artist planned to exhibit in 'That Art Show on Frist Friday also include War ArtifeX (Image right), Unwritten ART and Damien Stuck:

Other artist planned to exhibit in ‘That Art Show on Frist Friday also include War ArtifeX (Image right), Unwritten ART and Damien Stuck:

Location: Edge Collective Market Place

Address: 1234 Central Ave Saint Petersburg FL 33705

Free entry before 9 p.m. | $10 reduced guest list between p.m. & 10 p.m. | $20 cover for everyone after 10 p.m. You may also be interested in reading about the St Petersburg Edge district recognized as Florida MainStreet. Here Grand Central joins the Edge for Florida Mainstreet programs.

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