Studio 202 – acrylic/charcoal/watercolor

David Rule is a resident artist in the ArtsXchange campus in studio 202. He is an artist driven by a spirit of exploration and experimentation. He believes creativity thrives on taking risks, embracing mistakes, and venturing beyond established boundaries. Inspired by the power of simple yet impactful imagery, Rule continuously refines his artistic voice, resulting in a style that evolves and reinvents itself with each new piece. His artistic process is an ongoing dialogue between conception and execution, often involving revisions and fresh starts. This dedication to the creative journey ensures that each finished work reflects a level of quality and emotional depth that Rule is proud to stand behind. Working primarily with charcoal, pastels, and acrylics, Rule’s artwork is characterized by a bold interplay of color and black and white. His ultimate goal is to evoke a powerful emotional response in viewers, admirers, and collectors.

Studios 113 & 115 – oil painting

Nancy Cohen is a resident artist in the ArtsXchange campus in Studios 113 & 115. She is still life painter, classically trained in the chiaroscuro style of the old masters but with a fresh, more contemporary style. “I see the still life is an homage to the comfort, serenity, and safety of home. It’s the stuff of our ordinary domestic lives – vases of flowers, beat up shoes, the foods we eat, well used books – all the beloved old familiar things that remind us of moments in our lives. My job as an artist is to elevate these ordinary things into something more than just themselves – into something extraordinary. I’m trying to make poetry out of old shoes.”. Nancy paints from life – a single source of north light shines on the scene before her and transforms mundane objects into luminous shimmering vessels. She wants her work to show you the beauty and mystery she sees. The result is a drama of bright light and dark shadows that bring her paintings to life.

Studio 210 – sculpture, mixed media

Maria Saraceno is a European born sculptor with a Master in Fine Arts from USF in Tampa. She has lived most of her life in the U. S., and now lives in St. Petersburg. Her early work dealt with issues of marginalization associated with being a bicultural person. Sociopolitical issues informed some of her later sculptures and video installations. Maria’s thesis project in Spring of 2005 was a site specific, activist project aimed at the transformation of a sterile and commercial urban space into a friendly environment where people could meet and engage in social interaction. The intervention was mediated by the preparation and sharing of a meal on a corner parking lot and was documented through video and photography. Maria has exhibited at Raggio Verde in Lecce, Italy, where she showed bronze and wire sculptures; in Providence, RI with an installation of her “Tropical Pods” in the entrance of the University of Rhode Island library; at the Tampa Museum of Art; the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach; Edgezones in Miami; Little Sparrow in Atlanta; Gala Corina in Tampa; the Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg; the Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa; the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, among others.

Studio 207 – fine and graphic arts

Mark Pennington is a resident artist at the ArtsXchange campus in on the second floor in studio 207. He is a professional artist specializing in concept, illustration and fine art. He began his career at Hasbro and Mattel concepting GI Joes and action figures before working for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Image Comics, and Athleta Comics. He is probably best known for his work on Shade, the Changing Man, work that earned him a nomination for best inker in the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, in 1993. He also worked in the title Hellblazer; JLA and many more.

Although he has worked as an Illustrator and a Penciler for several comics, he is best known as a premier Inker. Some of the titles he has worked on include “X-Men”, “Batman”, “Spawn”, and more recently “The Protectors.”

All building entrances are on the ground floor, accessible without barrier from the parking lot. Second floor studios and classroom may be accessed via stairs or elevator. The elevator accommodates space for a wheelchair and companion. All galleries, exhibition spaces as well as the outdoor theatre are accessible and prepared to seat disabled patrons. Contact us to learn more or request assistance.