New gallery, Art Fusion, debuts on Central Avenue in St. Pete

Marilyn Monroe Mixed Media Sculpture

The Burg is for art lover’s. New museums seem to pop up on a regular basis — and we’re still eagerly awaiting the opening of the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement. The James Museum made a splash on Central Avenue roughly one year ago, and now the Western and Wildlife art hub is ¬†joined at 106 Central Avenue by Art Fusion.

Sculpture made of pennies
“Penny Lane” by William Braemer

This gallery began in Miami’s Wynwood District. Its intimate space on the 100 Block of Central Avenue is brimming with artistic ingenuity. Pop Culture icons line the walls, and massive sculptures composed of Canadian pennies and seashells greet guests around every corner.

Blue mixed media art

Art Fusion Galleries was conceived in 2002 as a result of a collaboration between Cuban-American artist and entrepreneur, William Braemer, and financier, Jay Jakela. The goal of Art Fusion is to provide emerging and mid-level artists the opportunity to exhibit their work to a sophisticated audience in emerging arts scenes.

Blue cowgirl sculpture

All of the artwork on display in the new St. Pete gallery is for sale. The pieces range from enigmatic sculptures to vibrant representations of Salvador Dali, a piece we imagine many local residents hold close to their surreal hearts.

Sculpture made of pennies
This sculpture took 1.5 years to make and features 350,000 Canadian pennies.

The mixed media creations inside Art Fusion are a feast for the eyes. The gallery is open Monday from 10am-5pm, Tuesday from 10am-8pm, and Wednesday through Sunday from 10am-6pm.

Rainbow-colored art instillation
“Fresh Spring” by William Braemer

Art Fusion Gallery, 106 Central Avenue. Follow Art Fusion on Facebook and Instagram for updates on featured artists.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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