By J.A. Jones, Staff Writer
ST. PETERSBURG –Whether visual arts enthusiasts, dance aficionados, jazz connoisseurs or simply curious weekend strollers, there was no shortage of eclectic offerings to revitalize the soul at Gallerie 909’s third annual Black Arts & Film Festival.
This year’s festival, held Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Skyway Marina Mall, brought painters, sculptors, mixed-media artisans and jewelry designers together with live performances from the Dundu Dole Urban Ballet, Tampa’s Kuumba dancers and drummers, cutting-edge jazz musician Rick Adams, youth dancers from Competitive Edge Dance Company and a presentation by alumni from the heralded Black History Pageant. The festival also sponsored an independent film exhibition at Sundial the night before.
Festival founder, director and Gallerie 909’s owner and curator Carla Bristol was ecstatic about the impact of the event.