Bay Magazine November 2014

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Photograph by John Pendygraft

AROUND THE WORLD Chad Mize of St. Petersburg’s Bluelucy fame was in Los Angeles four years ago when he saw a shirt that read: “Paris/London/Tokyo/Torrance.” He brought the idea back home, subbed “St Pete” for “Torrance,” and the Sunshine City’s “World Tour” T-shirt took flight. Mize markets the line through Bluelucy Gallery & Studio (653 Central Ave.), the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort (501 Fifth Ave. NE ) and Local Longboards (659 Central Ave.). And his talents range well beyond T-shirts. Bluelucy, born in 1994, offers creative direction, websites, branding, animation and curated art installations. The space opened in 2010 and expanded with group art shows. “We have had over 28 exhibits at our current location,” Mize said. “In June of 2014, we were approached by Tribeca Salon to do a pop-up gallery adjacent to their space (in Tampa’s Ybor City). We are dividing that space with Savoir-Faire Labs, who also use it as a design work space.” What’s next? “Cats & Dogs,” featuring the work of 56 artists, opens Nov. 15 in St. Petersburg. Friends of Strays, a nonprofit, no-kill animal rescue organization, will receive 15 percent of the sales. — Suzette Moyer

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