St. Pete’s artists to rally around Lens design for new Pier

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The New Pier in the City is a one-night-only event celebrating art, fashion, photography and the iconic architectural design of the new Pier called “The Lens.”

Tickets are available now for the free event on Thursday, April 11 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at The Mahaffey Theater. Tickets are limited to a first-come, first-served basis and are available now at

WOW Our Waterfront St. Pete is hosting the event, which will feature an art gallery, silent auction, fashion show and presentation by “key people involved with the new Pier Design,” according to a press release.

Twenty-nine area artists have already agreed to participate in the event.

Organizers will offer presentations detailing the half-mile loop that will extend St. Pete’s world-class waterfront park system with indoor and outdoor features that creatively combine retail and event space while alleviating taxpayer subsidies, according to a press release.

“St. Petersburg’s recognition as a world-renowned arts destination has come a long way,” said fashion designer and event organizer, Ivanka Ska.

“This new Pier will put St. Pete in the international spotlight while further bolstering the livelihoods of established and up-and-coming area artists. Soon, we will find ourselves being discussed alongside other great cities with signature structures from St. Louis to Paris,” Ivanka Ska added.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Creative Clay.

Here is a look at the evening’s schedule:

  • 6:30pm- Doors open for art gallery view & silent auction
  • 7:30pm- WOW efforts talk led by key people involved with the new Pier Design and WOW St. Pete
  • 8:00pm- Fashion show
  • 8:45pm – Silent Auction closes
  • 9:00pm- Closing reception, models mingle wearing their fashions

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Material from William Mansell of Patch was used in this post.

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