John Brock Art Alcove

November – December 2018
Kalika Novoa

November and December’s featured artist in the John Brock Art Alcove is Kalika Novoa, a native of Washington, D.C. living in St. Petersburg.  Her medium of choice is beading, and over a span of years Novoa has studied with local beaders, as well as being self-taught.

A recent influence on her beadwork is the art of Dale Chihuly, who is renowned for his glass-blown sculptures. “His art has taken glass work to another level and is so unpredictable that it has opened new vistas for me.  It has given me a sense of the limitless in my work,” says Kalika.  She often exhibits her work in shadowboxes conveying sculpture rather than simply jewelry.

As a lifelong lover of dance and choreography with artistic commissions from the Smithsonian Institution and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Novoa brings a sense of rhythm and color to her bead work. She is currently dancing with Forever Moving, an inter-generational dance company which is part of the Tampa Bay’s contemporary dance company, Moving Current. Traveling has also had its influence on her work, in particular her travel to Asia and her affinity for India and Indonesia which is evident in some of her work.

For Novoa, beading is a form of meditation and also a form of joy.  Working with color, light, design and the tiny, glass beads brings immense satisfaction: she finds them pleasing to create and pleasing to wear.  The rhythm in beading defined by the variety of stitches and design appeals to her as a dancer.

All her work is exhibited in frames specially made to specifications for hanging and displaying on walls.  These frames open in the front allowing for the removal of the jewelry for wearing whenever desired and measure 14″ x 13″. Materials include glass beads, swarovski crystals, shells, enamel, woven beadwork in peyote stitch, and findings in 14k gold, silver and brass

To contact Kalika Novoa or to inquire about purchasing any jewelry on display, please e-mail her at  She has generously offered to support Palm Harbor Library by donating a portion of her profits back to them in honor of their 40th Anniversary.

The Art Alcove is open Monday through Saturday during library hours at 2330 Nebraska Avenue. For more information, call 727-784-3332, ext. 3018.

If you would like to apply to have your art featured in the John Brock Art Alcove, please email