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ST. PETERSBURG - The fourth annual St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival will be presented Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25-26, at North Straub Park, 310 Bay Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg.

The event sets up adjacent to the Museum of Fine Arts and is a ‘boutique’ fine art festival of approximately 120 of Florida’s and America’s top fine artisans and crafters, the mix including local, regional and national artists.

The art festival transforms the grounds of North Straub Park into an outdoor gallery showcasing extraordinary original handmade artwork. These artisans weave a tapestry of exceptional art from exquisite works in painting, glass, mixed-media, ceramics, sculpture, photography, metalwork, digital art, fiber art, woodworking - and more. Within each medium explore a diversity of styles, materials and creative vision. Meet the artisans that create the work - they are all here! Learn how they became artists and how your specific pieces were made. If you do not find exactly what you want, consider commissioning a piece of art made expressly for you! Know that many of these artisans are represented in America’s top museums and art galleries and in the most prestigious private collections.
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ST. PETERSBURG - David Eisenhower, grandson of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, will be the keynote speaker for To Life: The Florida Holocaust Museum’s 25th anniversary celebration.

The event will take place Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, 6 p.m., at The Vinoy Renaissance, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Tickets are now on sale. To purchase tickets, visit www.T­heFHM­.org/­to-li­fe-an­nual-­benef­it or call 727-820-0100.
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SAFETY HARBOR - “Peter Max - The Collected Works 1960-2017,” a newly-curated collection, will be on exhibition and available for acquisition in a presentation at Syd Entel Galleries, 247 Main St., Safety Harbor. Previews begin Saturday, Feb. 18.

There will be a Preview Party Friday, Feb. 17, 6 to 8 p.m. There will be two scheduled Meet the Artist receptions on Saturday, Feb. 25, 6 to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 26, 1 to 4 p.m. All artworks are on exhibition and available for acquisition. RSVP is required to attend the reception. To RSVP, call 727-725-1808 or email fgalleries@tampabay.rr.com.
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PINELLAS PARK - Matt Walker started working at Painting with a Twist, 5625 Park Blvd., within the Pinellas Arts Village when it opened in the fall.

At the grand opening, he was approached by Debra Rose, the city of Pinellas Park’s director of cultural affairs, who works tirelessly to promote the arts district and draw new artists to it.

“She said to me, ‘Oh, you’re an artist. You should apply for [The Studios at 5663,]’ and showed me around,” he said.
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CLEARWATER - Redwood Media Group, which owns and produces fine art shows around the country, recently announced artist Tampa Bay artist Kevin Grass as the winner of the [PLATFORM] Artist of the Year Awards, a contest produced in partnership with Art Brand Studios.

Grass will receive prizes valued at $65,000, including $10,000 cash advance against future royalties, a publishing and licensing contract with Art Brand Studios, and numerous exhibition opportunities at Redwood Media Group’s 2016-2017 shows.

“We created the [PLATFORM] Artist of the Year Awards contest to empower talented artists and introduce their work to the world,” said Eric Smith in a press release. Smith is president and CEO of Redwood Media Group. “We had really wonderful artists submit their work, so it was a tough decision to make, and we are really excited to provide this opportunity to Kevin Grass, a very gifted artist.”
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TARPON SPRINGS - The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art introduces two exhibitions in February.

“Endangered Landscapes: America’s National Lands in Transition” and “AQUIFERious: Florida’s Springs” will open to the public Sunday, Feb. 19, at the museum, 600 E. Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. The exhibitions continue through May 14.

Opening day will feature a gallery talk on the “Endangered Landscapes: America’s National Lands in Transition” exhibition by fine art photographer Rick Braveheart, set for 3 p.m. Panel discussions on “AQUIFERious: Florida’s Springs” by renowned artists, scientists, writers and cave divers will take place Wednesday, April 5, 12:30 to 2 p.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m.
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ST. PETERSBURG - “The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip” runs Thursday, Feb. 9, through Sunday, June 4 in the Hazel Hough Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg.

The exhibit promises to take visitors on a virtual trip across America through the lens of many of the country’s most talented photographers.

The American road has been a muse for writers, musicians, film directors, painters and photographers. Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” (1957) and John Steinbeck’s “Travels with Charley” (1962) are classics in American literature. “Easy Rider” (1969), starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, featured the motorcycle as a protagonist and as a symbol of rebellion. “Thelma and Louise” (1991), with Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, the first feminist road movie, attracted a large audience.
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DUNEDIN - Viva Cuba will take place Friday, Feb. 10, 7 to 10 p.m., at Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin.

It’s been 15 months since a group of DFAC supporters and Sterling Society members came back from a weeklong art-seeking excursion in Cuba. Catherine Bergmann, DFAC’s curator, was along for the trip and planted the seeds that have found fruition in the exhibits currently on display at DFAC through March 14.

The rest of the travel group has gotten together and planned what is sure to be a memorable evening celebrating Cuba and Cuban culture - Viva Cuba.
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DUNEDIN - The Dunedin Fine Art Center is currently accepting gently used artwork and art related supplies for the annual Trashy Treasures Art Sale, set for Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin.

Donations may be dropped off at the DFAC Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Donations will be accepted through March 3.

The Trashy Treasures Preview Party featuring the best of trashy treasures will be Friday, March 10, 6 p.m. Admission to the preview is $10.
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TARPON SPRINGS - The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art has rescheduled its docent-training course.

The course will now run March 3 through June 16, and will be presented Fridays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Costs of the course include a materials fee of $25 and an individual museum membership fee of $40. Prior knowledge of art or art history is not required.

For information, call Patti Buster at 727-712-5226.

The museum only offers its docent training course approximately once every three years. The course is taught by staff members, experienced docents, and guest lecturers and is based on the institution’s collection of modern and contemporary art. It includes a survey of art history from the late nineteenth-century to the present; gallery talks; presentations about public speaking; tour techniques; and guided practice tours. Upon graduation, docent trainees are expected to serve actively for at least one year.
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ST. PETESBURG - “Courage and Compassion: The Legacy of the Bielski Brothers” opened Jan. 14 at The Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S., St. Petersburg.

This original, award-winning exhibition created by the FHM showcases the heroic efforts of three brothers who helped save more than 1,200 people while living in the forest during World War II.

As portrayed in the popular film “Defiance,” the three brothers - Tuvia, Asael, and Zus Bielski - took refuge from the Nazis in the forests surrounding Novogrudok, Belarus. In the forest, they formed a community of men, women, and children. Through the brothers' leadership, the group survived starvation, harsh winters and the threat of the Nazis and their collaborators.
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ST. PETERSBURG - “Frida Kahlo at The Dalí,” an exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s paintings and drawings, together with her personal photograph collection, will open to the public Saturday, Dec. 17, at The Dalí Museum, One Dalí Boulevard, St. Petersburg.

The exhibition will continue through April 17. Kahlo’s works have achieved monumental importance in art and popular culture. Her dreamlike work suggests that love and suffering create a new sense of beauty. Kahlo’s art and storied life stir immense public interest.
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Entertainment Calender
• Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
Benise
Benise, Friday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m., at The Mahaffey, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $38. Call 727-893-7832 or visit themahaffey.com.
Bermuda Avenue Triangle
“Bermuda Avenue Triangle,” Jan. 7 through Feb. 26, at Early Bird Dinner Theater, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Tickets are $36. Show times vary by week. For information and to make reservations, call 727-446-5898 or visit earlybirddinnertheater.com.
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Blast Friday featuring John Waite
Blast Friday featuring John Waite, Friday, Feb. 24, 5:30 p.m., in the Cleveland Street District in downtown Clearwater. Visit www.ruthecerdhall.com.
Dennis DeYoung
Dennis DeYoung, Friday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $49. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.
Hello Dolly!
“Hello Dolly!,” Feb. 23 through March 12, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults and $15 for students with current ID. Call 727-446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org.
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Joe Turner’s Come & Gone
“Joe Turner’s Come & Gone” by August Wilson; Jan. 18 through Feb. 19, presented by American Stage, at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. Call 727-823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org.

Generally, main stage performances are Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m. Ticket prices range from $29 to $59 depending on the date and time of the performance.
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• Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017
Anybody For Murder
The hilarious comedy “Anybody For Murder,” by Brian Clemens and Dennis Spooner, will open Thursday, Feb. 2, on stage at Just For Laughs Dinner Theatre, inside Havana Harry’s 2, 1999 Starkey Road, Largo.

The production will run through April 6. Performances are Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 6 p.m., with seating at 4 p.m. Matinees are Thursday and Saturday, 1 p.m., with seating at 11 a.m. Cost for the buffet and show is $36 (cash or check only). For reservations, call 727-466-6546.

Max is planning to murder his wife Janet, collect her life insurance and enjoy life with his girlfriend when Mary and George arrive on their Greek island with news: Mary and Janet are beneficiaries of a huge fortune. Plans and plots hatch, and soon everyone is bent on murder. All that stands in the way is the presence of a neighbor who knows a thing or two about murder, crime writer Edgar Chambers.

The cast includes Barbara Anthony, Toby Manion, Deb Birchler, Michael Crocket, Selena Vela, and Peter Konowicz.
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Bermuda Avenue Triangle
“Bermuda Avenue Triangle,” Jan. 7 through Feb. 26, at Early Bird Dinner Theater, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Tickets are $36. Show times vary by week. For information and to make reservations, call 727-446-5898 or visit earlybirddinnertheater.com.
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Eagles tribute featuring 7 Bridges
Eagles tribute featuring 7 Bridges, Saturday, Feb. 25, 8 p.m., at Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave., Pinellas Park. Cost is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Visit www.pinellas-park.com or call 727-369-5746. One brilliant hit single after another, 7 Bridges has performed all over the nation and faithfully re-created the experience of an Eagles concert.
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Hello Dolly!
“Hello Dolly!,” Feb. 23 through March 12, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults and $15 for students with current ID. Call 727-446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org.
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