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Art & Museums
Artists in the Dunedin, Palm Harbor and Ozona areas are opening their home studios to the public Saturday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The public will get an opportunity to watch demonstrations of how the artists create their work and buy directly from the artist.

Participating artists are Lorraine Potocki, pastels and acrylics; Jennifer Weaver and Lee Anderson, ceramics; Amy Wiley, silversmith; Connie Parkinson, lampworking/glass bead making; David Lawrence, photographic artwork & murals; Barbara Grazul Hubbard, prints, etchings and print collages; Carol Sackman and Blake White, fiber art, mosaics, painted furniture and mixed media; Jenna Star Friedman, plein air artist; Debra Weible, watercolor and acrylic; and Ernest C. Simmons, realistic detailed paintings of Florida Wildlife.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The Studio@620 presents emerging artist Jacqueline Amick and her exhibit of recent works, “The Divine Connection Between Form and Nature,” Oct. 3-9.

Amick is currently pursuing a degree in printmaking from The University of South Florida in Tampa. As a newly found Intaglio printmaker, she has chosen to specialize in copper etching and woodcuts. She also works in oil painting on canvas and incorporates hand painting in her intaglio/relief prints. This exhibit will feature both the final product and the plates used in their creation. “The Divine Connection Between Form and Nature” is an exhibit that displays the relationship that our Great Mother, Gaia, has with all she has created; the elements and the life forms of our earth.
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TARPON SPRINGS - The Replay Amusement Museum, located at 119 Tarpon Ave., will host its grand opening at 11 a.m. on Oct. 3.

Home to the world’s largest pinball machine, the museum features nearly 100 “amusement devices” from jukeboxes to video arcade games. According to its website, the museum “promotes the art, science and cultural significance of mechanical amusement machines to preserve these historical artifacts for future generations.”

Replay Amusement Museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays, closed Mondays and Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Admission costs $13 for adults and $6 for children 7 to 12 years old; all games are free to play after entry costs. Visitors also can purchase a monthly pass for $49 (includes free play for all games and 5 percent off all merchandise) or an annual pass for $249 (includes free play, 10 percent off merchandise, a free T-shirt and an exclusive members card).
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TARPON SPRINGS - The City of Tarpon Springs announces the opening of the exhibits African American Folk Arts and The African American Community of Tarpon Springs on Friday, Oct. 3 at the Center for Gulf Coast Folklife. The exhibits will be displayed through Nov. 26. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S. Pinellas Ave.

The African American aesthetic stresses improvisation and innovation, and  infuses art forms from music to visual arts to narrative with vibrant feeling, rhythm, and color.  In Florida its power is amplified by the strong and consistent influences from the Caribbean. African American Folk Arts focuses on the folk arts and artists that have arisen in Florida’s African American communities.  Despite many challenges, they have produced works of exceptional beauty and strength.  The exhibit will include numerous paintings by The Highwaymen, Purvis Young, Mary Proctor, Ruby Williams and others.

To enhance the exhibit, Dr. Kristin Congdon will speak about The Lives and Times of Florida’s Highwaymen at a Brown Bag Lunch & Learn in the Center Auditorium, Thursday, Oct. 16, noon-1 p.m. The 26 artists have diverse stories that make visible more than Florida’s vanishing landscape. They inform us about the civil rights era, African American aesthetics, and the changing dynamics of black communities. Congdon is Professor Emerita of Philosophy and Humanities at the University of Central Florida and is currently documenting the Highwaymen for a forthcoming book.

The African American Community of Tarpon Springs tells the story of the unique community that helped shape Tarpon Springs from its earliest days to the present.  Many early settlers came to the area from the Bahamas and Key West to work in the sponge industry.  They continue to play an integral part in City life today.
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TARPON SPRINGS - Lunch & Learn with Christopher Still: Painting Our Florida Legacy will be presented Thursday, Oct. 9, 11:30 a.m., at the Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane.

Join fine artist Christopher Still as he discusses his work and his most recent triptych mural of Florida’s legacy. This Tarpon Springs and Florida native is an internationally renowned painter. His paintings can be found in museums and private collections including the Governor’s Mansion of Florida and the Smithsonian Institution.
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LARGO - Tickets are on sale now for three fundraisers at the Armed Forces History Museum, at 2050 34th Way N., this fall.

All special events act as fundraisers for the museum’s community outreach, veteran and youth education programs. Tickets can be purchased at www.armedforcesmuseum.com, by calling 539-8371 or in person at the museum.

The museum welcomes the First Responders Chili Cook-off and Classic Car Show Saturday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. First responders from Pinellas and Hillsborough counties will compete to be crowned chili champs. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 4 to 12.
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TREASURE ISLAND - The Treasure Island Art Guild has opened its 2014 fall season show at the Treasure Island Community Center featuring the work of members Gerry Bourlon, George Greenfield, Arlene Kitchin, Doug Land, and Winnie McIntyre through Oct. 29.

With watercolors’ inherent luminosity, Bourlon displays a “Fierce Flamingo” with a scrawled background and an explosion of monochromatic pigment. “Galloping Ostriches” gives us an exciting animated composition with bold contrast. The pace winds down with a mosaic effect in “Sea Life Kaleidoscope” and a tranquil “Sea life Trio” just “going with the flow.”

While the Beatles stormed America, the now classic Ford Galaxie 500XL was born and a portion of it lives in the work of Greenfield’s “Galaxie” where balanced form and the past spark visual interest. Brilliant light and shadow play across “Cloud 9” and “Tulip in the Sun.” “Nourishment” connects us to the responsibility of sustaining our Florida coastline.
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CLEARWATER - The Clearwater Arts Alliance will present the inaugural season of Pianos in Pinellas, running Nov. 25 through Dec. 31.

The alliance is seeking 10 choice high foot-traffic locations throughout Pinellas to participate in the project.

Ten upright pianos have been donated by Randy’s Wholesale Pianos. The pianos will be sanded in preparation for selected artists from the area to paint in a theme depicting music, the arts or simply portraying Pinellas. Artists wishing to be considered should visit pianosinpinellas.org to download the Call for Artists. There is a $300 stipend along with the chance of a One Man Show at Gallery 1356, on S. Fort Harrison, for the most outstanding artist to be juried.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Realistic Interpretations in Watercolor and Pastel, Florida Landscapes, Nautical Paintings & Portraits, an exhibit by Debbie Pridgeon is on display from Sept. 16 through Oct. 11 at St. Pete Artworks in St. Petersburg.

An opening reception is scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 20, 6 to 9 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Just over 500 years ago, Juan Ponce de Leon landed on what he thought was just another Caribbean island. He named it La Florida.

Filling the entire main gallery of the St. Petersburg Museum of History, Imagining La Florida offers a new prospective on the rich, yet forgotten history of Florida and how the Sunshine State, not Virginia or Massachusetts, was the birthplace of our nation.

This interactive exhibit tells of Ponce’s arrival and those Spaniards who came after him, and how the complex interactions of Europeans, Africans and Indians shaped the development of modern Florida.
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TREASURE ISLAND - The Treasure Island Art Guild has resumed its weekly workshops for members and non-members.

The Wednesday workshop, “Anything Goes,” is held at the Treasure Island Community Center Garden Room, 106th Avenue and Park Place. Artists are encouraged to use the medium of their choice. The cost is $3 for members and $4 for non-members.

The Thursday workshop, “Painting with Bruce Kotchey,” is held at the Treasure Island City Hall auditorium, 108th Avenue, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The cost is the same as Wednesday.
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DUNEDIN - Though marked by real and imaginary boundaries, the Dunedin Fine Art Center’s quintet of fall exhibits take up every inch of the center’s newly expanded gallery space.

Lost Worlds in the new Gamble Family Gallery will feature artists whose works map forgotten landscapes, in a variety of media, both abstract and defined. Visit the imaginary worlds of Edgar Sanchez Cumbas, Lise Drost, Shane McAdams and William Walmsley. The exhibit will be on display from Sept. 12-Dec. 23.
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