DUNEDIN - Dunedin Fine Art Center reconfigures itself for its 28th annual holiday show. The centerpiece is an invitational exhibition, Gifted, which opens Saturday, Nov. 1, and continues through Dec. 31.
On a yearly basis, DFAC curators look to put together the best art, with a gift-giving perspective in mind. The result is a collection of works from around the country. More than 100 artists have contributed to the exhibition.
Among the participating artists are Brooke Allison, Karen Baker, Demeree Barth, Nathan Beard, Bonnie Bowman, Coralette Damme, Joan Duff-Bohrer, Boo Ersham, Gail Gamble, Denis Gaston, Dominice Gilbert, Susan Rollins Gehring, Susan Gott, PA Kushner, Ya La’ford, Patricia Lafaye, Stephen Littlefield, Tony Marsh, Daniel Mrgan, Melissa Miller Nece, Stacy Perry, Rose Marie Prins, Tara Radosevich, Roxie Spell, Veronica Stewart, Ana Varela, Glenn Woods and Gail Wynn.
Visitors also will find some exceptionally decorated themed trees and a selection of hard-to-find gifts with something for just about everyone.
Tradition has it, for this exhibit only, that purchases can go home with buyers. Paintings, handmade ornaments and other pieces, once chosen by a buyer, can be taken to the cashier.
DUNEDIN - The Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin Inc. hosts the 51st annual Art Harvest on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2, at Highlander Park, 1143 Michigan Ave. in Dunedin.
More than 200 nationally acclaimed artists will be showcased at the largest outside juried art show in the Tampa Bay Area.
Art Harvest, which started as a small art gathering, has evolved into a well-respected juried show of high-quality art with balanced media involving more than 200 artists. The event is historically held the first weekend of November, and more than 50,000 guests attend each year.
The 2014 featured artist is Mike Williams of St. Petersburg. His artwork depicts the outside, coastal lifestyle influenced by his life while living and working on the shores of Lake Erie and now St. Petersburg. His work can be found in public and private collections around the world.
TARPON SPRINGS - Twenty-five of the best plein air painters from Florida's east coast and beyond will be setting up their easels to capture the unique charm and beauty of Tarpon Springs during the 2014 Invitational Paint Out, Nov. 4-9.
The public is invited to watch these painters at work on Tarpon Springs streets and byways.
Area families, some of whom are local artists, will host these visiting artists for the week. The paintings produced will come in daily and may be seen and purchased at Tarapani's Fine Art & Antiques, 128 E. Tarpon Ave.
PALM HARBOR - The Palm Harbor Museum, in cooperation with the Florida Humanities Council, will host a Smithsonian traveling exhibition beginning Nov. 1.
“The Way We Worked,” which is adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives, explores how work became a central theme in American culture.
Because work has changed dramatically over the last 100 years, its importance is reflected in the fact that we spend so much of our lives on the job. In many ways, the worker is seen as the American hero - the exhibit honors the men and women who have created the country that we have today.
TARPON SPRINGS - It’s never quiet at Replay Amusement Museum. Tucked between buildings in downtown Tarpon Springs, the museum echoes with whirs and dings and clangs.
Songs like Pinball Wizard and Big Girls Don’t Cry are piped in through old-fashioned jukeboxes. And above the almost audible hum of electricity, adults relive their childhoods in the form of arcade games.
On Oct. 3, Brian and Becky Cheaney opened Replay Amusement Museum with their personal collection: hundreds of stand-up arcade games they’d spent a decade accumulating for their own personal use.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Florida Holocaust Museum, at 55 Fifth St. S., will present The Holocaust: Artwork by Murray Zimiles, a new exhibit opening Saturday, Oct. 25 and running through Jan. 18, 2015.
The museum will host an opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m. The event is free to FHM members. General admission is $9. Attendees will have an opportunity to tour the exhibition with Zimiles and enjoy a wine and cheese reception. RSVPs are required. Call 820-0100, ext. 271.
Murray Zimiles is a distinguished artist, well-known for artwork that focuses on the Holocaust, and is widely featured in exhibitions and collections across the United States and around the world. More than 120 pieces of Zimiles' work, including drawings, paintings, lithographs and mixed media have been donated to the museum's permanent collection, many of which will be on display in the exhibition.
"Knowing that 10 years of my life's work is going into good hands is the most important and exciting thing I could hope for," said Zimiles in a press release. "The Florida Holocaust Museum is a worthy museum, and I'm beyond happy that they will take care of the collection and display it for others to see."
ST. PETERSBURG - Transparencia: Explorations in Transparent Media by gallery arist Lourdes Rosas-Rasdall is the focus of an exhibit on display through Nov. 15 at St. Pete Artworks, 635 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg.
A free opening reception is scheduled on Saturday, Oct. 18, 6 to p.m.
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on second Saturdays.
TARPON SPRINGS - This fall, a pair of landscape-themed exhibitions will take center stage at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, on the Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College.
Scheduled to open Sunday, Oct. 12, the new exhibits are titled “Uncertain Landscape: Victoria Block and Alain Salesse” and “Disappearing Landscape: Janos Enyedi.”
Each of the upcoming exhibits will share a message of subjective landscapes based on real or imaginary observations.
ST. PETERSBURG - The encounter between Jamie Wyeth (born 1946), one of America’s most gifted artists and portrait painters, and dance icon Rudolf Nureyev was destined to produce fascinating, revealing works.
Wyeth’s Portraits of Rudolf Nureyev: Images of the Dancer from the Brandywine River Museum of Art will open Saturday, Oct. 11, and will continue through Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE.
ST. PETERSBURG - Just in time for the October ArtWalk tour, St. Petersburg Opera Company is hosting the opening of an exhibit of the art of local artist Mirella Cimato on Saturday, Oct. 11, 5 to 9 p.m.
An ArtWalk trolley stops at the corner of First Avenue South and 22nd Street, one building away from St. Petersburg Opera’s home, Opera Central, located at 2145 First Ave. South, St. Petersburg.