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.
The exhibition, designed for small museums such as the Palm Harbor Museum, will feature local types of work in the Palm Harbor community. Past generations of Floridians made their living in the citrus grove and cattle ranching industries. On the waterfront, boat building and commercial fishing sustained many who labored by hand.
By using large graphics, along with relevant objects such as clothing worn by workers, the exhibit will offer multiple interpretive opportunities for visitors. Audio components allow workers to tell their own stories about changes in their industries. Films follow workers into their workplaces of various industries. Visitors are introduced to the experiences of multiple generations of families involved in the same work.
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.
LARGO - A flock of artistically-painted pink plastic yard flamingoes is roosting at the Largo Cultural Center for the month of October.
The Art of Being Floridian, the whimsical traveling exhibit, features 25 plastic flamingos painted by artists from throughout the Tampa Bay region. Each flamingo has its own name, which corresponds to its colorful personality. The flock includes “Caladium Cal,” painted by Largo craft artist Elaine Richard.
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.
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.
A poetic response to Kitchin’s love of boating gives us acrylics “Days End” and “Home on the Creek.” The nature of an award winning “Mr. Gray” is captured posing while he waits to snare his aquatic prey. Watercolor creates the freshness of transparent washes in a heartfelt “Left Out” of the vase rosebud, hoping to join the arrangement.