DUNEDIN - The Dunedin Fine Art Center recently announced its lineup of summer exhibits. The center, at 1143 Michigan Blvd. in Dunedin, launched the exhibits with a vow that they will “put their best face forward.”
Heading up the summer schedule is Heads Up, a juried exhibition celebrating the art of the portrait. Other summer exhibits include #Epic, Drawn to Greatness and Dignity: Tribes in Transition.
Heads Up runs through Aug. 21 in the John and Pat Rossi + Meta B. Brown Galleries. The juried exhibition features works in all media and interpretation - faces, heads and silhouettes. Visitors will find both classic portraiture as well as abstraction with renderings of persons real or imagined. Artists include Janine Krench, Jay Titus and Stephen Schatz.
CLEARWATER - The Clearwater Arts Alliance recently launched its “Thinking Outside the Box,” a new public art project. CAA engaged local artists to provide artwork that was then installed on signal boxes at various intersections.
The CAA commissioned artists Tim Boatright, Ya La’Ford and Ray Paul for the project’s first phase, that includes seven art-wrapped signal boxes in and around Clearwater’s Downtown Cleveland Street District. Upcoming phases of “Thinking Outside the Box” will feature the work of more artists and expand the number of boxes and the Clearwater neighborhoods covered.
ST. PETERSBURG - Shana Moulton’s first solo museum exhibition opens Saturday, June 18, at the Museum of Fine Arts and continues through Sunday, Oct. 9, in the Hazel Hough Wing.
In “Shana Moulton: Journeys Out of the Body,” the artist explores the obsession with self-help fads and wellness therapies, as well as consumer culture as a whole. She primarily uses video, with her alter ego Cynthia, who never speaks, as the protagonist.
The MFA will feature all nine installments of her “Whispering Pines” series, as well as other videos, sculpture and an opera/performance piece.
PINELLAS PARK - John Gascot is never short of ideas. Whether it’s a series featuring “Faces of St. Pete” or one documenting his interpretation of pop culture icons, he’s always working on something new.
“I’m notorious for having way too many ideas going on at the same time,” he said.
The second he has an idea he puts it out into the world, sharing it with friends and fans on social media.
“I’m not someone who isn’t going to tell anyone,” he said. “Either it will come to fruition or it will die off and I’ll lose interest.”
TARPON SPRINGS - Two new exhibitions will soon open the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, on the Tarpon Springs Campus of St. Petersburg College, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. Both continue into mid-September.
“Into the Third Dimension: Sculpture from the Collection” and “Youth Gone Wild: The History and Art of Pinball” will have broad appeal to visitors both young and old, according to a press release from the museum.
“Into the Third Dimension: Sculpture from the Collection” will open Sunday, May 29, and will introduce audiences to the breadth of sculptural work in the museum’s permanent collection. From modernist works by Henry Moore, Victor Vasarely, Vladimir Yoffe, Abraham Rattner, and Esther Gentle to contemporary works by Richard Beckman, Jack King, Charles Parkhill and Lin Emery, the collection demonstrates a wide variety of styles and media.
ST. PETERSBURG - Aaron Sherwood, vice president of commercial banking at Synovus Bank, recently joined Creative Clay’s board of directors.
Sherwood is a seasoned retail commercial banker with more than 18 years of experience in the financial services industry. He was selected in 2010 and 2013 for the prestigious Synovus Bank Leaders’ Circle award, bestowed annually in recognition of outstanding banking performance within their respective line of business.
Sherwood holds an associate’s degree in general studies from Niagara County Community College, a degree from the American Institute of Banking and plans to earn a graduate degree from the Louisiana State University Graduate School of Banking in 2018.
ST. PETERSBURG - The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance announced the recipients of the 2016 Individual Artist Grant Program May 6.
The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance established an Individual Artist Grant Program last year with funding provided by the Office of Cultural Affairs. The alliance is able to continue the grant program in 2016. The grants are intended to provide financial assistance to resident artists for projects that support public engagement of their work in the visual arts, dance, music, digital arts, and theater disciplines.
ST. PETERSBURG - “Harold Edgerton: What the Eye Can’t See,” a new exhibit spotlighting some of Edgerton’s most compelling photographs, runs Saturday, May 7, through Sunday, July 31, at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg.
This exhibit will be on display in the second-floor Works on Paper Gallery.
Robin O’Dell, manager of photographic collections, developed this choice selection of 25 photographs by Harold “Doc” Edgerton (American, 1903-1990). The museum has a collection of 95 Edgerton photographs.
ST. PETERSBURG - Local artist, musician and Creative Clay teaching artist Emily Turnage joined the Creative Clay staff April 13 as the new community arts director, following the departure of Charlie Bachmann, who is moving to Des Moines, Iowa.
A St. Petersburg native, Turnage graduated from St. Petersburg High School, then University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Turnage has worked for Creative Clay for the past three years as a teaching artist, working with small groups of member artists in the studio and community.
As an accomplished musician and band member of Hussar, Turnage brings a musical perspective to her leadership and direction of Creative Clay’s Community Arts Program, which serves adult artists diagnosed with disabilities. Hussar is a local group playing experimental, progressive and alternative music.