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ST. PETERSBURG - The Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg recently partnered with the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and the Tampa Museum of Art to bring together works by artists who live in the Tampa Bay area with “Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration,” opening Saturday, June 24, at the MFA, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg.

The exhibition features 57 artists from Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties. Works were chosen by a committee of curators from each participating institution as well as Diana Nawi, a guest juror from Perez Art Museum Miami.

The exhibition is not only a celebration of contemporary art in the Tampa Bay area but also an exercise in collaboration between the museums, fostering a sense of a greater network and community. No theme was formulated for the Skyway exhibition, and so curators have drawn connections, both aesthetic and conceptual, between the exhibited artists.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The 2017 Members Art Show will run July 8-22 at The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

The studio is thrilled to share the artwork created by two dozen member artists in this annual group show. With a range spanning all media from assemblage to video, and covering all types of subject matter, this exhibition promises to be as diverse as our community.

Participating artists include Ann Bregman, Jeannine Clark Dunlap, Neverne Covington, Coralette Damme, Khalid Hameed, Myron Hansen, Cindy Heidel, Patrick Henry, Jay Hoff,
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ST. PETERSBURG - The 29th annual Cool Art Show will be presented Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N., St. Petersburg.

More than 75 outstanding artisans have been selected to exhibit a remarkable collection of visual and functional creations in paint, wood, ceramics, photography, metal, glass, fiber, mixed media and jewelry. This year’s event continues the Cool Art Show tradition of representing distinction across the spectrum of artistic media with many artists having received awards in shows and or representation in galleries and museums throughout the country.
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TARPON SPRINGS - The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art recently announced its July programs.

Opened to the public in 2002, LRMA is a modern and contemporary art museum with a collection of more than 6,000 works of 20th and 21st century art. The nucleus of the museum’s permanent collection includes works by Abraham Rattner, a renowned figurative expressionist; Esther Gentle, Rattner’s second wife and a printmaker, sculptor and painter; and Allen Leepa, Rattner’s step-son and an abstract expressionist artist. The museum’s collections also include of works by notable 20th century artists, such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Fernand Léger and Henry Moore, as well as many Florida and southeastern U.S. artists. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, a distinction held by only 6 percent of all U.S. museums.

LRMA is at 600 E. Klosterman Road, on the Tarpon Springs Campus of St. Petersburg College. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday; and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and free to children, students and active military with ID. On Sundays, docent tours are offered at 2 p.m. (included with admission fee). The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays. Isabelle’s Museum Store is open during regular business hours.
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DUNEDIN - This Studio Art Quilt Associates Growth exhibit opens Friday, June 9, and continues through Aug 18 at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin.

The Growth exhibit may be viewed free 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.

This museum-quality exhibition considers a variety of terms related to growth such as development, progress, advancement, expansion and improvement. The art quilts in this exhibition reflect ideas and reference growth of some kind perhaps personal growth, artistic, financial, natural, urban, physical, spiritual, and mechanical among many other concepts depicting growth.
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PINELLAS PARK - Like many children, artist Robert Riedel always enjoyed drawing. Those early pieces were similar to “what any kid would draw,” though he said, “wonky robots and animals.”

But there are two distinct moments he recalls where art became something more for him.

Growing up in California, he was constantly moving around due to his parents’ separation. But one summer, when he was around 10 years old, he found himself briefly attending a local Boys & Girls Club. The club had a full art room, where the instructor was a professional artist, the first one he ever met.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The Chihuly Collection presented by the Morean Arts Center relocated to the eclectic Central Arts District in October 2016.

The re-imagined space has been well received by local and tourists alike, as well as the return of the theater space, featuring films based on Dale Chihuly’s work, past installations and exhibitions around the world.

“SOLAS: Light Informs Glass” is the newest temporary exhibition to be shown at the new location. Three internationally recognized artists who have utilized light as a means to elevate their voice in glass are featured in this exhibit, including Richard Royal, Paula Stokes and Eric Mead.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The Florida Holocaust Museum has partnered with Eckerd College to release a 25th anniversary oral history series titled “25 Survivors, 25 Stories ... Celebrating 25 Years.”

Over the next 25 months, the museum’s oral history series will feature a different Holocaust survivor on the 25th of every month. Each survivor brings to the series an individual voice that enlivens our understanding of the Holocaust; the war’s effects on individuals, families, and communities dispersed across the world; and its reverberations into the present moment.

The third story was released recently and features Holocaust Survivor Jacqueline (Jackie) Albin. Following is an excerpt from the piece:
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SAFETY HARBOR - Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass, at 247 Main St. in Safety Harbor, will present its Summer Showcase of Artists works. The Best in Art & Glass show hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The gallery walls are filled with their premier artists’ works in a diverse range of mediums and techniques. The show features the new abstract series of paintings by Maya Eventov, the hyper-realism still-life wine prints by Thomas Arvid and the paint and collage shadow boxes of Craig Alan.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The Morean Arts Center is offering a chance to view its facilities for only $5 during the month of June for all educators, local or not.

The Morean Arts Center, at 719 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg, operates the Chihuly Collection, Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop and contemporary art and clay at the Morean Arts Center and Morean Center for Clay.

“Teachers are the backbone of our communities, and we understand this is only a small way to thank them for their selfless work,” said Roger Ross, interim executive director and CFO of the Morean Arts Center. “We hope the teachers will enjoy a few days taking in the art and culture available to them in St. Petersburg with their family and friends.”
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ST. PETERSBURG - The Chihuly Collection presented by Morean Arts Center recently announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their community, especially after a military move. A list of participating museums is available at arts.­gov/b­luest­armus­eums.

“We recognize the need to participate in such a great program in support of military families and all the sacrifices these families make,” said CFO of the Morean Arts Center Roger Ross. “This is our way of continuing to say, ‘Thank you.’”
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PINELLAS PARK - Ever since joining the Pinellas Park Arts Society nearly seven years ago, Terri Mills has devoted much of her free time to the organization. In fact, she refers to herself as

“Richard’s left arm.” This reference is to longtime PPAS president Richard Jansen, who lives in St. Pete Beach.

Mills lives just a few blocks from Park Station, which the PPAS calls home, though. So it makes more sense for her to assist with day-to-day operations, from receiving and hanging submissions to the group’s monthly contests to picking up marketing materials.
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PALM HARBOR - Linda Boosinger was originally brought into the Palm Harbor Museum to help with their events, but now she is reaching out to the community on the library’s behalf.

Boosinger, owner of LBP Weddings and Events and is also on the board of the Dunedin Museum, was hired by the Palm Harbor museum through Susan Latvala to help renovate the museum’s facility.

“It’s a beautiful new space,” Boosinger said. “A beautiful new kitchen with table and chairs.”
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ST. PETERSBURG - Dorothy Height’s Hats, a new exhibit will be displayed April 29-July 23 in the second-floor gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg.

Civil rights icon Dr. Dorothy Irene Height (1912-2010) was known for her courage, intelligence, leadership, standing straight - and hats. The 42 hats in the exhibition, organized by the MFA, have been borrowed from The Dorothy I. Height Education Foundation Inc. in Washington, D.C.
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TARPON SPRINGS - ”The Ebb and Flow of Life and Tides,” a photography exhibition featuring Lisa Sibley, will open with a reception on Sunday, April 2, 2 p.m., at Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

The exhibition will run through Aug. 30. Admission is free.

The show will consist of more than 20 larger scale digital photographic images on BFK Rives paper and canvas, allowing the flow of the images to remain uncontained by frames.
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Entertainment Calender
• Thursday, June 29, 2017
Sylvia
“Sylvia,” May 6 through July 9, at Early Bird Dinner Theater, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Tickets are $36. Shows are Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.; and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m. For information and to make reservations, call 727-446-5898 or visit earlybirddinnertheater.com.
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• Friday, June 30, 2017
Sylvia
“Sylvia,” May 6 through July 9, at Early Bird Dinner Theater, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Tickets are $36. Shows are Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.; and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m. For information and to make reservations, call 727-446-5898 or visit earlybirddinnertheater.com.
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• Saturday, July 1, 2017
Firefall and Al Stewart
Firefall and Al Stewart, Saturday, July 1, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $35.50. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.
Rickey Smiley & Friends
Rickey Smiley & Friends, Saturday, July 1, 8 p.m., at The Mahaffey, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $43.50. Call 727-893-7832 or visit themahaffey.com.
Sylvia
“Sylvia,” May 6 through July 9, at Early Bird Dinner Theater, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Tickets are $36. Shows are Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.; and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m. For information and to make reservations, call 727-446-5898 or visit earlybirddinnertheater.com.
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• Sunday, July 2, 2017
Dan TDM
Dan TDM, Sunday, July 2, 2 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $53.25. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.
Sylvia
“Sylvia,” May 6 through July 9, at Early Bird Dinner Theater, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Tickets are $36. Shows are Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.; and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m. For information and to make reservations, call 727-446-5898 or visit earlybirddinnertheater.com.
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• Thursday, July 6, 2017
Sylvia
“Sylvia,” May 6 through July 9, at Early Bird Dinner Theater, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Tickets are $36. Shows are Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.; and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m. For information and to make reservations, call 727-446-5898 or visit earlybirddinnertheater.com.
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• Friday, July 7, 2017
Sylvia
“Sylvia,” May 6 through July 9, at Early Bird Dinner Theater, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Tickets are $36. Shows are Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.; and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m. For information and to make reservations, call 727-446-5898 or visit earlybirddinnertheater.com.
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• Saturday, July 8, 2017
Dunedin Orange Festival
Dunedin Orange Festival, Saturday, July 8, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., at Edgewater Park, 51 Main St, Dunedin. The event will feature a mojo cook-off contest, music, food, entertainment, the Duck Derby. Live entertainment will include performances by Jack & Josie, Time Bandits, Six Volt Rodeo and The Shakes Society. Visit www.dunedinorangefestival.com.
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