DUNEDIN - Believe it or not, it has been 11 years since the inaugural Wearable ART fashion show. Since then, the annual affair has become a signature event in the Tampa Bay area, showcasing a growing contingent of artists working in fashion-related ways.
Wearable ART 12 will take place Saturday, Aug. 27, at Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. The pre-party will get underway at 7 p.m. The runway show will start at 8:30 p.m. An after-party will follow the show.
PINELLAS PARK - Isis Navarro - a Studios@5663 member known by many as her artistic alter ego Luna Dulcinea - was born and raised in Honduras.
Both of her parents were artists. Her father was a wood carver; her mother, an illustrator, writer and educator who brought arts education to more rural and suburban Honduran areas.
“So I grew up with a lot of art around me,” she said, from “crazy, awesome books” to music and visual arts.
Navarro moved to Pinellas County with her father when she was 12, first landing in Treasure Island and eventually moving just north of St. Petersburg. Her mother remained in Honduras and passed away two years later.
ST. PETERSBURG - “From the Heart: Folk Art on Paper,” an exhibition featuring work by Southern self-taught artists, will run Aug. 6 through Nov. 13, in the second-floor Works on Paper Gallery, at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg.
Martha and Jim Sweeny, who have given 34 works in this genre to the MFA, are the exhibition sponsors, and the Tampa Bay Times is the media sponsor. Curator of contemporary art Katherine Pill selected the works and will present a Gallery Talk on Sunday, Aug. 7, 3 p.m.
TARPON SPRINGS - Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art recently appointed Christine Renc-Carter as its new curator.
The curator is responsible for researching, organizing, designing and helping to interpret exhibitions to the public, along with an array of administrative responsibilities such as budgeting and other duties for the curatorial department.
Renc-Carter is the second curator to be hired at LRMA, which opened in 2002. She follows Lynn Whitelaw, who recently retired from this position. Renc-Carter assumed her duties at the museum on July 18.
TARPON SPRINGS - On tap for August are a number of new programs and continuing art exhibitions at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, on the Tarpon Springs Campus of St. Petersburg College, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs.
The museum also announced its new listing as a PokéStop in the new Pokémon Go game.
GULFPORT - Portspace, at 3007 Beach Blvd. in Gulfport, will open its doors for its new exhibition “Blue Nudes,” by artist Carrie Jadus, July 16 through Aug. 26. Opening nights will be Saturday, July 16, 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 5, 6 to 9 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 20, 6 to 9 p.m.
“Blue Nudes” is an ongoing body of work stemming from live-drawing sessions out of Soft Water Studios located in the Warehouse District of St. Petersburg. The growing collection of small-scale paintings is studies in the human form imbued with the quality of light and color palette within St. Petersburg’s subtropical landscape. The spontaneous works are stripped of their studio location allowing the forms to either float or become grounded in a color field of teal.
ST. PETERSBURG - This summer, The Dalí Museum is presenting an alluring exhibition of the work of Horst P. Horst (1906-1999), who ranked alongside Irving Penn and Richard Avedon as one of the last century’s leading photographers.
Now open, “Horst: Photographs - Fashion and Surrealism” runs through Sept. 6 at The Dalí Museum, One Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg.
The exhibit features 180 works of the famed fashion and surrealism photographer. In an extraordinary 60-year career, Horst’s photographs graced the pages of Vogue and House and Garden and he became renowned as a master of expressive lighting and atmospheric illusion.
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.