ST. PETERSBURG - This fall, visitors will immerse themselves in the transcendent nature of food as The Dalí presents the special exhibition “Ferran Adrià: The Invention of Food,” opening Sunday, Sept. 25, at the museum, One Dalí Boulevard, St. Petersburg.
Widely celebrated for changing the landscape of gastronomy, renowned chef and restaurateur Ferran Adrià changed cooking in the same way Salvador Dalí changed art.
“Adria looked so deeply and experimented so fundamentally with what was possible in creating food, that in a sense, he rediscovered it,” said Hank Hine, Dalí museum director, in a press release announcing the exhibition.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Studio@620 welcomes Enrique Cay as part of the Worlds' Greatest Kiting exhibition on Thursday Sept. 29, 6-9 p.m. with a presentation at 7 p.m.
Known for his painting of giant kites, Cay will explain the history and significance of the day of the Dead to the Guatemalan and Mayan culture. He will assist the listeners with an understanding of the use and importance of the kites on Nov. 1. For those interested in the fascinating holiday Day of the Dead, in Indigenous cultures in Central America and for those simply fascinated with culture this will be an evening you will not want to miss. Presentation begins at 7 p.m.
CLEARWATER - The city of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency is seeking artists to design an artistic banner that will be displayed along a chain-link fence on city property.
One artist will be selected and his or her graphic design will be printed on a mesh banner to beautify a chain-link fence located at 1274 Cleveland St. Specifically, the banner will be installed on the 387 linear feet of fencing fronting Cleveland Street between North Lincoln Avenue and North Betty Lane.
Proposals from artists living and/or working in the Tampa Bay area are highly desired. Artists are strongly encouraged to visit the site.
ST. PETERSBURG - Michel Mirabal, an acclaimed Cuban painter known for his pairing of Cuban and American flags, is the latest artist to add his work to St. Petersburg’s growing mural collection.
Mirabal, as part of the SPFestival 16, will paint a wall of the Warehouse Arts District’s Arts Xchange this month. Various local groups, along with the city of St. Petersburg, are partnering for his visit, the latest in a series of artistic and diplomatic efforts aimed at renewing ties to Cuba amid changing diplomatic rules.
Mirabal’s vibrant paintings are instantly recognizable, including one he donated to the U.S. embassy in Havana that served as a backdrop for a media availability during President Barack Obama’s historic visit in March. Also this year, his work was chosen by Pompano Beach’s Stonegate Bank for a commemorative edition credit card when it became the first U.S. bank to issue a MasterCard debit card that Americans can use in Cuba.
SAFETY HARBOR - An opening reception for “Flora, Fauna and Fantasy” will take place Saturday, Sept. 24, 6 to 8 p.m., at Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass, 247 Main St., Safety Harbor.
This group show will consist of award-winning artists in both art and glass. Their works transport viewers into another realm, showing them the beauty and power in nature along with a twist of fantasy.
Susan Benjamin, owner and curator of the exhibition, will speak at 7 p.m. The show is open to the public and will continue through Oct. 22.
TREASURE ISLAND - The Treasure Island Art Guild’s fall show is open and will continue through Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Treasure Island Community Center.
It features the work of local artists Annie Dwyer, Louise Garrigues, Vittoria Hohman, Winnie McIntyre and Janet Shepherd.
One of Dwyer’s favorite subject matter, the animal kingdom, is evidenced in oils “Stable Mates” and man’s best friend “Here They Come.” She treats us to a luminous pastel portrait of the sweet “Age of Innocence” and a masterfully executed montage of an oil and pastel “World of Miniatures.”
ST. PETERSBURG - The Florida Holocaust Museum recently announced that the museum has been chosen by USA TODAY as the No. 1 museum to visit in St. Petersburg-Clearwater out of a top 10 list of museums.
This rating comes at a very exciting time for the FHM as it marks the start of its 25th anniversary year.
Upon visiting many of the wonderful museums in the St. Petersburg-Clearwater area, USA TODAY 10 Best Expert Michelle da Silva Richmond said that one of the most impressive facilities “is the Florida Holocaust Museum, where that sad chapter in history is reverently honored."
ST. PETERSBURG - The Morean Arts Center will host “The Journey: Photographs Along the Way,” the center’s first juried photography show. Juried by the renowned National Geographic photographer Sam Abell, applications for the show must be submitted by midnight on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016.
Abell is a teacher, artist and photographer who learned photography from his father at their home in Sylvania, Ohio. He worked for National Geographic as a contract and staff photographer for 33 years after graduating from the University of Kentucky. In addition to his work with National Geographic, Abell has published three collections of his work and maintains an international career as a writer, teacher and lecturer on photography.
The exhibition and competition is open to all artists age 18 or older who are residents of the U.S. All works must be original, completed within the last two years, and not previously exhibited at the Morean. The fee to enter is $30, and due by midnight on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. Awards for the show include $1,000 for Best of Show, $750 for second place and $500 for third place. Entry forms are available online at www.MoreanArtsCenter.org.
ST. PETERSBURG - An opening reception for “Retracing my Roots - Cuba Today," featuring paintings by Ben Cardoso, will take place Saturday, Sept. 17, 6 to 9 p.m., at St. Pete ArtWorks 635 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
The reception will include Cuban cuisine and Cuban music by percussionist Edwardo Busquet. Beverages will be available. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition continues through Oct. 8.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 1 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Morean Arts Center’s exhibits “Paradise Cities: Urban Art in Florida” and “Dave Williams: I Wish you Could Hear what I’m Thinking” will kick off with an opening reception Saturday, Sept. 10, 5 to 9 p.m., at 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
The event is free and open to the public. Both exhibits will run through Oct. 30.
Unique to the “Paradise Cities: Urban Art in Florida” exhibit is the inclusion of 10 female artists in a primarily male-dominated facet of art. The artists from various locations throughout Florida fuse street art aesthetic into their studio practice to create original works of art displayed in a large gallery setting.
DUNEDIN - When Vinnie Luisi became director of the Dunedin Historical Museum 20 years ago, he began thinking about expanding the building.
His vision is about to become reality.
Work is expected to begin on a $600,000 museum expansion project in October, featuring a 602-square-foot addition on the northeast side of the building and new exhibit areas.
The project is intended to extend the front entrance of the museum to give it higher visibility and attract more visitors. Currently, visitors enter the museum through the side and first see temporary exhibits.