ST. PETERSBURG - “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art” - one of the most expansive exhibitions of Latino art ever presented in the Tampa Bay area - opens Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE.
The exhibition features 75 works by 62 gifted modern and contemporary artists, drawn entirely from the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.
“Our America” will continue through Sunday, Jan. 22. Local sponsors are Bright House Networks; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP; Telemundo Tampa; and the Tampa Bay Times.
PALM HARBOR - An art show featuring recent works by Ozona artist Robert “RX” Boykin and Winter Haven artist Gale Gann will be presented Saturday, Nov. 5, 4 to 9 p.m., at the historic Ozona Village Hall, 341 Bay Street, Palm Harbor.
Boykin’s selection will include 25 large and small scale impressionistic oil landscapes, seascapes, still lifes and his very popular children themed paintings. Each will be framed in either his special handcrafted frames or museum quality gold metal leaf frames. He will be represented by his daughter, Linda Boykin Manoleros.
DUNEDIN - On Oct. 1, the Dunedin Fine Art Center hosted the official ribbon-cutting for the second floor addition that brought an additional 7,300 square feet and six studio/classrooms to DFAC’s main campus on Michigan Boulevard in Dunedin.
Major contributions from the state of Florida, Edward and Betty Proefke, Sherrie Morton, Bea Donis, Peter and Paula Vosotas and Syd and Irwin Entel and support from many others, helped make the project a reality. Bruce Livingston, Dunedin vice-mayor, joined DFAC chairperson Amy Heimlich, former chairs Dianne Wheatley-Giliotti and Patrick Donoghue and founding member Syd Entel along with DFAC president George Ann Bissett in making remarks during the short ceremony.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Florida Holocaust Museum will present the North American premiere of “Matzevot for Everyday Use,” an exhibition by ?ukasz Baksik, running Oct. 15 through Jan. 29 at the museum, 55 Fifth St. S., St. Petersburg.
An opening reception will take place Saturday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m. Cost is $9 a person for guests and free to FHM members. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet Polish photographer ?ukasz Baksik. The event will feature wine and hors d'oeuvres. To RSVP, call 727-820-0100, ext. 271.
ST. PETERSBURG - The docent program at the Chihuly Collection presented by the Morean Arts Center is currently looking for friendly, outgoing and engaging volunteers.
In preparation for the upcoming relocation and grand reopening this month, the center is hoping to expand its core group of docents.
The docent program at the Chihuly Collection is at the heart of its educational mission, one of the main reasons Dale Chihuly chose St. Petersburg and the Morean Arts Center as the home for the Chihuly Collection. Docents are trained to serve the needs and interests of the center’s diverse visitors, from elementary school children to adults. No prior art history background or work experience is required to volunteer; however, those wishing to volunteer in the docent program should be comfortable working and communicating with the public. Docents create and conduct public tours of the permanent and visiting exhibitions as well as private tours arranged by the group sales staff.
ST. PETERSBURG - Two exhibitions are on display through Dec. 24 at Opera Central, 2145 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg. An opening reception will take place Saturday, Oct. 8, 5 to 9 p.m.
The exhibit in the Mirella Cimato Gallery will feature “The Golden Collection,” showcasing mixed media photography by Jim Swallow. This body of work was formed out of a desire to create images that have a unique shimmering quality to them. The primary subjects are trees, plants and flowers: things made by God, cherished by Mother Nature and brought forth in shimmering light. The emphasis is on the natural form.
“After years of searching for a new approach to my photographic art, I discovered a technique by a watercolorist which would give my work a shimmering quality,” Swallow explains in his artist’s statement. “Once I learned the proper combination of paper, paint and ink, I created ‘The Golden Collection’ using images of trees and flowers with a strong emphasis on light and shadow. What I love about this collection is the warmth of the gold appearance along with a touch of iridescence.”
ST. PETERSBURG - As The Dalí celebrates legendary chef Ferran Adrià and presents the transcendent nature of food in its special exhibition Ferran Adrià: The Invention of Food, the museum acknowledges that for some, food is not the subject for discourse or experimentation, but a necessity which is all too often lacking.
In Pinellas County alone, 1 in 7 adults do not have consistent access to the food they need and 17 percent of residents, including 1 in 4 children, lack reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. The Dalí will join the fight against hunger with a food drive, collecting nonperishable, high-demand canned food items from Nov. 1-23, 2016. To encourage donations, Dalí Museum visitors donating canned food items will each receive a $2 credit toward adult or senior admission.
“We couldn’t honor food without considering those in our community who are without it,” said Kathy Greif in a press release. Greif is the chief marketing officer for The Dalí.
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.
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.”