ST. PETERSBURG - An opening reception for “YES,” a group art exhibit, will take place Saturday, Dec. 10, 5 to 9 p.m., at The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg.
Over the past 12 years, The Studio@620 has prided itself on being a YES in the community, providing a venue for creative and cultural endeavors of all types.
As a continuation of exploring the meaning and impact of YES, Chad Mize and Kenny Jensen have co-curated a group exhibition centered on this concept. The exhibition showcases work by more than 80 artists as they seek to interpret YES! The sale of artwork helps to sustain The Studio2620 and the creative people in the community.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Morean Arts Center will continue its celebration of 20 Years of Word & Image: Arts in Education by showcasing works from elementary school students in Pinellas County in an exhibit opening Friday, Dec. 9, at 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg,
The continuing theme is “On My Block.” The exhibition will run through Jan. 15. An opening reception will take place Saturday, Dec. 10, 3:30 p.m.
Amanda Cooper, curator of exhibitions at the Morean Arts Center, said she chose the theme “On My Block” to connect students with their community as the Morean has done for residents and visitors of St. Petersburg for the past 100 years.
DUNEDIN - Nathan Beard will be the featured speaker at Coffee and Conversation on Thursday, Dec. 8, noon, at Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin.
Attendees will enjoy coffee presented by the Sterling Society of DFAC along with insights on art and the creative process. Admission is $5 for adults and free to current DFAC members.
From formative memories of his time in Egypt to advances in quantum physics, Nathan Beard’s work explores the patterns and processes at the confluence of human experience and natural forces. For his contribution to this year’s Coffee & Conversation Series, he will lead attendees through the inspirations and experiences behind the creation of his abstract paintings. He is also eager to share his thoughts for the future of his work and the inclusion of “communion” into his personal search for universal meaning.
TARPON SPRINGS - The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at St. Petersburg College, Tarpon Springs, will host a docent training course on Fridays from Jan. 5 through June 2, 10 a.m. to noon, at 600 E. Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs.
Costs of the course include a materials fee of $25 and an individual museum membership fee of $40. Prior knowledge of art or art history is not required. Registration for the course runs through Dec. 30. Call Patti Buster at 727-712-5226 for information.
The museum only offers its docent training course approximately once every three years. The course is taught by staff members, experienced docents, and guest lecturers and is based on the institution’s collection of modern and contemporary art. The five-month program includes a survey of art history from the late nineteenth-century to the present; gallery talks; presentations about public speaking; tour techniques; and guided practice tours. Upon graduation, docent trainees are expected to serve actively for at least one year.
PINELLAS PARK - For much of her life, Loy Khambay-Correa felt she needed to hide her passion and talent for the visual arts.
Born in Laos, she grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and St. Petersburg. Because of her family’s culture, art wasn’t the type of career she was encouraged to have. Her parents wanted her to be a doctor or a lawyer.
“I didn’t want to do either of those things,” she said. “I always wanted to do art. But I never had the backup and support.”
ST. PETERSBURG - “Jack Barrett: People Watching” will open Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg.
The exhibition brings together works that convey the breadth of Barrett’s explorations of the human figure. In addition to paintings and sketchbooks, select sculptures will be on view. This vibrant exhibition will continue through Feb. 19, 2017, in the Lee Malone Gallery.
A Gallery Talk with Katherine Pill, curator of contemporary art, and his wife Louise Barrett will take place on opening day at 3 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Morean Arts Center’s There is No Time Like the Presents: 2016 Holiday Show & Sale will run Nov. 12 through Dec. 30, at 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
The show, which features work by members of the Morean, has a buy-local retail focus that includes items such as paintings, functional pottery, jewelry, glass, ornaments and arty stocking stuffers. With more than 1,000 members, the show displays a unique range of style and art to suit most tastes and décor.
All items are unique and one-of-a-kind to ensure no one will receive the same gift twice while also supporting local artists. Buying local stimulates the economy and helps preserve the unique findings and destinations St. Petersburg and the surrounding Bay area have to offer.
ST. PETERSBURG - Before the Civil Rights marches of the 1950s and 1960s, there were a group of young African-American men who fought for equality and the right to defend their country.
The stories of these exceptional men will be shared in “Fighting for the Right to Fight: African- American Experiences in World War II,” a new exhibit on display through March 5, at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg.
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.
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.