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 - The Morean Arts Center Board of Trustees recently announced that the Chihuly Collection will close its Beach Drive location on Aug. 1.
The Chihuly Collection will be open with normal business hours through July 31. The relocation will start immediately, with a grand re-opening scheduled for October 2016 on Central Avenue.
The new location, at 720 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg, will be adjacent to the Morean Arts Center. The new location will include an exhibition space and approximately 4,200 square feet of outdoor space.
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.
ST. PETERSBURG - The 28th annual Cool Art Show will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the St. Petersburg Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N.
Admission is free. Sponsored by the Professional Association of Visual Artists, this juried show features 75 fine artists and craftsmen, including many international museum exhibitors and award winners from other shows throughout the Southeast.
DUNEDIN - The Dunedin Fine Art Center recently announced its lineup of summer exhibits. The center, at 1143 Michigan Blvd. in Dunedin, launched the exhibits with a vow that they will “put their best face forward.”
Heading up the summer schedule is Heads Up, a juried exhibition celebrating the art of the portrait. Other summer exhibits include #Epic, Drawn to Greatness and Dignity: Tribes in Transition.
Heads Up runs through Aug. 21 in the John and Pat Rossi + Meta B. Brown Galleries. The juried exhibition features works in all media and interpretation - faces, heads and silhouettes. Visitors will find both classic portraiture as well as abstraction with renderings of persons real or imagined. Artists include Janine Krench, Jay Titus and Stephen Schatz.
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.
PINELLAS PARK - John Gascot is never short of ideas. Whether it’s a series featuring “Faces of St. Pete” or one documenting his interpretation of pop culture icons, he’s always working on something new.
“I’m notorious for having way too many ideas going on at the same time,” he said.
The second he has an idea he puts it out into the world, sharing it with friends and fans on social media.
“I’m not someone who isn’t going to tell anyone,” he said. “Either it will come to fruition or it will die off and I’ll lose interest.”
TARPON SPRINGS - Two new exhibitions will soon open the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, on the Tarpon Springs Campus of St. Petersburg College, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. Both continue into mid-September.
“Into the Third Dimension: Sculpture from the Collection” and “Youth Gone Wild: The History and Art of Pinball” will have broad appeal to visitors both young and old, according to a press release from the museum.
“Into the Third Dimension: Sculpture from the Collection” will open Sunday, May 29, and will introduce audiences to the breadth of sculptural work in the museum’s permanent collection. From modernist works by Henry Moore, Victor Vasarely, Vladimir Yoffe, Abraham Rattner, and Esther Gentle to contemporary works by Richard Beckman, Jack King, Charles Parkhill and Lin Emery, the collection demonstrates a wide variety of styles and media.