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ST. PETERSBURG -Drawing on the impressive collection of Robb and Susan Hough of St. Petersburg, “The Art of the Classical Guitar” highlights memorable achievements in the history of the instrument. The exhibit will open Saturday, Feb. 13, and continues through Sunday, May 29, at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg.

Stellar examples from the 1840s to the 1990s will be on view. This is the first time the MFA has presented an exhibition of musical instruments, made possible by the Hough Family Foundation and The Margaret Acheson Stuart Society.

For information, call 727-896-2667 or visit www.fine-arts.org.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Two works by Christian Marclay are on display through Sunday, May 1, at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg.

Marclay has taken the art world by storm. He represented the United States in the 54th Venice Biennale and won the Golden Lion for his 24-hour montage “The Clock” (2011). Newsweek has named him one of the 10 most important artists working today.

The MFA is now showing two of his works: “Telephones” (1995) and “Sound Holes” (2007). The works are on display in the Helen and Dick Minck Gallery of New Media. Curator of contemporary art Katherine Pill selected the works.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The Chihuly Collection presented by the Morean Arts Center will introduce a new temporary exhibition, opening Friday, Feb. 12, at 400 Beach Drive NE.

“John Kiley: Luminosity” will feature a variety of works by the Seattle-based glass artist.

A native of Seattle, Washington, John Kiley has worked with renowned artist Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra and many others worldwide. Kiley's use of rich, but translucent hues generates a sense of drama that permeates through all of his sculptures. These powerful artworks engage the space that surrounds them playing with both light and negative space.
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DUNEDIN - Two “pop-up shows” will be presented in the coming weeks at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin.

The DFAC is enjoying having new gallery space to showcase art. The new space allows the center to occasionally partner with groups needing space for already curated exhibitions. According to Catherine Bergmann, DFAC’s curatorial director, two such “pop-up shows” are set to appear over the next couple of months. One exhibit will only be two weeks long, while the other will run for a month.

Quilter’s Crossing: An Expression of Happiness will run Feb. 12-28 in the Meta Brown Gallery. This exhibit will feature the work of one of Tampa Bay’s most vibrant quilt guilds, Quilter’s Crossing.
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DUNEDIN - The Dunedin Fine Art Center is currently accepting gently used artwork and art related supplies for the annual Trashy Treasures Art Sale, Tampa Bay’s biggest and most beloved art garage sale.

The sale will take place on Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations may be dropped off Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m., at DFAC, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. Donations will be accepted through Feb. 28.

The Trashy Treasures Preview Party featuring the best of trashy treasures will be Friday, March 4, 6 p.m. Preview Party admission is $10 and includes admission to DFAC’s contain it! multi-media installation fest.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Right now, area art lovers have an opportunity to witness where the art of today was born and to revel in the fantastic by experiencing “Disney and Dalí: Architects of the Imagination” at The Dalí Museum, 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg.

This enriching multimedia exhibition tells the story of the unlikely alliance between two of the most renowned artists of the 20th century: brilliantly eccentric Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí and magically inventive American animator Walt Disney.
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SAFETY HARBOR - Students will learn to draw with charcoal and ink outdoors on Fridays, Feb. 5-26, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center, 329 S. Bayshore Blvd., Safety Harbor.

This class for ages 14 through Adults cost $90 for the four-week session. Learn to work in nature as the Impressionists. Lessons will take place outdoors weather permitting, indoors when necessary. Landscape, buildings, and still life will be our subjects. Additional materials must be purchased prior to the start of class; contact the museum for material list prior to class starting.

For information on this class, call 727-724-1562 or visit SafetyHarborCulture.com.
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ST. PETERSBURG - From gold coins and silver ingots to a never-before-seen ship’s bell, it is said to be the most remarkable find on dry land: “Shipwreck: Treasures of the Deep” is on display through May 31 in the main gallery of the St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg,

The exhibit takes visitors on an interactive journey thousands of feet below the ocean’s surface to discover fascinating treasures that have been locked away for centuries. Along the way, guests will experience the cutting-edge technology and innovative methodologies used to dive far below the ocean’s surface to a realm most humans have never seen.

Filling the main gallery, the exhibit shares the stories of a 17th-century Spanish galleon, a Civil War steamship and a World War II merchant vessel. “Shipwreck: Treasures from the Deep” features dynamic videos, graphics, interactive areas and unique artifacts including extraordinary gold and silver coins, a 80-pound silver ingot recovered from three miles deep (a mile deeper than the Titanic) and a rare bronze mariner’s astrolabe.
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TREASURE ISLAND - The winter show of Treasure Island Art Guild members Eleanor Adamo, George Avery, Joe Martin, Sally Pierce, and Susan Walsh is on exhibit at the Treasure Island Community Center through March 2.

While studying various media during her “golden years,” Adamo explored the character of watercolors, which led her to the allure of its transparency, as seen in a luminous still life “The Trio” and a “Water Garden” of lilies and Koi. Tropical “Protea Blooms of Maui” and “Debra’s Dream” address high contrast and more saturated hues.
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SAFETY HARBOR - The Safety Harbor Library Foundation is seeking artists of all ages and anyone creative to donate and decorate an artsy plastic flamingo their Flamingo Fundraiser.

Donated flamingos will on display in the library March 7 through April 14. Chances to win and own one of the flamingos are $1 per ticket or six for $5. Winning tickets will be drawn at the Key Lime Pie Fiesta on Thursday, April 14.

There is no artist or entry fee. Group entries are also encouraged. Artists will not be paid for their time or materials, however artists and group names will be honored on the foundation website where flamingo pictures can be viewed. Prizes will be awarded for the Most Creative, Staff Favorite and People’s Choice.
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TARPON SPRINGS - Works by Leonard Baskin, Ralph Wickiser and Allen Leepa are currently on display in three new exhibitions at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, on the Tarpon Springs Campus of St. Petersburg College.

The first installation, Prints by Leonard Baskin runs through Sunday, Feb. 28. The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art has what may be the largest collection of prints by the well-known American sculptor, printmaker, publisher and educator. This survey of Baskin’s graphic work includes a variety of subject matter and interests of the artist.
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