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ST. PETERSBURG - Realistic Interpretations in Watercolor and Pastel, Florida Landscapes, Nautical Paintings & Portraits, an exhibit by Debbie Pridgeon is on display from Sept. 16 through Oct. 11 at St. Pete Artworks in St. Petersburg.

An opening reception is scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 20, 6 to 9 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and until 9 p.m. on second Saturdays.

For more information, call 727-710-7716.

According to her website, pridgeonvisions.com, Pridgeon began drawing and painting with oils at a young age, minored in art in college, and most recently studied with internationally known artist Augustine Ludovico. She now works predominately on pastel portraits and watercolor paintings.

She has participated in Historic Kenwood’s “Art in the Park”, Regatta Point Boat Shows, monthly art shows at the Augustine Ludovico Academy of Art, the demo and “Anything Goes” with the Treasure Island Art Guild, and displayed her work at various locations locally and internationally.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Just over 500 years ago, Juan Ponce de Leon landed on what he thought was just another Caribbean island. He named it La Florida.

Filling the entire main gallery of the St. Petersburg Museum of History, Imagining La Florida offers a new prospective on the rich, yet forgotten history of Florida and how the Sunshine State, not Virginia or Massachusetts, was the birthplace of our nation.

This interactive exhibit tells of Ponce’s arrival and those Spaniards who came after him, and how the complex interactions of Europeans, Africans and Indians shaped the development of modern Florida.

Walk through a Spanish galleon, listen to the Conquistadors as they prepare for their voyages and bathe in the Fountain of Youth.
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TREASURE ISLAND - The Treasure Island Art Guild has resumed its weekly workshops for members and non-members.

The Wednesday workshop, “Anything Goes,” is held at the Treasure Island Community Center Garden Room, 106th Avenue and Park Place. Artists are encouraged to use the medium of their choice. The cost is $3 for members and $4 for non-members.

The Thursday workshop, “Painting with Bruce Kotchey,” is held at the Treasure Island City Hall auditorium, 108th Avenue, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The cost is the same as Wednesday.

Friday’s portrait workshop is also at the City Hall auditorium from 9:30 to noon and features a live model. The cost is $4 for members and $6 for non-members.
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DUNEDIN - Though marked by real and imaginary boundaries, the Dunedin Fine Art Center’s quintet of fall exhibits take up every inch of the center’s newly expanded gallery space.

Lost Worlds in the new Gamble Family Gallery will feature artists whose works map forgotten landscapes, in a variety of media, both abstract and defined. Visit the imaginary worlds of Edgar Sanchez Cumbas, Lise Drost, Shane McAdams and William Walmsley. The exhibit will be on display from Sept. 12-Dec. 23.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Creative Clay Inc. announces The Good Folk Show Invitational 2014, an annual exhibit of portraits of member artists by professional local and regional artists working in all media, on display Sept. 13-Nov. 5.

An opening reception is Sept. 13, 5-9 p.m., during ArtWalk. The show also will be showcased during Folkfest St. Pete, Oct. 25 and 26, and runs through Nov. 5.
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DUNEDIN - The Dunedin Public Library in partnership with the Dunedin Historical Museum will present a special exhibit display in the main gallery entranceway of the library to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the battle of Fort McHenry.

The exhibit runs from Friday, Sept. 5, at the library, until Sunday, Oct. 5 at the library. Then it will travel to schools to be used in their libraries.
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ST. PETERSBURG - For a decade, Pinellas County Schools students at Melrose Elementary, John Hopkins Middle and Lakewood High schools have been documenting the people, places and stories in their neighborhoods through the Journeys in Journalism program.

Journeys in Journalism, a partnership between PCS and the Tampa Bay Times, is designed to immerse students K-12 in journalism/multimedia training.

Starting mid-September an exhibit, Through Our Eyes: Midtown and Beyond, will showcase the work of 100 selected Journeys in Journalism students at Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Students give unique perspectives of their communities using photography, writing or multimedia.

The exhibit marks the 10th anniversary Journeys in Journalism students have been featured at Studio@620.
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ST. PETERSBURG - From the barter system to the American Colonies creating paper IOUs that would become the first governmental paper money - currency has evolved.

The evolution continues in St. Petersburg as the St. Petersburg Museum of History recently announced that it is the first museum in Florida to accept Bitcoin - an online currency - for museum products, services and donations.

Invented in 2009, Bitcoin is an online currency that is outside of traditional banks, and controlled only by the people choosing to accept them.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Building the Panama Canal - Photographs by Ernest Hallen, on view at the Museum of Fine Arts through Sunday, Nov. 9, in the second-floor Works on Paper Gallery, reveals a fascinating story.

This technological marvel changed the world’s system of transportation and would have far-reaching economic and political implications. The canal, an impressive achievement completed in 1914, also became a lightning rod. The works in this exhibition date from 1904 to 1915.
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DUNEDIN - Stirling Art Studios and Gallery of Dunedin is hosting a new art exhibit, presenting the works of the Pinellas Park Art Society, from Sept. 2-30. The free exhibit features works in numerous media.

An Artist’s Reception and Open House is scheduled on Friday, Sept. 12, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., with drinks, wine and light snacks. Visitors are welcome.

Stirling Studios and Art Gallery is located on the second floor of 730 Broadway, in Downtown Dunedin. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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DUNEDIN - The Dunedin Fine Art Center’s Gladys Douglas School of the Arts is currently registering for Fall Session classes, with discounted tuition rates for DFAC Members. Scholarships are also available.

Daytime, evening and weekend classes are available as well as one day to week-long workshops in a variety of media.

Register now for Fall I (Sept. 8-Oct. 19) and Fall II (Nov. 3-Dec. 14) sessions.
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