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TREASURE ISLAND - The work of five award winning Treasure Island Art Guild members is on display through March 4 during the Treasure Island Art Guild’s winter show at the Treasure Island Community Center.

The artists featured are Carolyn Beard, Betsy Beattie, Lily Goldman, Verna McClain, and Marianne Smith.

Experience the beauty of the shoreline through the eyes of fine artist Beard, who displays dazzling hues in oils “Seabreeze III” contrasted by a placid “Beach Day.” A contemporary format in mixed media “From the Sea” and oils “Beach Day and Sandals” highlight main attractions of a visit to Florida.

Transforming realism into intricate patterns within simplistic forms, Beattie’s art “reflects different periods of my life.” With acrylics and India ink on paper “Turtle Wall” and “Comfort Zone” spark the imagination, while her whimsical style is showcased in “Size Matters-Goliath Grouper” and “Panther in a Pool Cage.”

A children’s book illustrator, Goldman creates the magic of her watercolor world in “Egret in the Sunset” and “Rockies Lake.” A poetic “Sunflower” would highlight any summer garden with its free form and glowing color. A change in venue gives the viewer a “Butcher Shop” storefront where benched rabbis are “discussing kosher meat.”
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CLEARWATER - A guest artist exhibition featuring the ceramics and prints by Trevor Dunn and Emily Arthur is being presented through Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Crossroads Gallery, on the St. Petersburg College Clearwater campus, 2465 Drew St., Clearwater.

Dunn is a professor of ceramics at the University of North Florida. His work focuses on reduction cooled wood fired ceramic objects - both functional and sculptural. Arthur is a professor of printmaking at the University of Madison Wisconsin. Her work focuses on narrative prints using a variety of mediums.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Perpetrators: Lithographs by Sid Chafetz, an art exhibition, will be presented Jan. 24 through May 24 at the Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S.

Chafetz, an artist and master printmaker who has dedicated his professional career to creating works of art of profound social significance, will present a series of portraits of what might be called "ordinary people" who executed Hitler's ghoulish plans. Although he often works in woodcuts, for this subject, he chose monotone lithographs as his predominate medium. There is no attempt at artifice; the people and their brief biographies are revealed as documentary facts - an aesthetic decision that commands a heightened sense of reality.
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SAFETY HARBOR - The next CRAFT: Cultural Meetup will be Wednesday, Jan. 28, 6 p.m., at Sideshow, 737 Main St.

Guests are encouraged to bring business cards or event flyers to share with the group, and stick around for a free drawing for a chance to win items such as art supplies or museum memberships donated by industry partners.

The event is free but RSVP is required. To RSVP, email info@creativepinellas.org. Guests also will get a close-up look at the new Safety Harbor Art and Music Center under construction, followed by a 7:30 p.m. happy hour back at Sideshow.
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ST. PETERSBURG - African-American Life and Family, a compelling exhibition of photographs of and about African-Americans, opens Saturday, Jan. 17, during Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. weekend in St. Petersburg.

The exhibition will continue through Sunday, May 3, at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE.

All exhibitions during the MFA’s 50th anniversary year are inspired by and revolve around the collection. African-American Life and Family draws on the museum’s impressive collection of photography, as well as key loans, and primarily reveals how blacks viewed and presented themselves through images. Curatorial assistant Sabrina Hughes has curated this show.
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DUNEDIN - Two solo exhibitions, a two-person installation and a themed group show add up to some interesting mathematics at Dunedin Fine Art Center this winter.

Dunedin Fine Art Center is at 1143 Michigan Blvd.

Jeff Christ: Private Language will be presented in the Entel Family Gallery beginning Jan. 16. The exhibit will run through March 1.

Christ, a Miami-born artist, has been working undercover for the last 20 years. Schooled at FSU under the mentorship of Arthur Deshaies and William Walmsley with an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, his paintings are a force of nature-in scale, process and palette.
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MADEIRA BEACH - Jessica Shipley has always enjoyed art and being around water.

But it wasn’t until recently that she realized her true calling and put the two together. Today, she is quickly developing into one of the state’s better marine artists, utilizing a gift she has possessed since childhood.

Her oil paintings focus on a variety of fish species, much along the lines of Guy Harvey. While Shipley isn’t to the Guy Harvey level just yet, she is taking her talent to a higher level the old-fashioned way - she’s self-taught.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Happy Hour with the Historian - the St. Petersburg Museum of History’s successful lecture series that features an evening of wine, words and wisdom - will kick off its 2015 season Thursday, Jan. 8, with a journey through Florida’s culinary history.

Happy Hour with the Historian will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is a $5 suggested donation and includes viewing of the Museum of History’s exhibits after the presentation. The St. Petersburg Museum of History is at 335 Second Ave. NE.

Usually filled to capacity for the Happy Hour event, the museum recently purchased an additional 100 chairs to accommodate the anticipated attendance.
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SAFETY HARBOR - The Safety Harbor Library Foundation is seeking artists of all ages and anyone creative to donate and decorate a chair of any type for the Chair-ity Fundraiser scheduled for Friday, April 17, in conjunction with National Library Week.

Finished chairs will be on display in the library March 20 through April 17. There is no artist or entry fee. Artists will not be paid for their time or materials, however artists and group names will be honored on the foundation website where chairs can be viewed prior to the Chair-ity Fundraiser. Group entries are also encouraged. Prizes will be awarded for the Most Creative, Staff Favorite and People's Choice.

Artist applications can be found online at www.SafetyHarborLibraryFoundation.org.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The Florida Holocaust Museum will host The Germanic Guilt Symbols: Artwork by Richard Heipp, an art exhibition, opening Saturday, Jan. 10 and running through Sunday, April 19, at 55 Fifth St. S., St. Petersburg.

Heipp, a descendant of German immigrants and a professor of art at the University of Florida said that his provocative "Germanic Guilt" series "addresses autobiographical concerns dealing with [his] cultural heritage."

"The FHM is pleased to be exhibiting the work of Richard Heipp,” said Erin Blankenship in a press release. Blankenship is curator of exhibitions and collections at the museum. “We hope that visitors will be challenged by his artwork to look at their own sense of identity and how that shapes how we see 'the other.'"
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TARPON SPRINGS - The Miniature Art Society of Florida is celebrating its 40th anniversary year with an exhibit running Jan. 18 through Feb. 15 at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs.

The show brings together nearly 200 artists from 10 countries and dozens of states to compete in a juried exhibition organized by the Miniature Art Society of Florida.

Attendees will have an opportunity to view an extensive display of miniatures featuring paintings, scrimshaw, fired porcelain, and sculpture - including works created by some of the world’s finest miniature artists from around the world. With only a few exceptions, most of the art is available for purchase.
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