LARGO - Lately, sculptor Darren Beistle of Largo has been intrigued by a simple question: “What is the value of visual arts?”
He poses the question both in a philosophical and dollar-figure sense. Practically, of course, the artist would like to sell his work, a tall order for an artist known for large, and expensive, figurative sculptures. To that end, his latest series are eye-catching, colorful mixed media pieces designed “to be consumed,” as he explained it.
But Beistle also questions the very value of sitting in a studio and producing art that becomes essentially a commodity to be bought and sold.
ST. PETERSBURG - “City as Muse and Other Works,” an exhibition of paintings by St. Petersburg artist Carrie Jadus, is on exhibit through May 23 in the Mahaffey Theater’s Northern Trust VIP Members Club.
A bay area native, Jadus is a member of St. Petersburg’s Warehouse Arts District. Her oil paintings take a romantic, impressionistic look at many of the city’s landmarks and vistas.
Jadus’ singular work is exhibited in galleries and a part of private collections all over the world.
TARPON SPRINGS - First forged in the cafés of Paris in the early 1930s, writer Henry Miller and artist Abraham Rattner's friendship was a true attraction of opposites that spanned more than 45 years. Pinellas residents can now get a glimpse of their relationship in a new exhibit.
“Henry and Abe: Finding America” opens Sunday, May 17, at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, on the Tarpon Springs Campus of St. Petersburg College. The exhibit will continue through Aug. 23.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an exhibition of stunning, dramatic Japanese woodblock prints.
“Images of the Floating World and Beyond: Japanese Woodblock Prints” runs May 9 through Aug. 16, at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE.
The Japanese prints were last shown as a group at the museum during the 40th anniversary year in 2005, and the majority of the more than 40 works in this new exhibition will be on view for the first time. One of the world’s great artistic traditions, Japanese prints are known for their technical accomplishment, superlative design and sheer beauty.
ST. PETERSBURG - “Muralism” will be presented Saturday, May 23, 5 p.m. to midnight, at Oleson Gallery and Bloom Art Center, 910 Fifth Ave. N. Admission is $9.
“Muralism” is a colorful gift of art that aims to delight and inspire people through the transformation of space, exhibiting an entire 20,000-square-foot warehouse blanketed with large-scale painted public works by more than 20 artists, each free to express their own vision.
“I want to encourage people to do this everywhere,” said James Oleson, the St. Petersburg-based painter and sculptor who is founder of Bloom. “I want this to inspire people to continue using art to beautify their city.”
ST. PETERSBURG - The Florida Holocaust Museum recently opened “Hope: Artwork by Aithan Shapira,” an exhibition by first-generation Israeli American artist Aithan Shapira which will run through July 19, 2015.
The museum is at 55 Fifth St. S.
The exhibition focuses on the artist's works on contemporary notions of hope. He has created a universal symbol from an abandoned life preserver - one cut from discarded cardboard, another painted in a fox trap, and hundreds made of concrete. For the artist, hope is the anchor of political and environmental campaigns as well as the aspiration to end wars.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - The Beach Art Center of Indian Rocks Beach announces its largest art camp program.
For the 2015 Kreative Kids Summer Art Camp, 50 sessions will be offered over 10 weeks. They begin the week of June 8. Professional art instructors teach weeklong, half-day camp sessions. Sessions are tailored each week for ages 5-18.
The camp fee is $85 per session, plus a materials fee. Members of the art center receive a $10 discount and receive a $5 discount for each sibling. Each camper will receive a T-shirt.
TREASURE ISLAND - The Treasure Island Art Guild is exhibiting the work of members Jan Chalmers, Nancy Cohen, Ruth Philipon, Ferial Temsah and Charles Zetterberg at the Treasure Island Community Center in the last show of the season through May 27.
A proficient glass painter Chalmers, changes gears to acrylics on canvas. Pastel hues paint a child awash in wonderment as she gazes at a “Gift from the Sea.” Vibrant complements are contrasted by subtle reflections in “Natures Sandbox” and “Walking the Beach.” “After the Rain” is a visual delight with its sunny tones and soft edges.
ST. PETERSBURG - William Pachner, one of the most distinguished artists ever to live in the Tampa Bay area, turns 100 on Friday, April 17. In celebration, the MFA is presenting a select installation, William Pachner: Centenary, in the Lee Malone Gallery from Friday, April 10, through Sunday, July 26.
Katherine Pill, Assistant Curator of Art after 1950, has selected the works.
One of them, View of My Birthplace (1958), was the only painting by an area artist chosen for the MFA’s impressive Inaugural Exhibition, which opened the Museum in 1965. It recognized Pachner’s talent and his growing stature in the art world and is an ideal work to spotlight the MFA’s 50th anniversary.