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ST. PETERSBURG - Florida’s Wildlife Corridor, an exhibit featuring the photography of Carlton Ward Jr., will open Friday, Sept. 4, at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg.

The exhibit will continue through Nov. 14.

Inspired by the 2012 and 2015 Florida Wildlife Corridor expeditions, this photography exhibit provides a virtual expedition to experience some of Florida’s most fantastic wildlife and native habitats. Award-winning conservation photographer Carlton Ward Jr. selected each photograph to be a window into Florida’s natural habitat within the corridor.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The Dali Museum is electrifying audiences again with Escher at The Dali, highlighting M.C. Escher, a renowned artist, whose visual illusions puzzle and delight audiences worldwide, and is best known for his “impossible constructions” and use of tessellation.

Coming on the heels of exhibitions from famed artists including Picasso, Warhol and da Vinci, Escher at The Dali adds yet another inspiring perspective for visitors, and will run through Jan. 3, 2016, just prior to the Museum’s grand opening of Disney & Dali: Architects of the Imagination.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Jerry N. Smith brings extensive curatorial, scholarly and administrative background to his new role as the Hazel and William Hough chief curator at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Smith begins his new position on Oct. 19. He is currently curator of American and European art to 1950 and art of the American West at the Phoenix Art Museum. The MFA conducted a national search for a new chief curator. Smith’s interests complement those of Katherine Pill, the MFA’s assistant curator of art after 1950.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Local artist and philanthropist Beth Morean will donate the historic Seaboard Train Station to the Arts Center Association Inc., doing business as the Morean Arts Center.

Located at 420 22nd St. S., the nearly 90-year-old train station is one of the country’s largest working potteries. The property, which is valued at over $3 million, is a significant gift to the Morean Arts Center organization, comprised of the Chihuly Collection, Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop, Morean Center for Clay and Morean Arts Center.

Beth Morean purchased the Historic Seaboard Train Station in 2000, and since then has leased space to St. Petersburg Clay Company, Highwater Clays, CA Café and the Morean Center for Clay. In the spring of 2014, the Morean Center for Clay absorbed the St. Petersburg Clay Company and currently manages all operations of the property.
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ST. PETERSBURG - From Sept. 1-12, SHINE will transform the streets of St. Petersburg into a curated, open-air museum showcasing 10-plus large-scale murals by internationally renowned and local artists with additional art exhibits and events throughout the city.

St. Petersburg has become an exciting arts destination in the Southeast with five vibrant arts districts, a thriving independent culture, excellent performing arts and six world-class museums. With a rich art history, St. Petersburg’s notable art residents, such as Bask, Pale Horse, Sebastian Coolidge and Chad Mize to name just a few, have helped create a blossoming street art movement throughout the city as well--from the 600 Block to the Warehouse Arts District and countless walls in between.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Dazzio Art Experience will host the opening of the Dazzio Museum of Holocaust Art on Saturday, Sept. 12, 5 to 9 p.m., at 535 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg.

The opening exhibit will feature a series of 20 to 25 paintings by Judith Dazzio. This series of copyrighted paintings will make this museum its permanent home, except when it is on tour starting in New York in April 2016.

Refreshments will be served at the opening reception. For information, call Jay at 656-8277 or email dazzioart@gmail.com.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The Florida Holocaust Museum recently announced plans for “This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement,” as well as the FHM original exhibition “Beaches, Benches and Boycotts: The Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay,” on display from Aug. 1 through Dec. 1.

The museum, at 55 Fifth St. S. in St. Petersburg, will host an opening reception featuring photographers whose work is featured in “This Light of Ours” on Saturday, Aug. 1, 7 p.m.
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LARGO - The Armed Forces History Museum announced eight new exhibits, along with a scholarship fund, community outreach and future events during a press conference May 14.

The new exhibits feature the Women’s Army Corps, the Merchant Marines, the USO, a Patriot Guard Rider motorcycle, Chuck Yeager’s Bell X1 Jet, African-Americans throughout military history, The Holocaust and a Veteran Portrait Wall.
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DUNEDIN - The Dunedin Historical Museum’s newest exhibit, “Victorious: Dunedin, Pinellas County, and World War II,” is on display through May 2016 in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

The exhibit and related programming will explore Dunedin life during World War II, the victory of the Allies, and what was happening in Dunedin at the end of the war.

Prior to 1942, Dunedin Hotel was converted to U.S. Marine Barracks and the Dunedin area became important training ground for troops. Donald Roebling developed the Alligator tank, which was a valuable amphibious vehicle for rescue missions during the war.
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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 Sept. 13, 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.
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