DUNEDIN - Touted as the biggest show of the year, Dunedin Fine Arts Center presents an exhibit by students, members and faculty March 20-May 3.
More than 300 works representing more than 300 artists, representing the entire sprectrum of creative experience offer at DFAC will be on display. The exhibit includes painting, jewelry making, pastel, colored pencil, watermedia, photography, clay, printmaking, mixed media, stone carving, enameling and more.
“This is always such a tremendous exhibit,” said Catherine Bergmann, who as Curator at DFAC has a deep involvement with the show. “Square footage wise this is certainly the biggest show we have! To see the breadth of talent represented in this exhibition is truly inspiring.”
TARPON SPRINGS - For the first time since 2009, the Florida Artists Group is staging its annual exhibition and symposium at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road. The exhibit will run through May 3.
Approximately 90 artists, representing the 10 regions in the state, will display their work and compete for juried awards in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, mixed media and graphics.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Dalí Museum is adding the renowned genius of Leonardo da Vinci to its repertoire of special exhibits. Dali & da Vinci: Minds, Machines & Masterpieces exhibit opens to the public on Sunday, March 8, at One Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg. The exhibit will run through July 26.
Invention as Art features more than 75 works, including da Vinci diagrams, Dalí manuscripts and paintings, and the invented objects both da Vinci and Dalí proposed in advance of their times.
ST. PETERSBURG - St. Petersburg is surrounded by gorgeous water and sand, so Life’s a Beach, Photographs by Martin Parr is another ideal choice for the MFA’s 50th anniversary. This exhibition, organized by the Aperture Foundation, New York, opens Saturday, Feb. 7, and continues through Sunday, April 26.
Life’s a Beach complements Monet to Matisse - On the French Coast, adding a contemporary perspective and tongue-in-cheek humor to the Museum’s golden anniversary. Both exhibitions open on the same day the MFA opened to the public in 1965. To commemorate this joyous occasion, the MFA is presenting a Founders Day Open House - free for everyone - on the first day of these shows from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.