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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.

Curatorial assistant Sabrina Hughes is the curator of Building the Panama Canal. The Margaret Acheson Stuart Society is the Major Sponsor of all Museum exhibitions and educational programs. Bill Edwards Presents Inc. is the 2014 Exhibition Title Sponsor, and the Tampa Bay Times is the Media Sponsor.

The approximately 50 photographs by Ernest “Red” Hallen (1875-1947) in this show observe the Panama Canal’s Centennial and focus on the dramatic changes to the area during its construction. In 1907, Hallen, at 32, was appointed the official photographer by the Isthmian Canal Commission, the American administrative body overseeing the canal.

He went on to produce more than 16,000 images during his 30-year career. Until his retirement in 1937, his photographs were the primary means by which Americans and the world experienced this engineering feat. Many were published in magazines and newspapers.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The Studio@620 will host another unique hands-on art workshop, Creating Masks from Nature, Sunday Aug. 31, 2 p.m.

Individuals are invited to create a painted and embellished upcycled mask from palm tree bark with local artist Demeree Barth of DemiGod Studio.

Participants will work with Demeree, who is also an art teacher for Pinellas County Public Schools, to create a one-of-a-kind mask for their home or garden.
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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.

For more information, please visit www.StirlingArtStudios.com. For information on the exhibiting artists of The Pinellas Park Art Society, please visit www.PinelasArt.com.
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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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TARPON SPRINGS - The Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve have teamed up with the Tarpon Springs Art Association to host a plein air (on location) event, scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 9-11, with a reception on Sunday, Oct. 12.

Painters and photographers are being sought for the event.

Participants may work on any or all of these three days. All work must be done at the Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The board of the Florida Holocaust Museum recently elected attorney Nathaniel Doliner of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt as board chair to succeed Marty Borell, who served in the position from 2009 to 2014.

Doliner was chair of the American Bar Association Section of Business Law during 2009-10. He currently serves on the board of directors and as a vice chair of the Florida Council of Economic Education, has served as chairman of the board of MOSI and the Tampa Club, as well as president of the Child Abuse Council (now Champions for Children) and Hillel School of Tampa (now Hillel Academy of Tampa).

Doliner was honored in 2014 with the Cardozo Leadership Award by the Tampa Jewish Federation.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The Morean Arts Center, a local nonprofit, is showcasing a diverse exhibit featuring local artists as well as an exclusive print from the Chihuly Collection by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly in the Tampa International Airport’s newly renovated gallery space.

Morean Arts Center: Art + Community features 12 artists in a broad spectrum of mediums and will run thru mid-January.

The Morean Arts Center has been the source of emerging and recognized contemporary artists for nearly 100 years. It is a place where people learn, create and exhibit and is located in the heart of St. Petersburg. It was voted No. 1 mid-size arts destination in the U.S. in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
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DUNEDIN - The Summer Sizzle art sale and exhibit shall be on display from Aug. 2 through Aug. 31.

This exhibit is free, open to the public and features two and three dimensional art, created by the resident artists of Stirling Studios.

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. An artist’s reception and open house will be held on Friday, Aug. 8, 5:30 to 8 p.m., with drinks, wine and light snacks. Visitors are welcome.
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DUNEDIN - As Clark Kent prepares to leave his home in Kansas for Metropolis, Batman is making use of high-tech equipment in the Batcave. Spider-Man and Wonder Woman are nearby, waiting for their next adventures.

These and other comic book heroes take center stage at an exhibit that runs through Sept. 15 at the Dunedin Historical Museum.

In recent weeks, visitors to the museum have learned about the evolution of comic books as well as donning the costumes of super heroes.
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SAFETY HARBOR - The “Florida Girls and Boys and Their Toys” exhibit at the Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center, 329 Bayshore Blvd. S., will bring back those special memories of childhood. The exhibit runs through August.

Museum admission is a suggested donation of $4 per person. Hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 727-724-1562.

The “Florida Girls and Boys and Their Toys” exhibit is on loan from the Museum of Florida History’s Traveling Exhibit (TREX) program on the history of toys. The exhibit contains thirty sepia-toned photographs of Florida pioneer children and their toys that date from 1881-1971. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the exhibit through hands-on interaction that includes an area for children and adults to try reproductions of various toys such as a puppet theatre, LEGO bricks, and Lincoln Logs.
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