For this gallery-focused show, previously scheduled to open Aug. 1, Bloom invites 25 artists to each interpret legends in their own way. The surprising results will be exhibited for sale at the opening of Legendary, when guests also can enjoy chill DJ vibes, a donation bar, and the Bloom POD art shop featuring small work in various mediums.
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.
ST. PETERSBURG - Soft Water Studios Gallery, at 515 22nd St. S. in St. Petersburg, will kick off “Amazing Faces,” an exhibition of never-before-displayed face sculptures by local artist Cindy Tipton, with an opening reception Saturday, July 11, 5 to 9 p.m.
The color, emotion, piercing eyes and sensuous lips of the many personalities represented by these face sculptures will grab and delight all viewers. The wall sculptures present a lively and contemporary interpretation of the human face. Using clay, the artist has skillfully depicted the humanity found in everyone’s face. Looking into the eyes of these face sculptures allows viewers the time to really see.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Museum of Fine Arts will continue its 50th anniversary celebration with its most expansive survey of photography to date in a new exhibit that will feature approximately 200 images.
“Five Decades of Photography” opens Saturday, June 20, at the MFA, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. The exhibit will run through Sunday, Oct. 4, and will feature the Dandrew-Drapkin Collection. Many images were gifts from Ludmila and Bruce Dandrew and Chitranee and Robert L. Drapkin, whose donations between 2009 and 2012 elevated the collection to an entirely new level.
DUNEDIN - “Joy and Delight,” featuring new paintings on silk by Elizabeth Mitchell, will be on display June 12 through Aug. 16, at Clay and Paper Gallery of Art, 362 Main St.
An opening reception will be presented during the Dunedin Wine/Art Walk, set for Friday, June 12, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the gallery. Mitchell will be present to talk about her artwork during the reception.
Mitchell’s paintings depict an array of subjects including florals, cafe scenes, tropical plants, interiors, and birds to name a few. Her primitive, fanciful style explodes with color and imagination.
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.
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.
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.
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.