CLEARWATER - Clearwater Arts Alliance announces the inaugural season of Pianos in Pinellas, Nov. 25-Dec. 31. Eleven upright painted pianos are placed in 11 prominent locations throughout Pinellas for the public to enjoy the art and play the pianos.
The pianos were donated by Randy’s Wholesale Pianos and artistically painted in a variety of styles depicting life in our community. Artists include, Agnes Black, Steven Spathelf, Ya La’Ford, Beth Warmath and the students of Pinellas Primary Academy, Ann Feldshue, Junior Polo, Liz Smith, Don Scali, Robert Daltry, Don Gillepie, June Harben, Sylvia Shanahan, and Lizbeth Graham.
The 11 pianos were sponsored and hosted by local art supporters, who view this project as an ideal catalyst to elevate our community as an Arts and Cultural friendly region and to promote cultural tourism throughout the area.
The public art pianos will also become public music entities and played by visitors and residents of Pinellas.
“This project has really created a huge buzz as it appeals to art lovers and musicians alike,” said Colin Bissett, project director. “We’re hoping for an enormous turnout especially during this festive season with choirs, impersonators, jazz jams, blues and more, the list is only limited by one’s imagination.”
DUNEDIN - Dunedin Fine Arts Center is hosting its annual pottery sale and open house Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Every year in early December, the clay students and faculty of DFAC pool their work and offer the public a wonderful opportunity to purchase some great pieces of both functional and decorative clay. All proceeds go to benefit the Clay Studios at DFAC.
In addition to the sale will be demonstrations by DFAC faculty in an open house format. See a variety of media demonstrated by DFAC’s award winning faculty at all three campuses.
TREASURE ISLAND - The Treasure Island Art Guild has opened its 2014 Holiday Show at the Treasure Island Community Center, which will run through Wednesday, Jan. 7 featuring the work of Bruce Fallender, Carolyn Louden, Adela Mike, Arlene Shoemaker, and Patricia Zill.
The creative talent of abstract artist Fallender engages the viewer in “Aftermath,” a charcoal rendering of a solemn moment of devastation, where the focal point of an orb could translate into a symbol that suggests that “in every end is a beginning.” Mixed media electrifies jostling “Polo Ponies” contrasted by a “Seaweed Symphony” of radiant hues.
“Painting provides clarity for the soul” is the mantra that sparks the work of basically self-taught acrylic artist Louden, as evidenced in pure patterns of form, order, and color in “Blue Marble” and “Red Diamond.” “Will Someone Please Let Me Out” displays an excellent composition that narrates the honesty and helplessness of its main character.
ST. PETERSBURG - A new collection is currently on display in the Hancock Bank Presents Highlights from our Permanent Collection section on the third floor of the Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S.
This exhibit tells the story of Erich and Malvine Rosengarten (née Langberg). Erich grew up in a small town in Germany, and Malvine in Austria. Both escaped to Shanghai with their families when they were only teenagers. There they met and eventually married. The exhibit outlines their lives before the war, through their experience in China and their eventual emigration to the United States.
The collection was recently donated by Susan Fader (née Rosengarten), the daughter of Erich and Malvine. Incredible artifacts like her parents’ Chinese marriage certificate, pre-war objects, documents that aided the couple in their escape to Shanghai from Nazi occupied Europe, and objects from the Jewish ghetto will be on display.
ST. PETE BEACH - The work of both local and national artists will be showcased at Suntan Art Center's fourth annual 100 Artist Show, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29-30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Horan Park, at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive.
The juried fine art show was created for artists by artists in 2011. After making its successful debut, the 100 Artist Show quickly become a favorite of artists across the country for its beautiful waterfront venue. Local residents and visitors also found it the perfect place and time to kick off the holiday buying season.
The two-day outdoor event will offer fine art and craft, live demonstrations, food and live music by the Dave Williamson Band, featuring Vinnie Seplesky, Dennis Wallace and Tom Kennedy. Artists will compete for prizes for small works in 2-D representing "Our Vanishing Landscape."
ST. PETERSBURG - The exhibition Robert Rauschenberg and James Rosenquist: Images from Everywhere, Prints and Photographs will open Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE.
The exhibition will feature nearly 30 works on paper, including both large-scale works and a number of photographs by Rauschenberg (1925-2008).
The prints and photographs are gifts to the Museum from Donna and Thomas Brumfield Jr. and Iris and E. Stan Salzer. Jennifer Hardin, Hazel and William Hough chief curator, curated the show, based on the 1999 exhibition which premiered these works. This is only the second time they have been shown as a group.
DUNEDIN - Stirling Art Studios and Gallery of Dunedin is hosting a new art exhibit, presenting the works of The Gathering, a local artist's guild, through Sunday, Nov. 30, on the second floor of 730 Broadway in downtown Dunedin.
This exhibit is free and open to the public. It features works in numerous media.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG - Arguably, the two most influential 20th century Spanish artists, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, come together this fall in a landmark exhibition at The Dali Museum in downtown St. Petersburg.
Organized by The Dali and the Museu Picasso, Barcelona with the collaboration of the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dali, “Picasso/Dali, Dali/Picasso” opens to the public at The Dali on November 8, 2014 and runs through Feb. 16, 2015.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., will open a pair of free exhibitions Saturday, Nov. 8.
The 2014 Holiday Show and Sale and “Thomas Murray: This is Our Garden” are both open to the public through Dec. 28.
In his most recent series of paintings, Murray uses flowers and figures to provide the vehicles for an exploration in decorative pattern that carries with it a subtle critique of the ownership of deities. A consummate painter and draftsman, this is Murray’s third solo exhibition at the Morean in the past 15 years. He splits his time between his hometown of St. Petersburg and Texas, where he is an art professor at South Texas College.
DUNEDIN - Dunedin Fine Art Center reconfigures itself for its 28th annual holiday show. The centerpiece is an invitational exhibition, Gifted, which opens Saturday, Nov. 1, and continues through Dec. 31.
On a yearly basis, DFAC curators look to put together the best art, with a gift-giving perspective in mind. The result is a collection of works from around the country. More than 100 artists have contributed to the exhibition.