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GCMA announces September schedule
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LARGO - The Gulf Coast Museum of Art will offer a variety of activities in September; including the opening of a new art exhibition, the monthly film series and its opera series.

The museum announced a new edition to its outdoor sculpture garden - "Big Dress" by artist Leslie Fry will be on loan for visitors to view for two years.

The artist, who wove grapevines throughout the steel structure, originally created the sculpture in Vermont. Once the grapevines dried they were tough enough to withstand a few harsh Vermont winters - and when Fry relocated to Florida, Big Dress followed her.

"Big Dress" was on public view in both Delray Beach and Orlando. Several hurricanes later it has been given a new life in Pinewood Cultural Park, where Vernon Bryant, Director of Horticulture for Florida Botanical Gardens, has planted Japanese honeysuckle over the sculpture, keeping the form sculpted and pruned to maintain the surreal cat or dress imagery.

From a distance, the sculpture looks like a huge floral patterned Cinderella gown - but upon closer look it is a sculpture with flowering vines growing over a welded steel surface. Look longer and one can see an image of a cat's head in the bodice area - eyes and ears in strategic garment areas.

New exhibition to open Sept. 10

"Florida Focus: Northern Tropics," opening Sept. 10, is the fourth in the Florida Focus series, and designed to provide a look at some of the most provocative contemporary art occurring in the north Florida region. Curated by Rena Blades, former executive director of the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science in Tallahassee, the exhibit will explore the contemporary art scene in north Florida from Jacksonville to the Panhandle. The exhibit will remain on display through Nov. 6.

An opening reception is planned on Friday, Sept. 9, 6:30 to 9 p.m. The opening will include a gallery walkthrough at 6:30 p.m. by Rena Minar Blades, guest curator who organized the exhibition. The event is free for members, $10 for others.

Films

• Starting Thursday, Sept. 1 to Sept. 30 - Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sundays, 2 p.m. (excluding holidays and dates when monthly series films are scheduled). "Kandinsky" (60 minutes). Free.

• Saturday, Sept. 17, 1 p.m. - Family Classic Films, "The Muppet Movie" (1993/95 minutes/G). Free.

• Sunday, Sept. 18, 1 p.m. - International Film Series, "Red Violin" (1998/130 minutes/R). In English. Free.

• Sunday, Sept. 25, 1 p.m. - Pinewood Opera Series, "La Juive" (176 minutes). Free.

Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.; closed Monday. Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors (over age 62), $3 students with valid identification, free for children (10 and under) and museum members. Admission is free to the public on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon.

The museum is at 12211 Walsingham Road. Call 518-6833 or visit www.gulfcoastmuseum.org.
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