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    By Times staff writer

    © St. Petersburg Times, published January 12, 2001

    MINIATURE ART SHOW: Artists from 15 foreign counties and 40 states will exhibit tiny, intricate artwork at the 26th International Miniature Art Showfrom Sunday through Jan. 28 at the Belleview Biltmore Resort and Spa.

    The show has become a Pinellas County tradition. The art of fine painting and sculpture on a small scale was introduced on the Florida Suncoast in 1975 with an invitational show at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, and it has grown since then. In January 2000, more than 10,000 visitors attended the 25th anniversary show hosted by the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. At the upcoming show in Clearwater, visitors will see nearly 900 pieces of art that were accepted by a five-member jury of award-winning miniaturists. They follow the "one-sixth guide" creating works that are no larger than one sixth of a subject's natural size.

    The show will open at noon Sunday. Daily hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Biltmore, 25 Belleview Blvd., Belleair. Free. For information, call (727) 443-3701.

    BENEFIT PLAY: The Gilbert and Sullivan Players will present a production of the Pirates of Penzance through Sunday at the Fine Arts Auditorium at the Clearwater campus of St. Petersburg Junior College. Admission is $5 per person, and the proceeds benefit the nursing program, helping to fund scholarships, buy equipment and help pay for the nursing faculty's annual Curriculum Day. This is a well thought-out production featuring creative backdrops, costumes and a cast of more than 25 actors. Susan Demers, a business technologies instructor, will play Ruth the Pirate Maid, and Katie Larson, an SPJC student, will play one of the general's daughters. The curtain will rise at 8 p.m. today and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the campus, 2465 Drew St., Clearwater. For information, call (727) 536-6250.

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