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John F. Kennedy: The Exhibition

Area's museums provide wide range of art and more

By MARY ANN MARGER, Times Art Critic

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 11, 1999


The next six months bring a variety of art exhibits to museums in the Tampa Bay area.

Within an hour's drive of the John F. Kennedy exhibit are seven museums devoted to art: the Museum of Fine Arts and Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, the Tampa Museum of Art and the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa, the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, and the new Gulf Coast Museum of Art, which opened in Largo in September. From the classical works of the ancients to the cutting edge of tomorrow, these showplaces provide a comprehensive understanding of all facets of art.

The Arts Center and Florida Craftsmen in St. Petersburg, the Dunedin Fine Art Center in Dunedin, as well as other art centers, college galleries and commercial showplaces round out the area's ongoing offerings.

Florida is a favorite state for outdoor show artists. St. Petersburg galleries stage group open houses the second Saturday evening of each month. Check Weekend in the St. Petersburg Times each Friday for additional events and more detailed information.

Here are exhibits scheduled so far through the early spring:

Ongoing

THROUGH NOV. 29: Faculty and Alumni Exhibitions, University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum. Biennial show of cutting edge art by those who teach it as well as create it. 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa; (813) 974-2849.

THROUGH JAN. 2: Holocaust Wall Hangings, Florida Holocaust Museum. Fiber artist Judith Liberman integrates a variety of techniques on a fabric for a moving show of scenes and abstracts of the Holocaust. 55 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg; (727) 820-0100.

THROUGH JAN. 16: Andre Masson: The 1930s, Salvador Dali Museum. Paintings and graphics by a leading member of the original surrealist movement. 1000 Third St. S., St. Petersburg; (727) 823-3767.

THROUGH JAN. 16: Contemporary Classicism, Tampa Museum of Art. Jim Dine, Audrey Flack, Robert Mapplethorpe and other contemporary artists who have incorporated ancient forms or themes in their art. 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa; (813) 274-8130.

THROUGH JAN. 30: The Art of American Life: Winslow Homer's Graphics and Robert Gwathmey: Master Printer, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. Recent gift to the museum of 50 prints by Homer is complemented by Gwathmey's stylized works of African-American life. (Note: Gwathmey show closes Dec. 26.) 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg; (727) 896-2667.

Upcoming

DEC. 3-5: ACC Craft Show, Sarasota. The venerable American Crafts Council show moves from Tampa to Sarasota's Robarts Arena for its only Florida showing. $5. (800) 836-3470.

DEC. 2-JAN. 30, 2000: Trials and Tributes: A Judy Chicago Retrospective, Gulf Coast Museum of Art. The full range of Chicago's career goes beyond her well-known projects. Nationwide tour. 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo; (727) 584-8634.

DEC. 12-FEB. 6: Linda McCartney's Sixties: Portrait of an Era, Tampa Museum of Art. A who's who of rock stars, with Hendrix, Joplin, Zappa and more. 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa; (813) 274-8130.

JAN. 7-FEB. 13: Healing Hands, Salvador Dali Museum. Fine art photography exhibition that results from a project focusing attention on exemplary health-care providers in the bay area. 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg; (727) 823-3767.

JAN. 16-30: Silver anniversary International Miniature Art Show, Museum of Fine Arts. Hundreds of original works of art in small scale in a popular area show. 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg; (727) 896-2667.

JAN. 15-DEC. 30: Anne Frank: A History for Today, Florida Holocaust Museum. International touring exhibit examines prejudice and violence today through the family photographs and writings of Anne Frank. 55 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg; (727) 820-0100.

JAN. 25-MARCH 26: Island Delights: The Spirit and Passion of Haitian Art, Tampa Museum of Art. A survey of Haitian art since the 1940s. 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa; (813) 274-8130.

JAN. 29-31, 2000: Art Festival Beth-El, Temple Beth-El, St. Petersburg. Synagogue fundraiser brings a choice selection of artists from here and elsewhere. 400 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg; (727) 347-6136.

JAN. 29-APRIL 16, 2000: Masterpieces of Surrealism, Salvador Dali Museum. The early evolution of surrealism through major works on loan. 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg; (727) 823-3767.

FEB. 13-MAY 28, 2000: Croatian Naive Art, Museum of Fine Arts. Museum director Michael Milkovich looks to his homeland for a facet of art unexplored in the United States. 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg; (727) 896-2667.

MARCH 3-4, 2000: Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa. With 300 artists, the bay area's biggest outdoor show. Ashley Drive, Tampa; (813) 876-1747.

MARCH 10-APRIL 28, 2000: 47th Florida Craftsmen Exhibition, Arts Center. Annual show of top crafts artists is augmented by innovative shows of baskets down the street at Florida Craftsmen. 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg; (727) 822-7872.

APRIL 17-18, 2000: Mainsail Arts Festival, St. Petersburg. This art show on the downtown waterfront celebrates its 25th anniversary. (727) 892-5885.

The following is a list of some museums in the area:

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1. Museum of Fine Arts

  • 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg.
  • When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, to 9 p.m. third Thursday of month.
  • Cost: Adults $6; discounts for others. Free on Sundays.
  • Call: (727) 896-2667
  • Web site

2. Salvador Dali Museum

  • 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg.
  • When: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, with extended hours to 8 p.m. Thursday; noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
  • Cost: Adults $9; other discounts.
  • Call: (727) 823-3767
  • Web site

3. Florida Holocaust Museum

  • 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg.
  • When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • Cost: Adults $6; discounts for others.
  • Call: (727) 820-0100
  • Web site

4. Gulf Coast Museum of Art

  • 12211 Walsingham Road (Pinewood Cultural Park), Largo.
  • When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
  • Cost: Free.
  • Call: (727) 581-6833
  • Web site

5. Tampa Museum of Art

  • 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa.
  • When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
  • Cost: Adults $5; discounts for others. Free after 5 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.
  • Call: (813) 274-8130
  • Web site

6. USF Contemporary Art Museum (USF CAM)

  • West Holly Drive, University of South Florida, Tampa.
  • When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
  • Cost: Free; parking, $2.
  • Stop at campus information center for parking permit.
  • Call: (813) 974-2849
  • Web site

7. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

  • 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota.
  • When: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily.
  • Cost: Adults $9; discounts for others. Admission includes entire complex; art museum is free Saturday.
  • Call: (941) 359-5700
  • Web site

Polk Museum of Art (not on map)

  • 800 E Palmetto St. (off Lake Morton behind the library), Lakeland.
  • When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
  • Cost: Free.
  • Call: (863) 688-7743
  • Web site

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