Empires of Mystery

More museums, much to see

A variety of museums specializing in visual arts awaits the curious and the connoisseur alike in the Tampa Bay area.

mapBy MARY ANN MARGER
Times Art Critic

Ancient artifacts from the Incas is just one of the categories of art on view in the bay area. You can continue your visual pleasure with a visit to other art venues, scheduling a variety of exhibits throughout the tourist season.

Within an hour’s drive of the Florida International Museum are seven museums devoted to art: the Salvador Dali Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, in downtown St. Petersburg; the Tampa Museum of Art, and the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, in Tampa; the Gulf Coast Museum of Art in Belleair; the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland; and, largest of all, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, with its renowned collection of Baroque art.

In addition, the Holocaust Memorial Museum and Education Center, while not an art museum, has devoted its second floor to an outstanding visiting show. And many non-profit art centers, several college galleries and scores of commercial showplaces round out the area’s ongoing offerings.

Highlights during the run of “Empires of Mystery” include:

Ongoing
Through Nov. 1 -- “Breaking Barriers: Contemporary Cuban Art,” Tampa Museum of Art. Cubans in exile reveal a broad range of expression. 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa; (813) 274-8130.

Through Nov. 8 -- “Jimmy Ernst: The Sea of Grass Series and Beyond,” Museum of Fine Arts. A monumental painting by the late Jimmy Ernst is the impetus for an exhibit of his works. 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg; (727) 896-2667.

Through Nov. 15 -- “Florida Biennial III,” Gulf Coast Museum of Art. A juried show of artists throughout the state. 222 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Belleair; (727) 584-8634.

Through Dec. 6 -- “Joseph Beuys Multiples,” Ringling Museum of Art. The late German Joseph Beuys, a leading 20th century artist, is explored through more than 300 of his works created in multiples. 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota (off U.S. 41); (941) 359-5700

Through Dec. 15 -- “Witness and Legacy,” Tampa Bay Holocaust Memorial Museum and Education Center. Recent Holocaust art by survivors, their children and sympathizers. 55 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg; (727) 820-0100.

Upcoming
Oct. 23-Dec. 19 -- “Allan McCollum: Petrified Lightning from Camp Blanding,” University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum. Major new installation by internationally known artist is in collaboration with Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry. 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa; (813) 974-2849.

Nov. 6-Feb. 14 -- “Surrealism in America during the 1930s and 1940s: Selections from the Penny and Elton Yasuna Collection,” Salvador Dali Museum. Joseph Cornell, Man Ray, Alexander Calder plus abstract expressionists with roots in surrealism. 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg; (727) 823-3767.

Nov. 7, 8 -- Art Harvest. The bay area’s best outdoor show of the fall season. Highlander Park, corner of Michigan Boulevard and Pinehurst Avenue, Dunedin; (727) 738-5523.

Nov. 15-Jan. 3 -- “Putt-Modernism,” Tampa Museum of Art. Fine art goes recreational in a putt-putt course designed by well-known artists and architects. 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa; (813) 274-8130.

Nov. 15-Jan. 10 -- “O’Keeffe: The Artist in Focus,” Museum of Fine Arts. Fourteen artworks by Georgia O’Keeffe are accompanied by photos of the artist in her Southwest environment. 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg; (727) 896-2667.

Dec. 4-6 -- American Craft Council Craft Fair Tampa Bay. Crafts artists from throughout the nation return to the bay area for one of only nine U.S. shows. Tampa Convention Center, Tampa; (813) 281-0088.

Jan. 10-March 21 -- “Alma W. Thomas: A Retrospective of the Paintings,” Tampa Museum of Art. As a teacher, then a painter, Thomas’ career saw great changes in African-American life. 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa; (813) 274-8130.

Jan. 17-31 -- 24th annual International Miniature Art Show, Belleview Biltmore Resort and Spa. Hundreds of tiny paintings, graphics and sculpture that qualify as miniatures in a popular area show. 25 Belleview Blvd., Clearwater. (727) 796-3240 or (727) 442-6171.

Jan. 24-March 7 -- “Henri Matisse: Florilege des Amours de Ronsard,” Museum of Fine Arts. Collection of lithographs from an anthology of love poems. 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg; (727) 896-2667.

Jan. 30-Feb. 1 -- Art Festival Beth-El, Temple Beth-El. Synagogue fund-raiser brings a choice selection of artists from here and elsewhere. 400 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg; (727) 347-6136.

March 6-7 -- Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa. With 300 artists, the bay area’s biggest outdoor show. Ashley Drive, Tampa; (813) 876-1747.

If you go
Salvador Dali Museum, 1000 Third St. S., St. Petersburg. Open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, with extended hours Thursday, to 8 p.m.; noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Adults, $8; discounts for others; admission prices reduced Thursdays after 5 p.m. Call (727) 823-3767.

Gulf Coast Museum of Art, 222 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Belleair. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Call (727) 584-8634.

The Holocaust Memorial Museum and Education Center, 55 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Adults $6; discounts for others. Call (727) 820-0100.

Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. the third Thursday monthly. Starting Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays. $6 Adults; discounts for others. Free on Sundays. Call (727) 896-2667.

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Adults $9; discounts for others. Admission includes entire complex; art museum only is free on Saturday. Call (941) 359-5700.

Tampa Museum of Art, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Adults $5; discounts for others. Free after 5 p.m. Wednesday and all day Sunday. Call (813) 274-8130.

University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, W Holly Drive, University of South Florida, Tampa. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Free. Stop at campus information center for parking permit. Call (813) 974-2849.

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