We're incredibly fortunate to be a community with so many wonderful museums to visit and be inspired by. We're even more fortunate that many of them will open their doors for free Saturday, in celebration of the Smithsonian's Museum Day Live and St. Petersburg's Arts Alive. Through the Smithsonian's program, participating museums, including the Tampa Bay History Center and the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, allow free admission with a ticket from smithsonianmag.com/museumday. You can also search there for other participating venues in your area. Through Arts Alive, Pinellas county residents can visit the Dalí Museum for free, and those who don't live in Pinellas will receive a voucher for a return visit from Sept. 24-Oct. 17.
Click here for a full list of all 20 museums participating in both events.
Hurricane Irma got in the way of the Dunedin Fine Art Center's opening reception and artist talk for fall exhibits, so the do-over is Friday. Four concurrent exhibits open, with the correlating theme of paper. Here's a rundown:
Etch-a-Sketch: Celebrating the center's 25 years of printmaking instruction, it honors founder Stephen Littlefield. The printmaking exhibit features Littlefield's students, colleagues and distinguished local printmakers, including John Costin, Susan Gehring and Neverne Covington, whose work is pictured.
On Your Mark: A juried exhibition of bay area artists focused on drawing.
Pulp Fiction: Features multimedia artists including printmaker Coralette Damme, designer and illustrator Denis Gaston and Daniel Mrgan's sketchbook musings.
Le Papier: Artists, including Laine Nixon, Leslie Fry and Eva Avenue, present works on, and of, paper.
There will also be a small collection of Roland Polska's work on view. Polska, a painter, sculptor and printmaker, died earlier this year. All exhibits remain on display through Oct. 15. The artist talk happens from 6-7 p.m. and the reception immediately follows and runs through 9 p.m. dfac.org.
One man's trash is another's treasure, a point made through an exhibit on display at the Bunker of Ybor City. Day at the Junk Yard is a showcase of Cheryl Levin's photographs of discarded scraps of electronic components, auto parts and recycled metal. Levin has fun foraging in local junk yards and recycling centers to find her muses, then does photography tricks to turn them into works of art. A reception happens Sunday from 1:30-3 p.m. at 1907 N 19th St. The exhibit remains on display through Oct. 8.