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4 art exhibits to check out with family (or on your own) over Thanksgiving weekend

By Maggie Duffy, Times Staff Writer
SCOTT KEELER | Times The exhibition, Star Wars and the Power of Costume, featuring more than 60 original costumes from various Star Wars movies, opens this weekend to members of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg and to the general public on Monday at the museum. Here is Princess Leia from Return of the Jedi, 1983.

Perhaps you have relatives in town for the weekend, and you’re running out of ways to entertain them.

Or maybe you’re wondering what to do with your long weekend. There’s a perfect solution for either scenario: Go see some art.

There’s plenty on view, inside and out. Here are a few suggestions.


This exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts is a must-see, and will be of interest even to those who don’t normally visit museums. It includes more than 60 original costumes from the films, and all the major ones are there: R2-D2 and C3PO, Yoda, Darth Vadar’s full outfit, Princess Leia’s slave bikini, above, and a number of Queen Amidala’s beautiful gowns. That’s just to name a few. Because of the show’s popularity, tickets are timed. $25, $18 ages 7 to 17. The museum is closed Thanksgiving Day.


Internationally renowned pop artist James Rosenquist made the bay area a second home in the 1970s, after being invited to work at USF’s Graphicstudio. This exhibition at USF’s Contemporary Art Museum celebrates that connection by displaying prints he created at Graphicstudio and other Tampa ateliers, as well as work from private collections. An added bonus at CAM is the Imagine Peace flag designed by Yoko Ono, flying in the front of the building. Admission is free, but parking costs $5. 3821 USF Holly Drive. The museum is closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday.


If you aren’t familiar with the term bodega, it’s Spanish for grocery store, but it more commonly refers to Latino-owned convenience stores, specializing in Hispanic groceries. Florida has its fair of them, and the colorful stores and the people who own them are the subject of photographer Peter Bates’ exhibition at the St. Petersburg Museum of History. $15. The museum is closed Thanksgiving Day.


St. Petersburg has become a city rich with murals by artists hailing from all over the world, and a number of locals, thanks in part to the annual Shine Mural Festival. You can discover many of them on your own anytime by visiting Or take a guided tour, the benefit of which is the background stories of the murals and artists. The tours are available through Florida CraftArt, and can be booked by calling (727) 821-7391, or visiting


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