Art shows in Tampa Bay

This is high season for arts venues with lots of variety for veteran collectors and newbie enthusiasts. Here are three shows: one about to open, one in progress and one about to close. Consider catching one or all. — Lennie Bennett, Times art critic

>> Going: Jan. 29

Naked City: Photography from Vassar College's Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

200 N Tampa St., Tampa

If you go: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Suggested donation is $4. (813) 221-2222; fmopa.org.

This small but mighty museum reminds us more of a gallery in its looks, but its shows are always top-notch. And, being a museum, none of the art is for sale. See its current show, "Naked City," before it closes Jan. 29. It's a collection of some big 20th century names and their photographs depicting city life. Among the group of 14 are Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Walker Evans, Nan Goldin, Andy Warhol and Weegee, whose Hollywood Premier (1953) is shown.

>> Coming: Today

Electronics Alive IV

Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, University of Tampa

310 N Blvd., Tampa

If you go: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Free. (813) 253-6217.

Gallery director Dorothy Cowden always curates this thrilling exhibition, which comes along every two years. The title may suggest a trade show, but it's a most sophisticated offering of experimental computer animations, interactive digital art and computer graphics by artists from 14 countries as well as the United States. It opens today with a free preview and presentation at 2 p.m. by Alan Price, director of Empire of Sleep: The Beach, one of the works in the exhibition. The opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday is also free. Shown is a still from the animated film The Lost Thing, directed by Andrew Ruhemann of Australia.

>> In progress: Through March 25

Observations of the Feeling of the Beautiful and the Sublime

C. Emerson Fine Arts

909 Central Ave., St. Petersburg

If you go: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Free. (727) 898-6068; c-emersonfinearts.com.

You may not see everything in this group show of 13 artists as beautiful or sublime, but that's its point. The beautiful and sublime are subjective judgments and one goose's liver is another's foie gras. As with most of the shows at this gallery, owner and curator Lori Johns makes sure you'll find art to interest and perhaps provoke you. The exhibition continues through March 25. Shown is Kyle's Help Us God, oil on panel, 3010.

Art shows in Tampa Bay 01/19/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 3:30am]

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