By LENNIE BENNETT
We're on the cusp of summer, which would be a great declaration if I were making it from Michigan. Here, it means the end of those lovely days of inspiration without perspiration, outdoors, enjoying nature.
A tonic suggestion: Visit the ninth annual Wildlife and Western Visions Art Show on Saturday or Sunday. You'll see paintings, prints and sculptures of animals both noble (tigers) and adorable (cardinals). Landscapes of the far West where the buffalo roam and those closer to home, where egrets nest. Some romanticizing history, others capturing its reality. All by notable artists of the western and wildlife genres.
Among the artists on hand during the show are John Coleman, Michael Desatnick, Debra Copenhaver Fellows, Fred Fellows, Grant Hacking, Matthew Hillier, Dustin Payne, Vic Payne, Chad Poppleton, Julia Rogers, Charles Rowe, Tom Saubert, John Seerey-Lester, Suzie Seerey-Lester, Ernest Simmons, Geoffrey Smith, Trevor Swanson and David Yorke.
For the second year, jewelry will also have a presence.
It's all at the Raymond James Financial Center, 880 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Also free are tours of the enormous Tom and Mary James/Raymond James Financial Art Collection during both days of the show. For information, contact the Plainsmen Gallery, co-sponsors of Wildlife and Western Visions, at 1-888-779-2240 or www.wildlifeartshow.com.
Lennie Bennett can be reached at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 893-8293.