Folklore has it that April brings spring showers, but here in Pasco it also heralds the opening of two local art shows worth taking in.
• The Progress Energy Art Gallery offers a little something out of the ordinary and the opportunity to look deeper, listen more and see creative ways to rework the old and discarded at its April showing.
"Oddball," featuring oil paintings by Jacabo Navarro, opens with a Meet the Artist reception and First Friday Party from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the gallery. Also on exhibit is "See What I Hear," featuring the work of local artists who have been inspired to put sound to canvas or capture what they hear through the lens of a camera. Giving a nod to Earth Day is a collection of up-cycled and recycled objects including an exhibit of J.W. Mitchell High students who have repurposed books of all sorts into works of art.
The combined exhibit runs through April at the gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For information, go to nprgallery.com or call (727) 848-6500.
•The multimedia exhibit "Embracing Creativity II" highlights the work of students of the Pasco Arts Council and runs Saturday though April 27 at the council, 5744 Moog Road, Holiday. The public is invited to cast a ballot for their favorite work for the People's Choice Award. Some pieces will be available for purchase at the conclusion of the exhibit.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For information about the exhibit or upcoming classes and workshops, visit pascoart.org or call PAC at (727) 845-7322.