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An Antonio de Torres guitar from 1890, with Spanish pine top and birds-eye maple sides and back.Photos from the Museum of Fine Arts

Art planner: Classical guitars bring joyful noises to MFA, John Kiley's glass are balancing acts at Chihuly Collection

  JOYFUL NOISES: NEW SHOWS AT MFA   The big show opening Saturday at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, is a group of portraits from the 18th to early 20th centuries. Two others are also worth a good look. And though they're visual, sound is an equal component in both. The Art of the Classical Guitar showcase …

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  1. Art planner: Classical guitars bring joyful noises to MFA, John Kiley's glass are balancing acts at Chihuly Collection

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    The big show opening Saturday at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, is a group of portraits from the 18th to early 20th centuries. Two others are also worth a good look. And though they're visual, sound is an equal component in both.

    An Antonio de Torres guitar from 1890, with Spanish pine top and birds-eye maple sides and back.
  2. Review: Plensa sculptures at Tampa Museum of Art offer much more than face value

    Visual Arts

    TAMPA

    Easy to love Jaume Plensa's sculptures for their face value.

    Jaume Plensa’s giant sculptures with the University of Tampa in the background on 1/21/16.  “Jaume Plensa: Human Landscapes”  opens at Tampa Museum of Art on Sunday 1/24/16. His work will be seen in the museum’s galleries but sculptures but are also installed outside and in the atrium, on view to everyone anyone passing by. The museum is located 120 W Gasparilla Plaza (next to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park), Tampa. Go to www.tampamuseum.org for more information.
  3. Morean Arts employee finds box with glass art stolen in Chihuly Collection heist

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — Jeannette St. Amour rounded the corner from the parking lot onto the Central Avenue sidewalk and immediately spotted the box.

     Andy Schlauch, Exec. Director of the Chihuly Collection inspects a piece of recovered sculptured glass art entitled, "Cobalt and Lavender Piccolo Venetian with Gilded Handles", on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 [LARA CERRI | Times]
  4. Original Chihuly sculpture stolen from St. Petersburg gallery, police say

    Crime

    UPDATE:

    One day after a Chihuly glass sculpture was discovered missing from the artist's St. Petersburg collection, the piece turned up undamaged at a nearby arts center.

    An empty spot is left where the stolen Chihuly work, Cobalt and Lavender Piccolo Venetian with Gilded Handles, used to sit. Video at tampabay.com/video.
  5. Art Planner: Portraits of the Museum of Fine Arts and Jeffrey Kronsnoble at Clayton

    Visual Arts

    FACE TIME: PORTRAITS AT THE MFA

    Ah, the portrait. It seems like such a straightforward art: portray a person as you see him. But things get in the way of verisimilitude — the vanity of the sitter or the ego of the artist, for example. The best portraits balance both impulses in finding an essence in an …

    Lisbon Hybrid, a series of paintings by Jeffrey Kronsnoble at Clayton Galleries in Tampa.
  6. Review: 'Disney and Dalí' exhibit a delightful look at two dreamers

    Visual Arts

    ST. PETERSBURG

    I will never again look at a classic Disney movie in the way I did after seeing "Disney and Dalí: Architects of the Imagination."

    Visitors view the exhibition at the Dal? Museum in St. Petersburg, including Background Painting for Destino (c. 1946, oil on masonite), center.
  7. Three Dunedin exhibits shrink, stretch mind's eye

    Visual Arts

    DUNEDIN

    Prepare to be amazed as creatives shrink the art and stretch the mind's eye.

    Janet Laird-Lagassee’s transparent watercolor on watercolor paper won her first place in the Birds and Animals category in the 41st Annual International Miniature Art Exhibition.
  8. Art Planner: Art Festival Beth-El, 2Cool Art Show, Derek Gores at the Epicurean

    Visual Arts

    FESTIVAL BETH-EL: SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

    Stephen Bach, oil.
  9. Famed artist Jaume Plensa brings his huge head sculptures to Tampa

    Visual Arts

    TAMPA — Talk to Jaume Plensa about his art and you are just as likely to have a discussion about gravity, non-corporeal beauty and the protective power of poetry.

    Jaume Plensa touches Silent Rain, which consists of poems made of iron letters.
  10. Review: New exhibits by Brazilian artists capture a nation's tension

    Visual Arts

    TAMPA

    Brazil is the largest country in Latin America and the world's fifth-largest country, so to write that an exhibition of Brazilian art has a deep sense of place is to acknowledge that the place is big. Yet "Histórias/Histories: Contemporary Art From Brazil" at the University of South Florida …

    Caio Reisewitz’s grandly scaled Goiania Golf Club II uses formal beauty to convey the tension between the natural (the tree) and the artificial (the golf course turf).