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  1. Tampa Bay Fashion Week takes big risk hoping for big reward


    TAMPA — Nancy Vaughn sat down at a local leadership luncheon and got a question from Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn that she's still trying to answer.

    (9/17/14, Tampa, FL)   A model walks the runway at the Hilton Tampa Downtown for Tampa Bay Fashion Week's 2014 runway fashion show. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  2. New arts council home offers more space for variety of offerings

    Visual Arts

    NEW PORT RICHEY — An "art space" is what board member Jo Baughman calls the Pasco Fine Arts Council's new home.

    Inside the new building hangs an elaborate watercolor rendering of the former Grove Park Community Center, painted by an arts council teacher.
  3. Column: Local mural lovers can enjoy some throughout Tampa Bay

    Visual Arts

    When did Tampa Bay become a mini Wynwood?

    Stephanie Hayes stands by her dog, Stuart, in Dunedin.
  4. SHINE Mural Festival brings new wall art to St. Petersburg

    Visual Arts


    There will be paint. A lot of it.

    The SHINE Mural Festival officially kicks off Tuesday, but you might already notice a small army of artists transforming drab exterior walls into tapestries of color and imagery along the Central Avenue corridor and fanning out north and south at three …

    A SHINE mural on a side wall of the Amsterdam Bar on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg was completed with the help of students from the Bloom Gallery in St. Petersburg.
  5. Art Planner: Fashion meets art in Dunedin, St. Pete; plus cheap family fun at Tampa Museum of Art

    Visual Arts



    Its age has earned it the description "venerable," but Wearable Art 11 at Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin, on Saturday is anything but. In the past, guests have been treated to couture made with raw meat and pyrotechnics, for example, so each year the …

    Work by Lina Teixeira, who designed this dress, is in Wearable Art 11.
  6. Get to know our local curators, in detail, in their own words

    Visual Arts

    The full texts of the curators' answers to our questionnaire are presented here.

    Define the general job of curator

  7. The art of curation: Museum curators talk about what they do

    Visual Arts

    They are a diverse group united by a word: curator. You probably have never met any of them unless you have attended a gallery talk in conjunction with an exhibition. Yet curators, more than any other arts professionals who work at museums, are responsible for what you see and how you see it. • Curators interpret a …

    Katherine Pill of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg poses in front of the light that projects Peter Sarkisian’s Extruded Video Engine II, a 2007 new media work.
  8. Murals to brighten a drab Tampa parking garage

    Local Government

    TAMPA — With its five decks of sun-bleached concrete, downtown's William F. Poe Parking Garage is nothing to look at — at least not yet.

    The mural artists will begin their eight-week-long project in October. The paintings will be big enough to be seen by drivers coming into downtown Tampa from Interstate 275.
  9. Cheeky mural imagines Pier in St. Petersburg as an alien invader


    Local mural artists the Vitale Brothers have painted their mural Pier Pressure on the side of the Blue Goose bar, an image that makes the upside down pyramid Pier in St. Petersburg look like an alien invader from War of the Worlds. You can buy a T-shirt with the image at a release party Friday.

  10. Art Planner: Professors show off at Ringling, social commentary at HCC Ybor

    Visual Arts



    Teachers deserve all the recognition they can be given. And what better way to acknowledge art teachers, who spend their days nurturing the art of others, than to give them their own show? The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art does just that with "Back and Forth: Thinking in Paint," …

    Carrie Ann Baade’s Bad Government is on display at the Ringling Museum.