Arts

  1. A river runs through teen art project

    Visual Arts

    The Community Stepping Stones serves at-risk teens and, for a recent project, tapped into both science and art. Teens studied and canoed the entire Hillsborough River over several trips. They also applied what they learned to a variety of artistic mediums such as ceramics, painting, drama and photography. You see …

    At-risk teens in the Community Stepping Stones program took photos and produced art for the “I Am River” show.
  2. Playful design for musical instrument show at Florida Craftsmen

    Visual Arts

    Musical instruments are utilitarian, built for performance. In the hands of master craftsmen, they can also be things of beauty, so much so that many non-musicians collect them for their looks, not their sound.

    A violin embellished with carvings by Mark Noll
  3. Review: Panama Canal photos at MFA, St. Petersburg document amazing accomplishment

    Visual Arts

    ST. PETERSBURG

    The big summer show at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg is "My Generation: Young Chinese Artists," which is spectacular. There are other visual pleasure to be had there, too, such as the museum's permanent collection. Hanging out in the second-floor gallery devoted to works on paper is a …

    Ernest “Red” Hallen, gelatin silver print. It shows the operation of the Gatun Locks with the S.S. Allianca leaving the upper-west chamber June 8, 1914 and entering Gatun Lake.
  4. Pottery offers diversion for Pasco students in summer

    Visual Arts

    HOLIDAY — School's out but summertime opens the door to trying something new. Maybe take a crack at kneading and rolling a mound of clay into a treasured creation, and learn how to handle such artisan tools as the potters needle, fettling knife and the clay roller that's ever so handy when it comes to flattening …

    Katey Hauschen, 11, molds clay onto a recycled bottle to make a vase during a morning pottery class at the Pasco Arts Center in Holiday.
  5. Review: Richard Beckman's work at USF Contemporary Art Museum celebrates what was

    Visual Arts

    TAMPA

    We see only a few pages from one of sculptor Richard Beckman's journals, opened in a Plexiglas case for "Outside the Curve of Reason," an exhibition at University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum. Yet they tell us much about Beckman's restless, relentless and obsessive creativity.

    You can see the detail in Richard Beckman’s Song of Kabir (ca. 2000), foreground, made from thin, bent pieces of wood. Zim Zum, a metal sculpture (1997-98), Under the Pink (2000), made of epoxy resin, and Chantella (2000), another wood sculpture, are in the background.
  6. Exhibit shows off works of one teacher's nine student artists

    Visual Arts

    Student works

    Rose Marie Prins is a much-admired professional artist and it's no surprise that she's also a good teacher. Paintings by nine of her students at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg are on view at Gallery 221 at Hillsborough Community College's Dale Mabry campus, 4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa, …

    detail of a painting of an artichoke by Colette Bancroft at Gallery 221 at Hillsborough Community College's Dale Mabry campus.
credit: Gallery 221
  7. Nuance Galleries opens show of 15 Cuban artists

    Visual Arts

    In 2013, Robert Rowen of Nuance Galleries, 804 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, purchased a collection of several hundred works by 20th century Cuban artists. The art had previously been lent by a collector to the Meridian International Center, which works with the State Department on cultural exchanges and traveling …

    This painting by Alfredo Cecilio Rodríguez Cedeno is a landscape with surrealist influences.
  8. New arts complex on horizon for St. Petersburg

    Visual Arts

    ST. PETERSBURG — The city's Warehouse Arts District already houses a high-density collection of artists' studios. Now, a plan for a multipurpose arts complex is both the most ambitious and creative in an area known for both.

    Warehouse District Association President Mark Aeling said potential donors for the project are “lining up.”
  9. Free Cool Art Show brings media mix to St. Petersburg's Coliseum

    Visual Arts

    Outdoor art shows go on hiatus in these parts for good reason. It. Is. Hot. But the Cool Art Show is celebrating its 26th year Saturday and Sunday because it beats the heat by going inside to the air-conditioned Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The show, organized by the Professional Association of …

    
  10. Tampa Bay History Center displays 'Art of the Highwaymen'

    Visual Arts

    The Highwaymen are a beloved and legendary institution in the United States, especially in Florida where their movement originated. As you probably know, they were a band of 25 men and one woman who were mostly self-taught artists, though they didn't have an "outsider style" but rather a romantic-realism form of …

    Painting by Mary Ann Carroll.