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  1. MFA's 'Monet to Matisse' show to include a dozen masterworks

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    ST. PETERSBURG — To celebrate its 50th anniversary, only the best will do for the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg.

    Auguste Renoir’s Figures on the Beach (1890, oil on canvas) celebrates the novelty of a day at the beach by a growing middle class in France.
  2. Museum preview 2014-2015: Exhibits of Picasso, Monet, Matisse coming to Tampa Bay

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    BY LENNIE BENNETT Times Art Critic

    From “Monet to Matisse” at Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg: Henri Matisse, Girl by a Window, 1921, oil on canvas. Gift of Alice Albright Arlen, in honor of her mother, Josephine Patterson Albright, 1994.
  3. Discovery of Florida exhibit opens at St. Petersburg Museum of History

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    “Imagining La Florida" at the St. Petersburg Museum of History is a history exhibit, but it has enough lovely visual components to make it a good-looker, along with its educational priorities and interactive elements.

    Conquistador Juan Ponce de León named this land La Florida because of its lushness and to acknowledge his landing during the Easter season. 
  4. Gallery 1356 opens in Clearwater

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    Let's welcome a new arts venue to Clearwater! Gallery 1356 opens Sept. 18 with a free reception from 6 to 9 p.m. The gallery at 1356 S Fort Harrison Ave. features sculptures by its owner, J. Harrison Smith (whose work is shown), plus works in other media, including painting, by June Harben, Lisbeth Graham, Sylvia …

    J. Harrison Smith, owner of Gallery 1356, created this sculpture.
  5. Artist will not show hacked naked celeb photos after all

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    Simmer down, everyone.

    An exhibit of enlarged prints of hacked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton that was scheduled to debut at a St. Petersburg art gallery in October will not go on view.

    Hacked nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence will not be shown in a St. Petersburg gallery. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision)
  6. St. Petersburg's ArtWalk expands to the beach

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    The Second Saturday ArtWalk in St. Petersburg is expanding its boundaries this week as it continues to pick up steam, especially now that fall is upon us. I know: it seems like a cruel joke of the calendar as our air conditioners crank away, but arts venues are beginning to roll our their new shows. (One that has my …

    Image from Duncan McClellan
  7. St. Petersburg art show to feature hacked nude celebrity photos

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    St. Petersburg is getting national attention for an art exhibition planned to open Oct. 30 — and it won't feature the Old Masters.

    Actor Jennifer Lawrence is one of many celebrities whose nude photos of themselves were accessed by a hacker.
  8. Graffiti muralists featured at Tampa art gallery

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    If the graffiti world isn't the boys' club it once was, we can look to women like Allison Torneros for being part of that change.

    Rene Gagnon, another of the exhibit’s featured artists, works on a mural.
  9. See some of the area's biggest art shows before they move on

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    Summer has been, by tradition, a slow time for area museums because the heat and humidity have kept many residents and tourists away. Times have changed, and with them, we have seen ambitious and important exhibitions become the summer norm instead of the exception in many of them. So before they leave in a month or …

    Artist Sun Xun paints detail into the installation in a gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. The piece is part of “My Generation: Young Chinese Artists,” an exhibit taking place at the Museum of Fine arts as well as at the Tampa Museum of Art through Sept. 28.
  10. Step into the Airstream to check out art

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    Photographers Matt and Rebecca Sexton Larson don't stay still for long ever since they launched Boxfoto, a movable concept to create, show and sell their work. The husband and wife roll all over the place in their nifty Airstream, outfitted as a mobile studio and display center for their own work and that of people who …

    Rebecca Sexton Larson, Drifting, 2014, bromoil print.