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  1. Tom James of Raymond James Financial commits up to $75 million for art museum

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    Tom James has been talking for almost 10 years about founding a museum to house his vast art collection without having any specific plans.

    Until now.

    Tom James’ art collection is primarily known for its Western and wildlife art. About 400 of the best examples in that genre would make up the permanent collection he would give to the museum.
  2. Art Harvest in Dunedin has something for everyone

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    DUNEDIN — Lovely fall colors abound as the 51st Art Harvest yields plenty of originality, imagination and talent from around the nation.

    Mixed media by artist James Carter.
  3. At Museum of Fine Arts, portraits of a man who changed ballet

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    Ballet was not an art form of the masses until Rudolf Nureyev came along in the 1960s. A Russian defector who became a European and American superstar, Nureyev brought ballet into mainstream, popular culture with his dramatic story line, brooding charisma and, of course, his astonishing …

    Jamie Wyeth, Nureyev — Don Quixote — White Background, 2001, mixed media.
  4. Dunedin Art Harvest: Good art for a good cause

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    You will think it odd that I begin a preview of an outdoor arts festival with a mention of a program for teenagers who will soon "age-out" of the foster care system. That's because to talk about one, we really have to talk about the other.

    James Carter, mixed media. 
  5. Review: Tampa Museum of Art's 'Renoir to Chagall' leaves a lovely impression

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    So much has been done with French impressionism that there's not really much to add to a scholarly discussion.

    Claude Monet, Port of Dieppe, Evening, ca. 1882, oil on canvas.
  6. Florida Craftsmen reopens as Florida CraftArt on Thursday

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    It doesn't look like much in this photo but when it opens today, the newly renovated Florida Craftsmen Gallery will boast a lot more space for showcasing fine crafts made by Florida artists, just in time for holiday shopping. It also boasts a new name: Florida CraftArt. Stop in for a look. It's on Central Avenue at …

    Having undergone renovations over the summer, Florida CraftArt is the new name of the former Craftsmen Gallery.
  7. John Mellencamp paintings on display in DeLand

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    Creativity rarely is compartmentalized. It crosses borders physical and metaphorical. Creative people are usually creative multitaskers.

    John Mellencamp, for example.

    Photo by Kevin Montague, courtesy of ACA Galleries, New York
  8. Autumn Art Walk debuts in downtown New Port Richey

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    NEW PORT RICHEY — The temps are dropping some and it's finally feeling like autumn is kicking in. Might be a good time to take a stroll.

    “Seduction,” a watercolor painting of a poppy flower, is one of the works that will be on exhibit and for sale at the Autumn Art Walk on Saturday in downtown New Port Richey along both sides of Grand Boulevard.
  9. Kokol Arts reception features Roy Lerner workshop painters

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    It has been a busy week at Kokol Arts Studio and Gallery, 3318 Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa. New York-based abstract artist Roy Lerner has conducted a five-day workshop with area painters and the results of their work will be on view during a one-night-only reception at the gallery on Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. Lerner has …

    Roy Lerner, Bell Bottom Blues, Acrylic
  10. Morse Museum features collection never displayed before

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    If you have visited the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, you know it has a swoon-worthy collection of late 19th and early 20th century decorative arts, made swoonier with its holdings by Louis Comfort Tiffany, the most comprehensive in the world. If you haven't visited, you really would enjoy …

    The Arts is a window 8 feet in diameter in neoclassical style by Lamb Studios.