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  1. Art Planner: New shows in Sarasota and a Chad Mize project at The Bends

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    So much is happening in the Tampa Bay regional arts scene we forget that farther south, Sarasota remains the matriarch of the arts on Florida's west coast where the Ringling complex of museums and performing arts stages rules.

  2. Tampa Bay area art museums offer a rich 2015-16 season

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    Today we bring you the 13th annual preview of exhibitions at our regional museums. These are shows that make appearances for a limited time, unlike permanent collections that are on view all the time. Each of the museums listed here has a unique mission, and the special exhibitions are designed to reinforce and enhance …

    At the Ringling Museum, gilded bronze statue of the Lord of Nine Stars, Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), from the Hubei Provincial Muaeum

credit: Johansen Krause
  3. 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]
  4. New arts council home offers more space for variety of offerings

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    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.
  5. Column: Local mural lovers can enjoy some throughout Tampa Bay

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    When did Tampa Bay become a mini Wynwood?

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

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    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.
  7. Art Planner: Fashion meets art in Dunedin, St. Pete; plus cheap family fun at Tampa Museum of Art

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    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.
  8. Get to know our local curators, in detail, in their own words

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

    Define the general job of curator

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

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    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.
  10. 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.