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  1. New Port Richey gallery exhibit explores water in art

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    The Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery's October exhibition, "Water: The Essence of Life," premiers with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. today. The exhibit features original paintings, mixed media, photography and prints, sculpture and dimensional works. Award-winning local artists Joan Annicchiarico and Louise …

    Sleeping Harbor by Patricia Alleman is in this month’s exhibit in New Port Richey. 
  2. Make time for these can't-miss art events in Tampa Bay

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    Arts people, the coming two weeks will be the most packed with things to do and see in my memory: five new exhibitions and several events that range from north Tampa through Pinellas County. Here's what's happening in the next week. Look for more in the Oct. 9 issue of Weekend. You can also find it all at …

    Blue Dome, single strength plate glass, cut, drilled and fired with glass enamels, then hung by steel wire onto a steel form, 1995. Entry is encouraged.
  3. Lights on Tampa 2015 to spotlight illumination and creativity in motion

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    TAMPA — Muscle-powered rings of light shooting up the 31 stories of the "Beer Can Building."

    A herd of shaggy horse-dancers.

    Bridges glimmer in colored lights during a Lights On Tampa in 2012, coordinated around the Republican National Convention. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times (2012)]
  4. 'Eyesplice Collective' at Morean features 12 emerging female artists

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    The term "emerging artist" is perplexing. It implies youthful talent that is still developing and the absence of significant professional exposure. Given the number of exhibitions I've seen featuring emerging artists, I find the label all over the map and misleading. After all, talent should never cease …

    Chair Dance II is a short video  by Sara Holwerda in which a woman struggles with a chair in a dance between victim and victimizer.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. 
  8. 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.
  9. 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)
  10. 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