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  1. Curator at Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg resigns unexpectedly

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Jennifer Hardin, the longtime chief curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, resigned Friday. The announcement, sent Friday via email to the museum's board of trustees, was unexpected.

    From left, Louise Reeves, registrar, Jennifer Hardin, chief curator, Dr. Kent Lydecker, director, and Seymour Gordon, past president of the board, look over photographic prints from Russia by Alexander Ustinov.
  2. Colorful corner gets ready for big Bloom bash (w/video)

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    An old warehouse at 910 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg has been transformed into multipurpose workspace for artists and performers to create and collaborate. On Saturday, the artists will celebrate their one-year anniversary of transforming the space with a show called "Muralism" at The Oleson Gallery and Bloom Art …

    Mason Schwacke, 26, of Largo, works late at night May 5, 2015, on the back side of the Oleson Gallery and Bloom Art Center, a repurposed warehouse at 910 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. In the past six weeks, over 20 artists have transformed the exterior of the former warehouse into an outdoor gallery. And there is more inside. The artists are holding an event called Muralism on Saturday, May 23 from 5 p.m. to midnight to celebrate its one-year anniversary. [LARA CERRI  | TIMES]
  3. Largo military museum has special plans for Memorial Day

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    Monday's seventh annual Memorial Day Family Funfest at the Armed Forces History Museum is billed as "bigger, badder and bolder than ever."

    A half-size replica of Chuck Yeager’s Bell X1 jet is one of eight new exhibits at the Armed Forces History Museum.
  4. Art review: William Pachner's powerful response to Holocaust still resonates

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    William Pachner turned 100 on April 17. For almost 50 of those years, he had been a fine artist, putting his brushes down by 1999 only after he became blind. Two exhibitions, at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg and the Florida Holocaust Museum, honor this milestone and his remarkable …

    William Pachner, View of My Birthplace, 1958, oil on board.
  5. From Brad Pitt and Katy Perry to YouTube stars and tech geeks, National Portrait Gallery asks: Who is a celebrity?

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    WASHINGTON — In the age of selfies, social media and streaming videos, the idea of what makes a celebrity has expanded far beyond the Hollywood icons of the past. Now scientists, technology geeks, designers, writers and YouTube stars achieve fame alongside athletes and entertainers.

    A painting of Brad Pitt by Colin Davidson is among the work on display in "Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze," at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. Brad Pitt, Barbra Streisand, Michelle Obama, and Katy Perry all make the cut. Curators at the National Portrait Gallery are taking a close look at how celebrity images are cultivated and how they've evolved in the new exhibition. [Associated Press]
  6. Tampa Bay History Center celebrates St. Augustine at 450

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    Happy 450th birthday, St. Augustine!

    The Tampa Bay History Center honors the occasion with an exhibition, opening Saturday, featuring more than 40 rare maps, charts and prints that trace the city's evolution from a gritty Spanish fort in the 16th century to a pleasure spot for the wealthy in the late 19th century. …

    Detroit Photographic Co., King Street, St. Augustine, 1902. King Street was, and is, one of the principal thoroughfares in the city of St. Augustine. It runs through the center of the city to the Matanzas River and provides the southern boundary to the public lawn, depicted on the right side of the image.
  7. Photo gallery: Nathan Sawaya's 'Art of the Brick' exhibit turns Legos into high art

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    PARIS — American artist Nathan Sawaya's "The Art of the Brick" takes a children's toy and turns it into high art.

    A visitor looks at torsos sculptures made with Lego bricks by U.S. artist Nathan Sawaya during the exhibition "The Art of The Brick" on May 15, 2015, in Paris, France. Nathan Sawaya's exhibition takes place from May 14 to Aug. 30, 2015.  [Getty Images]
  8. Collectors Circle selects Impressionist painting for Museum of Fine Arts

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Most museum leaders never know what, if any, gifts they'll receive each year. But at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, at least one addition to its permanent collection is a given.

    John Leslie Breck, Evening in Giverny, c. 1891, oil on canvas.
  9. Review: Two photo exhibitions offer different kinds of glamor

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    The best fashion photography hovers between commerce and art: It has a job to do but aspires to be museum-worthy. We can tick off many famous names who have achieved this balance, such as Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Annie Leibovitz.

    Kristian Schuller, Strand II, 2010. Paris-based Schuller is part of the “High Fashion: Kristian Schuller, Billy & Hells and Taka Kobayashi” exhibit.
  10. Three shows: Studio@620, Hillsborough Community College and Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art

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    Unlike most museum exhibitions, those at area galleries have a shorter life: See them sooner rather than miss them later. You'll find an extensive list in our calendar but here are three good starting points.

    Lennie Bennett, Times art critic

    Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art

    1288 N Palm Ave., …

    Untitled by John Chamberlain