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  1. Art Planner: Summer shows at the Polk Museum, Clayton Galleries and the Chihuly Collection

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    For centuries, collecting art was a pastime only for the wealthy (including the wealthy church), but with the rise of the middle class in the mid 19th century, it became an aspiration many more could afford. Travel, too, became available on a broader scale …

    Louis Aston Knight, Path Along a River, ca. 1920, oil on canvas.
  2. You can vote on pieces of USF Contemporary Art Museum's exhibit

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    As part of its Museum at Work workshop series, the USF Contemporary Art Museum is asking viewers to select their favorite pieces from the permanent collection for display. The pieces (including Jerry Uelsmann's untitled work pictured) can be viewed and voted on via the museum's Facebook page, gelatin silver print, is among the works in the USF Contemporary Art Museum's collection that can be voted on as part of a special exhibit. [Times files\

  3. A personal thank you, farewell to Museum of Fine Arts curator Jennifer Hardin

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    The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg has always been a special place. But without equivocation, I say it's a better place today because of many individuals' hard work and generosity that have allowed it to grow. One of the most important architects of that growth — in its all-important permanent collection …

    Jennifer Hardin and Emmanuel Roux have lived in their Driftwood home in St. Petersburg for almost 20 years.
  4. Preview: Puppets old and new, from near and far, for young and old, on display at Florida CraftArt

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    We think of puppets as playthings for children, but they have a history thousands of years old as adult entertainment. Almost every culture in the world has deployed them in some form from European hand puppets to Asian shadow puppets. A new exhibition at Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, which opens …

  5. Major photo survey opening at Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

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    Summer shows at regional museums used to be small and quiet, a time to rotate works from a permanent collection into or out of storage or organize a middling show that wouldn't cost much. It reflected a drop in attendance as residents took vacations and tourists stayed away.

    Andr? K?rtesz, Satiric Dancer, Paris, 1926, gelatin silver print.
  6. New art shows explore changing landscapes and printmaking

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    Now that the beloved Norman Rockwell has left the building, the Tampa Museum of Art continues its celebration of American art with "Scenery, Story, Spirit: American Painting and Sculpture from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art," which opens Saturday and continues through Sept. 6. More than 50 works narrate the changing …

    Albert Bierstadt, Mirror Lake, Yosemite Valley, 1864, oil on canvas.
  7. Prints by famed illusionist M.C. Escher coming to Dalí Museum in August

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    The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg is following up its current show comparing the 20th-century Spanish artist with Renaissance great Leonardo da Vinci with another master illusionist, M.C. Escher. While not as famous as Leonardo or Dalí, Escher (1898-1972) has had influence both on science and art, especially …

    Drawing Hands will be in a show coming to the Dali Museum.
  8. Leepa-Rattner's 'Henry and Abe' exhibition celebrates friendship

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    Henry Miller and Abraham Rattner were the unlikeliest BFFs.

    The friendship that Abraham Rattner, left, and Henry Miller began in Paris endured for their lifetimes. They are shown here at a cafe where they often met.
  9. Art preview: new shows opening in Sarasota and Tampa

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    Lots of new shows are coming to museums and galleries in west central Florida so there's (at least) one near you. Better yet, drive outside your comfort zone to one you haven't visited. Here are two suggestions to get you started.

  10. Preview: New quilts and fiber art shows at Dunedin Fine Art Center

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    Summer at the Dunedin Fine Art Center means quilts. For years, the center has exhibited fine-craft quilts from national and area groups, expanding our definition of them. Still rooted in their humble origins as inexpensive coverings made for warmth from fabric scraps, the quilts you'll see here are not humble and most …