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  1. See some of the area's biggest art shows before they move on

    Visual Arts

    Summer has been, by tradition, a slow time for area museums because the heat and humidity have kept many residents and tourists away. Times have changed, and with them, we have seen ambitious and important exhibitions become the summer norm instead of the exception in many of them. So before they leave in a month or …

    Artist Sun Xun paints detail into the installation in a gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. The piece is part of “My Generation: Young Chinese Artists,” an exhibit taking place at the Museum of Fine arts as well as at the Tampa Museum of Art through Sept. 28.
  2. Step into the Airstream to check out art

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    Photographers Matt and Rebecca Sexton Larson don't stay still for long ever since they launched Boxfoto, a movable concept to create, show and sell their work. The husband and wife roll all over the place in their nifty Airstream, outfitted as a mobile studio and display center for their own work and that of people who …

    Rebecca Sexton Larson, Drifting, 2014, bromoil print.
  3. Extended Members' Show closing at Morean

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    Friday is absolutely, positively the last day to see the popular Members' Show at the Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. It was scheduled to close earlier in August but was extended. Shown is Steven Kenny's oil painting, St. Petersburg Alley #5. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through …

    Steven Kenny, St. Petersburg Alley #5, oil on panel.
  4. Review: Thomas Chimes' eclectic art intrigues at Ringling

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    Thomas Chimes could have been part of the fraternity known as the abstract expressionists with distinguished members such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Barnett Newman. But he was only in his early 30s in the 1950s when that New York art movement was in full flower and probably felt he had …

    Thomas Chimes, Self Portrait, 1947, oil on masonite on panel.
  5. 10th Wearable Art Fashion Show is at Dunedin Fine Art Center

    Visual Arts

    A 10-year mark for an event makes it eligible for the tag "venerable," so the 10th annual Wearable Art Fashion Show on Saturday at the Dunedin Fine Art Center could indeed be considered venerable. But that's such a stately word for a show that remains fresh and fun and wears its decade lightly.

    Julian Hartzog came up with this little number.
  6. Slow down and take a look at the art in Tampa's airport

    Visual Arts

    There are some new bright spots at Tampa International Airport: paintings by Neverne Covington, seated here in front of them where they hang on a wall of the main terminal on the walkway to the Marriott Hotel. This is a good opportunity to remind ourselves that the airport is full of lively art. True, a lot of it is in …

    Neverne Covington with her paintings at Tampa International Airport.
  7. Video: Balloon sculpture at Museum of Fine Arts will blow you away

    Visual Arts

    If you've ever been impressed by a balloon animal, prepare to be blown away by a new art exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg made up entirely of balloons.

    Artist Jason Hackenwerth works to install a sculpture consisting of thousands of interwoven latex balloons that create a massive aqua-marine form titled "Fleeting Innocence" that will hang from the ceiling of the Conservatory of the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. DIRK SHADD   |   Times  

  8. New walking tour shows off St. Petersburg's many murals

    Visual Arts

    Anyone passing through the Central Arts District in downtown St. Petersburg can't help but notice that as much seems to happen on the outside of its buildings as on the inside, thanks to an aggressive mural program washing the exteriors in vibrant images by many artists in many styles.

    This mural, painted by Sebastian Coolidge, is on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. The Central Arts District has 25 murals.
  9. Found objects turn into sculpture, at Tuegel gallery

    Visual Arts

    Rocky Bridges is essentially a sculptor, creating framed assemblages from found objects that are both lyrical and edgy. In a new collection, he dispenses with the wall and makes them freestanding. Shown is The Space Between Lovers 2. See them at Michele Tuegel Contemporary Art, 320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, …

    Rocky Bridges, The Space Between Two Lovers II.
  10. Get first look at future arts compound in St. Petersburg

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    Now that the Warehouse Arts District Association group in St. Petersburg has signed a contract to purchase the former Ace Recycling compound, they would love for everyone to come and see it and its potential. And they would also like to raise money toward the purchase.

    Warehouse Arts District Association president Mark Aeling poses in front of the old Ace Recycling complex the group is buying.