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  1. Art events to consider this weekend: Retro Beach Bash, Morean Off the Wall auction

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    There's lots going on around the area but here are two arts events in St. Petersburg this weekend you'll want to consider.

    Martin Parr’s England, Weymouth (2000) from the Life’s a Beach exhibit, celebrated Friday at the Museum of Fine Arts.
  2. Florida Artists' Group's exhibition fits 95 works into Leepa-Rattner

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    TARPON SPRINGS — When we visit an art exhibition, some of our pleasure with it is subliminal: The way in which it's presented to us is a big part of our perception of it.

  3. New Trenton Doyle Hancock art show comes to Ringling

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    If Trenton Doyle Hancock didn't have such a whimsical style, his art would be terrifying. He has become known, admired and awarded for drawings, paintings, sculptures and performances that chronicle an epic mythology he has created. In it, good and evil, darkness and light, battle for supremacy in the form of characters …

    Trenton Doyle Hancock, Trent the Toymaker.
  4. Civil rights icon Ruby Bridges Hall discusses Norman Rockwell's famous painting

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    Ruby Bridges became a civil rights icon when she was 6. Yet she didn't realize it for decades.

    "The Problem We All Live With" is a 1964 painting by Norman Rockwell. An iconic image of the civil rights movement in the United States, it depicts Ruby Bridges, a six-year-old African-American girl, on her way into an all-white public school in New Orleans on Nov. 14, 1960, during the process of racial desegregation. [Times files]
  5. Mainsail Art Festival names first-time Best of Show winner

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Michel Delgado, a soft-spoken artist who creates powerful mixed-media paintings, won his first Best of Mainsail award and $10,000 at the 40th annual Mainsail Art Festival. It validates an already successful career and recognition by private collectors around the world.

  6. Museum explores the story behind Rockwell civil rights paintings

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    TAMPA — Ruby Bridges couldn't have imagined the millions of lives she would change that day, Nov. 14, 1960, when U.S. marshals walked her into first grade. Nor was it likely Norman Rockwell anticipated the effect his painting of those historic steps would have.

    Rockwell’s The Problem We All Live With depicted young Ruby Bridges in 1960. She will speak April 28.
  7. For artists, getting in the Mainsail Art Festival is never a sure thing

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    Visitors to this year's Mainsail Art Festival will find the beloved and familiar mix at work. But specific artists? You never know.

    Margaret Bayalis works on an untitled painting in her St. Petersburg home.
  8. Pendant Palooza springs onto Second Saturday Art Walk radar with Jack-in-the-Box

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    Recognizing and acknowledging creativity is a big part of my job, so when this cute Jack-in-the-box arrived on my desk, I was curious.

    Pendant Palooza at Zen Glass features dozens of glass artists making pendants for Second Saturday Art Walk in St. Pete.
  9. Art goes big in murals on walls of downtown St. Petersburg

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    Let's take a walk. Let's put away our phones, pads and earbuds. Let's take our time and enjoy a delightful hour or so roaming through the Central Arts District discovering its murals. You can go it alone or join a tour every Saturday, organized by Florida CraftArt, with a docent, often the …

    A Moment to Reflect, a mural by Derek Donnelly and Sebastian Coolidge, covers the back of the Florida CraftArt building.
  10. New exhibits open during Second Saturday Art Walk

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    The monthly St. Petersburg Second Saturday Art Walk rolls around this Saturday, having become more than a stroll along a few downtown blocks. The event now covers five designated arts districts and more than 40 galleries and artists' studios (which are often not open to visitors). Many galleries use the occasion …

    Rose Trellis, mixed media work by Jeannine Hascall.