Three Tampa arts places, three art experiences: Choose one for an entertaining hour or all three for a day trip. They're within easy driving distance of each other with lots of good restaurants along the way. And each represents an important component of the arts here, past and present.
Lennie Bennett, Times art critic
This gallery has been a South Tampa mainstay since 1987 and represents some of the best talent in the region. Through April 13, "Paths of Nature" features landscapes by Donne Bitner, Jeffrey Kronsnoble, Lynn Manos, and Joyce Ely-Walker. Free. Shown is Jeffrey Kronsnoble's Lake Como with Lilies, oil on canvas.
4105 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. claytongalleries.net or (813) 831-3753.
Henry B. Plant Museum
This museum, housed in the historic Tampa Bay Hotel, is a gem, and it sparkles even more brightly with a new exhibition, "The Language of Jewelry," featuring choice examples from the Gilded Age, including this 19th century brooch, when the old hotel flourished. Show continues through Oct. 8.
401 W Kennedy Blvd. on the University of Tampa campus. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 adults, $7 seniors and students and $5 kids 4 to 12. plantmuseum.com or (813) 254-1891.
"Suzanne Figures" looks at the 40-year photographic career of Suzanne Camp Crosby, who can be considered a kind of Tampa institution herself. She has won awards through many of those decades, including being named Tampa's Photographer Laureate in 2004. Free. See her work at the gallery, on the second floor of the Learning Resources Center, through May 2. Shown is Self Portrait with Mirror, 1975.
4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd. on the Dale Mabry campus of Hillsborough Community College. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. hccfl.edu/gallery221 or (813) 253-7386.