Wow! Back from the holiday break, my email was crammed with announcements of new gallery shows throughout west-central Florida. Seems that while the rest of us were sleeping late, eating bountifully and shopping sales, artists have been busy in their studios. Here are a few of the highlights.
Lennie Bennett, Times art critic
Rocky Bridges: Mixed Media Assemblage
Through Jan. 30
Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus Art Gallery, 2204 N 15th St., Tampa. hccfl.edu/yc/art-gallery.aspx or (813) 253-7674.
Bridges is a master of trolling for found objects that he artfully combines in mixed-media works, adding his equally artful brush strokes to his intriguing assemblages. A free opening reception is from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 with a gallery talk by Bridges at 6:30 p.m. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free.
New Works by Taylor Ikin and Laura Waller
Through Feb. 5
Nuance Galleries St. Petersburg, 2924 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. nuancegalleries.com or (727) 209-2125.
These artists have vastly different approaches to their landscapes but they have in common an ability to make us want to inhabit the scenes they create. Ikin works in watercolor on a slick paper that produces unusually vibrant effects. Waller, also a longtime watercolor painter in the classic style, has begun experimenting with water-soluble oils for softer edges. Free opening receptions are from 6 to 9 p.m. today and from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free.
Phases of Identity: Works by Robert Stackhouse and Carol Mickett
Through Feb. 16
Selby Gallery at Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. ringling.edu/selbygallery or (941) 359-7563.
The artists create one of their site-specific installations accompanied by paintings that also explore ideas about identity and place. Artists' talk and preview begin at 7 tonight; opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday; a director's tour is at 11:30 a.m. Monday. All are free. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday with extended hours to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free.
Paintings by Jane Seymour
Syd Entel Galleries, 247 Main St., Safety Harbor. sydentelgalleries.com or (727) 725-1808.
Actor Jane Seymour has always been known both for her beauty and brains, able to portray characters with subtle nuances, winning Emmy and Golden Globe awards for her work. And, she paints, in an impressionist style that's also pretty. So visitors are in for a lot of good-looking when both she and her art will be on hand. Seymour will make personal appearances from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. But you can see her art during regular gallery hours, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free.