BIG DEAL: CHIHULY COLLECTION DISCOUNT
Happy sixth anniversary, Chihuly Collection! The gallery is a colorful spot in downtown St. Petersburg, filled with the luminous vessels and multipiece installations of studio glass rock star Dale Chihuly. And at the gallery entrance on Beach Drive, its rose-colored sculpture that looks like a giant stick of rock candy has been a beacon. The interior is filled with examples of Chihuly's work such as the large orbs and the glass "garden," Persian ceiling and chandeliers composed of hundreds of pieces.
Saturday and Sunday, you can enjoy it for $5 admission, a savings of almost $10 off the usual $14.95 ticket. It also includes admission to the glass-blowing show at the Hot Shop at the Morean Arts Center, which owns the collection. A dual ticket is usually $19.95.
Regular hours at the Chihuly Collection are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Hot Shop shows Saturday and Sunday are hourly from 1 to 4 p.m. Consider parking in the city garage downtown and taking a trolley from the Chihuly, 400 Beach Drive NE, to the Morean, 719 Central Ave. (727) 822-7872. moreanartscenter.org.
BREAK OUT THE COMFY SHOES: SECOND SATURDAY ARTWALK
Many galleries with new shows — too many to list — stay open late for the Second Saturday ArtWalk in St. Petersburg. Five arts districts in or near the city's downtown offer great diversity in the work they exhibit. Bear in mind that the popular Beach Drive area isn't part of the event. The ArtWalk takes you to interesting places a bit farther west such as the bustling Central Avenue corridor. Art galleries are interspersed with charming shops and independent restaurants in all price ranges. The point is, the offerings are varied enough that you can have an adventure even if you're a veteran ArtWalker.
All arts venues are open from 5 to 9 p.m. and are free.
The best strategy is to park and take the free trolleys to desired destinations. Free parking is available on First Avenues N and S from 15th to 30th streets and at some of the galleries. Maps and information at stpeteartsalliance.org.
TIMELY SHOW: AMEENA KHAN'S PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS
Ameena Khan, right, traded an engineering career for art, and is now an elementary school art teacher. Her subjects for "Loud Print" at the Carrollwood Cultural Center are Muslim women. "Stories about Muslim women are typically limited to one of two characters: an oppressed victim needing to be rescued or the seductress hidden behind a veil of mystery," Khan says in her artist's statement.
The show opens at 6 p.m. Friday with a reception and discussion with Khan and continues through August.
The center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Occasionally the gallery at the center is closed, so call ahead to be sure. Free. (813) 269-1310. carrollwoodcenter.org.
IT'S HOT OUTSIDE: GO TO A GALLERY
ArtCenter Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W, Bradenton, has a new juried group show (meaning a judge chose prize winners) with many media including painting, sculpture, ceramics and jewelry. Shown is the first-place work, Arches, an oil painting by Susan Covert. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Free. (941) 746-2862. artcentermanatee.org.