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Art Planner: Celebrate American Craft Week, get lost in maze at HCC


This is the occasion during which those who give much are given their due, a.k.a. the faculty art show. St. Petersburg College's visual arts teachers, as practicing artists, will be celebrated for their own talent in the Faculty Show at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, opening Sunday.

Linda Berghoff, Jonathan Barnes, Barton L. Gilmore, Kim Kirchman, Marjorie Greene, Kevin Grass, Elizabeth Indianos, Michele Levin, Barbara Grazul Hubbard, Stephen Schatz and Michaela Oberlaender will be on view at the museum, 600 E Klosterman Road on the Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College. It continues through Dec. 30. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7, $6 seniors and free for students with ID and youths 17 and younger. It is by donation Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (727) 712-5762.


The professional organization Craft Retailers and Artists for Tomorrow (CRAFT) has declared Oct. 1-16 American Craft Week (a long one at 10 days) with galleries throughout the country participating. So let us appreciate American fine crafts and those who promote them, such as Shapiro's Gallery of Contemporary American Crafts, which has locations in Tampa and St. Petersburg. It's something of an institution, founded in 1998 by Michael and Susan Shapiro in a small shop on Central Avenue. It has grown and prospered and now the Shapiro's kids work there, too.

Note that store times are different at each location. Find it in St. Petersburg at 300 Beach Drive NE. (727) 894-2111. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Find it in Tampa at 4004 S MacDill Ave. (813) 831-2111. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.


Here's yet another reason to visit charming downtown Dunedin: Stirling Art Studios and Gallery. It houses artist studios, classrooms used by Dunedin Fine Art Center and a gallery with rotating exhibitions. On view beginning Saturday through Oct. 31 is "I Did It My Way," a group show by members of the North Tampa Arts League. An awards ceremony and reception is Oct. 14 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Regular hours at the gallery, 730 Broadway in Dunedin, are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free.


I dare you to figure out one of Mark Stuart Gagnon's mazes. Many of them will be on view at the art gallery at Hillsborough Community College's Ybor City campus beginning Oct. 6. The artist claims that they're solvable but for me … ? (Maybe it's just that I don't have the kind of brain cells for them.) But however you approach them, they'll draw you in as surely — but definitely metaphorically — as the shrub maze in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire that killed poor Cedric Diggory.

These mesmerizing pen and ink drawings will also be entertaining for kids when you're looking for an indoor activity that's a bit different. And free! Copies of the mazes for visitors will be available to work through. (Please let me know how you do!)

Right now Gagnon is working on a 3-foot-by-100-foot solvable maze that he hopes will garner Guinness Book certification as the world's largest hand-drawn maze. Some advice: Don't get caught in the lines.

The gallery is located in the performing arts building at Palm Avenue and 15th Street, Ybor City. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free. (813) 253-7674.

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