CLEARLY GOOD NEWS: CHIHULY COLLECTION REOPENS
The beloved, bedazzling vessels and installations of studio glass by world famous artist Dale Chihuly are back on public view in their new location beginning Saturday. The Chihuly Collection is now at 720 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, across the street from its owner, the Morean Arts Center. The festive day begins with a ribbon-cutting at 9:30 a.m. followed by a block party that will occupy Central Avenue, which will be closed to traffic and filled with food trucks, food vendors and music until 7 p.m.
The Chihuly Collection will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and requires admission. Tickets — which cost $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors and $12.95 for children 1 and older and students with ID — include admission to glass-blowing demonstrations across the street at the Morean's hot shop. (727) 822-7872. moreanartscenter.org/chihuly.
TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART, SI: FREE FAMILY DAY
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Tampa Museum of Art invites you to a free family day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy hands-on art activities, live entertainment, cultural performances, food tastings and more. Docents will also be on hand to take you through the current exhibitions at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. "Manuel Carillo: Mi Querido Mexico" is a collection of 45 photographs of the artist's native country. "Complicated Beauty: Contemporary Cuban Art" is a group show made up of works from the museum's permanent collection, and loans from the Bronx Museum. "Self-Taught Genius: Treasures From the American Art Museum" uses 100 works to explore the evolving dynamic of self-taught artists from the 18th and into the 21st centuries. 120 W Gasparilla Plaza, near Ashley Drive at Polk Street. (813) 274-8130. tampamuseum.org.
GALLERY ROUNDUP: NEW SHOWS, PETS POSE
The extraordinary drawings of Canadian artist Zachari Logan will be exhibited at University of Tampa's Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, 310 North Blvd., Tampa. through Nov. 22. A free reception opens the show Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. ut.edu/scarfonehartleygallery.
Meet Cuban artist Carlos René Aguilera Tamayo during free opening receptions Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Nuance Galleries, 804 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. His works and those of his late father, José Aguilera Vicente, will be on view. Tamayo's paintings and prints have a surrealist quality; look for the recurring image of a polar bear in some of them. It's a multi-layered symbol. Many Cuban artists' homes and studios were hit hard by Hurricane Matthew and an art auction Friday of works donated by gallery owner Rob Rowan, Tamayo and Tampa artist Taylor Ikin will benefit them and others suffering losses. Also, 20 percent of all sales during both receptions will be donated. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. (813) 875-0511. nuancegalleries.com.
You'll find the paintings of Terry Brett and sculptures by Sallie Hackett Brown in "Blunt Force" at the Leslie Curran Gallery, 1431 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, through Nov. 5. The show is aptly named, referencing Brett's stark abstractions and Brown's bold pieces made from recycled materials. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. (727) 898-6061. articlesstpete.com.
Gay Germain's works are a mixed-media journey of opposites. Hard and soft, flat and dimensional are united under the rubric "Sculpture Garden Conversations" at [Blank] Slate Gallery, 538 S Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. Meet the artist at a free opening reception Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. The show continues through Oct. 29. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Free. (941) 312-5700. blankslategallery.com.
Paint your pet at the Dazzio Art Experience! Don't paint? Don't worry. You are asked to send in a clear color photo of your pet when you register. An artist will create a drawing on canvas from it and you paint between the lines during a class at the gallery, 535 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. The event is held every Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and costs $50. Pre-scheduling is required by email or phone. Bring your own snacks and drinks. (727) 656-8277. dazzioart.com.