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Art Planner: Dalí Museum, Second Saturday ArtWalk and a summer group show




Procrastinate no more if you want to experience "Disney and Dalí: Architects of the Imagination" at the Dalí Museum because it ends Sunday. And it is an experiential show, part art, part history. It tells the stories of two creative geniuses, Walt Disney and Salvador Dalí, as they developed their parallel careers that intersected in collaborations and friendship and when each had become famous.

Dalí paintings and Disney Studio art and animation are laced with archival materials, including correspondence between the two men and dramatic design elements. The fabulous factor in the show comes from an interactive, computerized trip that takes you, via headphones and goggles, on a Surrealist trip based on a Dalí painting. It's high-tech awesomeness.

The museum, 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours to 8 p.m. Thursdays. Admission is $24 adults; $22 seniors, military, firefighters, police and educators with ID, $17 students with ID and youths 13 to 17; $10 kids 6 to 12. (727) 823-3767.




The Second Saturday ArtWalk in St. Petersburg has become a sprawling event that is more trolley tour than sidewalk stroll. It includes galleries and studios in five arts districts in or near downtown, and many use the evening to introduce new shows. Free trolleys shuttle you around, and restaurants and bars abound when you're ready for a break.

Among the perennial favorite stops are the bigger, long-established venues, such as the Morean Arts Center and Florida CraftArt. Glass artist Duncan McClellan has made the Warehouse District a go-to part of the event with a huge former warehouse operating as a multi-functioning space with a hot shop, gallery, entertainment areas and garden. In addition to his own vessels, he rotates work by other glass sculptors and usually has a glass-blowing demonstration during ArtWalk hours. On Saturday, it begins at 6:15 p.m., and watching the molten glass transform into a solid is mesmerizing. Instead of using his full-size oven, the magic will happen in the studio's Little Dragon, a portable furnace taken to schools for McClellan's DMG School Project. Live jazz begins at 8 p.m., and there's a cash bar. As with all venues in the ArtWalk, admission is free. The gallery is located at 2342 Emerson Ave. S.

Consider, too, newer, less well-known stops, such as Woodfield Fine Art, 2253 Central Ave., No. 105. It opened about a year ago and serves both as a gallery for art by proprietor Jim Woodfield and other artists (mostly from our region) and a studio where he paints. The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African-American Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S, is a small community gem and good place to begin since parking is free and you can catch a trolley there.

All participating venues will remain open until 9 p.m. and the trolleys begin their runs at 5 p.m. For a map of galleries and trolley stops and routes, go to




Indulge your wanderlust at Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art's "Great Escapes," which, through July, features paintings that celebrate nature or a fantasy version of it in some cases. Featured artists are Bruce Marsh, Heidi Edwards, Susan Klein, Bill Nichols, Pablo Soria and Tom Judd, and the show is curated by Mark Ormond. The gallery, 1288 N Palm Ave., Sarasota, is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Free. (941) 366-2454.

Art Planner: Dalí Museum, Second Saturday ArtWalk and a summer group show 06/08/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 11:08am]
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