MOREAN ARTS CENTER: BE AN EXQUISITE CORPSE
The macabre name of this surrealist exercise has nothing to do with the fanciful nature of what is essentially a collaborative game. It's being played out by artists in "Exquisite Porch," an exhibition at the Morean Arts Center, which is partnering with the Dalí Museum for a fun event.
Some background: Exquisite Corpse began in the early 20th century with surrealist writers taking turns building on each other's words, not knowing what had been written before their turn. It created absurd combinations, including the name itself, which came from this collaborative example: "The exquisite corpse shall drink the new wine." Visual artists soon embraced the idea.
"Exquisite Corpse Yourself" allows you to play the same game by yourself or with others. Drop in between 3 and 9 p.m. Saturday at the Morean, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Staffers will make and print a photo of you that you can cut apart and mash up with images of a variety of critters and creatures provided by the center. $10.
A second workshop, same place, is 3 to 9 p.m. May 14. (727) 822-7872. moreanartscenter.org.
WELCOME RENOWNED SCULPTOR JON HAIR
Jon Hair has made a big name for himself in the world of big sculptures. Commissioned works sit on campuses and public spaces throughout the world as well as in the homes and offices of the rich and famous. He created one for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and another for the entrance of the U.S. Olympic Team's training center in Colorado Springs.
And he has moved his studio from North Carolina to St. Petersburg, where he grew up and still has family. Meet Hair and his work at a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday at Jon Hair Monumental Sculpture, 290 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, Suite 100, St. Petersburg. Hosting it is Hair's buddy, actor Paul Sorvino, right. The event is free, but donations will benefit the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, a not-for-profit organization that advocates for and facilitates arts-related events. jonhair.com.
THE PLAINSMEN GALLERY: GO WILD AND WEST SATURDAY
The Plainsmen Gallery, 2141 Main St., Dunedin, has long specialized in two popular genres, Western and wildlife art. A free reception opens its annual show and sale from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The group show features paintings, sculptures and prints that celebrate a way of life and the natural world. Most of the works have a wistful quality either for a vanished way of life or for one that is increasingly threatened. The style is usually highly realistic. And there is often a bit of romanticism, especially in Western scenes in which cowboys, for example, are always rugged but rarely ragged from long days in the saddle. And that is its point.
Twenty-five artists are in the show, including Harley Brown, John Coleman and Oreland Joe, who are members of the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America. At the reception, meet artists Charles Rowe, Terry Smith and David Yorke. New this year is a gallery wall dedicated to miniature works in the genres. The show continues through May 30. The gallery is open 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 1 to 5 p.m. Friday; and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. (727) 734-8200. plainsmen.com.
NEW AT CASS: NATURAL CAUSES
CASS contemporary art gallery, 2722 S MacDill Ave., Tampa, features a group show with an environmental theme interpreted by 12 artists in a variety of styles. In the exhibition are new works by Adam Batchelor, Adonna Khare, Juan Travieso, Nate Frizzel, Andreas Lie, Derek Gores, John Pusateri, Justin Gibbens, Mark Joseph Oliver, Nate Frost, Luca Ewbank and Renee Adams. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. (813) 839-7135. casscontemporary.com.