IT'S HOT OUTSIDE: GO TO A MUSEUM (FOR FREE)
A convergence of two free museum days, one by the Smithsonian and the other by the city of St. Petersburg, means a number will offer free admission Saturday. To find participating museums — and they aren't only art museums — go to events.stpete.org/events/1894 and smithsonianmag.com/museumday. Note that the Dalí Museum is free only to Pinellas County residents.
FMOPA: SPIRITED FASHION SHOTS
The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is helping celebrate Fashion Week Tampa Bay Thursday with two kinds of shots: fashion photography, as one would expect at a museum devoted to photography, and glasses of prosecco, which you won't frequently find at any museum.
Oh, cupcakes, too. (After all, prosecco is often served as a bubbly dessert wine.)
The second floor gallery will feature "Fashion Photos and Prosecco" with photographs and the elegant snacks for $10. Members are free. And here's an incentive to join the museum: You not only get free admission to this event, you also get into the members-only gathering on the third floor where Leslie Joy Ickowitz, editor in chief of VERTICAL Tampa Bay magazine, will discuss fashion photography. You'll also have viewing access to the Jerry Uelsmann show on display and to all future exhibitions.
You can purchase a $45 adult membership online or at the door. "Fashion Photos and Prosecco" is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the museum, 400 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, in the Cube building. fmopa.org.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: FLORA, FAUNA AND FANTASY
There is always a lot going on at Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass. The venue has been an art mainstay in north Pinellas, specifically charming Safety Harbor, for 36 years. It's stocked with a lot of art and fine craft from their stable of artists and also often has featured ones.
"Flora, Fauna and Fantasy" spotlights six artists in mixed media, drawing, painting and glass. I'm partial to the flame-worked glass sculptures of birds, below, by Shane Fero and the folk-art style mixed media works by Irene Gates. But I also appreciate the lovely glass flowers of Loy Allen, the glass and bronze vessels of Georgia and Joseph Pozycinski, the encaustic oil paintings of Emilija Pasagic and the thought-provoking drawings by Lori-ann Latremouille.
A free opening reception is 6-8 p.m. Saturday, and the show continues through Oct. 22.
The galleries, 247 Main St., Safety Harbor, are open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. (727) 725-1808. sydentelgalleries.com.
YOU KNOW IT'S FALL: CLAYTON GALLERIES' NEW SHOW
Every year when Clayton Galleries announces its first fall show, I feel the season has arrived, even though the weather has not. Opening Friday is “Lynn Manos: Views from the Waterline," which includes a continuation of her Dinghy series that began in 1990. I don't know if she found her subject or it found her, but she has painted several hundred versions of the small boats here and in the Mediterranean, each in an edition of 51 works. Newest in the genealogy is a series titled "Davis Island Yacht Club Dinghies." The show also features prints, drawings, quilting, photography and video by this talented artist.
A free reception with the artist is from 7-9 p.m. Friday. The show continues through Oct. 29 at 4105 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. (813) 831-3753. claytongalleries.net.
TRENDING: UNCONVENTIONAL VENUES
Businesses have long displayed art in their interiors, but I'm seeing more examples of shows that are curated by an artist or art professional, something that in the past was usually done only in places that were wholly devoted to art, such as museums. One example: "Fire and Ice" at 14 Days to Close, a mortgage brokerage company at 2604 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Thirty artists, with a wide range of styles, populate the Gallery at 14 Days, as it's called. Most met each other working the outdoor festival circuit, and they include a metal sculptor who fabricates drum stands and stage sets for rock bands, a muralist whose work is seen in many cities and an artist whose work is in Amalie Arena. A free reception from 6-11 p.m. Saturday includes refreshments and live entertainment. The art will be on view indefinitely during regular business hours. For more information, call the curator of the show, Brien Hockman, at (813) 833-2457.