Una Vida Increíble: Frida Kahlo at the Dalí
The life and work of Frida Kahlo will be celebrated in an exhibition opening Saturday at the Dalí Museum. Kahlo may be the most widely known female artist of the 20th century, especially for her striking self-portraits, combining dreamlike imagery with her defiant expression and famous unibrow. The Mexican artist began painting after a serious bus accident that crushed her body and left her bedridden for months, using a mirror to paint her own portrait. As with Dalí, the image she created of herself both through her artwork and the way she dressed and carried herself made her an icon in popular culture and hailed as a feminist hero. Although her work was considered surrealist, especially by surrealism founder André Breton, she rejected the label because her work was so grounded in her own reality. That reality, her extraordinary life, continues to captivate people today.
The exhibition opening Saturday and running through April 17 was co-organized by the Dalí and the Museo Dolores Olmedo in Mexico City, and will reflect on Kahlo's storied life, featuring not only paintings and drawings but also personal photographs. It will also extend outdoors for a special collection of plants and flowers to resemble her cherished garden at Casa Azul. The museum will also host a series of programs that engage visitors in journaling, Mexican cooking and gardening — some of Kahlo's favorite pastimes. It opens Saturday at 10 a.m. at 1 Dalí Blvd. (Bayshore Drive and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767. thedali.org.
Afternoon in the Park: St. Petersburg Holiday of the Arts
This weekend, the St. Petersburg Holiday of the Arts transforms South Straub Park into an "outdoor gallery" of original and handmade art created by local, regional and national artists. Presented by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, this fine art festival features a diverse mix of work, including art for your walls in painting and photography; for your shelves in glass, ceramics and woodworking; and for your body in jewelry and fiber. Find local artists who use innovative techniques to set their work apart, like St. Petersburg artist Angus Macaulay (pictured), whose use of burlap in his acrylic paintings creates a soft effect. Many artists take commissions, so you can have a piece created especially for you. Admission and parking are free. The event runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at 198 Bayshore Drive NE. paragonartevents.com.