OPENING AT MFA: OUR AMERICA
Diversity is one of the great hallmarks of America. How timely, then, is "Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art" opening Thursday at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. Sixty-two modern and contemporary artists are represented in this exhibition on loan from the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.
The media in the show are diverse, too: vintage posters (technically prints), painting, photography and sculpture, for example. Themes range from the political — especially the growing activism in the 1960s — to family and faith. It continues at the museum, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, through Jan. 22.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday with extended hours to 8 p.m. Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $17 adults, $15 seniors and $10 youths 10 and older and students with ID. After 5 p.m. Thursday, $5.
Mark your calendars for Family Day from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 12 with food, music and artistic traditions of the Mexican-American, Puerto Rican and Cuban-American communities. Free with admission. (727) 896-2667. mfastpete.org.
BLOOM ART CENTER: GOLDEN TICKETS FOR CANDY FACTORY
The Bloom Art Center celebrates Roald Dahl's beloved children's classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the beloved movie Willie Wonka based on it in "The Candy Factory," a new immersive exhibition. It's a followup to the award-winning exhibition "Down the Rabbit Hole." Advance information promises "a confectionery funhouse of candy-colored murals and sculptural art" inside and out, plus DJ Mega and food and beverage vendors. The party begins on Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight and continues on Sunday from 4 to 9 p.m. Costumes are encouraged; you already have one ready for Halloween, right? You're a good egg.
Tickets are $7 in advance and include 3D glasses. startbloomin.com.
Bloom Art Center, 910 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg, is much more than a fantastic gallery. Classes and collaborations take place in its 10 working studios, events are routinely held in the gallery (available to local musicians as practice space) and is a huge canvas for the largest collection of outdoor murals on a single site in the city.
NEW AT SYD ENTEL: CRAIG ALAN
Artist Craig Alan uses a variety of styles for his ever-evolving series of works from Pop Art references to realism. See examples of all of them in a show at Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass, 247 Main St., Safety Harbor. Meet Alan at a free opening reception and artist talk Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The show continues through Nov. 26. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free. (727) 725-1808. sydentelgalleries.com.
ART UPTOWN GALLERY: ABSTRACTS BY JILL KRASNER
Artist Jill Krasner brings "Layered Abstractions" to the Art Uptown Gallery, 1367 Main St., Sarasota, beginning Saturday and continuing through Nov. 25. The show features large-scale paintings, small paintings and works on paper. Thirty artists own and operate this 35-year-old space and exhibit many different works at any given time, featuring an individual on a rotating basis. Krasner is the season opener.
A free opening reception is 6 to 9 p.m. with Krasner and other artists represented by Art Uptown. Hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday with extended hours to 9 p.m. Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. (941) 955-5409. artuptown.com.