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Art Planner: Latino artists at MFA St. Petersburg, an artful celebration of Willie Wonka


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.

Art Planner: Latino artists at MFA St. Petersburg, an artful celebration of Willie Wonka 10/26/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 10:55am]
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