MICHELE TUEGEL GALLERY: MEET CLYDE BUTCHER
The masterful photographer Clyde Butcher is a Florida artist through and through but he prefers the wilds of the state to its cities, so meeting him on our turf doesn't occur often.
He'll be at Michele Tuegel Contemporary Gallery, 320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, for a free opening reception and signing Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. to launch a show of his work.
Butcher has been a force of nature for decades, chronicling Florida's environment, especially the Everglades, in lyrical, large-format black-and-white images. If you don't know this story, you should:
Butcher was an architect, then a successful commercial photographer for years. In 1986, his son was killed by a drunk driver and he retreated into the swampy landscape, abandoned color photography and found healing and vocation in the process.
Prints on the walls will be for sale as well as books and a 2016 calendar.
"Clyde Butcher: Preserving Florida's Legacy" opens on Saturday and continues through Oct. 30. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. (727) 823-1100. mtcontempo.com.
TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART: FREE OPEN HOUSE
The Tampa Museum of Art has a dual exhibiting mission: to highlight its excellent permanent collection of Greek and Roman antiquities and to introduce viewers to temporary shows featuring modern and contemporary art. "Echoes of Antiquity: Revisiting and Reimagining the Ancient World" ties the two together with newer art that references, in obvious and subtle ways, classical art. Artists include James Rosenquist, Philip Pearlstein, Jim Dine, C. Paul Jennewein and Duncan McClellan. Many of the works come from the museum's permanent collection of 19th and 20th century prints.
See it all for free at an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Seth Pevnick, chief curator, and Richard E. Perry, curator of Greek and Roman art, will deliver opening remarks at 2 p.m. The museum, 120 W Gasparilla Plaza (near Ashley Drive and Polk Street in downtown Tampa), is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours to 8 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $15 adults, $7.50 seniors, Florida educators and active military, $5 students. Children younger than 6 free. (813) 274-8130. tampamuseum.org.
A $65 PUMPKIN: WORTH IT
We have been hearing about a possible pumpkin shortage — or at least more expensive pumpkins — due to a wet growing season. Even a rate hike probably won't result in a fresh pumpkin for $65, but look at these beauties from glass artist Susan Gott. She's harvesting a big batch of them in time for fall decorating (this year and the foreseeable future since they don't rot). Watch free glass-blowing demonstrations by her and other artists of Halloween-themed glass objects from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday (part of First Friday Seminole Heights). Prices vary for the works. Kids are welcome and the studio is handicap-accessible.
For $65, you can make your own at a glass pumpkin workshop Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Both are at Phoenix Glass Studio and Gallery, 811 E Knollwood St., Tampa. Advance registration is recommended for the workshop. (813) 237-3473. gottglass.com.
THE SIXTIES: WHEN ROCK WAS GROOVY
Those of us in our 60s will get a little misty-eyed over this list from the 1960s: the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Peter, Paul and Mary, the Lovin' Spoonful. Those and more are captured in photographs by Lisa Law. She was an insider, working as an assistant to a rock 'n' roll manager, when she began encountering these luminaries. "Witness to the Revolution: Iconic Images From the 1960s" is on view at the art gallery on the Ybor campus of Hillsborough Community College, in the performing arts building at Palm Avenue and 15th Street. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free. (813) 253-7674.
STUDIO 1212: WILLIAM PACHNER TRIBUTE
For 45 years, former students of William Pachner, a wonderful painter and influential teacher, have gathered in Studio 1212 Art Gallery to make art, exchange ideas and invite other artists to participate in critiques. Some time ago, they began an annual show in honor of Pachner, and this year's event is Saturday. Every work is created using black and white, the colors he used when he began to go blind and could only see the stark contrasts between those opposites. The event is from 3 to 6 p.m. at the studio, 1405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Free. (727) 446-4566. studio1212.net.