SPRING INSPIRATION: ART IN BLOOM
We're giving you advance notice of Art in Bloom, a multi-layered event at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg that runs from April 7 to 11, because the ticketed events such as the luncheon usually sell out early.
During the museum's regular hours, visitors will see floral arrangements by about 50 professionals and gifted amateurs inspired by art in the permanent collection. New to the displays is "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" in the Great Hall, featuring four tablescapes. They each represent an artist in the collection with flowers, a table setting and the title of a recipe from the museum's cookbook, Food + Art.
Museum hours during Art in Bloom are 1-8 p.m. April 7; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 8 and 9; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 10, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 11. $17 adults, $15 seniors, $10 children 7 and older and college students with ID. After 5 p.m. Thursday, $5. 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg.
April 7: Flowers After Hours, 6:30 p.m., $85, at the museum. A cocktail reception with drinks, hors d'oeuvres and live jazz. Honored guest is Alexandre Renoir, the great-grandson of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, an artist himself. (727) 823-3798.
April 8: Art in Bloom Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., $90, at the Renaissance Vinoy golf club. Speaker is lifestyle expert and author Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, also an editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine. Local flora designers will demonstrate techniques. (727) 823-3798.
April 10: Conversations with the Designers, noon to 2 p.m., free with admission to the museum. The floral designers will be in the galleries to discuss their inspirations and techniques with a special appearance by contemporary artist Babs Reingold, who will talk about her art, and Gretchen Ward Warren, who creates an Ikebana arrangement inspired by it.
The Contemporaries Lunchtime Lecture, noon, $5 with admission and $15 with lunch included. Ms. Reingold will deliver a deeper discussion of her art. Reservations are required by 3 p.m. Friday. (727) 896-2667, ext. 210, if you want lunch. mfastpete.org.
HENRY B. PLANT MUSEUM: FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Dog lovers, you're going to have to leave your beloved pets at home, but it'll be worth it. From 5-7 p.m. Friday, admission to the Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. on the campus of the University of Tampa, is free. The former gilded-age hotel features period rooms and art and the special exhibit "Dogs in Art." It's a show with paintings, sculpture, textiles and decorative arts — Royal Doulton pottery, for example — all with a canine theme.
During First Friday, enjoy live jazz and demonstrations of dog tricks and dog freestyle by the Dog Training Club of Tampa and Canine Funtimes. Free on the first Friday of the month through November.
If you can't make the event, regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. $10 adults, $7 seniors and students and $5 kids 4 to 12. (813) 254-1891. ut.edu/plantmuseum.
POETRY OF THE EYE: DENIS GASTON AT GALLERY 221
Denis Gaston is a well-known and respected artist in our region and beyond whose paintings and drawings have intrigued us for several decades. See new work at Gallery 221 on the Dale Mabry campus of Hillsborough Community College, 4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa. The show, mostly new work, opens Thursday with a reception and artist talk from 5-7 p.m.
Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Free. Note that the gallery is on the second floor of the library in the Learning Resources Center. hccfl.edu/gallery221.