MOREAN PRESENTS: HOLIDAY SHOW
With more than 1,000 members, many of whom are contributing artists, you'll easily find many gift ideas for those on your list at the Morean Arts Center's holiday show. "There Is No Time Like the Presents" features one-of-a-kind art and crafts beginning with affordable hand-made ornaments and small gifts and you'll have the pleasure of knowing you're supporting the locals.
While you're shopping, don't miss another show, "Storytelling in Metal" with jewelry and sculpture by members of the Florida Society of Goldsmiths.
Admission to the Morean, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg is free. Both shows open in conjunction with the Second Saturday ArtWalk from 5 to 9 p.m. in St. Petersburg. For a list of all participating venues and trolley times, go to stpeteartsalliance.org. (727) 822-7872 . moreanartscenter.org.
HAVE A GLASS DAY: DAVID PATCHEN AT DMGLASS
Artist Duncan McClellan has turned glass-blowing demonstrations into a form of performance art at his studio and gallery. The converted warehouse at 3242 Emerson Ave. S in St. Petersburg's Warehouse Arts District, has become a mecca for mashups of demos and socials with live entertainment. Meet guest artist David Patchen and watch him perform, er … blow glass, during the Second Saturday ArtWalk from 5 to 9 p.m.
McClellan also has quieter gatherings called Art Glass Afternoons, so the San Francisco-based artist again offers a free demonstration Sunday at the studio from noon to 1 p.m. where you will see examples of his completed work. Toll-free 1-855-436-4527. dmglass.com.
You may then join McClellan and Patchen for brunch from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, featuring an a la carte menu. Reservations are recommended: (727) 822-1032. From 3 to 4 p.m., Patchen will present a talk at the museum, which is free with museum admission, $17; $15 for seniors. mfastpete.org.
NUANCE GALLERIES: BEAUTIFUL FLORIDA
Two landscape artists working in watercolor on view at Nuance Galleries couldn't be more different in style. Taylor Ikin is known for her lavish and colorful use of the medium, worked semi-abstractly. Neil Adamson is a traditionalist, rendering scenes of natural beauty with detailed realism. See them together at Nuance, 804 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, through Nov. 30. A free opening reception is Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Ikin will demonstrate her technique on YUPO, a synthetic surface, from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. (813) 875-0511. nuancegalleries.com.
NO RESERVATIONS: STAN NATCHEZ AT HCC YBOR
Stan Natchez, a Native-American artist based in Santa Fe, uses a pop art sensibility in his portraits of Native Americans. He often uses mixed media, adding dollar bills to the background as "a modern day buffalo hide," a long-ago form of currency. "Stan Natchez: Indian Without Reservation" opens Thursday at the Hillsborough Community College Ybor campus gallery, Palm Avenue and 15th Street. Meet the artist at a free opening reception from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. with a talk at 6:15 p.m. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday. (813) 253-7674. hccfl.edu/yborgallery.