IT'S BACK: DREAMS OF DALí
The "Disney & Dalí" show at the Dalí Museum earlier this year was terrific, and a standout component was Dreams of Dalí, a virtual reality experience and feat of technical mastery. Visitors wore goggles and headsets that took them on a three-dimensional tour of the artist's painting Archeological Reminiscence of Millet's Angelus. The program created portals into various elements of the work and expanded beyond them. It's difficult to describe but awesome, and "Dreams of Dalí" has gone on to win a number of awards internationally. Now the museum is giving it a permanent home. I can't wait to experience it again.
And remember the funny mustache in the lovely waterfront garden that was a large replica of Dalí's? It was repurposed from a billboard and eventually fell apart. But it's back, too, in a new way, created from metal by artist Donald Gialanella as a permanent, 17-foot fixture.
The museum, 1 Dalí Blvd. (Bayshore Drive and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg, is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily with extended hours to 8 p.m. Thursdays. $24 adults; $22 seniors; military, police firefighters and educators; $17 students; and $10 kids 6 to 12. Reduced admission from $8-$10 after 5 p.m. Thursday. (727) 823-3767. thedali.org.
KENWOOD 2.0 CHARMING: THE ARTISTS' TOUR
Everyone who visits the historic Kenwood neighborhood just west of downtown St. Petersburg falls in love with its bungalows and old brick streets. The neighborhood association hosts a fall walking tour, but coming up is another one that focuses on the artists who live and work there. While commercial activity in residential neighborhoods is discouraged by the city, Kenwood received an Artist Enclave distinction that allows for some small businesses, especially creative ones.
The Historic Kenwood Artist Tour this weekend features 19 artists represented at 14 stops with demonstrations on view at many of them and, of course, works for sale. Media include ceramics, jewelry, photography, print-making, stained glass and painting. The tour, free and self-guided, is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Locations and maps at kenwoodartistenclave.org.
BIG GIFT IDEAS: SMALL WORKS
Two area galleries open holiday exhibitions showing small-scale works that make good gift ideas, especially for yourself!
Cathy Clayton of Clayton Galleries represents an impressive roster of regional artists, and she has gathered from many of them art that's no larger than 24 inches in two or three dimensions. Working in various media, the 30 participating artists include Robin Cody, Dolores Coe, Lynn Davison, Benjamin Dimmitt, Jeffrey Kronsnoble, Bruce Marsh, Yoko Nogami, George Pappas, Roberta Schofield and Joyce Ely-Walker. A free opening reception is 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, and the show continues through Jan. 21. The gallery, 4105 S MacDill Ave., Tampa, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. (813) 831-3753. claytongalleries.net.
Western and wildlife art is often on a grand scale, but for its holiday show and sale, the Plainsmen Gallery, 2141 Main St., Dunedin, is presenting smaller works that still feel monumental. A number of their favorite artists will be on view and two of them, David Yorke and Dennis Logsdon, will be on hand at a free opening reception Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Gallery hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 1 to 5 p.m. Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. (727) 734-8200. plainsmen.com.